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450 or 250 WR

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Looking for advice on buying a new WR 450 or the 250. I live Colorado and want to get back into the dirt. My riding skill is good but outdated. Last off road bike was WR400 in 99. I want all around bike that can do a little street(between trails) but get with it off road. Trails are mixed from tight to wide open. Any good places to get information and advise? The light weight 250 sounds nice but i am concerned the power is a little to weak for the altitude.

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if the light weight is not the MOST important thing, i would go for the 450 as the 250 will feel underpowered after a seasons of driving, IMHO

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Get the 450. Don't do the free mods @ first. Then as you want more power and get used to it, start doing them. You wont be sorry. Let me know if you need any advise or help. I am in castle Rock.

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Get the 450. Don't do the free mods @ first. Then as you want more power and get used to it, start doing them. You wont be sorry. Let me know if you need any advise or help. I am in castle Rock.

Definitely! He's exactly right.

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another vote for Rich1167, hes bang on, went through the same thought process, local bike shop said I should get the 250, I'm sure it's good for business as I would have traded it in for the 450. So glad I bought the 450 after reading similar posts on here last year. My 14 year old son rides mine and has ridden my mates WR250 06 and doesn't like it, feels it lacks power. Get the 450 :thumbsup:

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450. Between the altitude and wanting to ride on the street 450 is the way to go. Besides I don't think there is that much difference in weight.

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I was in the same boat a while ago and was pretty convinced the 250 would be perfect for this old man. Dealer only had a 450 on the floor so I bought it. Wow, couldn't be happier, so glad I got the 450.

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Any good places to get information and advise? The light weight 250 sounds nice but i am concerned the power is a little to weak for the altitude.
Yep, that's always a concern when a small bore bike has to do some roads or open terrain. But fighting a heavier bike in technical trails is not much fun either. The good news is that the later model WR450's "feel" a lot lighter then the earlier WR's you might be familar with and are less top heavy. If an all new 07 is in the equation for you, that might just raise the bar again and could "feel" even lighter then the few pounds weight savings over the current model implies...although that will have to be proven!

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If your going to be spending time on the road and fire roads get the 450. You would have to modify the 250 pretty heavily to enjoy it in the open. If you were going to stick to the tight trails then a well modified 250 would be the ticket.

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Do you plan on doing any MX jumping???? if so 250 for sure.

Otherwise everyone else is right, the 450 is the way to go for street and trail riding.

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If you liked the WR400 you had, you will probably be better of on the 450.

I have had my 450 for almost two years now but probably should have started out with a 250, but my pause in riding was 18 years, now I would not like to have anything else than the 450.

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