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Old 11-17-2007, 07:42 PM   #1
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Street legal WR450 and the like...

Here it is, another one of those threads you guys hate...

my buddy is a good rider, rides a 05 Yamaha R6 and a 05 yz 250

He has recently become interested in Dual Sporting with the gang and has himself convinced he wants a WR..

1st issue is, he needs to find a plated one somewhere and transfer it in. Pennsylvania is a really hard place to get vehicles plated.. strict rules of course..

Anyhow, is the WR pretty high strung to dual sport... My rides are usually all day consisting of paved twsties, fast dirt roads, slow dirt roads, rocky dual track, single track, skidder trails etc.. but no highway...

How is he going to fair with this bike.... i dont know why I care, I probably shouldnt.. what other options should he consider, I told him about a local 640enduro but he stated "thats too slow and doesnt wheelie" Im guessing maybe he is a lost cause from that statement... He has already drank the kool-aid...

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Old 11-17-2007, 10:48 PM   #2
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Do it.

The WR450 is THE best choice for a plated enduro bike. I DS a CRF450X and it doesn't come close to the reliability of the WR. Their valves stay in spec and their top-ends go a long time before time to replace. Tell him to go for it. Pennsylvania is tough but not impossible. I've seen more than a few plated dirtbikes from that state...some being 2-strokes so it's far from impossible. I'm with him on a racebike for DS duty. If it won't come up in 5th I'm bored.
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Old 11-18-2007, 07:34 AM   #3
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I've got an '06 that's plated and love the thing.





I'm currently waiting on a Renazco seat for it so should be set for doing longer distance rides on it. The bike absolutely rips through the trails. The motor is awesome on the thing. On the street, you have to get used to the throttle surging while droning along at hiway speeds. Some folks disconnect the TPS to help alleviate the issue. It really doesn't bother me that much. Just do the routine maintenance at reasonable intervals and keep an eye on the valve clearances and most people don't have any issues.
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Old 11-18-2007, 08:29 AM   #4
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I have seen some WRs plated in PA. Tell him to go to Clarion Cycles and have them get a bike plated for him. They are great guys there and had a plated wr on the showroom floor. It is just north, maybe an hour north of pittsburgh.
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Old 11-27-2007, 06:36 PM   #5
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I've pretty much decided on the WR for my lightweight performance DS. Of course plating it here in NM is much easier. It's really hard to beat the performance and durability of the top end on the WR. Also the spread on the 5 speed is pretty wide.
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Old 11-28-2007, 04:34 AM   #6
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Another vote for the plated 450, given the use you're describing. I'd feel ok with pretty much any of the "enduro" bikes out there except Honda and Kawi...too many engine hiccups.

He might want to consider KTM, Husky, Husaberg, etc. also, because he can get the same type bike with a larger motor and 6 speed gearbox. For the ultimate dual sport rush, the Husaberg 650 is amazing.
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Old 11-28-2007, 06:09 AM   #7
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My riding buddy has a plated 06 WR450 and loves it. We do all the kinds of riding your talking about with no complaints. Its not quite as comfortable on the interstate as my 525EXC but it gets the job done.

There is a ride report on here where a guy rode his plated WR450 from Indianapolis to Jellico TN on the interstate (about 5 hours). Then rode the TAT from there to the AR/OK state line then on the interstate back to Indy. He said he had no problems at all with his WR on that ride.
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Old 11-28-2007, 08:00 AM   #8
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A friend has a plated WR450 and also a plated XR650R. He still prefers the XR for any road work, probably because of the engine size=more torque etc.

For off road though, he says the 450 is way better especially in the tight stuff. After riding my Husky 610 he said he wouldn't mind the 610 instead of the XR for more dualsporting ie, road work but would keep the 450. The big thing on the 610 for road work is the 6 speed gearbox. He's owned the 450 for a year now and no problems at all with it.
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Old 11-28-2007, 02:38 PM   #9
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I DS a WR250F. Just putting a new topend in it now at about 130hrs. No problems to-date.
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Old 11-28-2007, 03:47 PM   #10
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I have seen some WRs plated in PA. Tell him to go to Clarion Cycles and have them get a bike plated for him. They are great guys there and had a plated wr on the showroom floor. It is just north, maybe an hour north of pittsburgh.
Hey - I grew up 10 miles from there - was just talking to them this summer about DS-ing a WR450!

FWIW, regarding WR450s, I like them on paper but admit that I know little of their history:

1) I know the latest ones have electric start and aluminum frame; exactly which years had electric start?

2) Any huge difference in the steel vs. aluminum framed WR's?

3) Is the "F" model different; were/are they all "F"'s?

4) How different is a WR400 or 426(?) than a current 450?

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Old 11-28-2007, 03:50 PM   #11
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I have seen some WRs plated in PA. Tell him to go to Clarion Cycles and have them get a bike plated for him. They are great guys there and had a plated wr on the showroom floor. It is just north, maybe an hour north of pittsburgh.
Hey - I grew up 10 miles from there - was just talking to them this summer about DS-ing a WR450!

FWIW, regarding WR450s, I like them on paper but admit that I know little of their history:

1) I know the latest ones have electric start and aluminum frame; exactly which years had electric start?

2) Any huge difference in the steel vs. aluminum framed WR's?

3) Is the "F" model different; were/are they all "F"'s?

4) How different is a WR400 or 426(?) than a current 450?

thx!!!!
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Old 11-28-2007, 03:54 PM   #12
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I did it and the plates only stayed on the bike for one year. You can do it but they are not good on the road. I enjoyed my old plated TT350 much more. An XR650R would be ideal. Old school 4-strokes are much more livable on-road than the new high strung ones. But this is just my experience.
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Old 11-28-2007, 04:04 PM   #13
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My buddy 'Steve' has a plated 2006 WR450. He has no issues with riding 50 to 100 miles on road to get to a trail network, aside from a sore ass from the hard seat.

It's a killer off road bike!

It's been rock solid as a dualsport...





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Old 11-28-2007, 04:20 PM   #14
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Quote:
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1) I know the latest ones have electric start and aluminum frame; exactly which years had electric start?
'03 and up.

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2) Any huge difference in the steel vs. aluminum framed WR's?
Try searching Thumpertalk. Lots of info on this topic. Many people seem to agree that the aluminum frames are much stiffer and less forgiving.

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3) Is the "F" model different; were/are they all "F"'s?
They're all F's.

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4) How different is a WR400 or 426(?) than a current 450?
426 is a LOT different than the 400. Not sure how much things changed from the 426 to the 450.
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Old 11-28-2007, 04:40 PM   #15
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I really miss my '05 WR450...if I could've plated it, I would have. NEVER had a problem with that bike, and it was awesome to ride. Sold it to get an XR650L. The new one does it's job, but it's a heavy bitch, especially in the sand. If I could have both, I would, and to be honest, I wouldn't have bought an XR if I could've plated the WR. I don't get on the freeway much though...wait a second, I'm rambling, if I could've plated the WR for exactly what you're talking about, I would, and then I'd go buy a supermoto or something else for tooling around town!


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