Hard seat & fast motor - questions for WR450 owners
Posted May 18, 2003 - 12:40 PM
* Hard seat - will look at options for multi-day rides.
* Great motor - after I got out of the single track, I discovered another layer of power on top of the rev range. This bike keeps you on your toes, especially in tight woods.
* With 4.3 hours on the bike, I have a leaking fork seal on the left leg. Anyone else?
* Shifter is sticking down. I talked to another 450 owner who said his quit sticking at 120 miles. Anyone else?
* Rear brake is very sensitive - anyone try another pad compound yet?
* Bog off idle when grabbing a handful. Never noticed it riding, only when f-ing around in the parking lot.
* Jetting is remarkably close - thanks to TT member's posts.
* I will be sliding the forks up - it definitely needs more weight on the front wheel.
This is a great bike and I will need to be more efficient on it. I am expending lots of energy just holding on! It requires me to think about my riding style and ultimately, my speed will increase accordingly. Just what I wanted.
Ride fast - take chances.
Posted May 18, 2003 - 01:48 PM
Posted May 18, 2003 - 03:55 PM
Posted May 18, 2003 - 04:25 PM
Posted May 18, 2003 - 04:48 PM
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Posted May 19, 2003 - 02:03 AM
Fast motor... yes its like riding a 60hp eletric motor, I can't tell you what a USA bike is like but the AUS model fly's. That is after the throttle stop is fixed, the airbox is well.....fixed and hopefully after this week I fit an aftermarket pipe. This bike is unfair, I thought the brakes were suspect...until I realised I was arriving at corners 20kmh faster than I thought. Now I am in love. If the 2004 is lighter I will preorder at the dealer no questions asked. If Honda have a crf450xe or whatever they choose to call it I could defect even though my blood is blue. The current 450 is not perfect but it sure as hell will do untill the perfect bike comes along. From here on in its about the weight. More power is not required (in modified form)(why is the standard muffler and airbox so far removed from what is required????????) I have ridden a 450exc and it feels lighter, doesn't require airbox or muffler mods yet I believe in slightly moded form the wr is king. Airbox, muffler and front and rear springs and the wrf rules. I hope they don't continue to soften the wrs, the success comes from the fact they are yz's for the bush. Soft springs and extra lard won't cut it. People don't spend their time and cash making the 2003 wrs more [@#$%&*!] arsed, they make them more YZ.....Learn Yamaha before the red mist arrives.
Posted May 19, 2003 - 04:26 AM
In addition to sliding your fork tubes, don't forget to set the sag, makes a huge difference in the handling if it's set correctly.
Posted May 19, 2003 - 01:34 PM
As for sag, already done before I left the garage.
Have a good day.
Posted May 19, 2003 - 10:55 PM