Your height and your choice of handlebars on '06 (or equivalent) YZ450?

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  • red7

Posted January 03, 2007 - 11:57 PM


I just picked up my '06 YZ450 yesterday and haven't had much time to ride it since I'm en camino back to Mexico. Just sitting on it a bit made me think I might want to get some bars that come back and up a little more. What a bummer as the stock ones seem so nice. I was just curious what you guys are running and what your height is so how about a little poll? I'm 6'0" btw so I'm curious if other guys my height are changing out their bars or staying with the stock ones.

  • tmauto69

Posted January 04, 2007 - 04:22 AM


I am at 6' as well, and tried the Windham, Henry/Reed, and RC Hi bends. RC Hi was way to hi for my tastes, the Windham is ok, but I think I like the Henry/Reed bend the best. But I tend to be more of a sit down rider, standing when necessary. I never rode the bike with the stock ones, just sitting on it with those seemed to cramped to me.

  • yami racer

Posted January 04, 2007 - 05:58 AM


6 feet here and with Windham bend ProTaper

  • Ga426owner

Posted January 04, 2007 - 06:40 AM


6 feet here and with Windham bend ProTaper

ditto except mine are Twinwalls :lol:

  • xjruss

Posted January 04, 2007 - 07:35 AM


I'm 6'0", maybe 6'1" and I like the stock bars on my '06... I pushed them forward just a bit and haven't looked back. My brother has the Windham bend on his YZ400F which are taller and they feel pretty good too.

  • rooster wrooster

Posted January 04, 2007 - 08:17 AM


6'. I've rode with the stock bars on my '06 for a year now. All trails. Sitting down is fine with the stockers but standing is not fun for more than a few minutes. I measured where my hands are in relation to the stock bars in a comfortable standing position. They are about 2 inches higher than the stock bars. I bought some ProTaper pastrana fmx bars which are about 1.5 inches higher than stock. I just put them on a few days ago and have only rode it once. Big improvement for standing and still feels comfortable sitting.

  • Bigcr

Posted January 04, 2007 - 08:30 AM


Renthal Twinwall 997 bend.

I'm 5'10"

  • red7

Posted January 04, 2007 - 08:57 AM


I am at 6' as well, and tried the Windham, Henry/Reed, and RC Hi bends. RC Hi was way to hi for my tastes, the Windham is ok, but I think I like the Henry/Reed bend the best. But I tend to be more of a sit down rider, standing when necessary. I never rode the bike with the stock ones, just sitting on it with those seemed to cramped to me.

I have a new set of Henry/Reed protaper SE bars that I was going to put on my WR but never did. I figured I'd throw those on my YZ but didn't realize they are the 1 1/8" bars. Maybe I can still set them in the triple clamps just to get an idea of how they feel.

This is some good info.....keep it coming.

  • Wyatt

Posted January 04, 2007 - 09:11 AM


5'9" and I use Windham bend twinwalls.

I like my bars rolled forward a bit.

  • grayracer513

Posted January 04, 2007 - 10:24 AM


My son, who is near 6'3" rides the '06 with PT Windham bend bars, and loves them. I'm 5'10, and they seem high to me, but are quite rideable after a few minutes adjustment. I've ridden an '06 with the Henry bend, and that seems like what I'd put on one for myself.

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  • Reyndogg

Posted January 04, 2007 - 12:57 PM


I have the 06 w/ ProTaper Reed/Henry bend - i'm 6'

  • Idaho_Stas

Posted January 04, 2007 - 01:29 PM


Windahm ProTapers with a 10mm riser added. I stand a lot and the stockers were WAY TOO LOW for me.

  • Smokeslider

Posted January 04, 2007 - 01:45 PM


Runnin KX High Bend with 10mm riser added...I'm 6'5"

  • Drfletcherdc

Posted January 04, 2007 - 02:03 PM


I ride MX and found that about 95mm of height is the best for me. So in Renthal Twinwalls I use Emig bend (93mm) and I have Pro Tapers Windham bend (99mm). I have been using the Twinwalls and I feel more comfortable in the attack position with slightly less height.

  • Alex_YZ450F

Posted January 04, 2007 - 06:09 PM


I am 6'2'' and have the Pro Taper Windam Bend. The hight is good and it is also gives a wider feeling than the stock one.

  • aford541

Posted January 04, 2007 - 09:38 PM


6'2" Windham Pro tapers with a 2 mm spacer under the stock bar mount.
All of my verticaly challenged Yamaha frends use the Henry Reed Pro tapers.

  • yamahacrazy_310

Posted January 05, 2007 - 07:22 AM


I'm 6'5'' and have the KW bend but the bike still felt small so I got the fastway pegs and set them on the lowboy position and it still feels small so I think I will go get some risers and see how that feels.

  • NM_KDX200

Posted January 05, 2007 - 07:57 AM


All these tall people..... :confused:

I'm 5' 6" and use PT SE Charmichael bend ("tall" Charmichael bend??? Oxymoron!). Since I've shaved my seat 1", sitting position feels a little "chopper-ish" (the seat has dropped and the bars ain't), but standing feels good and I mostly like the straighter feel of the RC bars.

Plus, all RC bars come with a special bag of Go-Fast pixie dust that can only be activated by people under 5' 7" didn't know that, did you? :lol:

  • Mike546

Posted January 05, 2007 - 01:21 PM


6'3" and I have the KX high bend with 10mm risers. I just ordered the ProTaper P3 adjustable top clamp so I can move the bars forward and see how that works. I have an 06 and ordered the clamps yesterday $169. Today I look on ebay and there is an 06 set just listed with a Buy It Now price of $119, figures eh!

  • red7

Posted January 06, 2007 - 08:41 PM


[quote name='NM_KDX200']All these tall people..... :lol:

Yea seriously, I'm feelin small at 6'0". However, I just broke in my bike this morning and noticed how the pegs feel way back compared to my '04 WR450. I'm sure I'll get used to it but I feel like my weight isn't over my pegs as much as I'm used to and part of it may be the handlebars. How do I know how much a particular bend will come back and up compared to stock? For instance, the henry/reed much up and back will they come compared to stock? Same goes for Windham or others.

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