I hope you don’t get offended by this, but the YZ450 wasn’t designed, built or setup for a rider like you. The target rider for the YZ450 is a 150-170lbs fast intermediate or expert motocrosser. I understand that not everyone that wants or buys a bike like this fits into that category, but if you don’t, you have to realize that you’ll have to make lots of changes and adjustments before it works for you. And it may never work perfectly for you.
For the target rider, it’s by far the best Yamaha has every made. If you go into berms at the top of 3rd gear, not 1st or 2nd, the bike will corner like it’s on rails. If you overjump an 80 foot tabletop you’ll be amazed at how the suspension handles it. If Doug Henry had suspension like this years ago, he might not have broken both his arms on that one he overjumped. If you go through huge whoops at full throttle going 50-60mph, the bike will take them without so much as a twitch, instead of kicking and bucking you off like bikes used to do. If you go through them at 10 or 20mph, you can’t expect the bike to work properly, that’s just not how it’s designed.
I know you can’t turn into a fast intermediate or expert overnight, and I know you can’t just change your body to fit into the target weight range. I’m just saying be a little more understanding with the bike and realize that it wasn’t built for the way you’re riding it. These bikes are made with a specific purpose and rider in mind, if you’re lucky enough to fit into that range, the bike is incredible right out of the box. (Except for that ridiculously lean pilot.)
Get the suspension closer to your liking and find someone that can help your riding skills improve so you'll be doing those turns and jumps faster and bigger. As that happens the bike will only work better for you.
I completely agree with this and am not offended at all. Im very content being a slow novice rider, this is just a fun hobby and I don't take it too serious. I knew going in that all stock bikes are setup for lighter guys that are also significantly faster.
Making changes to the bike to get it to work for me is nothing bad in my book. I come from dragracing mitsubishi AWD Turbo cars, so Im used to having to change EVERYTHING, and setting this bike up to suit me is actually kinda fun.
I didn't make this post to complain about the bike. I made it to try and get some advise from people who might be in the same situation with a rider/bike that aren't syncing up well. Im sure after a little testing, setup, suspension adjustment I can get this bike to be just as rider friendly as my buddies CRF is.
I need to get the bike to work for me before my speed improves much though. Id say im 10% faster on my friends 05 CRF than my 06 YZF completely becuase I have conficence in the front wheel
to go where I point it. Once I have conficence in the turning and get the suspension a bit ofter I think it will be literally and figurativly golden. The gearing/jetting is simple to work out, the handling feel is the tricky stuff IMHO.