Crf now, thinking about a Yamaswap 450


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  • 700MX

Posted August 11, 2006 - 11:57 AM

#1

I have always had yamis and loved them....but in 05, you guys would be crazy to say yami had a bike even close to the crf, so i switched. Now I am looking againg @ the yami (new frame), what do you guys think. I race pro & vet Pro, need a solid bike for the season! I am also concered about kayaba...my old yamis used to go through seals, and the valve stacks would loose integrity and soften very quick!

I think I can get a better deal on the yzf also

I hate how the honda turns, and have done everything to try to fix it. It also has a funky swap every now and then that really is unexplained. Is this yami turning a 100% fixable.......More the actual planted feel than anything, my crf feels skatey, loose.

THANKS!

  • Baron Von Beard

Posted August 11, 2006 - 12:05 PM

#2

The 06 or 07 Yami sounds like exactly what you are looking for. the new KYB forks are killer! Much better than my 05 CRF. I talked to my suspension guy and was told not to mess with it. :thumbsup:

The 06 turns so much better than my CRF that it's not even funny. The front end stays planted, considering you get rid of the stock Dunlop 739 tire. The Yamis have a lot more trail than the CRF's do, even with 20mm clamps, yet they exhibit very little, if any, headshake. I was perfectly happy with my 05 CRF450R until I rode a friend's 06 YZF450. I bought a Yami the very next day.

  • Ranger18

Posted August 11, 2006 - 12:22 PM

#3

My 06 yzf handles, and turns 5000% better than my old crf, and I did everything I could to make it handle better. Also I don't get arm pump anymore, I don't know if it's the suspension or the fact that I've been working out my arms more, but for the sake of argument lets say it's the bike. :thumbsup: :ride: I don't think you will be disapointed.

  • 700MX

Posted August 12, 2006 - 06:05 AM

#4

The 06 or 07 Yami sounds like exactly what you are looking for. the new KYB forks are killer! Much better than my 05 CRF. I talked to my suspension guy and was told not to mess with it. :thumbsup:

The 06 turns so much better than my CRF that it's not even funny. The front end stays planted, considering you get rid of the stock Dunlop 739 tire. The Yamis have a lot more trail than the CRF's do, even with 20mm clamps, yet they exhibit very little, if any, headshake. I was perfectly happy with my 05 CRF450R until I rode a friend's 06 YZF450. I bought a Yami the very next day.

How is the clutch.....and do you have any cutting out when flat landing? Is it keeping it's "new feel" as good as the crf, yunno staying tight??

Thanks

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  • kyle450rider

Posted August 12, 2006 - 07:38 AM

#5

I am same as you.I really like the yamahas for some time now but purchased a 2005 honda because i thought the yamaha wasnt even close.I just sold the old bike and put a deposit on the 2007 yammie.I just going to start off all stock with new airfilter new chanin and fuel screw and taller bars.I'll see how this works before i go to a exhaust and suspension.I think i will just be able to respring this bike with no revalve.I cant wait!Hopefully someone will post that they got on soon so i will be getting mine as well.Has anyone heard anything yet?they already have there two strokes out.

  • 700MX

Posted August 25, 2006 - 08:25 AM

#6

well have ruled out the kxf....they are a great bike when new but there is no way that thing will last through a season!

Any other "seat of the pants differences" between the yami and crf? the one thing I liked about the kawi was the spead out feel, and feeling in the bike through rutted corners, not on top.

I got to find a yzf to demo again!

  • grayracer513

Posted August 25, 2006 - 08:38 AM

#7

As long as the subject of the '06 forks has been brought up, I read something that I found interesting in this month's MXA test of a tricked out YZ450. The testers complained of harshness in the fork, so the tuner removed only 10cc of oil. The forks were then too soft, so 5cc was added back, and the testers were satisfied with it.

If that is accurate, it seems like, 1) the fork is very sensitive to oil level (and probably fluid viscosity), and, 2) it's a really simple, inexpensive tuning trick.

  • Ga426owner

Posted August 25, 2006 - 12:50 PM

#8

The 06 or 07 Yami sounds like exactly what you are looking for. the new KYB forks are killer! Much better than my 05 CRF. I talked to my suspension guy and was told not to mess with it. :thumbsup:

The 06 turns so much better than my CRF that it's not even funny. The front end stays planted, considering you get rid of the stock Dunlop 739 tire. The Yamis have a lot more trail than the CRF's do, even with 20mm clamps, yet they exhibit very little, if any, headshake. I was perfectly happy with my 05 CRF450R until I rode a friend's 06 YZF450. I bought a Yami the very next day.



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