I stopped by Fremont motorsports this morning to find out what size handlebars are on the 2016 Yamaha WR450. I had looked all over the Internet and couldn't find nothing definite. I was pretty sure they were 7/8 bars but not sure enough to buy some new higher bars for it.
The parts department said that they were 7/8, so I'll go with that. I'm thinking that instead of buying higher bars I might be better off buying a 1 or 2 inch riser, that would definitely be cheaper but I'm having trouble finding a riser for the 2016 model. I've always preferred a higher bar, it makes it easier for me to stand up and I think lower foot pegs would help to.
I finally bought a helmet the other day. I remember back in the day when buying a helmet was no big deal. There was only two styles, the three-quarter helmet that racers used, and the round pot that set on the top your head. You could have any color you wanted just by going out and buying a can of spray paint, because the helmet itself only came in white.
When the helmet wasn't on your head you hung it on the handlebars of the motorcycle and the thought that someone might steal it never occurred to me, and in fact I rode street bikes for 30 years and never lost a helmet.
Needless to say times of have changed, I started looking for helmets on the Internet and after looking at all the options I thought the best helmet for me would be a modular helmet, that's the kind that looks like a full face helmet when it's on your head but you can flip the chin bar up to the top of the helmet and take it on and off like a regular three-quarter helmet. But the problem was a decent one cost hundreds of dollars and I wasn't about to leave a $200 helmet hanging on my motorcycle.
Of course they make locks for helmets but I haven't seen anything that couldn't be defeated with a pair of pliers or a pocket knife. So I devised a cunning plan. I bought a GMAX three-quarter helmet that you see at the top of the page for about $90, which is an amount that I can sort of live with if it gets stolen. And to prevent it from being stolen I am going to ugly it up a bit by making it look kind of old and beat up so it doesn't look like it's worth stealing, then I will lock it to the bike by the D rings just like everyone does.
If that doesn't work I'll go to Walmart, buy a $49 helmet and hope my head never hits the pavement.