Any tall guys 6'3 plus on the 2014 or 2015 yz450f


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  • crazy88

Posted February 09, 2015 - 01:23 PM

#1

I really wanted a kawi but found a good deal on the yz450f. Any tall guys ride them? I race motocross b class any opinions or input is appreciated 



  • Monk

Posted February 09, 2015 - 01:31 PM

#2

You'll feel cramped...

  • drtrcr400

Posted February 09, 2015 - 01:47 PM

#3

I'm 6'3" 200lbs and think the bike feels great. I run the RM Windham Mid Pro-Tapers in the forward most position. Stock seat height and pegs aren't an issue for me at all. I've not ridden a KX450 since about '09 so I don't really know how my bike compares.

  • MESSMAKER

Posted February 09, 2015 - 03:02 PM

#4

You won't be disappointed. I have been on all makes and they are all about the same if your over 6'. The Yamaha has enough power to tote around bigger guys too and the best suspension out of the box for heavier riders. I have a 14 and I can say that it is the best all around machine I have been on. It may not turn as sharp or easy as some but cornering is only a small part of overall handling. It tracks really straight in rough stuff and feels much lighter in the air

  • byz250F

Posted February 09, 2015 - 05:59 PM

#5

I had a 14 yz250f and a 14 yz450f and Im only 6'0 and I felt cramped on it...part of the reason why I sold it.



  • crazy88

Posted February 09, 2015 - 06:05 PM

#6

I had a 14 yz250f and a 14 yz450f and Im only 6'0 and I felt cramped on it...part of the reason why I sold it.

  What did you end up buying?



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  • byz250F

Posted February 09, 2015 - 06:09 PM

#7

14 ktm 250 sx...love it.  so much lighter then the 250f, more comfortable too



  • Monk

Posted February 09, 2015 - 06:15 PM

#8

I had a 14 yz250f and a 14 yz450f and Im only 6'0 and I felt cramped on it...part of the reason why I sold it.


+1

I'm 6ft with shorter legs and a long torso, the footpeg to seat to bar ratio feels tight. When you move the bars all the way forward on both the clamps and posts, the front-end becomes weird and you feel like you really initiate the bars to get the bike to turn... Lower pegs would help, but a taller seat could be bad as the bike itself is super tall already.

  • byz250F

Posted February 09, 2015 - 06:32 PM

#9

+1

I'm 6ft with shorter legs and a long torso, the footpeg to seat to bar ratio feels tight. When you move the bars all the way forward on both the clamps and posts, the front-end becomes weird and you feel like you really initiate the bars to get the bike to turn... Lower pegs would help, but a taller seat could be bad as the bike itself is super tall already.

couldnt agree more...I have the same build as you.  I did the same thing and moved the bars all the way forward in the front clamps and it opened it up some but then made the bike feel weird.  I also even bought the Protaper CR high bend which helped some but made the bike feel to tall then and didnt address the lake of distance from seat to pegs.  I Loved everything about my 14 250/450f except how I felt when I rode it...I will not be on another one anytime soon.  The bike is also to tall like you mentioned too.



  • yzUSMCf

Posted February 09, 2015 - 08:24 PM

#10

I'm 6' 00 200 and I feel right at home on my 14' 450 I still use my stock bars in the middle position. I put the bars in the forward position and didn't notice much except i couldn't get to my clickers any more so I put them back. Also have 6'3 friends who have rode it and all they could talk about is how easy it is to wheelie no cramp complaints. Really no smaller than any other bike imo.. Just my 2c

  • MESSMAKER

Posted February 10, 2015 - 08:26 AM

#11

couldnt agree more...I have the same build as you.  I did the same thing and moved the bars all the way forward in the front clamps and it opened it up some but then made the bike feel weird.  I also even bought the Protaper CR high bend which helped some but made the bike feel to tall then and didnt address the lake of distance from seat to pegs.  I Loved everything about my 14 250/450f except how I felt when I rode it...I will not be on another one anytime soon.  The bike is also to tall like you mentioned too.


I agree that the bike does feel different in the bars fully forward but once you get the suspension dialed in and in my experience take about 3 clicks of compression out of the front and lower the forms 5 mils I believe, it feels great. The front end of the bike feels light entering corners any way you slice it and it just takes a little time figuring out rider position which for me is right up front of the seat. The weird feeling goes away if you get used to the bar position. The bike has a different feel than any other bike I've been on as well. All this is simply my opinion and what I felt while riding. One big perk of the Yamaha at least with all my experiences with them is the maintenance with a Yamaha over any other bike is much less as far as major maintenance goes. I've had 2 yamahas with over 150hrs that never needed the valves adjusted. For a weekend warrior type that doesn't have any sort of sponsorship having the best reliability available is key.

  • GHILL28

Posted February 10, 2015 - 10:23 AM

#12

Stock bars full forward and FastWay drop pegs and the bike is real comfortable at 6'0.  Seemed good for a couple taller guys who checked it out too (6'3" or so).



  • torkd14

Posted February 10, 2015 - 11:20 AM

#13

I'm 6'3 and have owned each YZ450 model since '03, never felt cramped on any of them. Haven't bought a 2014 yet but plan to in March, I rode a buddies for about 30 min on some tight single track and wide open sand whoops. I wanted to sell my 2011 YZ right there for a 2014.

 

 Only weird thing I noticed instantly from the '11 to the '14 was the '14 seemed a bit wider where my knees gripped while standing. I got used to it really quick but it did feel different. 







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