Upcoming decision between WR250 and WR450
Posted February 02, 2003 - 09:29 AM
I prefer the dry 229 lbs of the WR250 to the 245 lbs of the WR450 -- but recognize the superior low-end of the latter. I want to get a bike that I won't outgrow over the next several years -- but don't want to commit to one that's either underpowered on the bottom or, conversely, too powerful or heavy to manage. (Fortunately, the price difference is not an issue.)
The dealer thinks the WR450 is the better choice owing to its low-end and more linear powerband -- but I wonder if it's really going to matter much for the escapist Weekend Warrior riding I'll be doing. Yet, I assume that at slower speeds a strong bottom can be a real plus.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, as I need to make the best decision within the next couple of days.
Posted February 02, 2003 - 09:49 AM
I think the WR250 would be an excellent woods bike but where we like to ride sand dunes I think the WR250 would be a bit lacking in power. Good luck!
Posted February 02, 2003 - 09:54 AM
Posted February 02, 2003 - 10:40 AM
Questions: Having ridden a KLX300 and being 5'10", 175 lb -- I shouldn't be overly concerned about controlling the power and weight of the WR450?? I mean, does the extra 16 lbs and gobs of low-end torque mean the WR450 is harder to manage?? Or am I just too anxious about this...
Posted February 02, 2003 - 10:48 AM
Being about my weight (175), does the WR250 have enough low-end torque and tractability to handle most hill-climbing scenarios -- ie, would you describe its climbing capabilities based on your experiences.
Posted February 02, 2003 - 10:52 AM
Posted February 02, 2003 - 11:58 AM
Posted February 02, 2003 - 12:02 PM
I'm a TT Newbie -- who fortunately has a dealer who has both a WR250 and a WR450 for me to choose from. I'm 5'10", 175 lbs, in decent shape, but haven't ridden in several years
Get the WR450, you will be very happy. You will outgrow the WR250 and be bored with it.
Posted February 02, 2003 - 12:31 PM
Posted February 02, 2003 - 12:36 PM
Posted February 02, 2003 - 12:41 PM
I have a feeling you're right about this... Anyhow, it's more the extra power -- rather than the additional 16 lbs -- that concerns me. If controlling that power is not difficult, then I'm leaning toward the WR450.
Based on your experience, is this a legitimate concern or just a touch of jitters on my part?? I mean, I just don't want to be unexpectedly plowing into trees or doing flips.
Posted February 02, 2003 - 12:59 PM
(and yes I did read what r1superstar said I think the clue is in his name!!!!!!!!)
Posted February 02, 2003 - 01:10 PM
You and r1superstar are of like mind on this one. I appreciate the input -- and I'm now considering TT Newbie's thoughful remarks.
Posted February 02, 2003 - 01:27 PM
I like what you said -- about being HONEST about my riding ability and that you are learning to get what the WR250 has to offer. In all honesty, even though I have KLX300 riding experience, I haven't ridden in years and am probably being generous in assuming myself to be an intermediate rider. I want a bike that easy to control and handle -- obviously, I don't want to get hurt -- but that has good pulling-power, especially at the lower-end.
What is your height and weight and riding experience?? How does the WR250 do on hill-climbing -- does it have the low-end torque and tractability to pull strongly, or does it fall short?? I'd be interested in knowing more of where and how you ride the WR250 and how it performs in non-competitive trail, woods, hill-climbing and riding.
Posted February 02, 2003 - 01:54 PM
I THINK YOU ARE TALKIN TO JL. TT NEWBIE IS HIS STATUS ON THIS FORUM IF YOU LOOK UNDER YOUR NAME IT SAYS TT NEWBIE ALSO. JUST CLEARING THIS UP FOR YOU !!
Posted February 02, 2003 - 02:23 PM
Posted February 02, 2003 - 04:04 PM
Posted February 02, 2003 - 04:28 PM
I hope you're still reading. I think my situation is\was similar to yours. I considered myself a "125 specialist" for years(raced 250's when younger) I liked the light wt and modern 125s are'nt slow. Anyhoo I did'nt want to get stuck on a bloated big block 4-stroke. Seeing the new WR's, I knew these were dream bikes but waivered between 250 or 450. I got the 450 and went on 1st real ride today. Get the 450!!! I'm 5 11 @ 150. Seat ht can be an issue in super tight situations which I avoided today. My experience with new bikes is they will settle over time. Fast trail handling and power delivery are awesome. I have never kept up with and\or passed all the xr600 guys I ride with so easily. One more thought, considering you might dualsport, as I will, the 450 will wear much better with occassional pavement work. Take the dive, no regrets!!
Posted February 02, 2003 - 04:32 PM
Posted February 02, 2003 - 04:38 PM