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  1. I've decided I'm going to buy a WR450F, I've priced new ones and I've found 3 used ones, 1-2003 and 2-2004.... All 3 of these bikes have less then 1,000 miles or less then 10 hrs.... I can save around $2,00.00 by buying one of these used bikes... So my question is, Has Yamaha changed anything from 2003 to 2006 and is there any good reason to spend the extra money on a new bike, "other then, that I can have a new bike that no one else has riden"?
  2. Alot of what I'm hearing sounds good, I can see that my skill has improved quite a bit over the one year I've riden so far, and I know I have more to learn... In regards to Hare n Hound races and flat out desert races I know I have the bike for that and I love that part of it. I know I can also rocket straight up a hill. The only thing I'm having trouble with is the real technical aggresive hill climbing... Hills that have turns with rocky boulders combined with some sandy spots... In regards to adjustments I've already done the sag adjustment, but what else can I do to the bike in particular for turning and navigating in these dificult hill climbs that we can find up in the Calif. high desert...Thanks for the responses so far, keep them coming if you're up for it...
  3. My riding skills are still on the week side, I'm only getting out maybe once a month so they'll be slow in coming.... In regards to dual sporting, I liked the idea of having that capability when I bought the bike but everybody I'm riding with only wants to do dirt and desert riding... Which is Ok I guess, licensing and insuring the bike seems to be an extra expense I'm not taking advantage of... Thanks for the responses so far, feel free to keep them coming...
  4. Here we go again, another thread on what could be the better big bore. I'm 49 and got back into riding a year ago after a 20 year leave. I bought a 96' xr650l because I wasn't sure about what the current state of affairs were then in regards to current technology. I figured I would ride it for a while and then see what would suite me the best. This is where I’m at, I love the xr650l, it’s an amazing bike, although, I’ve found that I have one problem while riding it. It’ll do anything I ask it to do but when it comes to going up steep hills with turns and possible rocky or sandy conditions, the bike is scary because of it’s somewhat limited turning abilities. What I’ve done so far is I’ve raised the forks 13 mm and I’ve geared it down to 13/48 on the sprockets and things still feel scary in this situation. In regards to my riding skills they're still on the week side, I'm only getting out maybe once a month so they'll be slow in coming.... In regards to dual sporting, I liked the idea of having that capability when I bought the bike but everybody I'm riding with only wants to do dirt and desert riding... Which is Ok I guess, licensing and insuring the bike seems to be an extra expense I'm not taking advantage of... Even though I love the bike and I’m ready to trick it out, I love my family more and I want to come back to them in one piece. So here’s my question, is there something I can do to this bike to get to where I feel comfortable handling the type of situations that I’ve described? Or, the other option I’ve been thinking about doing is selling it and buying a wr450f, please feel free to post your thoughts about what I should do.
  5. Here we go again, another thread on what could be the better big bore. I'm 49 and got back into riding a year ago after a 20 year leave. I bought a 96' xr650l because I wasn't sure about what the current state of affairs were then in regards to current technology. I figured I would ride it for a while and then see what would suite me the best. This is where I’m at, I love the xr650l, it’s an amazing bike, although, I’ve found that I have one problem while riding it. It’ll do anything I ask it to do but when it comes to going up steep hills with turns and possible rocky or sandy conditions, the bike is scary because of it’s somewhat limited turning abilities. What I’ve done so far is I’ve raised the forks 13 mm and I’ve geared it down to 13/48 on the sprockets and things still feel scary in this situation. Even though I love the bike and I’m ready to trick it out, I love my family more and I want to come back to them in one piece. So here’s my question, is there something I can do to this bike to get to where I feel comfortable handling the type of situations that I’ve described? Or, the other option I’ve been thinking about doing is selling it and buying a wr450f, please feel free to post your thoughts about what I should do.
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