Dirt Bike magazine test on WR450
Posted March 17, 2003 - 10:36 AM
Posted March 17, 2003 - 10:45 AM
Posted March 17, 2003 - 11:21 AM
The only other complaint which I've read elsewhere was about the handling compared to last years 426. Probably a power thing, although I'm sure the fact that they created a new frame with more flex might have something to do with it.
Posted March 17, 2003 - 01:12 PM
Posted March 17, 2003 - 01:51 PM
I think we forget (myself included) The magazines are a money making thing. They have to. They do this by entertaining us.
Imagine what a person would own if they listened to everything the magazines had to say.
I will start the list.
20 inch front tire
17 inch rear (from 20 years ago)
a Can-Am (from 30 years)
If they gave the shootout results, you would not need to buy next months issue. I also think the internet is hurting the magazines. Anyone who reads Thumpertalk knew the inns and outs of the WR 450 three months ago.
Posted March 17, 2003 - 03:24 PM
Posted March 17, 2003 - 03:53 PM
Posted March 17, 2003 - 04:04 PM
Posted March 17, 2003 - 04:10 PM
YAMAHA WR400 TECH
* DOHC liquid-cooled 5-valve
* Electric sensors & gadgets everywhere
* New steering geometry
* Price: $5899
* Dry weight: 265 lb.
* Excellent top end power
* Great suspension
* Super stable at speed
* Sleepy low-end power
* Seat position too far back
* goofy throttle stop is standard
* Stock pipe is too loud or too quiet
Posted March 17, 2003 - 05:36 PM
But I really like my 20 inch front tire. Yea, I admit the Dirt Rider article did push me over the edge to try it.
Posted March 18, 2003 - 08:24 AM
Posted March 18, 2003 - 09:24 AM
So what does a non editorial type think?
Oh, and speaking of lame future theories for dirt bikes, how about the 79 CR125 with that gigantic 23 inch hoop? Talk about ridiculous. Good thing that died the same year.
Posted March 18, 2003 - 02:00 PM
they say 262 dry.yamahas web site says 245
I'm with Dirt Bike all the way on that one. Mfg claimed weights are notoriously unreliable. Maybe they weigh the all parts with no tires, grips....
Posted March 18, 2003 - 02:54 PM
Personally, I wouldn't care if these bikes claimed to weigh 15 lbs more than you expected IF, they were equipped some better enduro ready gear. Like full skid plates, handguards, and a nice electronic odo with a guard. Maybe even a steering damper with a nice set of adjustable bar mounts and 1-1/8" bars. Maybe an option list would be nice. It is a 6k to 7k purchase.
Posted March 18, 2003 - 03:52 PM
Posted March 18, 2003 - 05:53 PM
Posted March 19, 2003 - 11:26 AM
400 XR 280 lbs. My KLX has the same weight. A friend has a KTM 400 EXC, that is also within a pound or two.
Since I start at the truck with a full tank of fuel, that's what I call bike weight. Unless the new Honda takes a big drop most of the big (and some of the small) bikes are still up there.