Yamaha WR450F Adventure Bike

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

  1. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    Does anybody know these guys? It would be awesome if you could post some pictures or other details of the oil coolers they added. :thumb

    Cheers
  2. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Not-a-Continent-Crosser but a very capable dual sport. I prefer to take this bad boy into the woods vs the F800GS :)

    Overall we did 200 miles; part of it on pavement, part of it on forest roads; and a couple of hundred feet of single track. :evil

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  3. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    Anyone using, or know of, a manufacture produced oil cooler that can be added to the WR450F? I've added generic coolers to several bikes but want something "model appropriate" for the WR,,,,,(read) easy application :D
  4. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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  5. DiasDePlaya

    DiasDePlaya Been here awhile

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    This is the WR 450 Dakar that John McKendrick (Chilean) will ride next Dakar.

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    And this is the bike that he rode last Dakar

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  6. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    Nice bike! That's the JVO kit from Spain that quite a few forum members have. Dakaroo, JMo, Bluebull etc. Jonah Street will also be riding it in the 2011 Dakar.
  7. dnrobertson

    dnrobertson Big Bike, Slow Rider

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    Gary Benn (the builder of the bike) has worked for Yamaha for ages. He currently works for Craig Dack Racing here in Australia.

    The bash plate/oil cooler was custom made by B & B here in Australia. Gary talked to a lot of people in Yamaha to get the mods right. The engine mods to get the oil lines correct were the hardest part.

    I was on the ride with him (mentioned in the magazine article), but I didn't get any photos before I fell off and injured myself and returned home.

    I do know that Gary estimates the cost of the mods to the bike (tanks, new rims f/r, cush drive, rear rack, pipe, bash plate and oil mods) would cost about $6,000 to do if there were any paying customers.

    Gary did the entire trip (about 4800 kms) with no oil changes. Since the ride, he has pulled the top end and reported no problems with valves, piston or rings. The other two bikes did one oil change during the ride and required no adjustments when there valves were checked.
  8. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    I'd love that kit on my WR400F.. but that's some serious dough! Any sponsors? Hello?

    We all know that WR400F is just as fast as WR450F minus the Z-button!
  9. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    What kind of gearing? Any info on the cush drive? Any hubs or rims that can easily be adapted to WR400 / 426 / or 450
  10. dnrobertson

    dnrobertson Big Bike, Slow Rider

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    The gearing was 16 / 48. This gearing pulled about 160 KMH (GPS indicated) on the bitumen yet handled the 1000 sand dunes of the Simpson Desert (although this year has not been the driest, so sand was damp)

    The hubs are Talon hubs laced to Excel rims (std on back, 1.85 on front). All supplied here in Australia by John Titman Racing with heavy duty spokes.
  11. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    I have just replaced the piston and timing chain on my 06 wr450. New piston is a JE forged 12.8:1 unit.

    engine seems quite a bit noisier at low revs - I think the noise is piston slap.

    Are forged pistons noisier than cast pistons?

    the bike seems to run as well or better than it did prior to doing the work.

    thanks


    Mark
  12. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    hmm.. 16/48.. 15 is the highest I can go up front on the WR400F.. not enough clearance left.... 15/47 works for the woods
  13. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Any donor hubs before I commit to RAD's $800 wheel.
  14. Killa Meter

    Killa Meter Been here awhile

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  15. empedrado

    empedrado Been here awhile

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    I'm in -- have one on my 530 and love it. The best seat I have found for the WR is one I made and that ain't cutting it.
  16. Killa Meter

    Killa Meter Been here awhile

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    Great now we just need a few more. Once they make the mould it should be a standard product on their website.
  17. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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  18. Mo-Tarded

    Mo-Tarded Been here awhile

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    I'll take a WR450F seat. ....for an 03.
  19. AustinJake

    AustinJake DR650 - Versys

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    The SeatConcepts foam is excellent, it even cut down some of the vibes to my ass. I'm gonna try and dualsport this TE450, with a 15/43 gear set, I cruise 70mph at about 5600 RPM. When I get to the trails, I can go to a 13 or 12 t CSS to climb any hill. 3 gal IMS + 1 gal Acerbis can gets me about 150 mile range.
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  20. mxbundy

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