So, it's been a while since I've posted on anything here. Went back to lurker status, but now I need some opinions.
I was holding out for the '17' YZ's as the rumors of e-start were really loud this year, but now they've been revealed and as I suspected, it didn't happen. So now I have to either see if the FX would be a good fit for MX, or if I may have to abandon decades of being a loyal Yamaha rider and look at a Husky or KTM.
Unfortunately, I had a crash at Glen Helen last year and destroyed my right ankle almost to the point of requiring amputation. I'm still recovering and I'm not sure how much ability I'll get back down the road, but at this point I don't see kicking a bike going well. Especially the cold blooded pig of a 2012 I currently have. I want to move over to a magic button so I can keep on racing, but I really would like to stay on a Yamaha.
First off, how many of you have picked up one of the '16 YZ450FX's and what are you using it for?
For those that use it for hitting the tracks;
How does that extra 15 pounds feel?
Have you done anything to shave weight?
Did you stay with the 18" wheel?
How do you like the WR trans on the track?
How much work have you done to the suspension?
Are the engine internals (cams, compression, tuning, etc.) the same as YZ, or tuned down for off-road?
Do any of the YZ maps work well, or do you have to come up with FX specific ones?
Is there any smog related or other dead weight parts like the WR's have?
I figure the weight thing can be shaved some, but I'm curious what kind of numbers people are seeing that might be trying. I can see a kickstand that can be tossed. I read somewhere on the '16's there was a trail computer that could be tossed, is that true? I'm sure one of those super light batteries could shave a pound or so, and a 19" rear would lose a little rubber.
Anything else that can be done besides thousands of dollars in Titanum?
Anyone done any of this?