I had a plated 03. Good solid bike. The engine really is bullet proof. Since the bike is new to you, I'd check them now, then maybe again in 20-30 hours. If they haven't moved, you don't need to check them often. I only checked mine once per year, which was probably 60-70 hours, they were still in spec. Checking them at every oil change is a waste of time.
The only negative of the WR as a dual sport bike is the 5 speed gear box. I always found myself looking for 6th gear on pavement or wide open desert/fire roads. I now have a KTM EXC with a 6 speed gear box and it's perfect. If the WR had a true wide ratio, 6 speed gear box, I'd still have it.
BTW, the WR is a MUCH better bike than the DRZ all the way around. I've owned a DRZ, so I know them well. The DRZ would get me where I was going, the WR and the KTM get me there while smiling the entire way!
KTM 525 EXC
socaltrailrider screwed with this post 03-15-2012 at 05:55 PM