03 450 price


5 replies to this topic
  • 123BigcoopDawg576

Posted June 11, 2007 - 07:28 AM

#1

the neighbor has an 03 yz450f with maybe 20 hours on it. show room looking. basically never rides it. i need a bike for the track. should i jump on this for around 3 grand or less or try a 2 smoke. any ideas

  • cbrewer450

Posted June 11, 2007 - 07:44 AM

#2

I picked up my 03 yz450 for $2500 in great condition about 2 months ago. After the research I did, I found the 03's going for up to $4000 in stock, good condition. That's here in CA. If you get it for less than 3k, I'd say go for it.

  • never59

Posted June 11, 2007 - 07:58 AM

#3

Not sure about your market but here in denver that bike is no way worth 3 grand. $2500 tops. Do some research on the 2003 here at TT. Great bike but it was the first year of the 450 and is a pretty difficult bike to ride compared to other years but can fixed for cheap.

the neighbor has an 03 yz450f with maybe 20 hours on it. show room looking. basically never rides it. i need a bike for the track. should i jump on this for around 3 grand or less or try a 2 smoke. any ideas



Visit the ThumperTalk Store for the lowest prices on motorcycle / ATV parts and accessories - Guaranteed
  • gcally

Posted June 11, 2007 - 09:30 AM

#4

I just picked up a brand new 05 yz450 for 4,000 out the door. They still have a 04 YZ450 for around 3,800.

  • flintlock28

Posted June 11, 2007 - 06:04 PM

#5

I have an 04' model.....

The 03' had the nastiest "hit" of all the yz450f models...i.e. it has a hard-hitting powerband, that will pull your arms off. For 2004, the powerband was calmed down slightly, by changing the igniton mapping.

The 03' is a great bike, but suspension wise, it's inferior to the 04' and later bikes, and the 03', 04' and 05' models are all steel-framed, and don't handle as well as the 06' and 07' models, tending to be top-heavy feeling. This can be helped by using an aftermarket linkage, that changes the geometry, and makes the bike feel less top-heavy and makes the bike turn better (Stormlink).

I'll list the Pro's/Con's of the 03':

Pro's:

1) Very reliable, "bulletproof" engine..just keep the oil changed, air filter clean, and normal maintenance, and she'll run a long time.
2) Wicked acceleration....sometimes too much for the track since the bike will tend to tire your arm's out.....can be helped with an aftermarket heavier flywheel.


Con's:

1) 03', 04' and 05' bikes don't handle/turn as well as the 06' and 07' models, can be helped somewhat with the Stormlink, but it's still not going to handle as well as an 06' and 07' period.

2) 03' had the smallest fork tubes, and the poorest suspension of the 03'-07' years....nothing wrong with it, it just doesn't compare to the 06'-07' models.


If you can get it for about $ 2600 or so, I'd go for it, unless you want to spend the big dollars for an 06'-07'

  • Justin89

Posted June 11, 2007 - 06:44 PM

#6

$2900 and I would do it





Related Content

Reviews

Yamaha YZ450F 2017 by Chris.GVS


Yamaha YZ450F 2017
  • - - - - -
  • 0 reviews
Forums
Photo

yz250x vs 450 4t comparisons (preferably desert riding) needed by JakeNorthrupYZ450F


Dirt Bike   Make / Model Specific   Yamaha   Yamaha 2-Stroke
  • 9 replies
Forums
Photo

YZ450F 03 Sparks driving me crazy by SirAttard


Dirt Bike   Make / Model Specific   Yamaha   YZ 400/426/450
  • 5 replies
Forums
Photo

Is it worth it? (Cam and High compression piston) by macgi77


Dirt Bike   Make / Model Specific   Honda   CRF 150/230 F/L
  • Hot  36 replies
Wiki
WR Camshaft Swap Info - last post by jamesm113

WR Camshaft Swap Info


Articles
  • 0 replies
 
x

Join Our Community!

Even if you don't want to post, registered members get access to tools that make finding & following the good stuff easier.

If you enjoyed reading about "" here in the ThumperTalk archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join ThumperTalk today!

The views and opinions expressed on this page are strictly those of the author, and have not been reviewed or approved by ThumperTalk.