Yamaha WR450F Adventure Bike

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by stevh0, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    After upgrading from a DRZ400S to the WR450 I was really happy to have a bike that was so much better on the trails. After the dirt knobbies wore out, I tried a DOT knobby on front & a DOT trials on the rear. That was a HUGE mistake, especially the DOT knobby front tire. The WR felt like the DRZ did, terrible handling off-road. I think the DRZ probably would have been a much better handling bike on the trails if I'd tried a dirt knobby front tire.
  2. terrapinneck

    terrapinneck Been here awhile

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    Hearing you talk about your new 450 piqued my interest in getting my own. So everytime I'm out enjoying backroading and trail riding on the WR I can credit it to you. Thanks. :clap
  3. n16ht5

    n16ht5 ride the night

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    What the KTM did most of the day...
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    hmm.. hope that isn't coming our way.... lets go for the next peak :wink: :1drink
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    incoming..
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    hiding under some stunted trees below summit.. storm just about passed now
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  4. SR

    SR Long timer

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    Nice work with the photos!!:clap
  5. Lutz

    Lutz Fuzzy Rabbit

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    Yeah, wow!
  6. panhead_pete

    panhead_pete Gone riding

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    Awesome pics!!!

    What are you guys doing re the very short service intervals on the WR, adding extra oil capacity? Not an issue for trail riding but on long trips it would be.
  7. n16ht5

    n16ht5 ride the night

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    thanks.

    short intervals? :huh

    check valves every 100hrs
    change oil every 15-20hrs
    keep the stock airfilter + prefilter clean and oiled religiously
  8. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    I think it's supposed to be every 10 hours or so for racing conditions.

    I'm not racing, run Rotella T6 synthetic, and figure it's fine to go 20-30 hours. Of course I check the level & color every few tanks of gas. It never gets dark between changing.

    At first I was concerned about it only holding 1 liter, but since it's water cooled I figure it's a lot easier on the oil than the temps an air cooled engine reaches.
  9. n16ht5

    n16ht5 ride the night

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    Yeah, good point Glenn. I do a mix of logging roads and singletrack, so I stretch it out to 15-20 with good synthetic
  10. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

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    re: extra oil capacity, i mentioned ages back in this thread but for anyone new...

    did a write up here on a cheap way to add a liter of extra oil. quite easy to do as you just hook into the frame reservoir. for easy adv riding you can probably extend to 30+ hours with no problems.
  11. panhead_pete

    panhead_pete Gone riding

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    Thanks B1and everyone else. 20hrs would be two days traveling for me but for others it obviously works. I do have a trail bike too which is probably the difference too.
  12. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    I knew I wasn't going to be doing too many k's with mine, and use it for easy trail/light adventure riding, so I planned on changing the oil at about 2000k's intervals. I changed the oil when I got it and I've done 500k's the oil still looks like new, so I'll continue with my plan and change it around 1500-2000k's and judge it from there. :freaky
  13. Parx400

    Parx400 Long timer

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    Well I got it. Close out price of only 329. The 03-06 4.1 gal safari tank. I planned on getting a 3,3 and swamping with my 6.6 all the time for longer rides. Now I will only use the 6.6 for 2 death valley rides a year.

    There is one more 4.1 gal tank for sale at Dual Sport Touring in TN. well there was as of last week wen I ordered mine.


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  14. Rider 101

    Rider 101 Highly paid idiot

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    BygDaddee,
    keep that air filter clean. Do it after every ride ( 500km ). I did 10,000km on my 03 450. Check valves at 8000km and still within tolerance. Use the BEST fuel you can get ( 98 or 95 RON ) and change the oil a little more regularly. I can't stress enough about cleaning the air filter.

    I am sure I have read somewhere that the dust in Aussie is high in silica. When viewed under a microscope the particles appear very angular. This , combined with the hardness of silica ( getting close to diamond ) will carve your motor apart. I have seen the damage silica can do to pulverised fuel systems in power stations. Nihard ( high nickel copper alloy ) cuts up in 1000 hours.

  15. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    Oh yeah, air filter clean and oil chain after every ride goes without saying for me, I've done it ever since my first dirt bike. I use 95+ Ron, unless I can't get it and then I don't mind mixing in a bit of lower octane into half a tank of 95. I'll keep an eye on my oil, do it somewhere between 1 and 2 thousand. I did over 300k's of adventure riding yesterday with some 20+ km 100km/h black top links, the WR450F handles that type of riding like a dream. :deal

  16. motoxer667

    motoxer667 Been here awhile

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  17. EricMN

    EricMN Adventurer

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    Nice bike, what are the straps for around the seat? By the way nice garage too.
  18. motoxer667

    motoxer667 Been here awhile

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    The straps are Tuggers. http://www.thetugger.com/

    Thank you on the shop. Wish I could say it is mine. It is where I work though
  19. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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  20. Farmer Roy

    Farmer Roy Been here awhile

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    just bought myself a new WR450

    what are people doing about carrying luggage etc in the way of racks & frames for soft panniers

    any photos or comments on home made solutions would be great also

    cheers