So freaking confused!?!?!

12 replies to this topic
  • tw557

Posted August 13, 2007 - 03:04 PM


I am in the market for another bike. Just sold an 05 yz450f. I probably can't afford any better then an 06 whatever. I have been so set on getting an 06 yz450f. Thru 2006 all I heard was the 06 is night and day better then the 05. I will admit I never felt turn comfortable on the bike and got tired quick but I am 39 but finishing top 3 in vet c. Now I here all the 06 complaining and now here the 08 is night and day better. Will the 2010 be night/day also better. I just wish I could ride one but don't have that option. Then I have a good deal on an 06 kx450 that maybe is better the the yamaha. All I want is good confident turning that will not tire me out so much. JUST DON"T KNOW WHAT TO DO!! Sorry just had to vent.

  • tommyj

Posted August 13, 2007 - 03:16 PM


I have an 06 yz 450f and i'm super happy with it. I've also heard that the 08's are great bikes, but much better could it be that the 06's?? I don't know, maybe it depends on your skill level. Since i'm a slower rider maybe i can't feel some of the changes they have made.:excuseme: I think if you can get a good deal on a 06, it would be worth it.

  • grayracer513

Posted August 13, 2007 - 04:06 PM


You can search if you like, but I doubt you'll find anyone who used to have a steel framed YZF saying that the '06 was not a HUGE improvement. There are a lot of people here who bought one to replace their CRF and thought it was a far better bike. But nothing will satisfy everyone, and there are some people for whom nothing ever seems to work.

Buy one. You'll like it.

  • tw557

Posted August 13, 2007 - 05:53 PM


My whole focus is on handling and light feel. Also I wonder if I would be really fast enough to find these flaws some talk about. I figure this will be my last bike for a bit and just wish to make the best decision. Granted, all the bikes are SO much better then I can ride but I just want the bike to help me as much as poosible. I love the Yamaha reliability and I have a rekluse I could use on it also. I still really lean towards the yz450f. I just wish some would not be so emphatic about turning problems with this bike.

  • gtxkid

Posted August 13, 2007 - 07:39 PM


I have a 4 month old White YZ450F with suspention done and a few mods. What is your weight. I am going to a new bike.

  • 12yamaha

Posted August 13, 2007 - 07:54 PM


I had an 06 KX450 that was a good bike, all but the 4 speed. Hated that. I sold it to buy an 06 YZ450 and love it. I just installed a rekluse on my bike yesterday and I can't see anything feeling any better. I also had my suspension done and that made a world of difference in the turning department. I am a 35 year old C rider myself and I felt the stock forks were just way to harsh in the beginning of the stroke. I would go with the Yamaha, nothing is going to last as long.

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  • jeffro667

Posted August 13, 2007 - 08:59 PM


I have an 06, I don't see the turning problem, I had been riding an 04 CRF250R, and the YZ turns MUCH better than that bike. Also had an 03 YZ450, the 06 is way better in every way.

  • tw557

Posted August 14, 2007 - 03:40 AM


gtxkid, I weigh about 180. I guess the stock springs should be good for me. Thanks for the feedback guys, Especially the kx450f comparison. Was there anything about the KX you liked better?

  • KAW450

Posted August 14, 2007 - 04:02 AM


I went from a YZF 450 to a KX 450 F and LOVE it!!! I prefer the 4 speed transmission as I don't have to shift as much. I race B Class and @ 33 I can't complain about less shifting... and I have never felt "in-between" gears, even through the technical sections of the track.

I'm not sure the difference between the 06 to 08 would be that worth the extra $$$ (Pro's probably). You could take the extra $$$ you save and have the suspension done!

All the bikes '06 and newer are great bikes - Pick a color and have fun!

  • tw557

Posted August 14, 2007 - 08:32 AM


Matt, Your PM folder is full. I wanted to know how much time you have on the bike and what you need to get for it. I'm done riding till October because a Disney trip (wife delt with too many injuries in past) but want a bike for some fall riding. I have cash ready to purchase.

KAW450. What year YZF did you have? Thanks

  • iowamarinedad

Posted September 09, 2007 - 01:19 PM


I just sold my 06 Suzuki Rmz 450 and got a 06 450f Anv leftover and totally love it.
It is so much light feeling than my suzuki , the suspension is great right from stock and the power is great.
I don't think you could go wrong with a 06

  • gsk1968

Posted September 09, 2007 - 07:40 PM


Check out the video on yamaha's web site, it will tell you the big changes in the 08. Wish I could afford one, but just a pipe dream.

Pull up the YZ450F and click the video tab. Very Sweet.

  • jeffro5

Posted October 01, 2007 - 07:06 PM


I have an '06 Yz450f and love it as well. After tuning the stock suspension, it really shines in corners for me. Easy to ride and has nice power.

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