Changes to the WR450?
Posted January 14, 2009 - 07:20 AM
Could you break down the differences between the 06 and 07 models? Is there any difference in the suspension? What's the difference in the engines? Have they changed at all for 08 or 09?
My local dealer has two 06's left over in his garage. They were not demos, they're brand new. He wants to make me a killer deal on an 06. I'm just thinking that if I get one, I'd want the aluminum frame. I'm still keeping my 426 for the plate and just because I like it. What are your thoughts?
Anyone own an 06 or older and switch to the aluminum frame?
Posted January 14, 2009 - 08:09 AM
Posted January 14, 2009 - 09:49 AM
Posted January 14, 2009 - 11:38 AM
New engine and balancer
New integrated oil tank location
New exhaust system
New aluminum frame
New body styling
New LED taillight
New quick-access airbox
New wave-style disc brake rotors
New ProTaper handlebars
New wider footpegs
New full-coverage skid plate
New radiator with bracing
New radiator louvers
New forged top triple and handlebar clamps
New seat cushion design
Sealed O-ring chain
Posted January 14, 2009 - 03:18 PM
Posted January 14, 2009 - 10:21 PM
A pain to work on the alu frame bike,but once set up not any work to do.
amen to that. Dang! you gotta take half the bike apart to rejet it. And then you have to deal with all the rubber pieces, tubes and wires:banghead:
Posted January 15, 2009 - 12:04 PM
Posted January 15, 2009 - 01:37 PM
On the 08, I just lowered the front forks about 3/8" to help with tight single technical stuff and seems to help a lot. Plan on doing the same to the 05 soon.
For the price, You really can't go wrong, like them both. Get the 06 and laugh at all us dummys that paid full price because we were just too gitty.
Posted February 17, 2009 - 08:20 PM
Do you give up stability for turning ease?
Posted February 18, 2009 - 08:07 AM
I would imagine that the '06 is pretty close to the '05, which means Yamaha had developed the steel frame bike as much as it could or was willing to.
I've got an '08 now, and after the free mods and GYTR AIS removal kit it is better in every way. It feels slimmer, lighter, smoother, and more refined. It pretty much looks and feels like an MX bike with lights on it, that is until you jump it, and the true weight and soft suspension will become more evident. Anyway, unless they are selling the '06 really cheap, I would look for a leftover '07 or '08, which is what I bought. IMHO, the '06 is a great dirt bike, but beginning with '07 it became an awesome dirt bike.
Posted February 22, 2009 - 12:48 PM