First test ride on a 06 WR450F
Posted January 05, 2010 - 11:02 PM
my questions are:
1. did you grow into it and love the better handling and more power?
2. did you become a better rider with a nicer bike?
my issues are I'm 40, 5'8" tall 250# (beer) can barely touch my toes on the ground with the WR and usually end up on high altitude (above 11,500') rocky trails. i ride ok but bottom out the xt a lot. its not made for the harder trails i ride. and I'm wot a lot which makes me think i out grew it.
i want to buy this bike, Its like new barely ridden. but would like some advise from better riders before i do wed or thur. i havent found many issues with it searching here.
Posted January 06, 2010 - 06:04 AM
Love the bike, it really turns you into a better rider.
Posted January 06, 2010 - 08:47 AM
Right now you are probably riding way too far into the shock's progression if it has the stock spring rate, or even one that is a few kg stiffer.
Good luck and enjoy your new ride!
Posted January 06, 2010 - 09:23 PM
Posted January 07, 2010 - 03:52 AM
I say to go with the WR and give it a shot.
I wouldn't be surprised if after your first or second ride that you start to wonder to yourself why you stood with the XT-350 for so long.
The XT is, by comparison, meant for somebody who wants to dabble in trail riding and/or take things slowly - look at the diameter of the fork tubes: 36mm.
That's tiny for a 265 lb. bike with a claimed 10 inches of fork travel, and it pretty much gives you an indication of what the bike is comfortable with doing and not doing.
The WR will give you not only heaps more power that you can put to good use, but the chassis and suspension is gonna' be much better at going straight over rough ground, something that really boosts confidence.
As a bonus, the WR weighs less than the XT.
I don't see why the WR wouldn't handle the pavement ride to the trails, other than burning your fuel and knobby tires.
Just get used to the bike, adjust the suspension for your weight, service your engine oil/oil filter and air filter often, and have a ball.
I bet the trails you have available to ride out there makes the trails available out here seem like a cruel joke, so enjoy it.
Posted January 07, 2010 - 03:59 AM
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Posted January 09, 2010 - 08:28 AM
The 525 is a good bike, but it feels heavy for single track.
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Posted January 09, 2010 - 10:17 AM
I have always owned Yamaha's but wr450 i was looking at was hell to start.
If the bike was sitting even for a week with gas in the carb, the bike would be harder to start just because of that.
If you visit that WR again, have the guy drain the carb bowl with the little drain screw at the bottom of the carb, let some (hopefully) fresh gas in from the fuel tank, and see how that goes.
When looking at any used bike, you want to scrutinize the things that will need frequent care to keep an off-road bike in proper order - things like the drive chain and sprockets, engine oil level and color, and having a look at the air filter.
Basically, the blacker, rustier and crustier these things look, the higher the red flag would be raised.
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