Dutch hit my problem right on the head everyone says these bikes shouldn't be compared but look at the street legal sm bikes that you can buy from dealers and there are not many choices i can get the 07 510 same price as the wr i too would prefer a crf 450 but they are not for sale i looked at the drz an liked the wr better a ktm 690 smc is around $9500 that is out i would buy a sport bike instead of that the aprilia looks realy sharp but i think has to many problems so i am back to my original problemI understand the comparison question between the two, as I've thought the same thing. It's a question (for me) of would I want a sm bike for a just a commuter that wouldn't require much maintenance at all while still being a fun bike, or would I want a bike that would be a lot more fun to ride and that I could take out for track days, but I'd have to learn how to do valve jobs (and I don't have much motor repair knowledge) and other maintenance or pay through the nose to have the one local Husky shop do the work. Also, since the Husky 450 and 510 don't come with warranties, and I've seen the cracked cases and read the posts about blown motors, that weighs heavily into the decision making process. I may be in the same boat as rotgg here.
I keep wishing I could find an '08 Honda CRF450X with street plates, so I could avoid the one shop in our area (cause I don't think they're very honest). That way I'd have a bike with plenty of power, a warranty, and a bunch of shops around me that I could take it too for service.
If I were deciding between the two bikes (07 husky 510 or new wr250x) I think I'd opt to go with an '08 Husky 450 or 510. They seem to have made a lot of improvements to the chasis and motor over the '07s. I think I'd get bored on the wr250 in about a couple months.
I think about this pretty much on a daily basis. I'm leaning towards an '08 Husky myself.
oh, and I've considered a drz too, but I just can't get over the looks of them... they ugly.
call me nuts, but that article was the icing on the cake that made me say, the dealers are never getting wrx's or drz-sm's, this bike will definitely do exactly what i want and need. no major issues, except the headlight blows and the tail light (and turnsignals) drain to much power for the headlight to be at all effective. led's are a cheap, easy fix for this. besides that every other issue could have been fixed by husky, he chose not to do that. note: i don't consider a company that's willing to warranty parts an issue after taking to my old 2000 suzuki 750 to the dealer with a rough shifting problem after 2,000 easy street miles and them telling me it was caused by wheelies, when i never wheelied the bike, honest.PLUS I forgot tho mention the April issue of ROADRACING WORLD had an article on the 510 and it wasnt too good.