Blue Blooded Ford Man
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Riverina, NSW. Falcon country
AP, as an experienced bike dirt bike owner, I must say, you are doing the right thing. You will have a blast.
maddnez is right about the WR400. It has a light switch of a power band which can catch you out in the mud.
My advice is biast, but you can't go wrong with a KTM. I recently sold my KTM520, (saving for house), and it was a beast!!! It can out drag race any WR400/426, but is like a pussy cat through the power band. It is as easy to ride as a XR250. That is if you don't crack the throttle open. It also has electric start, and WR's are renowned for being hard to start.
Downside is that they are expensive to maintain. Two oil filters to change. Small oil capacity.
But the bike is just awsome!!! They run like a BMW six, and are reliable.
I would avoid the XR650 like the plague!!! They are so heavy, you will be kicking your self in the tight stuff.
The DR400Z is a good option. Nearly as quick as the WR400, but has a better power band. Maintenance is not as high as the KTM, but it is a bit heavier. The DR also has electric start.
You will be sorry if you buy the CR500. There is a reason why they are not being made anymore. They are just to powerful and are not fun to ride.
Sorry if I have rambled, but bikes is as big a passion for me as cars are.
Marcos Ambrose - 2003 V8 Supercar CHAMPION
This could be the start of something big