2012 WR450F TT Rider Reviews?


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  • rob_thumpa

Posted 02 February 2012 - 07:15 AM

#1

Was wondering if anyone is riding the new 2012 yet. I've heard mixed reviews. Guess the biggest concern I have is the power in sandy riding.

From what I've read and heard.

The good is handling, ergos, goes well in tight terrain, good overall package for easy to intermediate riding abilities.

The bad from what I gather has been the power on the top end drops off, heavy feeling when braking downhill. Dirtbike Mag claims front floats a bit as well.

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  • BoiseBee

Posted 03 February 2012 - 09:30 PM

#2

Was wondering if anyone is riding the new 2012 yet. I've heard mixed reviews. Guess the biggest concern I have is the power in sandy riding.

From what I've read and heard.

Dirtbike Mag claims front floats a bit as well.


I haven't seen anything in Dirtbike mag on the new WR yet. March issue has a YZ450 "dual sport".... where are you reading these tests??

The only reports i've seen are from Europe since the bike was released there in December, and all the initial rides have been very positive... of course their bikes don't come with all the green sticker crap, so we are at an automatic disadvantage until we find the tricks to uncork the bike and unleash the true potential.

  • wrwest

Posted 04 February 2012 - 10:30 PM

#3

Rather buy a KTM 300 , thats what I will do before buying a heavy WR 450 again .

  • BoiseBee

Posted 04 February 2012 - 10:36 PM

#4

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Sweet. Pictures are great.... but, how does it ride??

  • BoiseBee

Posted 04 February 2012 - 10:40 PM

#5

Rather buy a KTM 300 , thats what I will do before buying a heavy WR 450 again .


Apples to Oranges dude...... Apples to Oranges. :smirk:

  • wrwest

Posted 06 February 2012 - 09:32 AM

#6

I have a 09 WR 450 F and never again , It might be cheaper than the KtM 300 but after all the free mods etc and the fights and time spent with the carb to get it jetted correcly and the issue with the electric starter not starting when hot etc etc its just not worth the effort.

If you only doing desert riding then maybe But its not worth it for me and it is farking heavy compared to the ktm and you might say why not buy the new FI WR ?

I just bought and paid off my 09 and due to the bike's reputation it does not sell well secondhand so I am stuck with it.

  • wrwest

Posted 06 February 2012 - 09:34 AM

#7

Well my apple has a worm......

  • BoiseBee

Posted 06 February 2012 - 12:16 PM

#8

Well my apple has a worm......


Thats pretty funny.... and I respect your opinion.
I would rather have an electric start not work correctly and be able to kick start the bike, than have the KTM EFI leave me stranded in the middle of nowhere. Now the 300 would be sweet, and I considered them but with the trails I ride on I would be nervous about that big ol' 2-smoke pipe sticking out there like they do.... just a personal opinion, but the weight savings sure would be nice.

  • Navaho6

Posted 06 February 2012 - 03:36 PM

#9

I have an '06 WR450. Last bike was an '04 300EXC.

The KTM turns sharper and is easier to throw around in tight woods. Good race bike if you can deal with the vibes/arm pump. The vibes on the 300 caused nerve damage in my hands. Shut me down for two years.

WR450 gets better traction, less deflection, smoother motor, better straight line stability but takes more muscle to move. WR needs major suspension work to be on par with the 300.

With a good suspension overhaul, I feel that I am as fast on the WR as I was on the 300 in most situations, It just takes a different technique. I have more fun on the WR and last longer because there's less arm pump. I also find the WR easier to ride because of the traction.

The 2012 model may fix the two biggest gripes with previous WR's - slow turning and weak suspension. The weight is still there. It will be interesting to see what the pro's do to lighten the new WR. Australian pro's Matt Phillips and Daniel Milner will be racing the AORC on the new WR. First race is 2/25/12 - http://maddixpark.po...lian-yamaha-off

Edited by Navaho6, 06 February 2012 - 03:38 PM.


  • wrwest

Posted 07 February 2012 - 03:18 AM

#10

Well ok seems I am a bit unfit for the WR then ........More gym less beer......

My riding is mine dump forest shale climb etc and the weight is a factor ! gets to me on the rocks !

Anyway hope the new one is better as there is no jetting to be done!

Now to go and look for the worm in my bike again --Tinker tinker here wormy wormy ! :bonk:

:smirk: 2012 WR450 F.




 
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