I crawled on a 09 KX450.....
Posted October 31, 2008 - 08:29 AM
Posted October 31, 2008 - 08:44 AM
Posted October 31, 2008 - 09:54 AM
Posted October 31, 2008 - 11:05 AM
The husky 4 strokes are nice, but when it comes to reliability they sure aren't Yamahas. My 07 wr450 has thousands of hard miles on it already, and has needed nothing but basic maintenance. My friends 06 Te510 blew up after a little over 700 miles. Husky 2 strokes are as indestructible as Yamahas but the 4 strokes, while nice to ride, just aren't there yet.
I'm dreaming of a Yammi 250f-Fi with Easy start:busted:
Posted October 31, 2008 - 11:14 AM
Posted October 31, 2008 - 11:44 AM
I have looked and sat on the Kawi and while the forks may be better... nothing else in ergo's or fit and finish impress me.
I also agree on the Husky.. probably the best affordable dual sports out there, I would get before I got one of those orange POS's but the reliability or longevity of the top end / head on the motors just is not even close to the Yamaha's..
Posted November 01, 2008 - 12:04 PM
Posted November 02, 2008 - 11:02 AM
I ride occasionally with a guy on an '08 Husky TE510 and he reckons it's a heap of s...t.
He's had nothing but trouble from it.
Mind you, when it goes it really GOES! (Heaps of power everywhere) but it is stopped all too often.
I'll be sticking with my Yamaha. It may not be the ultimate enduro racer, but then again neither am I.
Posted November 03, 2008 - 04:32 PM
Having said that, I am able to go faster at the end of the day on an 08 WR450F than that fire-breathing Kawi...in the tight stuff found in rocky, rutty, rooty mountain riding. The 09 hits waaaay too hard down low, and right now no one I know has the mapping program to soften the amount of fuel shot into the EFI. Obviously the KX is not built for that, but I was "forced" to ride an 09 out of the crud the other weekend and it was like trying to navigate a turbo-charged R1 with a lurchy clutch through downtown Manhattan traffic.
But I get your point. Less weight on the WR, nay (that's my fancy word for the day), any bike would transform the handling considerably.
Posted November 03, 2008 - 08:10 PM
They just need to put a plate on the wr450f and wr250f and they will sell a million of them. Why else would anyone choose a husky over a yamaha?
Well... where I live and race there are plenty of people that would ask exactly the opposite.. "why would anyone choose a Yamaha over a Husky" and these are fast dudes but at the same time I have 2 full 14 round race seasons on my WR and I would race it tomorrow in confidence with no more prep than dumping fuel in it:thumbsup: I have seen way too many Husky's with major top end work 1/2 way thru the season..
Most the guys I know that have the Husky's for just trail riding and dual sporting are very happy and don't seem to the have the issues the guys that race them have:excuseme:
I actually like the TXC and TE's, they are cool looking bikes and the FI on the off road bike seems to work well but broken motors break my heart:thumbsdn:
Posted November 05, 2008 - 06:00 AM
Posted November 05, 2008 - 11:11 AM
Posted February 15, 2009 - 12:43 AM
Can't agree more i have an 09 KX450 and have to say that this fork/shock set-up (after some work on the clickers) are the best working package i have ever seen! the engine's power is something else, me being a 75kg rider i find it a bit hard to grab traction on alot of hillclimbs, i'm thinking of getting a re-map for the ignition, people were saying that you need an engine-dyno, but i don't see why if they are preset maps?
BTW! i seen a bloke on a WR450 09 today, he had swopped his fork, shock and SWINGARM for his sons YZ250f ones, he reckons it transformed the bike's handling totally! And i had to agree with him, i couldn't shake him!