2002 wr426 yamaha- no e- start, waaa!!!!

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i was really hoping yamaha would put electric start on the new wr,
now do i buy a 2001 sitting on the dealers floor , hold out and
buy a 2002, or wait and see if the put the button on in 2003,
or buy a ktm exc,wait and see if honda makes an off-road
version of the cr450f, or ride my trusty '96 xr600 for a while
longer. decisions, decisions .
 
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What do you need an Estart for? Just makes it heavier... Getting off the XR might make it feel light though... How hard do you ride? The WR needs to be flogged to perform... it isn't very comfortable just to put around on...
 

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I might be speaking out of line, but I'd say putting around on an xr600 and then riding the same way on a WR would give the WR quite a good floggin' :confused:
 
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WAIT FOR E-Start!!

"manual" kick starting is old technology. Cameras nowadays are "autofocus" and "autorewind". Garage doors are electric because its handy, practical, and better. Most cars are "automatic" tranny. :think

C'mon, do you stand in a line-up or use the ATM? :p
 
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Read the "My generation" thread in the Flame Forum. The WR is high strung. I have one. I have ridden the XR also. I like them both. IMO, the XR is more comfortable to sit on, and easier to ride slowly. The WR has a hard seat, is tall, and tippy, and is stiff. To really use the WR, and not just get a case of monkey butt from sitting all day, it begs to be ridden hard. The XR is a great bike, but the WR is the close brother of a competition bike, and being light is important... If you want Estart, go DRZ, great bike also, or KTM. Not to say that they can't put one on (BTW an couple of aftermarket kits are made for WR Estarts), but it would weigh more. I like my WR for what it is.
 

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I was going to suggest a DRZ but it's more of a trail bike than a race bike, isn't it?
 
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DRZ= great offroad bike, OK MXer with suspension work

YZF= great MX bike, if MX is your thing

But I would venture that most of us spend the bulk of our time playing around offroad. This is where DRZ shines.
If they release a WR450 with E-start next year, I'll look closely at getting one.

Some like revolvers, some prefer autoload:p
Some like manual can openers, I like electric;)
 
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I think Yammy really blew it by not putting the button on the WRs. The only reason I bought my 400EXC was because of the e-start. I was hoping the 02 WRs would have had it as everyone is asking for it. I would have bought an 02 WR250 or 426 if it would have had e-start but alas, I will be going to my KTM dealer and plunking down a deposit on an 02 400 EXC tomorrow.
 

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XR600R,
I owned the same XR for almost a year, and then switched to a 2K1WR426. I am so friggin happy I got the WR.:) Compared to the XR, it feels 75lbs lighter, (easily), handles very well in tight single track, and flat out hauls butt better than my XR6 EVER did. I may catch some flack for this, but the WR's power-to-weight ratio is killer compared to the 600. Im always riding it hard, and loving every second. I have been MXing it a bit, and am finding it the best possible choice for me. I love it in the woods, and love it on the track. I have the routine for starting down, and find it EASIER than my 600. First kick almost every time. Never fails. Runs like a champ! If you can get a deal-GO FOR IT, you wont be disappointed!
As for the E-start, PUL-LEEZE! Its for the Mary's! Get the routine down, and youll find its not even an issue. If you really want e-start you can add it for $1400!
Best bike I have ever owned, period. Good luck!:cool:
 
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Heres my routine:
--pull in the clutch
--dont worry about TDC
--dont worry about throttle
--position thumb DIRECTLY over start button
--give it a good, solid push
--lights up like a champ

This can be done while rolling, in mid air, hillside, or whatever.
 

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I am so proud of Yamaha for NOT compromising a great machine by putting street bike parts on it. Thank you Yamaha!!
 
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My feelings are that if you cant or dont want to start this bike, you probably should not be riding it in the first place. I find holding onto the thing far more challenging than starting it :) ! The bike is a big blue wild beast, trying to tame it with street like gear would work against that theme. If they could do it for the same or less weight like KTM and same $, then fine. If they put it on, half the guys would just rip it off for the weight savings anyway.
 
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Funny, I havent thought of the KTMs as street bikes??? Thats cool though because that makes them even more verstile!!!! Honestly, this goes right back to personal preference. I have owned both, Yamaha and KTM, and as far as the performance factor, they are both great. I just happen to prefer the E button. It is very convenient to be able to hit the E button if you flame out on an uphill switchback and not have to get positioned just right to do the start drill. If the 4stroke strarted like a 2stroke it wouldnt be a big deal, but they DONT. I know you're not supposed to flame out but it DOES happen and when it does, it is at the most inopportune time. The bottom line, there is no way you can restart the Yamaha as fast or with as little effort as you can the E start KTM. My O2. :)
 

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When my riding buddy stalled his 520mxc at the last Hare Scramble sliding into a sharp right hand switchback (about 160 degree turn) at speed, punched the button, pulled into a wheelie, snapped through three gears, tapped the rear brake to drop the front tire in time to make the left hander into the wheat field it made me think that the button might be kinda nice.

I'd still be kickin' my bike.