EFI is coming!

It sucks to get your doors blown off by a KTM 450/525 EXC just because the guy has an extra gear.

I have a few friends in my group with some real nice KTMs, I ride them all the time. The 450's never out run my WR, my one buddy with the 525's got me beat by just a hair.. I think it says a lot that it takes a KTM with 60cc's more displacement and another gear to barely edge out the 5 valve Yamaha..

I mostly ride desert with some single track mixed in, even then I favor the 5 speed over a six speed, but if the WR ever gets a six speed I would hope that it's a closer ratio spread than the current 5 speed.

I have a few friends in my group with some real nice KTMs, I ride them all the time. The 450's never out run my WR, my one buddy with the 525's got me beat by just a hair.. I think it says a lot that it takes a KTM with 60cc's more displacement and another gear to barely edge out the 5 valve Yamaha..

I mostly ride desert with some single track mixed in, even then I favor the 5 speed over a six speed, but if the WR ever gets a six speed I would hope that it's a closer ratio spread than the current 5 speed.

I should have said that if you gear for each ride, you can hang. If you don't the KTM's do have the advantage. Power wise, I agree the WR's give up nothing to the 525's.

Thats what im talking about, ive got a 15 front sprocket and am still out of gear to soon in fifth, I would do anything to have a sixth gear, not to up on the EFI thing, fun to play with but in the long run more headaches and more money every year.

I mostly ride desert with some single track mixed in, even then I favor the 5 speed over a six speed, but if the WR ever gets a six speed I would hope that it's a closer ratio spread than the current 5 speed.
Unfortunately it won't happen. The Japanese manufacturers seem to have a "good enough" mentality regarding five speeds in their off-road bikes, and changing that is too much of a design departure for them from the MX model it's based on.
Unfortunately it won't happen. The Japanese manufacturers seem to have a "good enough" mentality regarding five speeds in their off-road bikes, and changing that is too much of a design departure for them from the MX model it's based on.

:thumbsup: well said

Unfortunately it won't happen. The Japanese manufacturers seem to have a "good enough" mentality regarding five speeds in their off-road bikes, and changing that is too much of a design departure for them from the MX model it's based on.

I completely disagree with your assumption..

The Japanese manufacturers seem to have a "good enough" mentality regarding five speeds in their off-road bikes, and changing that is too much of a design departure for them from the MX model it's based on.
Ain't that the truth!
Unfortunately it won't happen. The Japanese manufacturers seem to have a "good enough" mentality regarding five speeds in their off-road bikes, and changing that is too much of a design departure for them from the MX model it's based on.

Then why did the WR450 have a 5 speed and the YZ450 have a 4 speed?

I agree that it is unlikely to see a 6 speed, it has enough power for the wide ratio's of the 5 speed. If you think they are too close, gear it up!

The reason Dan and many others would like a close ratio 6-speed is it would work better on an MX track and Harescrambles.

I thought they went to the 4-speed in the YZ450 because of broken gears in the YZ426's. :thumbsup: The problem is 4-speed MX bike's are a tough sell used to people looking for an off road bike. Fortunately, Yamaha finally went back to the 5-speed.

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I thought they went to the 4-speed in the YZ450 because of broken gears in the YZ426's.

They did it because for MX riding you don't need a 5 speed and a 4 speed weighs less. The early YZ400's that were raced in Supercross had only 3 gears with 1st and 5th gears removed. Unfortunately they underestimated the impact on the off-road market in the process. Kawasaki is doing the same thing with the KX450 which is a 4 speed as well.

They did it because for MX riding you don't need a 5 speed and a 4 speed weighs less. The early YZ400's that were raced in Supercross had only 3 gears with 1st and 5th gears removed. Unfortunately they underestimated the impact on the off-road market in the process. Kawasaki is doing the same thing with the KX450 which is a 4 speed as well.

i would say its a little of both,as the yamaha 4 spd gears are 20% larger than the 5 spd gears they replaced. that would make it 20 % less wt in a 4spd over 5. i'm still wondering if they made the new 5 spd with the larger style gears or went back to the old ones? considering an 02 5spd gearset fits in the 03-05 4 spd box,and that they widened the motor for 06 i think maybe they did go with the larger style :thumbsup:

Then why did the WR450 have a 5 speed and the YZ450 have a 4 speed?
Simple. Both the WR and the YZ had 5 speeds before that. For the WR it was a simple matter of NOT switching to the 4 speed (as the YZ did) rather then some new design departure from the YZ. Want to know what the new WR will look like?...take the current YZ, add a bigger tank, lights, happy button, a sidestand and the usual re-tuning (aka de-tuning) for off-road. It will probably work good...but don't look for a unique design. They don't work that way.

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