I finally found one over in Sacramento and picked it up Friday. I can share a few things I noticed right away.
Suspension is super. I am 6'1" 210 bare and the suspension works perfect for me as delivered. I wanted to have it re-sprung
before I picked it up but they would have had to order springs. I'm glad I tried it first.
I have a 06' YZ 250 and a 2012 wr 450 that after a diet weighs 255. It has been re sprung with a 6.0 in the rear and a .49 up front. I can still bottom it out on my home track pretty easy buts its way better than stock.
With the new 14 yz I have not hit bottom yet. I have a step up jump that I carry about 60 feet (landing is even with top of takeoff) and I do not bottom. I also have been dropping off a 6 foot ledge in 3rd gear and not hitting bottom. Travel is really smooth all through the stroke. The bike is very naturally finding the balance point while pulling a wheelie... It wants to be balanced.... its kind of weird and makes me look really good but its the bike. Looking in the manual it appears that the US version of the YZ450 is standard with .49 front and 5.9 rear springs. I might be looking at that wrong though.
How it feels..... It really feels lighter and more nimble than my 250. Both on the ground and in the air the bike feels much lighter than it is. Clutch and gears are really smooth, in fact the shifting feels very short and quick. The bike turns really well for me. I am riding on Northern Nevada "dirt" so its going to be slick, but this bikes front end tracks and holds a line much better than my other two. I have not dropped tire pressure yet, still at 15 so I expect it to be better once I drop it down a bit. The MX51 tires that came on it are really soft. Much softer than any other mx 51 I have had. I had the leading edge of every knob on the rear tire worn down after one hour. Traction is great but I can see the rear will not last long.
Motor makes plenty of power, strong all the way through. I have to be careful on this bike because I end up going way faster than I think I am and in a much shorter distance. Still running all 0's on the map
so I have room to improve here as well.
No overheating issues and I have spend an hour or so just riding around in 1st-2nd gear in the canyons at home. The WR kicks it but for that stuff as it should.
Taking off early to get it out on a bigger track to see how it reacts to rolling sand whoops and bigger jumps later today.
Want to add one thing about the air box. I can barely hear it while idling around in 1st, other than that I do not hear any annoying intake noise.
Edited by Itsbroken, July 15, 2013 - 11:32 AM.