Whos 450 is their trail bike.
Posted January 17, 2011 - 12:29 PM
Im looking for a dependable, powerful trail bike. Something I can throw a plate on, and be or atleast look street legal. I know a lot of forest land and such require it to be.
Will be 90/10 offroad, if even that much on. NOT looking for a dual sport. My dr650 does fine for that. But its not a trail bike. Wasnt designed to be, not gonna try to make it one. Most of the road riding will be to/from/between trails. Maybe around the neighborhood for some hooliganism every once in a while.
Riding open jeep trails, to tight single track, hill climbs, rock gardens and just about everything in between except for dune riding. I wanna get back into trail riding as I loved it even on the old, heavy, 70's beaters we would ride. It would only get better with a good bike.
Will not be raced, mx'd, etc. Primarily transported via my tahoe to riding locations, or camping in the area, road trips for riding weekend, etc.
Who uses their bike like this, and are you happy with your 450 for it? Or should I look elsewhere?
Posted January 17, 2011 - 01:20 PM
if you can pretty much stay on the tight trails, a WR250 will be just fine, but once you get to that one hill climb you werent expecting on the trial you'll be cussing because you didn't have the torque of the 450.
i consider my inseem to be lees than most, so I feel top heavy all the time, I lowered my front forks about 3/8" to help compensate, awesome for the tight turns but not good for the sand and high speed desert, but I make due no matter the circumstances put in front of me.
GO WR450 and don't turn back, Unless your waitng for your buds to catch up on NON-WR's:lol:
Posted January 17, 2011 - 01:37 PM
Posted January 17, 2011 - 03:27 PM
The WR is the new "XR" only better. Maintainence of course is higher then the old XR's, but, what new/modern 4 stroke other then a CRF/TTR air cooled 230 isn't?
It's still not bad, I do oil changes every 8 to 10 hours, oil filter cleaned every second change, and check the air filter every ride (I have two, one always clean and pre oiled so I can just swap it in and go, and clean/oil the dirty one at my leisure).
Valve check every spring, and grease every spring, etc and thats pretty much it other then keeping the wear parts on it like chain, sprockets, tires and brake pads
Edited by CanadianWR450, January 22, 2011 - 05:17 AM.
Posted January 17, 2011 - 04:51 PM
Posted January 17, 2011 - 05:40 PM
Posted January 17, 2011 - 05:47 PM
For what you describe you would like it.
Posted January 17, 2011 - 06:22 PM
Posted January 17, 2011 - 07:25 PM
Posted January 17, 2011 - 07:26 PM
i bought my wr450 to fill the gap between my XR650L and my Sherco290 (trials bike) and it has done that very well
That's cool.... I am actually thinking of trading my plated 07' WR in on a Big Red Pig AND a YZ250 2T, don't think I'll need to bridge that gap.
Posted January 17, 2011 - 10:45 PM
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Posted January 19, 2011 - 02:44 PM
so; the WR is my first choice for trails and desert, and the DRZ for street and fire road... make sure you uncork the WR450, before you decide... should be a lot of difference
Posted January 19, 2011 - 11:01 PM
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Posted January 21, 2011 - 09:28 PM
Honestly, if I had a motard like that, Id probably be arrested and/or/both in the hospital real quick.