buying a left over 08 next week


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  • yama426rider

Posted February 18, 2009 - 08:10 PM

#1

Next week i will be buying a left over 2008 yz450f or 250f from my dealer. I havent decided which i want yet. I can get the 250f for 4600 otd and the 450 for 5000. For only 400 dollars difference i would almost just go ahead and get the 450. Im a fast novice rider and weigh 205. I ride a good mix of both mx and woods. Is the 450 a better pick for me? I have been riding 250f's or a while and while they have plenty of power in the woods and such, they leave me looking for more umph on the bug jumps and jumps out of corners. Any advise? Thanks Anthony

  • mitchicle

Posted February 18, 2009 - 08:12 PM

#2

Go with the 450 you'll never look back. I weigh 210, have an 03 450 and i can't get on a 250f. Trust me you'll love it:banana:

  • FinchFan194

Posted February 18, 2009 - 10:06 PM

#3

Get the 450 I weigh 205 and guys big like us will destroy the motor on a 250f if you are riding it hard.

  • areax

Posted February 24, 2009 - 08:05 AM

#4

+1... get the 450 and don't look back

  • Wiz636

Posted February 24, 2009 - 08:56 AM

#5

There's no replacement for displacement!

  • grayracer513

Posted February 24, 2009 - 09:18 AM

#6

There's no doubt the YZ250F is a lot of fun, and in it's element, it's nearly impossible to beat with anything. We were on a ride once when my son was 14, and a CRF rider refused to believe at first that Junior's bike was not a 426 after chasing it all day. I remember a write up in Dirt Bike in which the writers/editors were asked to name their 5 favorite bikes. 5 of the 7 had the YZ250F on their list, 4 had it in the top 3, and 2 named it their top pick.

Even so...

There's no replacement for displacement!

...If I had three bikes, I would definitely own a 250F. But since I have one, I choose the YZ450.

  • Unibomber

Posted February 24, 2009 - 11:10 AM

#7

Im in the same boat and remember cussing my 450 and 426 when maneuvering through tight rocks and woods, knowing a 250f would be much easier to deal with :busted: . Like most I can only afford one so being a novice at 185 pounds im still leaning towards a wr/yz 450 although the 250f is so tempting :lol:

I think about the added maintenance of wearing a 250f out, and knowing that at my skill level i prolly wont wear a 450 out, I dunno decisions decisions....:banghead: Either way there are smokin deals on what ever you want :worthy:

  • Kasjok

Posted February 24, 2009 - 11:25 AM

#8

If I had three bikes, I would definitely own a 250F. But since I have one, I choose the YZ450.

What would the third one be? :lol:

  • erickdj

Posted February 24, 2009 - 11:43 AM

#9

Next week i will be buying a left over 2008 yz450f or 250f from my dealer. I havent decided which i want yet. I can get the 250f for 4600 otd and the 450 for 5000. For only 400 dollars difference i would almost just go ahead and get the 450. Im a fast novice rider and weigh 205. I ride a good mix of both mx and woods. Is the 450 a better pick for me? I have been riding 250f's or a while and while they have plenty of power in the woods and such, they leave me looking for more umph on the bug jumps and jumps out of corners. Any advise? Thanks Anthony


Sounds to me like you're ready for a 450f, and for $400 it's a no brainer. 450's aren't that hard to handle or maneuver, it's exaggerated by some people. I'm only 5'5" and I can throw my 450's around just fine. It's 1000x better to have extra power that you might not need, than to find yourself in a spot where you need more power and there's just no more from your bike.

By the way, I have had an 08 450f for over a year, I love the way it handles and seems quite lightweight to me.

  • grayracer513

Posted February 24, 2009 - 02:22 PM

#10

What would the third one be? :lol:

I'm not sure. A WR/KTM/XR650 kind of thing I could run a BIG ol' light on for night racing.

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  • Wiz636

Posted February 24, 2009 - 02:34 PM

#11

I'm not sure. A WR/KTM/XR650 kind of thing I could run a BIG ol' light on for night racing.


That is the ONE thing that drives me nuts about out our YZ's, the fact that we can't get them lit up sufficiently for night racing. :lol:

  • mxrider250br

Posted February 24, 2009 - 03:13 PM

#12

i got a 04 450 with the steel frame and i can maneuver thru the woods fine, gots plenty of power and i bet yours will be much easier to handle cuz it weighs way less weight. go big or go home!!! yz450f.

  • cmd

Posted February 24, 2009 - 03:33 PM

#13

another :lol: for the fofiddy.i'm about your size and weight and just bought a 450f and have had several 250f's also but honestly the newer 450's are within pounds of the older 250's. even on the east coast really tight and technical riding they are much more manageable.....hill climb?what hillclimb :worthy: it's always alot easier and cheaper to tame a 450 down versus hopping a 250 up.you won't regret the 450,especially for only 400 more bucks.....

  • grayracer513

Posted February 24, 2009 - 03:50 PM

#14

That is the ONE thing that drives me nuts about out our YZ's, the fact that we can't get them lit up sufficiently for night racing. :lol:

HID and battery technology is improving a lot. I'm looking into a couple of things right now and I'll let you know how it plays out.

