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Old 11-14-2012, 11:39 PM   #181
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That's definatly what I'm thinking. I won't be using this bike for anything more than a weekend warrior dual sport.
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:45 AM   #182
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That's definatly what I'm thinking. I won't be using this bike for anything more than a weekend warrior dual sport.

What are you using the 09' KTM 450 for?
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:46 AM   #183
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There is no comparison. The WR450 is a much better suited machine!
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:18 AM   #184
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Im really considering a WR450F for my next enduro/dual sport bike. DRZ400 or WR450 decision decision.
i've owned both. i won't knock the DRZ as they are a great bike for their intended purpose. personally i'd only look at the drz if you are doing a lot of road miles as it will be smoother, larger oil capacity so less oil changes, has a bigger tank standard, feel more planted on bitumen with its increased weight, and generally be quieter (engine noise wise). and obviously go a lot further before needing major engine work, although the WRs are very impressive in this regard compared to most high performance enduro bikes.

but the WR will win out in vritually every other respect. plus if you put on a bigger tank, cush drive hub and increase the oil capacity then you've wiped out most of the points above.




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Old 11-15-2012, 12:00 PM   #185
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I commute on my wr450 daily for years with no issues. They have a pretty good oil capacity and I change my oil every 1,500-2,000 miles. The valves don't budge on the 5 valva head design.

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Old 11-15-2012, 02:38 PM   #186
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Welcome! This place is better than SMJ.



Hey, I know you...kinda . So this is your bike eh? Looks awesome! So far I am enjoying the sarcastic satire of this site and the not so "kinder gentler" nature of it. Even more so is the absence of people like that Armenian ass hat (who even has his own smiley: ...how cool is that?). Anyway, do I assume that you got your WR street legal?
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:46 PM   #187
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There is no comparison. The WR450 is a much better suited machine!

The perspective is a bit weird. The yamahas look like pocket-bikes
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:23 PM   #188
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My KTM got stolen six months ago. Don't have much faith in Johnny law finding my bike.
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:50 PM   #189
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The perspective is a bit weird. The yamahas look like pocket-bikes
It'll feel like a pit bike weight wise compared to the drz. Power wise, not even close. Suspension, no comparison either. Since the WR is street legal elsewhere in the world it is a simple project to make one street legal here in the states.

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:41 PM   #190
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Well the search is on for the right slightly used(under a thousand miles) WR450.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:22 AM   #191
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Well the search is on for the right slightly used(under a thousand miles) WR450.

Here's a good place to look.
http://www.bikefinds.com/yamaha-wr450f-for-sale

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(btw, if you look at pre-2012 models it's likely you'll need to spend $300 to upgrade the CDI, because the stock unit often tends to stutter when used on the road.)
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:09 AM   #192
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Here's a good place to look.
http://www.bikefinds.com/yamaha-wr450f-for-sale

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(btw, if you look at pre-2012 models it's likely you'll need to spend $300 to upgrade the CDI, because the stock unit often tends to stutter when used on the road.)
You can also unplug the tps...which will save some money and a headache lol.

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Old 11-16-2012, 02:32 PM   #193
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Thanks for the info. I would love to try the fuel injected 2012 or 13, but ill save a little coin and look for a slightly used older bike, hopefully with a few upgrades already done.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:39 PM   #194
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Thanks for the info. I would love to try the fuel injected 2012 or 13, but ill save a little coin and look for a slightly used older bike, hopefully with a few upgrades already done.
The aluminum frame WR's are really nice. They offer the best handling and suspension (in my opinion) and the engine still holds about the same amount of oil as the steel framed bikes. Plus the frames won't rust lol. Nothing against the steel framed machines. I miss every one of my former ones. But it's a chore maintaining the frames (especially with multiple bikes).

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Old 11-16-2012, 03:18 PM   #195
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You can also unplug the tps...which will save some money and a headache lol.

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I wish that had worked on my 08'... $300 was a hard pill to swallow, but it worked.
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