front tire for yz 450f 2011 wide or narrow

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  • john huntington

Posted April 29, 2013 - 07:44 AM


what is best my ys 450f 2011 a wider and narrow for handling, i mostly ride hare packed tracks. trying to get ride of the push.

  • john huntington

Posted April 29, 2013 - 07:47 AM


what is best my ys 450f 2011 a wider and narrow for handling, i mostly ride hare packed tracks. trying to get ride of the push.

it just seams like the front wants to wash sometimes

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  • Wiz636

Posted April 29, 2013 - 03:27 PM


I prefer the narrower front tire for cornering. That said, you will not cure a front end push with a certain size tire.

It's all about bike/suspension set up...fork height, rear sag, having the proper springs, the offset of your triple clamps, etc, etc. And riding style!

I ride an '08 so I can't really give you specific info for the 2010 & newer models but generally speaking you will probably want to reduce your rear race sag (so the back of the bike sits higher) and possibly raise your forks in the clamps a few MM (so the front of the bike sits lower). Also, if you don't have enough rebound damping in the front the forks will be trying to push the front of the bike back up too quickly. Too much rebound in the shock will cause the back of the bike to squat too much. You have to try to find the sweet spot in the suspension settings for your weight, riding style, and track conditions.

And get aggressive on the bike while cornering...get your weight as far forward as practical to make the front end bite and keep the forks compressed.

  • john huntington

Posted April 29, 2013 - 04:34 PM


  • thank you for the info.

  • zeuszuki

Posted April 29, 2013 - 11:38 PM


I have a 2011 Yz450

Things to try;
Reduce your low speed compression in your forks to help them "dive" into corners a bit and quicken up the steering.
Push your forks up through the triple clamps up to no more than 10mm and see how that feels.
Try both the fore and aft bar mount positions and see how that feels.
Technique - try getting on the gas earlier into a corner , using a bit of rear steer to initiate the turn.

NB: try each of these individually and assess the change, eventually you should come up with a combo that works for you.

80/100 x 21 , 90/90 x 21 both sizes work for me.
Run a 110 or 130/70 ( Michelin ) rear, helps with turning.

Edited by zeuszuki, April 29, 2013 - 11:41 PM.

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