ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Bikes > Thumpers
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-13-2013, 07:08 AM   #1
BLUEThunder OP
Rider of Blue Thumpers
 
BLUEThunder's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Shenandoah Valley, VA
Oddometer: 486
Need your ADVICE - Converting WR450F into Adventure Touring Machine

Help! I have a '05 Yamaha WR450F that I have made street legal. It's a pretty sweet ride. I did a trip on the Blue Ridge Trail back in May on my '05 DRZ400 and decided I wanted to convert my WR450 into a dual sport touring machine and I need some advice.

What I'm looking for is advice on the following:
  • I need an oversize fuel tank. The factory tank just don't cut it out there in the VA/WV mountians. Not enough fuel for between stations. I would like to see pics if possible of your WR with an oversize tank and tell me what kind it is...Just so I can see what your brand looks like on your bike.
  • Saddlebags - Would love to see pics of your WR with saddlebags and tell me a little bit about how well they work/don't work. I've been looking at the Wolfman bags ($$$) and the Great Loop but I'm open to anything. I had some cheap vinyl like saddlebags on the DRZ but they won't work on the WR because of lack of a sub-frame.
  • Tank Bags - again, pics would be great of your tank bag on your bike...just so I can get a visual of your brand on an actual WR.
Any advice &/or pics of this stuff or anything else touring for that matter (WR related) is welcome. This is my fall/winter project. And you know how this kind of stuff goes...it's an ever evolving project.

Thanks a bunch!
BLUEThunder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2013, 09:31 AM   #2
BLUEThunder OP
Rider of Blue Thumpers
 
BLUEThunder's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Shenandoah Valley, VA
Oddometer: 486
Really? Wow! 68 views and no replies? I know some of you out there have bags on those WR's and bigger tanks...That factory tank won't take you far.
BLUEThunder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2013, 09:40 AM   #3
Johnnyktm
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Nov 2012
Location: Spain
Oddometer: 117
I do not have a WR, so I cannot help you, but I remember having seen some aftermarket fuel tanks in other posts in ADVRider, so perhaps a search would bring you some results
Johnnyktm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2013, 10:35 AM   #4
JTucker
Beastly Adventurer
 
JTucker's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: West By God Virginia
Oddometer: 2,252
There's a thread on here about it. I have an Acerbis tank 3.6 gal I think. Nicely made and fits well. I have a giant loop but haven't put it on the WR yet.
__________________
http://www.ktm-parts.com
03 Aprilia Caponord 06DR650
13 GasGas EC300 05 WR450F 87 T-dub
JTucker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2013, 07:44 PM   #5
BLUEThunder OP
Rider of Blue Thumpers
 
BLUEThunder's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Shenandoah Valley, VA
Oddometer: 486
nice! thanks guys. Good start. I did find a pretty awesome thread on here from '09 that I've been reading.

JT, anxious to hear how the GreatLoop works out when you do install. What part of WV you from? I'm in the western part of VA (near Harrisonburg) and ride over in eastern WV quite a bit.
BLUEThunder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2013, 08:27 PM   #6
Crazy Carl
Adventurer
 
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: Sacramento Area
Oddometer: 25
Calling Parx400 to the WR courtesy phone!

__________________
~ Go here to read about the next Pikeys show and go here to be our friend on Facebook. ~
Or if you're a more visual person, check out our Youtube Channel
Crazy Carl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2013, 08:36 PM   #7
Parx400
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: Jun 2010
Location: Sacramento CA
Oddometer: 1,443
Quote:
Originally Posted by JTucker View Post
There's a thread on here about it. I have an Acerbis tank 3.6 gal I think. Nicely made and fits well. I have a giant loop but haven't put it on the WR yet.
That is a 3.3
Parx400 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2013, 08:41 PM   #8
Parx400
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: Jun 2010
Location: Sacramento CA
Oddometer: 1,443
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crazy Carl View Post
Calling Parx400 to the WR courtesy phone!

This is my bike with the safari 4.1 gal tank. I have owned the IMS, the Acherbis 6.6 and this tank. I think 3.3 is not enough for long rides. The 6.6 is stupid big. I have one for rides where I need to go more than 170 miles between gas stops.

In my opinion the 4.1 is the best tank out there. Its thin in the legs but holds lots of gas.

The safari tanks are almost 500 bucks but there was a shop closing them out a few months ago. I got mine for 330 from him. Please is called Dual sport touring. He had one left when I got mine.
Parx400 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2013, 08:39 AM   #9
JTucker
Beastly Adventurer
 
JTucker's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: West By God Virginia
Oddometer: 2,252
We have plenty of gas around here and the bike tends to get 50ish mpg so the 3.3 is fine for me so far.
Ill throw the giant loop on the back when I get a chance and take a pic.
__________________
http://www.ktm-parts.com
03 Aprilia Caponord 06DR650
13 GasGas EC300 05 WR450F 87 T-dub
JTucker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2013, 03:15 AM   #10
Lc8grrr
Vtwin madness
 
Lc8grrr's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Not quite Tamworth, Aus
Oddometer: 429
This might help,

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=909857
Lc8grrr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2013, 05:42 AM   #11
BLUEThunder OP
Rider of Blue Thumpers
 
BLUEThunder's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Shenandoah Valley, VA
Oddometer: 486
Awesome guys! Thanks for the start!

I like the looks of the safari tank...are the tank shrouds actually part of the tank, increasing fuel capacity?

I think I like the clear oversized tank. I know they tend to yellow, but I like being able to see the fuel level so easy.
BLUEThunder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2013, 01:11 PM   #12
Parx400
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: Jun 2010
Location: Sacramento CA
Oddometer: 1,443
Yes the shrouds are part of the tank and hold gas. They are very thin though compared to other tanks that hold gas in that area.


If you cant spend the bucks for the 4.1 than get the Acherbis 3.3. I would stay away from the IMS tank. It has issues. If you think you will be doing 170 miles between gas stops you need the 6.6.
Parx400 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 06:15 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014