Should I buy a WR400 or CR500
Posted April 10, 2001 - 06:41 PM
Posted April 10, 2001 - 07:09 PM
Posted April 10, 2001 - 09:13 PM
I bought a 2001 Wr 426. It has the new Titanium valves with lighter springs. It makes right about 50 Hp with the Throttle stop and Airbox lid removed. With some minor exhaust changes, you can bring it close to 54 Hp. The Stock 2001 CR500 Makes 56 HP!(im sure your old one is close to that) AND its Far easier to ride, and Every bit as powerful, but it does it like a Very Muscle bound Gentleman. Not like a crazy lunatic. Hook up is VASTLY better on the WR. And.. the Suspension is also FAR superior. It doesnt beat you senseless on the trail like the Cr, Nor do you have to worry about "fouling the plug"..and additionaly..More range on a tank of gas.
The Wr 400, though a bit lower in the Hp department, (about 46 Hp with thottle stop removed and Airbox lid with the "YZ" mods (ignition and exhaust timing changed) isnt by any means a "wimpy bike". Its just more friendly. (compared to the Wr426).
I would look into buying it. Im sure its not as much money to get a hold of as I got tempted into spending.
Believe me, I for the first time in my life, was happy spending 6500.00 for such a wonderful bike as this 426 is.
Id say go for it.. Sounds like a good deal.
[This message has been edited by Jemtec (edited 04-11-2001).]
Posted April 10, 2001 - 09:39 PM
The WR is happy about anywhere.
Posted April 11, 2001 - 06:45 AM
The CR500 is lighter, more powerful, simpler, easy to maintain, and very reliable. But it's a 12+ year old design, the motor is basically the same as a 1987 CR500.
The WR400 has a more appealing sound, a better feel to it's power, doesn't detonate, never needs the premix, doesn't smoke and drool oil, and is simply more fun to ride.
Posted April 11, 2001 - 07:40 AM
Posted April 11, 2001 - 09:33 PM
Then I got older, lost some hill climbing nerve, got married, had kids, and dropped the hill climbing. Still rode my 'punched up' CR 500 on trails and play riding. It really is a violent bike. However, if you need quick instant power that will not quit, the CR is a great bike.
A few years back I started riding trails in the mountains in Utah. I was constantly in the clutch on the CR. I was seduced by the 4 strokes and bought an XR400. It was an ok bike, but even that outshined the CR for trail riding. Later sold the XR and the CR.
Now I have a '01 WR426 and feel this is the best of both worlds. Once you get the motor rev'ved up, it acts like a 2-stroke powerband. I have taken it on a few of my old hill climb hills and it does quite well. I do need a bit longer run at some hills (20 feet or so..), whereas the CR you just dab the clutch with the throttle pinned and your off...
I would really consider the WR or the YZF. You will not be disappointed. You will be able to handle any type of riding.
For what its worth...
Posted April 11, 2001 - 06:33 PM
It's your world, I just play in it!
'00WR, WB E-Series S-Bend w/7 discs, Stock header, throttle stop trimmed, airbox cover removed. Stock jetting. 4500ft.
Posted April 12, 2001 - 07:42 AM
I'm going to ride my a KX a couple of times & then decide what to do with it. Unfortunately, it may be worth more to me as a spare than it would be to someone else as a primary bike.
Posted April 12, 2001 - 11:51 AM
I had 2 KX500's also, '89 & '91. They were great drag racing in the sand dunes. I used a 6 paddle. Both had FMF pipes to give better top end with no loss down low. I found the KX500 to have more low end than the CR500, probably because of the power valve on the KX but not on a CR500. They sell so cheap its an inexpensive second ride with the power for an adrenaline rush. For max power to weight ratio the KX500 and CR500 are hard to beat.
Posted April 12, 2001 - 12:18 PM
I'll probably keep it since it is green stickered and it looks like the going price is ~$1700. The main reason to sell it will be to open up a space in the garage for a VFR750 - I can pretty much guarantee that the wife will say the KX has to go before a VFR can take up residence
I haven't tried the 1369NS needle yet - gotta get the WR running properly first.
Posted April 12, 2001 - 05:55 PM
I can give you my impressions of the two, but everybody here has already covered it! The big difference is in power delivery. While the WR has the horses, its delivery is smooooth....especially compared to the snap of the CR.
I called my CR500 'Christine', possessed in the Stephen King fashion. I once tapped the throttle off of a small lip, and was on my back watching Christine still rolling about 20 ft in front of me! It was over before I knew it. That had only happened to me once before, 25 years ago as a rookie on a YZ125!
Christine required delicate wrist action to say the least. Given the mostly tight, turny, loose traction single track we ride up here....she wasn't the right bike. I mean, you could do it but it was too much work for my liking!
Another point: of the bikes I've ridden, the CR500 handles (steering, feel) the most like my WR400. As I recall, the CR has a lot of rake(?), similar to the WR weakness in the tight stuff.
Anybody else have a 'possessed' Christine??
Posted April 15, 2001 - 06:11 PM
Posted April 16, 2001 - 12:12 AM