GAS GAS EC250 08 to WRF 450 06
Posted December 07, 2009 - 03:15 AM
Posted December 07, 2009 - 03:27 AM
Posted December 07, 2009 - 08:53 AM
On fireroads, with the stock 14/50 gearing, steady riding in 5th at 45mph is ok, when I went 50mph the motor is buzzing pretty good. Probably wouldn't want to cruise at anything above 45mph for extended periods. Not very comfortable. A swap of sprockets would allow the WR to be more comfy on the road, but then you would be geared too tall for singletrack. 14/50 isn't bad on the trails, just a gap b/t 2nd and 3rd, that shows up at the wrong times. I'm going to 14/51 and just limit my fireroad cruising speed to 40-45mph. I really don't want to go any faster than that on gravel roads anyway.
Side note, my battery was dead. So I had to kick start all day. It fired up on the first or second kick every time and the kick stroke was easy, similar to a 300 2 stroke. Very pleased with that. Easiest kick starting 450 I have ever kicked over.
The valves are not that big a deal on the WR. It seems intensive before you do it, but once you are in there, not that big a deal. Nothing as easy as XR's and the KTM RFS motors, but not crazy difficult. Properly checked and adjusted, you should have years of trouble free riding.
I really like the WR450. It will be great for an all around trailbike/light Dual Sporter. I wouldn't use it on 200 mile a day Trans America type rides, but I guess you could.
Hope that helps you.
Posted December 07, 2009 - 11:36 AM
i was lucky enough to keep my 300 gg when i bought my 06wr450...
both very good bikes imo. i still take the 300 on "those" rides.... you know the ones where you ride 38 miles in 7 hours.... my wr kick starts as easy as my 300 also. the e start is effortless..Yamaha valves are no issues at all. I do stall the 450 more than the 300, but that is rider error 99% of the time.
i trail ride mine 100% of the time... no racing.... no hurry.
Posted December 10, 2009 - 07:20 AM
Posted December 10, 2009 - 07:11 PM