Originally posted by Ga426owner:
MXAddict if you are 6'8" you are the only SOB to fit on a stock CRF 450. Why do you think that your knees are in your face and against the handlebars while cornering. Maybe you just have real short legs & a real long body! No seriously, the 02CRF is more suited to shorter riders. This is why most people I race with that are taller than 5'4" are moving the pegs around. I believe this is addressed in the 03 model.
In my above statement: Yamaha, in my humble opinion only needs to address the weight issue, the starting issue & the extra power of 20somthing cc's. Other than that I am completely happy with my 426 (if you have ever read any thread or reply to any post that I have typed). & the starting drill has never been a factor until you stall in a moto. I am not defensive, but I am annoyed at the whining that people seemed to exhibit to expect Yamaha to completely throw away a proven design that still wins races & a frame that offers some flexibility as opposed to rigidity of the current Honda frame.
And also, I believe that both bikes are the 2 most viable 4 strokes for winning races. Is that fair enough for you?
knees in my face? nope...
Listen bud, calling me a liar is not cool, and you are wrong. How many racers on open 4 strokes do you know that are 5'4" or under? I would bet the percentage of CRF riders under 5'4" is less than 5%, far less probably. In fact most of the guys I know are over 6', and mysteriously they all can ride it just fine, despite your uninformed proclamation that it is built for riders shorter than Carmichael. As far as the '03, the seat to peg distance is exactly the same as the whole bike is raised .3".
On the other issue, I'm glad you are happy with your bike, but to criticize others for wanting a better product in the future is ignorant. Progress is the reason we all ride what we now do instead of 2002 clones of the Elsinore 125. You should be anxious to see what improvements Yamaha will make, not bashing guys for hoping for changes. If they want to change to a different model/brand if the changes aren't to their liking then good for them, it doesn't reflect on you. You act like they are personally insulting you and your choice of ride by making a different choice. Who are you to tell them what they want? If you love your ride great, keep it, ride it and enjoy it. But don't tell others they are stupid because their choice is not yours.