Making my WR450 lighter.
Posted August 24, 2003 - 06:44 PM
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Posted August 25, 2003 - 07:54 AM
1.Slim the fat (lights, reservoir, kickstand..wr stuff) they can be put back on easily...saves 20lbs
2.Buy yz...saves 30lbs
3.Buy a yz250f and have a big bore installed...saves 40lbs.
If money, time, and bike reliablity is no object, do what your doing.
Posted August 25, 2003 - 08:22 AM
I didnt use anything after taking the battery off. Its been off for about 1000 miles now. I just ziptied the leads away from each other. You might run in to some different issues when taking the starter out.
Posted August 25, 2003 - 10:19 AM
Remember that the YZ450 has a 4 speed transmission. This should eliminate it from consideration.
Ride fast - take chances
Posted August 25, 2003 - 12:00 PM
I'm sorry you don't think this is a practical solution. But some things make sense to be condsidered. Maybe he hasn't even condsidered a change of bikes. My point was that while the bike still has great value and weight is the big issue, condsider a trade. Maybe he hasn't even condsidered a change of bikes.
I was speaking from personal experience. A friend of mine gave me this exact advice. I had a 426 considering suspension re-valve and adding other things. It wasn't practical. Selling the old/getting the new made sense.
If the guy don't like my opinion, let him answer. I was not responding to you. "nunya"
Excellent point. I forgot that 4 gear thingy. In defense though, unless your desert hauling a$$, that 5th gear may not be a biggy.
Posted August 25, 2003 - 12:34 PM
I forgot that 4 gear thingy. In defense though, unless your desert hauling a$$, that 5th gear may not be a biggy.
Yeah, but the spacing of the remaining 4 gears sure could be.
Posted August 25, 2003 - 12:58 PM
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Posted August 25, 2003 - 08:21 PM
18" rear tire
Lights as needed
Changing out parts to make it lighter is easily reversible and the bike won't lose any value on resale if all the parts go with it. The battery, starter, and muffler are the big items.
I like your plan and if the '00WR400 would have been easier starting, I might have kept it.
Posted August 28, 2003 - 10:41 PM
For those inquiring, I bought a wr450 instead of the yz 450 because I wanted a wide ratio 5 speed. A 4 speed would be no good for my purposes.
Posted August 29, 2003 - 08:23 AM
If you decide to go further and take out the battery and starter, you did buy the wrong bike and you'll own a heavy version of the YZ450f.. Just the opposite from what you're going for in the first place...
Posted August 29, 2003 - 08:37 AM