The things I like about the WR450 are:
---Suspension is soft enough to soak up the roots and not deflect.
---Electric start (but I don't mind kicking because it takes only 1 - 2 kicks)
---Doesn't stall very often
---Bullet proof motor. Low maintenance on valves.
---Low 1st gear is nice when you need it and 2nd is perfect in the thickets most of the time.
---Great hill climber in any terrain, lots of traction
---Power is just right for tight woods
Thinks I don't like:
---Very heavy. I've add a TI shock spring and removed the lights and it is still a pig - 273 lbs wet with all the typical enduro protection. You really feel it the whoops and jumps and it is tuff to move around when stuck.
---Poor handling & slow steering. Takes a lot of concentration, and I have to ride way over the bars to make it turn. If I raise the forks just a tad it gets unstable in the whoops. Suspension is also to blame
---Forks use up most of the travel in fast sections. Higher oil level or more compression only make it harsh and deflect.
---Power is a little soft when the trails open up but the bike is stock. Would be an easy fix.
I can ride the WR at B-level pace but it wears me out quickly. No intentions of racing again. I'm looking at a 2008 or 2009 YZ450F as a do-all bike to replace the WR. I hear that these bikes are soft on power delivery and have a plush suspension compared to most other MX bikes. Sounds like a good match for woods.
My questions are:
1. Is a Rekluse Pro a necessity, a hinderance or just a personal preference in tight woods?
2. Would the DRD exhaust make the 450 harder or easier to ride in tight woods. More hit or less?
3. Would the YZ450 be a bad switch from the WR? If so, why?
4. Does the YZ turn quicker than the WR?
Can't ride 2-strokes anymore because the vibes.
I'm looking at 3 used YZ450's.
Bike A is completely set up for woods - Rekluse Pro, flywheel wt, steering dampner, 52T sprocket, and full protection. 50 hours on engine. Has DRD exhaust. Sprung for heavier rider but revalved for woods.
Bike B is completely stock with low hours and in excellent shape.
Bike C is immaculate, maybe 10-hrs and has full TItanium DRD exhaust and revalved/sprung for 150# (I'm 165)
Edited by Navaho6, February 20, 2012 - 08:52 AM.