450 F from XR4

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  • wide

Posted January 26, 2009 - 06:25 AM


Just lookin about there are some great WR450Fs out there to be had and the lure of an electric start is becoming greater, especially stalling up a slippy incline.
The XR4 is just a great bike and maintenance is easy, is a WR just as easy.
How often to valve checks??
Whats the bike like for tarmac riding as I sometimes do 70/80 miles to get to rocky trails in mid Wales where I love to ride. The XR sits superbly at 55/60 mph on 15 45 sprockets and pulls well enough off road as well. Is the WR in the same league or better??

  • DrzDasher

Posted January 26, 2009 - 08:06 AM


They really are not even comparable, the wr is in a whole other league. If you go with the wr you will be very happy, just stay away from the 03s . Maintenance is easy, change oil more often and clean air filter when it is dirty, check valves 2 to 3 times a year, I am sure others will state their opinion.

  • wide

Posted January 26, 2009 - 09:43 AM


So would you say maintenance is on a par with XR
What about road speeds??

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  • DrzDasher

Posted January 26, 2009 - 02:37 PM


maintenance is a little more, but this is pretty close to a ride it and forget about it bike as they come. I know offroad I ride my 04 pinned for long distances. So 55 or 65 should be fine. The wr is higher geared than a xr400 internally, you can always make it higher or lower with sprocket choice. If you do buy one you will wonder what took you so long.

  • brad the best

Posted January 26, 2009 - 03:29 PM


So would you say maintenance is on a par with XR
What about road speeds??

well when i owned a xr i changed the oil once a year and never checked the valves in 3 years . changed fork oil when i got it .

with my wr i change oil every 10 hours and check the valves every 40 hours . grease the linkage 1-2 times a year , change fork oil every year .

the grin the 450 puts on your face when you twist the throttle makes it all worth it .

i have never had my 450 break down , and its the dreaded 03 you have been warned about .

im just shimming the valves now for the first time since buying it .

it will also go through gas faster then your xr so you might want to buy a bigger tank if you go on long rides .

  • cmd

Posted January 26, 2009 - 03:41 PM


i also had xr 400's back in the day and now ride the blue thumpers...think of the wr as a modern day xr.it's a trail bike,but a really nice,light years ahead,more nimble,stronger trail bike...with the button.yes it requires more maintenance,but it's worth it.they are just as bulletproof as the trusty xr if not more so.


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