WR450 vs WR426
Posted March 13, 2003 - 07:57 PM
Has anyone who has ridden both the 02 and 03 got an opinion? The local dealer has an 02 426 in stock. Should I consider this bike instead of the more expensive 03 450? Are the starting problems with the 426 that bad? I am ready to buy... I need to decide soon!
Posted March 13, 2003 - 08:06 PM
Posted March 14, 2003 - 05:19 AM
I always felt my 02 WR426 pushed in the corners. My first ride on my new WR450 was a night and day difference from the 426. I can lay this sucker over in a corner and rail. I love it! Don't believe everything you read in a magazine; they're usually slanted in one manufacturer's direction or another. Just my opinion.
Posted March 14, 2003 - 05:24 AM
Posted March 14, 2003 - 08:20 AM
Posted March 15, 2003 - 03:00 AM
The WR450 corners very very well for a 262Lb. bike with a 39" seat height. This is no YZ250 (My last bike) that has a lower center of gravity and weighed 40 lbs less. Steering is good with the stock fork postion but you can raise the fork in the clamps by 10 mm to get it to respond quicker.
Posted March 15, 2003 - 05:21 AM
Posted March 15, 2003 - 07:03 AM
Posted March 15, 2003 - 07:06 AM
I wouldn't even worry about it. I have an 01 426 and railing corners isn't an issue. You just have to be in good riding posture and position on the bike. Anyway, my point it this, whatever you get you will get used to it and making it rip won't be an issue. 10%bike-90%rider. I wouldn't put too much weight into magazine articles here. The 450 is a good purchase. Get it!
Posted March 15, 2003 - 07:32 AM
BTW, As *mike68* mentioned, it's 90% rider and 10% bike.
Posted March 15, 2003 - 08:48 AM
Posted March 15, 2003 - 12:40 PM
The guys over on the YZ forum run up to 15mm fork raise. Restricted by the fork tube hitting the bar or wheel bottoming out on the frame front end. I am stable in straight lines because I like to stay on the gas. I have not topped out the bike yet, so it might be an issue at that point.
Posted March 15, 2003 - 02:28 PM
I'd still consider a WR426 if there was a significant price difference. There is no way I'd sell mine right now to get a WR450 for the upgrades they've done. The only way it would be worth it for me is if the weight dropped 10-15 lbs. The new tank doesn't work for me off road so I'd need a larger tank ASAP.
Posted March 15, 2003 - 05:38 PM
Posted March 16, 2003 - 05:48 PM
The 450 is the way to go for sure!
Posted March 16, 2003 - 07:35 PM
Posted March 16, 2003 - 08:27 PM
Either bike will work for most of us. I'm having a better time on the 450..