Posted December 14, 2011 - 09:53 AM
Also can anyone recommend me gearing for what I'm doing with the bike ?
Posted December 14, 2011 - 09:59 AM
Posted December 14, 2011 - 10:25 AM
Still confused as what to get for it. I would like it to top out around 180 so I can cruise at 120 without being hard on the engine . Would that sound reasonable ?
Posted December 15, 2011 - 05:17 AM
Posted December 15, 2011 - 06:38 AM
Posted December 15, 2011 - 07:24 AM
A bunch of us just got back from Baja, where we did a fair amount of highway riding between singletrack days. We all have WR450's, and we used 15/50 gearing. My '06 WR450 comes with 14/50 gearing, so all I had to do was throw a bigger countershaft on it. It cruises at 70mph (115km) no problem, and the engine is at 7000rpm's at that speed. And with that gearing, the bike still loves the tight singletrack! Win-Win!!! Maniac
Is there really much difference in rpm between a 14 and 15 sprocket? How far were you cruising with your bike?
Posted December 15, 2011 - 09:41 AM
Posted December 15, 2011 - 10:25 AM
Posted December 15, 2011 - 05:19 PM
Posted December 16, 2011 - 07:08 AM
Drive around to friends houses and maybe do a few shorter hour each way kind of trips with it.
Is it hard On this engine to cruise at like 8000 rpm in 5th? I'd like to get the gearing down somewhat for lower end power as well. Maybe even just do a 15 front and stock 50 rear?
Posted December 19, 2011 - 10:41 AM
Posted December 19, 2011 - 11:20 AM
Posted December 19, 2011 - 01:35 PM
Posted December 19, 2011 - 04:13 PM
I'm running the stock tires on it still since it only has 700km on it. I've seen people getting quite a bit of life out of the knobbies on road. Then again I road my xt225 3000km this summer not wearing down the knobbies too much
an xt225 will not smoke a tire like a 450 can and with a grin on your face, you will too.
Posted December 19, 2011 - 09:30 PM
Who knows, maybe if you put trials tires on you WR you could do this:
Posted December 20, 2011 - 05:48 AM
Can someone please chime in? I'd like to order the proper parts over winter
What question that hasn't already been answered are you looking for an answer on?
15/50 is a pretty good compromise gearing that still allows a walking pace.
8000 RPMS for an extended period of time is a bit high, but change your oil often with synthetic and you should be ok for "shorter" bursts of that rpm.
If you are easy on the bike on road and run slightly higher tire pressures, knobbies will be ok, but don't expect long life. Especially in the rear.
The WR is not a great highway bike and unless you gear it very low (16/44 or so) will still be a 60-65 mph to speed for an extended time kind of ride. It was designed first and formost as a dirt bike. There are about 1000 threads dealing with topic this so search a bit an any question you still have should be answered.
Posted December 20, 2011 - 07:41 AM