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Old 03-26-2009, 08:17 AM   #1
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Yamaha WR450R Rumors????????

I have read some rumors about a WR450R possible? Anyone know anything????? I hope so.
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:33 AM   #2
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they make them, yes.
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:57 AM   #3
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All just rumors. I'll believe it when I see it. Don't get me wrong - I'd love it but those rumors have been going for several years.
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Old 03-26-2009, 10:42 AM   #4
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I was at the local Yamaha shop in Missoula yesterday looking at the WR250R. I really like the bike, but as I own a 1250 Bandit and a XR650L, I think I want something bigger than a 250. I really like the Yamaha bikes, but the 450 is not available in street-legal guise. Yet.
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Old 03-26-2009, 10:42 AM   #5
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Were did you hear rumors? I hear lots of people loudly wishing for one (me included) but nobody that has any clue whatsoever.



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Old 03-26-2009, 11:27 AM   #6
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Old 03-26-2009, 11:47 AM   #7
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they make them, yes.
yami makes a non-street legal wrf450. that's what you're thinking of.

a wr450r would be a 450 version of their 250 dual sport.
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Old 03-26-2009, 11:50 AM   #8
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I was at the local Yamaha shop in Missoula yesterday looking at the WR250R. I really like the bike, but as I own a 1250 Bandit and a XR650L, I think I want something bigger than a 250. I really like the Yamaha bikes, but the 450 is not available in street-legal guise. Yet.
Where do you plan to ride your dual-sport? If it's mostly woods/off-road you may be fine with "just" a 250. I just bought a WR250R and my other bike is a Triumph Speed Triple. This after having owned a DRZ400S in the past.

If your looking for mostly street & fire roads then it may or may not be the right bike for you.
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Old 03-26-2009, 11:55 AM   #9
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Hey Gas,

What do you think of the 250 vs. your DRZ? Gotta friend pondering the switch.
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Old 03-26-2009, 12:10 PM   #10
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Something to consider... considering the origins of the WR250R motor, for Yamaha to make it a 450 size bike, would it need to be a 2cyl 500?
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Old 03-26-2009, 12:27 PM   #11
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Something to consider... considering the origins of the WR250R motor, for Yamaha to make it a 450 size bike, would it need to be a 2cyl 500?
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Old 03-26-2009, 12:30 PM   #12
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A 500 inline twin would be welcome in an adventure bike package, but it would add way too much unnecessary weight for the type of dirt-bike-with-lights philosophy that the WR250R follows.

They make the WR450F road-legal in other markets like Australia and parts of Africa. Fk, just sell me one of those Yamaha!

Until then, I'm having a blast on the 250, and not really missing the extra cc's for the tight mountain trails we ride on.
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Old 03-26-2009, 12:54 PM   #13
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Where do you plan to ride your dual-sport? If it's mostly woods/off-road you may be fine with "just" a 250. I just bought a WR250R and my other bike is a Triumph Speed Triple. This after having owned a DRZ400S in the past.

If your looking for mostly street & fire roads then it may or may not be the right bike for you.
I'll let you know once I get to really ride it in the dirt. I've got a lot of parts and new tires coming in. I'm going to run it good before modding the intake/EFI programming/exhaust to get a good baseline and to break it in a bit. Those parts are already on the way though too.
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Old 03-26-2009, 01:04 PM   #14
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It seems like the Japanese are getting scooped by the euro street legal 450 enduros now out like the BMW, Husky and KTM. It's a huge plus and saves a lot of "grey area" licensing BS for enduro bikes. I can't image the Japanese won't repond with their WR's, CRF-X, KXF's etc.
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Old 03-26-2009, 02:22 PM   #15
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Hey Gas,

What do you think of the 250 vs. your DRZ? Gotta friend pondering the switch.
Just got off a WR 250 SM with a aftermarket pipe/remap And all kinds of stuff taken off.....

IMO it felt like my DRZ completely stock.... and I think thats just because of the lower weight. i did not ask him how much the pipe and remap was.

Turns real good, but there was no torque.

again IMO I think it would hang in with a DRZ in top speed, but I have to say that getting to top speed, the DRZ will win.
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