Would you buy a New 2004 YZ450 if you could save big $$$

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  • joe346cbmx

Posted October 24, 2005 - 06:54 AM


An are a dealer has a new 2004 YZF450 they would sell for $4,300 plus tax. They also have an 05 they will discount. Would you buy a NEW 04 to save $$ or just get a new 06 or 07 down the road. It's a little hard to say with no 06's out yet.
I've rode/raced YZF's, CRF's and YZ250 2 stroke.

  • Jetsprint2

Posted October 24, 2005 - 07:22 AM


If it were me I would save on the 04'.

  • BergArabia

Posted October 24, 2005 - 07:24 AM


I'd get the 04

  • mbuck

Posted October 24, 2005 - 09:01 AM


I'd get the 04 also. I just got one a couple weeks ago and I absolutely love it, of course I haven't ridden an 06 yet.


Posted October 24, 2005 - 09:17 AM


$4300 is an OK price. Is it OTD? Remember, it is almost 3 model years old. If you plan on keeping it a few years, then have at it. You may be able to find a lightly used '05 for not a whole lot more! Don't forget that Yami is offering these dealers huge $ incentives to move these bikes.. even the '05.
However, if you're looking to get an '06 or '07 in the near future, you'll be lucky to get $3000 for the '04 in a year or two. Especially, since the new 450 is completely redesigned. Look what the '03 450F did to the YZ400-426F market!
If you can be patient and earn some more $, I'd wait for the '06. I think that Yamaha's late delivery of these bikes will allow for some serious discounting after the first few go at each dealer. Reason being that the undecided 450 fourstroke buyers will have already purchased other bikes due to the late availability. It is going to be a superior machine and should have an excellent resale down the line.

  • Reyndogg

Posted October 24, 2005 - 09:31 AM


no way...i'd pay the 2k or whatever more for a 2006

  • Troutman

Posted October 24, 2005 - 09:55 AM


If you are trying to save some dough I would pick up a slightly used 06 as soon as some become available. If you buy the 04 in a year you will not be satisfied with the older version, (no matter how good the bike is), especially if you wanted the 06 to begin with. Happens every time.

  • Ray450

Posted October 24, 2005 - 03:00 PM


I had the same problem a few months ago, but I just didn't want to wait 4-6 months for the 06. I bought a 05 YZ 450 for $4,999 otd from Procycleusa.com , they have a location in Springfield and in Columbia MO. It was a 6 hour drive for me and I told them I was bringing a cashiers check (I was a little worried about the price going up). I have been very happy with my bike, I actually planned to keep riding my 250 a little longer, but it hasn't been started since my first ride on the 450. They brought the bike from their Columbia location to Springfield and had it ready for me when I got there. Transaction took less than 30 minutes and they were very friendly. Since, I have had 3 friends go up and buy bikes from them. Two went great, a 06 CRF 450 and a 05 YZ 85. The last one wasn't so great. It was a 04 YZ 450 that got a couple hundred bucks added to it (he spent more than I did for my 05!) and they wouldn't take it from Columbia to Springfield (cost him several hours). He got a little ansy though and started dealing with some of the salesmen at the dealership, rather than the "internet dealer" the rest of us delt with. Apparently he was off at the end of the week. When I saw the 04, it looked great, but then I noticed both clamps were missing on the carb intake! Anyway, I got their last 05. It looks like they will sell their 06s for $5,999. For $1,600 more and less than a 2 month wait, I'd get a 06 over the 04 for sure. If I regret not getting the 06 too much, I'll just sell my YZ 250 and go pick one up myself in the spring. Everyone should have two 450s, right?

  • Yak

Posted October 24, 2005 - 03:26 PM


If the 06 450F handles anything as good as the new 250F Id definitely wait and pay for the 2006.

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  • David37

Posted October 24, 2005 - 07:55 PM


If you can wait and save a little more $$, I would go for the 06. I agree with Troutman, who knows you might be able to find a very clean and lightly used 2006 and save $$$. Just my .02


Posted October 25, 2005 - 06:06 AM


If the 06 450F handles anything as good as the new 250F Id definitely wait and pay for the 2006.

That's a big if! You have to think that Yamaha will have improved the turning, but that it will still have the middle of the road characteristics that Yamaha is known for.
BTW, none of the 450's handle as well as the 250F's!

  • oldgoated

Posted October 25, 2005 - 06:11 AM


An are a dealer has a new 2004 YZF450 they would sell for $4,300 plus tax. They also have an 05 they will discount. Would you buy a NEW 04 to save $$ or just get a new 06 or 07 down the road. It's a little hard to say with no 06's out yet.
I've rode/raced YZF's, CRF's and YZ250 2 stroke.

i would wait and get the 06. If your going to keep the bike for a long time and trail ride and occasionally race I'd get the 04. if you are like most you won't be satisfied unless you have the latest and greatest. Plus the 06 will be easier to sell when the 07's come out :banghead:

  • teamtoxic

Posted October 25, 2005 - 09:23 AM


If the funds are there, go for the '06. There's no better feeling than having a brand new, state of the art machine. Especially considering the radical changes we're seeing for '06 and the attention factor!

  • 00YZ426FMRCD

Posted October 25, 2005 - 08:00 PM


Go with the 06! If yellow isn't available, go ahead and buy an IMS tank and a hurricane kit! :banghead: It's fun to dream isn't it?

  • tnl

Posted October 26, 2005 - 07:43 AM


Depends on your mx expertise. If your an A class rider or pro then the newest model would probably be your best bet considering the updates.

  • Doug997

Posted October 26, 2005 - 03:26 PM


This depends on you. If it's a deal like that, I would buy it. I paid top dollar for my 2004 YZ 450F. I've been racing it for two years, and have yet to have a problem with it. Just make sure that you change the oil consistently. I also paln on keeping this bike for a long time.

Good luck.

  • Kurt Meyer

Posted October 27, 2005 - 08:54 AM


I bought a new 04 (overstock) and I love it. I paid $4900.00 about 8 months ago. It has the 4 speed (which I love) and the most powerful motor on the planet. I don't thing you can go wrong with any YZ450.

  • Jetsprint2

Posted October 27, 2005 - 09:02 AM


I paid top dollar for my 04' and love it. Gonna keep it for a while. I can turn in on a CRF/RMZ, just depends on what you are used to. The reliability is top notch. I have the stock flywheel and race/trail ride it. Very happy with the bike. :banghead: The DR. D slip on really helped smooth the power out a bit. If you get an 04' seriously consider the DR. D slip-on- it works best with the stock header- so I have heard and I am happy with mine- a removable USF approved spark arrestor comes with it for trail riding. Good luck on your decision. :banghead:

  • 356

Posted October 27, 2005 - 10:22 AM


If I were you I would wait for a slightly used 06 to come along :banghead:

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