Newer to this forum. I joined a few years ago, but haven't been using it and lost my username. I haven't been racing since 2008 and am looking at getting back into it. The last bike I owned was an '06 YZF450 and I loved that bike. After a few easy mods to fork height and suspension, I couldn't find a better handling bike. I've been looking at newer used Yamahas (09-13) and am getting pretty discouraged with the magazine always nitpicking these bikes or giving them too many accolades. So I am looking to my fellow riders to give me the down and dirty on how these bikes really compare to my old fav, the '06. I know there are thousands of posts on these bikes and would take me probably a year to read through them all, so I'm asking you to humor me with this post.
Theses are my main concerns:
1. Does the EFI in the '10-'13 models suck as bad as the magazines say it does?
2. Do the newer ones handle any better?
3. Any long term problems noticed in these bikes?
I know Yamaha changed the exhaust quite a few times over the years, which is an easy fix, so not too worried about that. Suspension wise, I would be having it setup for me anyway, so that's not a big issue either.
I'm a 40+ novice rider who wants to go to the track and have fun while still being competitive. I'm 6' and about 220 lbs w/o gear.
I'm looking to get the best bang for my buck on a used bike, which has me leaning more towards the pre FI models.
Thanks in advance for your opinions.