  • FinchFan194

Posted February 24, 2009 - 04:55 PM

#15

i got a 04 450 with the steel frame and i can maneuver thru the woods fine, gots plenty of power and i bet yours will be much easier to handle cuz it weighs way less weight. go big or go home!!! yz450f.



If you consider 2 or 3 pounds a lot? I know a lot of the weight on 06's and up was lowered on the bike making them feel way less.

  • YamahaDude450F

Posted February 26, 2009 - 07:40 AM

#16

just to throw in my 2 cents i came off of a 2002 yz125 and went to an 08 yz450f and the 125 cant touch the handing on the 450, even with the weight difference. In fact everyone i ride with agrees it is the best handling bike out of all of ours. There bikes are 2005 Honda CR125, 2005 KTM 200SX (or maybe 2004 not quite sure), 2003 Yamaha WR250f, 2002 KTM 520SX, and a 2004 RM125. Dont worry about handling this thing is nimble, and it makes the 250f's/125's feel like minibikes

  • Blaster21996

Posted February 26, 2009 - 09:13 AM

#17

Next week i will be buying a left over 2008 yz450f or 250f from my dealer. I havent decided which i want yet. I can get the 250f for 4600 otd and the 450 for 5000. For only 400 dollars difference i would almost just go ahead and get the 450. Im a fast novice rider and weigh 205. I ride a good mix of both mx and woods. Is the 450 a better pick for me? I have been riding 250f's or a while and while they have plenty of power in the woods and such, they leave me looking for more umph on the bug jumps and jumps out of corners. Any advise? Thanks Anthony


I weigh 50lbs more then you, and I am YZ250F Fan, I recently sold my 08 after an injury and just started riding again after 6 months, I am now on my YZ450F SE and I wish I would have kept that 250 and sold my 450 instead! Especially in the woods, the 250F is just much more easier to handle, and easier on your body. As far as power, I had a FMF Powercore 4.1 Carbon with a FMF Mega Bomb on my 08 250F and I had no problem keeping up with my friends on there 450's! None at all, heck, I beat a WR450F in several drag races (No flaming here please. It was only to 50mph, anything beyond that and I was toast).

  • erickdj

Posted February 26, 2009 - 09:27 AM

#18

I weigh 50lbs more then you, and I am YZ250F Fan, I recently sold my 08 after an injury and just started riding again after 6 months, I am now on my YZ450F SE and I wish I would have kept that 250 and sold my 450 instead! Especially in the woods, the 250F is just much more easier to handle, and easier on your body. As far as power, I had a FMF Powercore 4.1 Carbon with a FMF Mega Bomb on my 08 250F and I had no problem keeping up with my friends on there 450's! None at all, heck, I beat a WR450F in several drag races (No flaming here please. It was only to 50mph, anything beyond that and I was toast).


Handling between the 250f's and 450f's is a matter of perception and has many variables. Body weight can work against you, as fitness condition will too. I'm "only" 5'5" and 185lbs, and even at that "small" size I can muscle around my 450f without any problems, it actually feels light to me. I started out riding on a ttr250(fat heavy pig), then I moved up to a wr450f(heavy pig), and last year I got a yz450f, that thing seems light like a feather after riding the other two bikes! If 250f's were the holy grail, then hardly anyone would buy 450f's, yet many 250f riders "move up" to 450f's eventually and never look back.

  • Blaster21996

Posted February 26, 2009 - 05:52 PM

#19

Handling between the 250f's and 450f's is a matter of perception and has many variables. Body weight can work against you, as fitness condition will too. I'm "only" 5'5" and 185lbs, and even at that "small" size I can muscle around my 450f without any problems, it actually feels light to me. I started out riding on a ttr250(fat heavy pig), then I moved up to a wr450f(heavy pig), and last year I got a yz450f, that thing seems light like a feather after riding the other two bikes! If 250f's were the holy grail, then hardly anyone would buy 450f's, yet many 250f riders "move up" to 450f's eventually and never look back.


It's not a contest.

It's just my opinion, sooner or later, some people move up, I know a few that have moved back to a 250F. I also think age has something to do with it, the older I get, the more I start looking for ways to minimize my risk, for instance, to whiskey throttle a 250F is non event, to whiskey throttle a 450F just could be a life ending event. I do agree with size and strength being an issue in controlling a stronger bike, that is not my case, I weight train 5 days a week and would have no trouble bench pressing any 450. When it comes down to it's just a mater of making a choice that fits the buyers needs. I still ride my 450F, but will be looking at the 2010 250F when they arrive.......

B

  • 08YZ450Derek

Posted February 26, 2009 - 06:44 PM

#20

It's not a contest.

It's just my opinion, sooner or later, some people move up, I know a few that have moved back to a 250F. I also think age has something to do with it, the older I get, the more I start looking for ways to minimize my risk, for instance, to whiskey throttle a 250F is non event, to whiskey throttle a 450F just could be a life ending event. I do agree with size and strength being an issue in controlling a stronger bike, that is not my case, I weight train 5 days a week and would have no trouble bench pressing any 450. When it comes down to it's just a mater of making a choice that fits the buyers needs. I still ride my 450F, but will be looking at the 2010 250F when they arrive.......

B


I would like to see you bench press an awkwardly sized object like a 450 dirtbike. Are you serious? That just sounded strange to me. And you are talking about minimizing risks? I want to see that bench press, I think you need to post some pics!





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