Oz Yamaha WR250/450 riders sign in here!

Discussion in 'Australia' started by rhino_343, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. AusTMan

    AusTMan apprentice old fart

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    No, but I think I might get back on to them first thing on Monday and change it to one.
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  2. Hoots

    Hoots Long timer

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    In normal years, you could wait a short while for the 2021s to hit the ground - and the 20s would then come down in price - incl. that Aus model ...

    But this year there probably won't be any 2020 models of anything in stock to discount ... across all the manufacturers ...

    Unless a proportion of those who currently have deposits paid twig to the fact that a recession is digging in ...
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  3. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    Can't fit a fan from Jcar etc to it, or just the fan blade? Know of a few people who use PC fans and fans from Jcar on their bikes that are far cheaper and work fine.
  4. AusTMan

    AusTMan apprentice old fart

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    Yeah probably could find something that would fit and work but I'm a bit fanatical when it comes to little things like that.:loco
  5. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    The word is that the PC fans are of higher quality, last longer and draw more air than the OEM ones found on bikes.
  6. Dukehunt

    Dukehunt Lost in Translation Nev 2.0 Super Moderator

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    And they usually run quieter.
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  7. Hoots

    Hoots Long timer

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    The 2020 WR450F seems to be getting an exceptional amount of good press

    This 2021 probably more again

    Power, handling and suspension, slim feel, lightness, the power tuner app

    Definitely taking it to the 450EXC / FE450
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  8. Fearless Whetu

    Fearless Whetu Aussi Kiwi

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    I really like the look of the Aus version.
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  9. Fearless Whetu

    Fearless Whetu Aussi Kiwi

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    But are they designed to cope with water, vibration, mud etc ? Not being silly, I am genuinely wondering.
  10. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    The ones I know who have used them only complained about the OEM bike ones, not what they replaced them with.
  11. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    I can’t believe you didn't get an EXC, apparently their cheaper :fpalm
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  12. tHEtREV

    tHEtREV Encouragement award recipient. tEAM iDIOT.

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    There was a guy selling ones modified to allegedly cope with off road use, but they are a bit more expensive than off the shelf computer fans (I think they were about $30, standard fans are only a few bucks).

    I ran one on a 525 for a while and it seemed to hold up OK, I figured I would buy a couple and just replace them if they failed but the original lasted the few rides I took it on.
  13. AusTMan

    AusTMan apprentice old fart

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    I don't mind the KTM's, had a 600 back in the day when they were white n green, but I've never seen them cheaper than a Yamaha. Besides, the Yamaha dealer is closer.
  14. Fearless Whetu

    Fearless Whetu Aussi Kiwi

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    So FOOLISHLY I have been looking at a possible WR Rally build. I mean, look at these things...

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    Now, I know what you are thinking, $44,000 is an absolute bargain for a factory Yamaha WR 450F Dakar ready really bike and yes, I should sell everything and buy one.

    BUT say you wanted to do it bit by bit to your own WR, who do you talk to ?

    Is there a Rally build thread on this bike on ADV Rider ? (Yes I have searched, I've had my business shut down for seven weeks now so believe me I have been looking at bikes on the internet.)

    I love that Yamaha build the Dakar bike from a stock WR unlike Ktm/Husky/Honda but where can I start to learn more about this and what works and is within the actual bounds of a mere mortal with a MIG welder ?
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  15. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    Contact Rod Faggotter may be a possibility???
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  16. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV 2wo left foots

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    “Definitely taking it to the 450EXC / FE450”. Not yet. Still only a 5spd and only 800ml of oil. You wont hear many admit it online but one of the biggest issues is the lack of the 6th gear. One rider stated that if he geared for the bush it lacked top speed on the bitumen. Gearing is similar from 1st to 5th with that of the KTM. With both geared similar you could come up along side, click into 6th and pull away.

    No doubting the WR is a good bike and popular but they have to make some big changes to be classed as equal to the EXC.
  17. Fearless Whetu

    Fearless Whetu Aussi Kiwi

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    Who is he Cruz ?
  18. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV 2wo left foots

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    Australian Yamaha Dakar rider.
  19. darren70

    darren70 Loud pipes matter

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    Have you ridden a current one
  20. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV 2wo left foots

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    No but i reckon it would ride great. Daz, alot of what i relay is coming from the mouths of WR owners. Ive ridden late WR’s and a YZ. The YZ was a beast. Would have to be on par power wise to the likes of the KTM 500. One bloke was really disappointed in the transmission, oil capacity and lack of support on one side of the subframe for panniers. Beechworth to Jamieson to Dargo to Beechworth can amount to 25-30 hrs for 800ml of oil. My Berg holds 1.4L.

    Daz, they are a good bike no doubt and very popular but realistically they have some major things to do for them to be as versatile as the likes of the EXC.