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    Default Street legal WR450F

    Didn't realize these are sold as road legal bikes in Europe and available here.





    http://www.goobike.com/bike/yamaha__wr450f/

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    One went on auction yesterday. They are not cheap, usually ending up costing between 630,000 and
    730,000 by the time taxes and fees are paid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jav View Post
    One went on auction yesterday. They are not cheap, usually ending up costing between 630,000 and
    730,000 by the time taxes and fees are paid.
    Not too bad if they are electric start like the one I posted is, just a bit more than a new WR250R. Also has a 1.2 liter oil capacity so maybe it's fairly low maintenance.

    http://www.yamaha-motor.eu/eu/produc...turestechspecs

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    Downloadable owners manual: http://www.yamaha-motor.eu/eu/servic...als/index.aspx

    Valve clearance checks every 5000 km, not too bad....

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    JP model comes with this "Power Tuner" for adjusting fuel injection on the go.

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    Overall a good bike with good ratings. Besides the smallish fuel cell the only other significant bad mark it gets on several of the comparo videos I've watched on it is the 5 cog tranny. I personally don't see that as too big an issue unless you are going to be using it for competitive racing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdkng103 View Post
    Overall a good bike with good ratings. Besides the smallish fuel cell the only other significant bad mark it gets on several of the comparo videos I've watched on it is the 5 cog tranny. I personally don't see that as too big an issue unless you are going to be using it for competitive racing.
    Any comparos against KTMs?

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    Wow, new they're as expensive as a 690 Enduro. 10 kgs lighter than the 690. Much better than a DRZ I'd imagine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gkanai View Post
    Wow, new they're as expensive as a 690 Enduro. 10 kgs lighter than the 690. Much better than a DRZ I'd imagine.
    Seems pricey but no more than KTM 350 EXCs. Too bad we can't get domestic-market models plated.

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    JP model new is 779,000 + tax. What is it missing that would justify the price difference with EU model? Beside the turn signals and mirrors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rider2371 View Post
    JP model new is 779,000 + tax. What is it missing that would justify the price difference with EU model? Beside the turn signals and mirrors.
    The fact that it can be road registered I guess....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twinrider View Post
    The fact that it can be road registered I guess....
    I realize that registering a 400+cc mx/enduro bike is more complicated and time consuming than slapping lights on a 250cc and plating it, but I don't think the whole effort is worth the difference they're charging... I'd check with your YSP guy, maybe he knows something we don't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rider2371 View Post
    I realize that registering a 400+cc mx/enduro bike is more complicated and time consuming than slapping lights on a 250cc and plating it, but I don't think the whole effort is worth the difference they're charging... I'd check with your YSP guy, maybe he knows something we don't.
    It's very difficult to register a domestic competition bike not matter what the size. I think it has to be "shipped abroad", aka sent through custom to the harbor and then in through customs again. No idea what that would entail for cost/effort.

    Not in the market at this moment but nice to know gray reverse imports are an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twinrider View Post
    Any comparos against KTMs?
    Yes! This is the video Haildamage never wanted you to see

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM_suZAtAxY

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twinrider View Post
    Any comparos against KTMs?
    Here you go. The fuel injected WR seems like a good bike. In the review the only points they picked on were the small fuel tank (7.1L) and 5 speed transmission (rather than 6).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Markw View Post
    Here you go. The fuel injected WR seems like a good bike. In the review the only points they picked on were the small fuel tank (7.1L) and 5 speed transmission (rather than 6).

    I saw that. Five speeds seems plenty for a trail bike, same as the Serow 250.

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    The place you'll miss 6th gear is on the highway, or at the Kita Fuji Range :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markw View Post
    The place you'll miss 6th gear is on the highway, or at the Kita Fuji Range :-)
    Funny, before I rode the Serow 250 I was slagging it off for having no 6th gear. But it actually felt more relaxed on the highway than my Gerbil's six speed. I think the final gear ratio was actually lower.

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    KTM 690 E; DoD#1458

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