Is 2004 yzf450 good woods bike

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  • ryno48

Posted March 26, 2009 - 03:53 PM


Just wondring if this bike would be a good all around bike with only having 4 gears.

  • 642MX

Posted March 26, 2009 - 04:44 PM


You'll probably want to go up a couple teeth on the rear sprocket, but yes, the 4 speed 450 can be a great all around bike.

Other popular mods to make them a little more "woods friendly" are the Rekluse auto-clutches and flywheel weights.

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  • cumminsgetsome

Posted March 26, 2009 - 06:24 PM


I have an 04 and am running 14 /49 gearing. I love it, I put a pro circuit pipe on it and it really boosted the low end. I use my bike for tight single track, and also hill climb with it. It is a monster.

  • FinchFan194

Posted March 26, 2009 - 07:50 PM


I have a 04 that I use for woods mainly and the occasional MX track I run 14/47 gearing and love it on the trails makes 1st gear more usable on the really tight single track IMO.

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  • ryno48

Posted March 27, 2009 - 04:25 AM


Thanks for the quick responce and advice. I was thinking of riding a couple enduros if I get this bike and was wondering about only having 4 gears.

  • TIG88

Posted March 27, 2009 - 04:59 AM


You'll love it for woods. I have an 03 which is the same bike, and a flywheel weight is definately in order. I typically stay in first gear.

  • oeder8140j

Posted April 07, 2009 - 10:12 AM


a flywheel weight is definately in order.

I got the 16oz and it made a world of difference with stalling.

1st gear is a little high and you will find yourself on the brakes a lot going down hills in the woods but gear it down and you should be fine. You might look into a nice skid plate and radiator guards as well.

  • mxrider250br

Posted April 07, 2009 - 04:49 PM


got one pretty much stock and its not bad. i like it. might change my sprockets here soon and see where i find myself. like the abe post, i might do 14/47. we'll see. but 4 gears not a problem tho.

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