Considering a WR450
Posted August 28, 2002 - 09:19 PM
When I moved back in 1994, I rode the powerlines on my friends old Husqvarna (1982 430WR, air-cooled, dual-shocks, drum brakes) and it kicked my butt. It was just no fun and I lost interest in riding. It was a relic and I shouldn't have given up so easily, but I was very busy and just didn't have the time. Plus, it was just too depressing, at the time, going from unlimited riding area of Saudi, where I could roll out of the driveway and ride to the beach/dunes or open desert and head towards the horizon, to the Northeast. I am not trying to dump on trail riding in the Northeast, but as I am sure everyone knows, the Earth First/Sierra Club types are just plain Vicious towards any use of public land, especially in the NE, and it can be alot of work to find a place to ride.
Anyway I really miss riding and am looking for a bike. As soon as I walked into the shop and got hit by the smell of the new tires and plastic, I knew I had to have a bike. I started looking for a 2-stroke 250, because that is what I always wanted and could never have. Then I saw a CRF450R/YZ/WR426F/soon to be 450 and thought they looked like a hot 2-stroke 250 with a powerband that could only be dreamed of.
So here I am, 30yrs old, 5'11", 170lbs with a good amount, of riding experience (in my opinion), from 8 years ago. Most of my riding is going to be New England trails and rocky/gnarly powerlines, a couple MX tracks, and a yearly trip out to the Silver Lake dunes, in Michigan. I should buy a XR250 and learn how to ride again, but I can't bring myself to do it, plus the XR250 weighs as much as the WR450. I like the big bore bikes, for their low-end grunt, but am wondering if the WR450 is going to be too much bike.
Any thoughts would be great.
Posted August 28, 2002 - 09:55 PM
Posted August 28, 2002 - 11:44 AM
Posted August 28, 2002 - 12:03 PM
Riding will soon be more fun then you ever rember!
Posted August 28, 2002 - 12:48 PM
I envy all of you that can get one of the new 450's, be it WR or YZ.