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Old 06-28-2013, 05:35 PM   #346
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After upgrading from a DRZ400S to the WR450 I was really happy to have a bike that was so much better on the trails. After the dirt knobbies wore out, I tried a DOT knobby on front & a DOT trials on the rear. That was a HUGE mistake, especially the DOT knobby front tire. The WR felt like the DRZ did, terrible handling off-road. I think the DRZ probably would have been a much better handling bike on the trails if I'd tried a dirt knobby front tire.
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:08 PM   #347
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Thank you !

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I put this photo up on another thread, but I had to put it up here to describe how I feel about my new 2012 WR-450 vs. my old 2003 DRZ-400. The DRZ was a good bike with a very comfortable ride (suspension and seat). It was very reliable too. The WR-450 has way more power, but on paved roads the DRZ-400 actually has a higher cruising speed, because of its gearing.

I kept the old DRZ around for a few months as a loaner after I got the WR. Then this weekend I got on the DRZ and rode it a little. It feels incredibly old school after riding the new WR-450, especially in the frame geometry and suspension. After about 100 meters of riding the DRZ, I immediately made the decision to sell it. I sold it yesterday.


This is the tallest bridge in the world, 401 meters.

Hearing you talk about your new 450 piqued my interest in getting my own. So everytime I'm out enjoying backroading and trail riding on the WR I can credit it to you. Thanks.
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:25 PM   #348
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Hearing you talk about your new 450 piqued my interest in getting my own. So everytime I'm out enjoying backroading and trail riding on the WR I can credit it to you. Thanks.

Hey man don't blame me!! Seriously thought, glad to hear you got a dirt bike, especially a WR. They are sweet bikes. I bet for a while the other bikes will collect dust in the garage while you take the WR out every weekend.

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Old 07-01-2013, 08:35 AM   #349
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lots of hikers..






What the KTM did most of the day...





hmm.. hope that isn't coming our way.... lets go for the next peak




Hmm..


incoming..


hiding under some stunted trees below summit.. storm just about passed now









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Old 07-01-2013, 08:37 AM   #350
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Nice!

Nice work with the photos!!
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:19 PM   #351
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Nice work with the photos!!
Yeah, wow!
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:11 PM   #352
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Awesome pics!!!

What are you guys doing re the very short service intervals on the WR, adding extra oil capacity? Not an issue for trail riding but on long trips it would be.
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:26 PM   #353
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thanks.

short intervals?

check valves every 100hrs
change oil every 15-20hrs
keep the stock airfilter + prefilter clean and oiled religiously
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:26 PM   #354
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Awesome pics!!!

What are you guys doing re the very short service intervals on the WR, adding extra oil capacity? Not an issue for trail riding but on long trips it would be.

I think it's supposed to be every 10 hours or so for racing conditions.

I'm not racing, run Rotella T6 synthetic, and figure it's fine to go 20-30 hours. Of course I check the level & color every few tanks of gas. It never gets dark between changing.

At first I was concerned about it only holding 1 liter, but since it's water cooled I figure it's a lot easier on the oil than the temps an air cooled engine reaches.
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:47 PM   #355
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Yeah, good point Glenn. I do a mix of logging roads and singletrack, so I stretch it out to 15-20 with good synthetic
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:51 PM   #356
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re: extra oil capacity, i mentioned ages back in this thread but for anyone new...

did a write up here on a cheap way to add a liter of extra oil. quite easy to do as you just hook into the frame reservoir. for easy adv riding you can probably extend to 30+ hours with no problems.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:13 AM   #357
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re: extra oil capacity, i mentioned ages back in this thread but for anyone new...

did a write up here on a cheap way to add a liter of extra oil. quite easy to do as you just hook into the frame reservoir. for easy adv riding you can probably extend to 30+ hours with no problems.
Thanks B1and everyone else. 20hrs would be two days traveling for me but for others it obviously works. I do have a trail bike too which is probably the difference too.
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:11 AM   #358
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Oil Changes

I knew I wasn't going to be doing too many k's with mine, and use it for easy trail/light adventure riding, so I planned on changing the oil at about 2000k's intervals. I changed the oil when I got it and I've done 500k's the oil still looks like new, so I'll continue with my plan and change it around 1500-2000k's and judge it from there.
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Old 07-03-2013, 04:21 PM   #359
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Well I got it. Close out price of only 329. The 03-06 4.1 gal safari tank. I planned on getting a 3,3 and swamping with my 6.6 all the time for longer rides. Now I will only use the 6.6 for 2 death valley rides a year.

There is one more 4.1 gal tank for sale at Dual Sport Touring in TN. well there was as of last week wen I ordered mine.










Stock, 4.1, 6.6

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Old 07-07-2013, 12:59 AM   #360
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clean clean clean

BygDaddee,
keep that air filter clean. Do it after every ride ( 500km ). I did 10,000km on my 03 450. Check valves at 8000km and still within tolerance. Use the BEST fuel you can get ( 98 or 95 RON ) and change the oil a little more regularly. I can't stress enough about cleaning the air filter.

I am sure I have read somewhere that the dust in Aussie is high in silica. When viewed under a microscope the particles appear very angular. This , combined with the hardness of silica ( getting close to diamond ) will carve your motor apart. I have seen the damage silica can do to pulverised fuel systems in power stations. Nihard ( high nickel copper alloy ) cuts up in 1000 hours.

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I knew I wasn't going to be doing too many k's with mine, and use it for easy trail/light adventure riding, so I planned on changing the oil at about 2000k's intervals. I changed the oil when I got it and I've done 500k's the oil still looks like new, so I'll continue with my plan and change it around 1500-2000k's and judge it from there.
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