Re considering WR 450 for a YZ 450
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Ahh...... back in the day.
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Posted February 14, 2003 - 02:53 AM
BTW x2smoker, I have to disagree with your take on the CRF. The CRF makes a great MX bike because the power delivery is tame and manageable. Put it's tame engine in the desert where you want raw power and it is going to fail next to the YZ. As they said in the last issue of Motocross Action, the YZ isn't for weak men.
Regarding gearing... True, the YZ gearing is meant for the MX track. It's top speed is probably around 50 - 60 mph. It is true that a WR will beat it on a long straightaway, but the YZ is a blast to throw around and isn't fatiguing to ride like the WR on tight trails due to the YZ's light, nimble feel. This is probably the biggest difference I noticed when I sold my 2001 WR and purchased the YZ. It just handles like a dream.
Just my 2 cents,
Posted February 14, 2003 - 01:03 PM
I am thinking of getting the YZ 450 instead of the WR 450. I like to ride the desert thats why I was considering the WR. Hearing about all the minor problems on the WR has me hesitating on what to buy. Spending $6500 I want to make it count. Get the biggest bang for my buck. I am looking for some opinions. Thanks
Look around for a used or brand new WR426FP (if you can still find one).
Posted February 14, 2003 - 01:07 PM
I was in the same boat as you. I talked with people that have ridden both and what I have heard from Many not just one is this. The YZ450F top speed is about 75 mph, It gets about 35 to 40 miles on one tank of gas. They all felt that compared to the YZ450 the WR was lazy which I am sure it is. They said for large jumps the WR was not so good and that the YZ was better. They also said that for ruts the WR was great and the YZ was pretty stiff. They all did not like the 23 lbs of extra weight and they all said that the YZ450F started so easy that there was no need for a e-start. One guy told me he had a WR426 and loved it till he was stuck in the Mud and then it was heavy. He said the final staw was when 2 CRF450s passed him on each side. He went and bought a YZ450F and said he has never looked back and that it is the best bike he has ever used in the woods. They all said the same thing that they felt it was easier to detune the YZ450F for CC than to bring the WR motor and suspension up to good CC standards. I have been thinking about this for a long time and today I sat on a WR at a dealer and tossed it from side to side and did the same on the YZF and you can feel the weight differnce. The one thing I did like on the YZF was the exhaust system, It is a work of art and you can add a PMB arrestor and silencer to it. I bought the YZF and pick it up on saturday. Hope this helps.
Sorry for digging this thread up from the archives, but I could not resist commenting on your post.
75 MPH top speed on a YZ450F? BUWAHAHAHAHA!! Are you serious? Please check your figures again.
Now for your statement about the mud story and the WR being too heavy therefore getting stuck? The heavier the better in the mud (more traction). And your buddy was probably a crappy rider to have two Hondas blast past him. Seriously man, that was just TOO funny!.
P.S. I love my WR426FP and I can't wait to get it on a MX track.
Posted February 14, 2003 - 03:29 PM
Do you know that the gearing in the WR is almost the same as the YZ426
The wr450 gearing is the same as the wr426 not the yz.Both bikes are breat and the wr can be lightend.I had a yz450 and sold it for the wr450.I ride mainly trails and starting up in enduros.I didn't like the yzs gearing and never found a happy compromise.I am so far very happy with the wr love everything about the bike and have had no problems yet.I think with out the E-start the bikes would be close in weight and it's not really needed.The wr starts just as easy as the yz.
I would try to swing a leg over each.Then decide which you like better.I wouldn't let the woodruff key sway you from the Wr.