It's True! Austrailia WR450F Dual Sport Does Exist
Posted April 10, 2003 - 03:33 PM
Here's a another austriala link that has a review of the WR450F with more photo's.
This is somewhat intresting, I wouldn't necessarily want my WR450F to be completely "dressed" with OEM stock dual sport parts like these but I wouldn't mine having some of these parts just in case. I also wonder if the same wiring harness is used on all WR450F's and these dual sport parts would "plug and play" on the USA version? This should also settle how the factory runs the rear brake wire from the master cylinder up the frame. Check it out!!!
Posted April 10, 2003 - 04:16 PM
I’m currently riding a CRF450 which has been converted to enduro trim, but the gearbox isn’t suited to tight woods. After 20 years of 2-strokes (a bunch of Asian MXer converted to enduro trim and a couple of 2-S KTM EXCs) I’m still not sure a 4-stroke is as quick as a 2-stroke. I’ve been thinking about going back to a 2-stroke. This Ausie YZ-WR might be a cost-effective competitor to a KTM EXC 2-stroke.
Just a little plug-and-play and you can hare scramble it one weekend w/o all the extras. The next weekend could be an enduro or Dual sport -- with full lights.
Posted April 11, 2003 - 01:48 AM
The manual has a big sticker on it that says
This Motorcycle is not designed or intended for continuous 'on road' use.
Yamaha YZR WR models have been modified to enable ADR (Australian Design Rules) compliance and registration to support their intended use as a competition or serious off road use enduro motorcycle
have a look at http://www.smart.net...ng/welcome.html
BTW, my vanity plate is WRF 26 - white letters on a blue background looks almost factory...
Also, the 2-smoke wr250 is a YZ250, with lights etc... nice machine...
Posted April 11, 2003 - 02:33 AM
How much Aus dollars does this little baby cost? We need to have an Aus postal code to check and I don't
Posted April 11, 2003 - 11:02 AM
I think the WR's are just under AU$11,000 - which is about 7,200 or so US - not sure of the local exchange rates lately... petrol has come down, but so has our dollar...
Posted April 13, 2003 - 05:42 PM
My real concern is the gearbox. Does it have the standard YZ close-ratio or do they fit a wide-ratio box? If it has a true WR box, then I’m interested. I used to own an ’88 KX-250 fitted with the factory WR kit. The gearbox kit was sold by the dealers here in the USA. Actually, it was 2 separate kits: one kit had a different 1st & 2nd and the second kit featured a different 4th & 5th. The only stock gear ratio was 3rd. The ’88 KX had a strong motor (for the day) and would out run a KTM EXC-300. The WR kit made the KX a viable alternative to a KTM.
Wide-ratio or standard gearbox, that is the question.
Posted April 13, 2003 - 06:07 PM
Posted April 13, 2003 - 11:36 PM
Yamaha Dude: So if I hear you right, YZR modifies a YZ-250 2-stroke with lights, speedo/odo, muffler, sidestand & such. Same thing I can do with a little help from E-Line?
That's right. It's a 2001 YZ250 with lights etc. to make it road legal. The gearbox is a standard YZ250 box.
They even give you all the standard YZ bits so you can convert it back to a MX bike.
Here's a link to Yamaha Australia (YZ250WR):
I believe it was just a limited edition. Not really sure how many units they converted. I haven't seen any 2002 or 2003 YZ250's converted.
Before these things came out, we used to be able to buy WR250's which are YZ250's with a wide ratio gearbox and all the road legal stuff. Unfortunately, Yamaha stopped making them so YZR Engineering decided to convert some YZ's. I'm not sure if they're doing it though??
Posted April 13, 2003 - 11:37 PM
number plate holder and light
It was bought still in the crate with unopened Yamaha packaging, it's my guess on this model it was factory fitted.
I've ridden with a YZ/WR 2 stroke with the same kit on as standard, judging by the top speed of around 90 mph but still with a low 1st gear it has a wide ratio gearbox fitted for Europe
Posted April 15, 2003 - 01:13 AM
Most wr's sold in Aus are fully road legal (at least till you get them home and remove the excess crap). I picked up my 450 last week and love it and could have ridden it anywhere until I pulled the indicators etc off. In Australia bikes need to be fully registered to have insurance cover on public lands, so technically no mx bikes in the bush. Yes its true we also get a yz250wr, i have seen 2002's at the dealers but no 03's yet I'm sure the're concentrating on the 4 strokes as demand is higher than supply at the moment. The dealer I got mine from had ordered 80 450's and had been delivered 12 so far, mine is no. 11!
Posted April 15, 2003 - 09:16 PM
In Australia bikes need to be fully registered to have insurance cover on public lands, so technically no mx bikes in the bush.
Which part of Australia are you from fman?
In Victoria we have recreational registration which means that you can basically put a headlight, tail light and quiet muffler on any mx bike and it's legal to ride in the bush.
Posted April 15, 2003 - 11:38 PM
have to know is were it is legal to ride certain beaches and areas of trails
have been marked for this. this goes for quads too