2015 YZ450F snowbike


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  • YamaLink

Posted January 12, 2015 - 07:21 AM

#1

SledHead's http://read.uberflip.com/i/440927/31



  • mikmech

Posted January 12, 2015 - 02:44 PM

#2

Looks like at least $16,000 there . See them on u tube, groups of guys riding where snowmobiles can't. If i lived where there was lots of snow i'd figure one out (old 450 2,000 new timbersled sx 6,000) for my budget.



  • xXHaNsEnXx

Posted January 12, 2015 - 02:59 PM

#3

It takes a turbo to go where a sled can't. So go ahead and do 20,000 budget

  • Darvo

Posted January 12, 2015 - 04:14 PM

#4

It takes a turbo to go where a sled can't. So go ahead and do 20,000 budget

 

Um.. No.



  • xXHaNsEnXx

Posted January 12, 2015 - 04:22 PM

#5

I've rode with a few timbersled setups. They do surprisingly well. But as far as climbing anything a sled can. I'm gonna say no.

  • Monk

Posted January 12, 2015 - 04:25 PM

#6

$16,000? More like $20,000 when you start to add up heated grips, lighting, guards, etc etc.

And you'll be rebuilding that motor every season cause they have to run so hard all the time...

Edited by Monk, January 12, 2015 - 04:26 PM.


  • Darvo

Posted January 13, 2015 - 09:59 AM

#7

Yeah, It's pretty easy to blow money on a snowbike set-up.  The re-build comments are (IMO) un-educated comments though, we've had several stock 450 motors go 300+ hours on original motor parts.  Yes, you run them hard, but lack of dirt and heat offset any additional wear and tear on the motor.  I've ran three different bikes up to the 200 hour mark in the snow, not one of them needed a valve adjustment during that time and all passed a leak down test with flying colors.

 

No they won't climb straight up with a sled.  I didn't realize people were still into that type of riding, everyone that I know on sleds rides in the trees there is very little if any hill climbing done.



  • xXHaNsEnXx

Posted January 14, 2015 - 03:35 AM

#8

Yeah, It's pretty easy to blow money on a snowbike set-up. The re-build comments are (IMO) un-educated comments though, we've had several stock 450 motors go 300+ hours on original motor parts. Yes, you run them hard, but lack of dirt and heat offset any additional wear and tear on the motor. I've ran three different bikes up to the 200 hour mark in the snow, not one of them needed a valve adjustment during that time and all passed a leak down test with flying colors.

No they won't climb straight up with a sled. I didn't realize people were still into that type of riding, everyone that I know on sleds rides in the trees there is very little if any hill climbing done.

what part of Idaho are from? If I can ask

  • Darvo

Posted January 14, 2015 - 07:24 AM

#9

what part of Idaho are from? If I can ask

 

Coeurd'Alene area.  Narrow sleds and tree riding seems to be the trend around here!  That's probably why the bikes are becoming really popular here too.

 

I guess I wrongly assumed that tree riding has taken over everywhere.



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  • xXHaNsEnXx

Posted January 14, 2015 - 07:27 AM

#10

I'm in teton valley Idaho. There is a variety up here I guess. But mostly mountains and canyon riding. Big tracks are common

  • torkd14

Posted January 15, 2015 - 08:50 AM

#11

This is my second year with a snow kit on my 2011 YZ450. I had to put a piston in it this fall before I hit the snow because it started to burn oil at the end of last season. The bike had about 60hrs before I put the snow kit on and it now has 140hrs with a piston put in at 120hrs. Only had to shim one intake valve a very minimal amount. 

 

These snowbike kits are a ton of work though, if your not mechanically inclined I would stray away until there is a purpose built bike for it. 



  • xXHaNsEnXx

Posted January 17, 2015 - 02:03 AM

#12

I run a full mod sled. So I know all about upkeep. Going thru a crank right now. How much do you have in your setup. And what brand and year of track kit do you run. Maybe some pics plz

  • torkd14

Posted January 17, 2015 - 07:24 PM

#13

I run a full mod sled. So I know all about upkeep. Going thru a crank right now. How much do you have in your setup. And what brand and year of track kit do you run. Maybe some pics plz


I've probably got about $12,000 into my set up. Would have been more but my bikes a 2011 so it's only worth about $4500 compared to a $10,000 new one. I have the 2014 timbersled short track mounted. I'm in the middle of a bearing update kit from timbersled which required the entire skid to be pulled apart.
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  • xXHaNsEnXx

Posted January 17, 2015 - 08:39 PM

#14

How long is a short track on timbersled. It looks sick. I think it'd look good on my 14

  • torkd14

Posted January 18, 2015 - 10:04 AM

#15

How long is a short track on timbersled. It looks sick. I think it'd look good on my 14


It's a 121" wish I would have went with a long track 136" though. Your '14 would be great for one.

  • n16ht5

Posted January 21, 2015 - 10:26 AM

#16

I have about $7000 into my YZ450 Timbersled all together after mods and tricks. I picked up a 2014 LT barely used for $4500, then found an 07 YZ450 for $1200 that needed a top end which I put in w/ new valves for about $600 after all was said and done. Then some accessories and a ~$300 Cyclops Adventuresports 630. I had a 2Moto CR250 last spring that I had $2300 into (87 CR250 and a used 2moto kit.) You just have to watch for deals and jump on them.

 

As far as bike vs sled, IMO it depends on personal preference and what kind of riding you want to do. In the wide open / hillclimbs I'd take a new Skidoo T3, but then going straight up and down on hills is only so much fun IMO.. been there done that. I have a ton more fun banging through the trees and going deep in the backcountry on a snowbike.. not to mention they are so much less work!! digging out a 500lb sled will wear you down and takes a few people a lot of the time. My snowbike weighs 305lbs ready to ride. Not to mention, come summer I just throw the wheels back on and I'm still riding.. my Skidoo sat in the shop taking up space for the summer before.

 

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Edited by n16ht5, January 21, 2015 - 10:27 AM.


  • MTdirtydream

Posted January 22, 2015 - 07:58 PM

#17

thanks for the info... was at the KTM shop today to get a price on a new '14 450 xc and '15 LT with the basic snow farkle=$17,600. I pooped myself a little hearing that.  Good to know a sick set up can cost 10k instead of almost 20k



  • n16ht5

Posted January 23, 2015 - 09:23 AM

#18

thanks for the info... was at the KTM shop today to get a price on a new '14 450 xc and '15 LT with the basic snow farkle=$17,600. I pooped myself a little hearing that.  Good to know a sick set up can cost 10k instead of almost 20k

 

yeah, people can get crazy thinking they need a new bike and brand new kit.. If I were you I'd look for a cheap used CR250 or YZ250 and a 2013 or newer Timbersled (just make sure it has the 10" wide ski) and have fun. This spring I might put the kit on my CR250, just because 2strokes are so much fun. I picked up a 97 CR250 in good running shape for $850.. figure $3500-4000 for a used ST Timbersled and $300 fit kit, maybe a new top end, you're not in very much at all for something that is WAY more fun than riding on dirt.







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