2004 Yamaha WR450 Info Now Posted On Yamaha Website
Posted June 04, 2003 - 06:03 PM
New for 2004:
All-new, lightweight 46mm inverted Kayaba cartridge fork features 11.8" of travel with compression and rebound damping adjustability. Special coating on fork reduces stiction and also gives “factory” appearance.
New lightweight aluminum kickstand flips up 20° higher for less interference with rider.
Rear shock refinements include improved linkage for greater durability.
New front and rear suspension settings for greater comfort.
Light-weight front and rear calipers with aluminum pistons and revised front master cylinder, combined with 250mm fully floating front and 245mm rear disc, deliver strong stopping power with progressive control and feel.
Posted June 04, 2003 - 06:09 PM
Posted June 04, 2003 - 06:18 PM
Posted June 04, 2003 - 06:39 PM
Posted June 05, 2003 - 03:39 AM
The biggest (and most important) change isn't mentioned, that is, the larger contact area at the flywheel-crankshaft taper junction. A company like Yamaha would rather introduce a new model than admit to a problem with a same-year design change. Hopefully, the benefit will be the much earlier release of the 04 models to the public.
Posted June 05, 2003 - 03:51 AM
Yamaha should take note of the abysmal sales of WR's here... The local dealer won't even order any more (this year or next) he says. The WR450 he got in January is still sitting forlornly on his floor. Meanwhile, he can't get DRZ's fast enough! He is frustrated 'cause so many guys WANT the WR (myself included) until they find out about the stinkin' DOT's recent seizures, so they buy a DRZ or nothing at all.
While I am on a roll; I would like to further slam Yam's "marketing geniuses :snore:" for their foolish failure to compete in the large and ever-growing 65cc class. Nothing but KawaZukis and KTMs in that entire market... Duh!! Where do they think loyal customers come from?!!
Iowa cannot be the only place where a "too-decked-out-to-race yet no-longer-dual-sportable" bike like the WR is useless. We have no mountains, deserts, or trails. Is it really asking too much for a serious Blue D.S.?
Posted June 05, 2003 - 05:02 AM
Posted June 05, 2003 - 05:04 AM
A lot of people do make them d/s. and as far as starting a new post, click on post button !
Posted June 05, 2003 - 07:07 AM
If you have no mountains, deserts or trails, why do you need or want a DP?
Posted June 05, 2003 - 09:47 AM