WR 426 compared to other enduro bikes?
Posted March 24, 2003 - 08:31 PM
Please don't pounce on me. I am a newbe. My understanding...the 426 is:
just about as powerful as 650
lighter than just about all of them
Reliability? Parts availability? Parts expense?
Figure it has more of a lighter MX feel, with more grunt.
Thanks for the help.
Posted March 24, 2003 - 08:38 PM
Same or better power than the 650 with some mods done
yes lighter than all of them
yes better suspension than all of them
Reliable if maintained well, parts easy to get, no bike parts are cheap.
The only thing all the other bikes win on is the drz has an electric leg
Posted March 25, 2003 - 04:00 AM
But, as nothing is free, the 426 is the most expensive bike to buy here in Canada (among the 4 we are talking about here).
Posted March 27, 2003 - 09:19 AM
But, they ride like tanks also...
Posted March 27, 2003 - 10:10 AM
I test rode a DRZ 400 before buying the 426 and liked it. It handles nice and has good balance. It is probably easier for an inexperienced rider or a non-agressive rider to handle than the 426. The suspension is nice but not not as good as the WR. The e-start is nice if you want another battery to deal with and no kicker if the battery is dead. I thought the DRZ was more comfortable than my WR.
I rode an xr-600 for years but have not ridden the 650. The 426 is far quicker and more nimble than the 600. I don't know about the improvements to the 650, but would guess it handes similarly to my 600. The Hondas seem to run for years with little care.
In summary, if you want a high-performance race-type screamer to go all out, I suggest the WR. If you are still learing to ride, don't ride aggressively, or just like to cruise, one of the others would be fine. The Kawasaki KLX400 is the same bike as the DRZ if you prefer green or have a better dealer in green.
Posted March 28, 2003 - 06:21 AM
Posted March 28, 2003 - 04:48 PM
He was comparing the WR to these bikes:
But really, a great story.