Several new 4 streoke models coming for 2003 (from Daily Motorcycle)
Posted April 11, 2002 - 04:45 AM
I read that to mean liquid-cooled, electric start, 400 class ENDURO oriented machine. That cuts the CRF450 out of the picture... I have seen a few cool CRF's (of course not nearly as tasty as the WR ) that were tricked out for enduro and I think Honda would be stupid not to provide a bike that is clearly desired by hardcore off-road Hondaphiles.
Posted April 11, 2002 - 04:56 AM
They also stated that rumurs are high that it will have an electric start but this could not be confirmed.
They have said that the 03 model is expected to be 1.25kg's lighter than the 02 model.
They also said that the overal design has been changed too, and that they look much more like lighter "racing style" machines than they have for the last 5 years.
They have posted what looks like an artists impression of the 03 machine, although it doesnt say if this is from Yamaha themselves or not. I'll upload the pic later.
I need to double check all the specs and quotes as I read it last night - I'm at work while wrighting this.
[ April 11, 2002: Message edited by: UK Paul ]
Posted April 11, 2002 - 05:09 AM
Posted April 11, 2002 - 07:32 AM
I'm laughing my A$$ off over Kawasaki doing anything in the 4 stroke realm except rolling over and playing dead....I can see it Now...a KLX400/450F, With the cheap frame of the KLX300, the weak Idler gear, the crap Shift Star, and breaks in half at the steering head on jumps over 20 Feet (That's gonna be their "easy Load" feature), not to mention absolutely incompetent factory support. Not to slam them completely...Their Street Bike line and the KDX line are competative.
Ok I'm done Now....and Yes I am a Proud Seller/Trader of a 2001 KLX300R...This thing is gone in two weeks for a 99 YZ400F for my Foster Son.
Posted April 11, 2002 - 08:02 AM
they also said it was all based on rumour reaching there office
the artists impression is done my a guy the magazine uses often
my local yamaha dealer had heard it rumoured.
it will be a 450cc [no sh&t,,, really??]
the mx version will be a kickstart only
the enduro will have a leccy boot
and the styling will be in line with the 2 strokes
i think everyone is best guessing
if theres one thing yamaha is good at its keeping things under wraps
Posted April 11, 2002 - 08:11 AM
Doh! I was way wrong. From now on I gotta see and ride and smell and taste it before I believe it.
Posted April 11, 2002 - 10:02 AM
Nice artwork though