Posted March 22, 2003 - 02:55 PM
-Electric start really comes in handy. However, easily starts with kickstarter.
-Amazing engine. I can lug it slow in 4th gear, then just a roll of the throttle and HANG ON!! Awesome power for hill climbing. Power is very linear. Like a really big and loud electric motor.
-Easy to ride fast without much effort. Fatigue takes a bit longer to set in. Very comfortable ride.
-Suspension soaks up bumps like they aren't even there. Whoops are easy. It just skips right across the top. Very nice.
-Heavy. While on the trail, you can't feel it. However, when you are in a tight spot, you notice it alot. Trying to get it down a steep hill after a failed climb really sucks. It climbs great, just make sure you get all the way up!
-Washes out in sand. I kept having problems with the front wheel washing out in sand. On hard packed ground, it was killer. Once it hit sand, it sometimes took a life of its own.
-Tall. I am 6' and I think it is tall. I have race sag at about 105mm. It gives the bike a top heavy feel. Really tough trying to mount in a difficult or tight spot.
-Seat is HARD. 'nuff said.
I would like to know if other WR450 owners have similar comments. Also, have you found any solutions to the "cons"?
Posted March 22, 2003 - 03:26 PM
I would rather spend my energy riding than kicking. I stop a lot on trails and like to ride 60 miles plus per ride. I love the E-Start! I raised my forks 10mm in the clamps. Put on Michelin S12s and the bike has completely changed its image in the heavy sand. My favorite place to ride has deep sand and dark dirt & mud trails so the S12s work great in anything soft. The bike is top heavy but it only bothers me in very technical terrain. This dirt bike is the best hill climbing machine I have ever been on! The heavy fly wheel and torque make lugging it up hills in 3rd and dropping to 2nd occasionally childs play. It climbs best when the engine starts clanking at low rpm in gear. The gearbox is fantatastic! Seat is right for my 220lbs. It has softened it quite a bit and the cover is now slightly loose from riding a few hundred miles. I try to stay off the seat as much as possible but my ass seems to like to get on the seat whenever the terrain is flat. I wish the bike had a 3.2 gallon stock tank. I wish it had a 36" seat height without losing the suspension travel or ground clearance.
Posted March 22, 2003 - 03:34 PM
I can't comment on the suspension cause I had mine revalved and new spring, but I can tell you that if its washing out in turns, its probably too stiff. Back off on the compresion a couple clicks. I don't know about the race sag, but I was told by my suspension company to set my free sag to 20mm. I agre with your pros however one con I have is I am a little concerned about the starter gear. It sounds VERY clanky. Other than that I'm totally stoked about it.
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Posted April 01, 2003 - 01:08 PM
-at speed, headshake is an issue (it was before raising the forks also)... sometimes it is an issue after a hard landing from a jump.
-the bike is just too damn tall for low speed, technical stuff. I am looking forward to the fix from KOUBA. If anyone has an alternate fix, I'd love to hear about it.
Other than that, I love this bike. I rode a CRF for the first time. It has more "instant" power, but I think the WR's power is more useable. I am crazy about the engine.
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