Differences between 05 & 09 WR 450 & Plating ?

3 replies to this topic
  • scooter12

Posted December 06, 2009 - 09:34 PM


What are the major differences between the 05 through 09 WR 450? Tried to do a search with no luck.

Just looking to buy an 05 dual sport.

Also, anyone know where I can find more information on whether or not CA will be pulling the plates on these or if it is just a wait and see?.. Don't want to pay for a plated bike only to find out they pull it.

Thanks in advance.

  • scooter12

Posted December 07, 2009 - 01:02 PM



Just looking for any major frame, motor or transmission changes.

Found a couple of dual sport 05 WR 450's but would like to know if changes are worth getting a newer year.

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  • GuyGraham

Posted December 07, 2009 - 01:19 PM


05 - steel frame
09 - Al frame

can't get a bigger diff than that!

  • sgl trk

Posted December 30, 2009 - 10:45 AM


I've ridden '05 (mine) '06 and '07. The frame went from steel to aluminum and the engine mapping was a little different. Mine is plated since '05 Ventura county and I have had no problem with the DMV. I like the hit my engine has compared to the newer models but it did take some $$ and time to get it just right. Good luck...


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