Any old/slow guys riding the WR450F?
Posted January 26, 2009 - 10:46 AM
Posted January 26, 2009 - 01:29 PM
Posted January 26, 2009 - 06:37 PM
rkwfxd1- I will be 50 in March and bought a 03 wr250 in 03 after a 18year absence from dirt riding. I previously came off a 71 TM 400 and a 83 CR 500. Basically had to relearn how to ride again with the new bike, and just love it. Just went to a 08 WR450 w/o mods and can say its safe but slower than the 250. (In the process of free mods now). I live in the central valley (Tracy) and would be more than happy to let you try both out if you are close to this area. I agree with all previous posts as to try it in stock form before uncorking. Let me know.-- Tbone.
Thank you. That is a very generous offer and I would take you up on it and buy you lunch but I am down in So. Cal.
I am really starting to think I would be very happy with a WR, free mods, bark busters, and 52 tooth rear sprocket.
Posted January 26, 2009 - 07:26 PM
The WR450 is a very good all-around trail bike. My son and I do family enduros and ride both in the Sierras and Nevada desert with friends.
I disagree with the person who said to leave the bike stock. Changing out the throttle stop and doing the other free mods makes it a better bike, and doesn't force you to go faster than you want. You'll just have more all-around control for tough spots (including the ability to go up steep sections in too high of a gear).
A couple of other modifications you may want to make:
1. Install a Boyeson Quick Shot Accelerator Pump. Pretty cheap, and it gives you a lot of low RPM throttle control.
2. Install a Boyeson Water Impeller Pump. The WR will sometimes boil over when ridden slow on hot days (a problem for those of us who don't generate much breeze over the radiators...). This simple part gives you 75% more coolant flow.
3. An aftermarket pipe makes a big difference, if the price is worth it for you. A good pipe (I like the FMF Q) keeps the bike quiet but gives better throttle response at both low and high RPM. Also increases throttle response, which is handy for us slow guys in tricky sections.
4. I weigh about 200, so I changed the front and rear springs. Made a big difference.
No matter what, enjoy yourself. The WR will be an amazing improvement over your old XR...
Posted January 27, 2009 - 10:47 AM
67 years old. slow and getting slower. wr426. great bike. blows my buddie's 06 exc into the weeds. when i get too feeble to kick'er over, guess i'll just stay on the porch
Finally someone else over 60. When you get too feeble, get the magic button model. I'm 64 and have a 04 WR450f that I bought last summer. I'm sorry I didn't get something like this years ago. It's so much easier and more fun to ride than anything else I've owned. I have to compare this to old British iron and a KLR650, no comparison!
Posted January 29, 2009 - 01:51 AM
Posted January 29, 2009 - 07:52 AM
I bought a 2005 WR450 in late 2004. I rode it without the mods once and was dissapointed in the power and throttle response. I used to ride a Yz490 and was a desert rat in So. Ca. riding at Glamis and Plaster City 3 weekends a month during the winter season. I raced Dist. 38 for two seasons, with the YZ, and the stock WR seemed slow in comparison.
I did all the mods, and this thing came to life. I think it could take the old 490 in a drag race now. I know it would be faster on a track or desert run. You can power lift the front end in 3rd gear with traction. It is very controlable though, no sudden power spikes, just a smooth pull from idle on up.
BUY THIS BIKE !!
I have a separate rear wheel with paddle I pieced together off of Ebay and added two teeth to raise the gear ratio. Perfect for the sand, and a 10 minute swapout.
I think I'll make a Glamis run in a week or two, thanks for the motivation.
I don't know if this will be my last bike, but I expect it to last another 5 years or so. It seems like there is nothing new that's better for my needs, and I might have to give up riding offroad, maybe when I'm over 70?
Posted January 29, 2009 - 09:26 AM
Posted January 30, 2009 - 05:18 PM
Posted January 30, 2009 - 09:53 PM
Great bikes, but beware. I am 45. Started riding at 5. My WR450F is about bike #37. Mostly offroad or dualsport. My last bike was the WR250F. Before that an XR250R and many XRs and XLs before that.
The WRs are great, but compared to the XR, they are more race ready, they are not as reliable, will not last as long, are taller, have very hard seats, need more maintenance, and can leave you stranded with a coolant leak
That said, I dual sported the WR250. Great bike, but not enough power for the road, and you have to rev it to get the power therefore it wears quicker and needs more oil changes and valve adjustments.
The 450 I really like. It has plenty of low end power and makes slow speed riding easier. Do the free mods. The factory only corked the bike to pass sound and emission regulations. It is still very controllable with full power. But beware, it is a monster if you let it rip.
I wish I could lower it, soften it, and put the XR seat on it
Posted January 31, 2009 - 04:47 AM
Posted January 31, 2009 - 08:02 AM
Posted February 06, 2009 - 11:08 AM
Posted February 06, 2009 - 12:15 PM
Used to ride a YZ250F but I like the 450 much more, just a little heavier.
Posted February 06, 2009 - 01:24 PM
Posted February 07, 2009 - 03:07 PM
BTW....I grew up riding an XR 250, fun bike but it's a dinosaur.
Posted February 07, 2009 - 07:48 PM
so how much dirt can that r model handle? it's seems to be a good bike for adventure touring like on the tat. I have plans [COLOR="Red"]to ride tat style [/COLOR]all over the place and hit some enduros along the way. I was/am going to use my f model to do this but a if that r model can handle 70-100 mile enduros and be able to get around the country, then that might be just the bike for this!
btw, i'm about to get a 290 kit for my f model ......
I'm new to this website, 35 years old just bought a WR 450, 2005 - haven't really tried it yet, but will do in a month or so.
I'm learning a few things by reading those threads here, really good stuff.
Question: What is "to ride tat style"?
And anoter question: On this thread it has been mentioned that the 450WR will RIP. What does that mean; my only understanding of RIP is "rest in peace". - It that what is being referred to?
Bikes in garage:
Thumpstar 110CC 2006 (one for me and one for my wife)
GAS GAS Trial 300 Txt (trial riding makes you learn how to ride a bike)
and now the WR450 - will be interesting.
Posted February 07, 2009 - 08:36 PM
Just ride, baby!
Posted February 07, 2009 - 08:54 PM
Question: What is "to ride tat style"?
And anoter question: On this thread it has been mentioned that the 450WR will RIP. What does that mean;
tat: trans america trail, a ride across the usa using mostly dirt roads, little roads, or no roads, sometimes old wagon trails.
RIP: to tear it up, shred.