It´s winter here in Sweden and it has been very cold the last 3-4 weeks. But this weekend the temperatures became better for riding.
My track was in good condition for winterriding, with ice and a thin layer of snow on top.
Did also put on some new fresh factory studded Trelleborg tires.
Handling: This bike is very stable , compared to my previous bike (2010 CRF450). Feels well balanced and doesn´t do any strange things. Sure the bike feels both bigger and slightly heavier than CRF450, but that is not a bad thing if you ask me. Chassi is very predictable and gave me confidence just after 4-5 laps on the bike ! On my first laps I felt cornering was a little bit ankward but I relized later that I was sitting to much in the middle of the bike, on the -10 CRF450 you could do that, and still it would turn like a knife. But on the Yami you need to move more forward to make it turn easy. And after adapting my riding postion, cornering went much better. I really like the Acerbis X-seat. Sure it is very hard sitting on it but still very easy to move around on. Also provides good grip when you need it.
Suspension: Well balanced front and rear. Overjumped some stuff and suspension took care of it with no problems ! Felt slightly stiff in some situations but probably because suspension isn´t broken in yet, I´m sure it will get better after some hours of riding.
Motor: My track is pretty tight so I never really got the chance to feel the complete powerband. But I can say that this engine has great bottom power compared to -10 CRF450 ! The Acerbis X-seat grip really was needed in some situations for sure ! But still it was easy to use. I like this engine much better than the lazy -09/-10 CRF 450 engine.
One thing I do miss from my previous bike is the gearbox ! It ain´t bad, but still not as good and spot-on as the Honda gearbox.
Engine was easy to start when cold, but when stalling out on track I had some trouble getting it fired up again. But later I found out that turning the thottle slightly when kicking , engine fired up much easier. On the CRF450 you should never touch the throttle when kicking the engine to life, but the Yami seem to like it !
Brakes: Front brake was great, but rear brake did not give me so much confidence in some situations. A little to weak for my taste and it was hard to get a real feel for it.
Overall rating: I give this bike 9.5 blue ballons out of 10. It would have gotten 10 if it weren´t for the weak rearbrake and so,so gearbox feel.
And that air-sucking sound from the airbox everybody is talking about ...What´s up with that !?!? I can´t seem to hear it ! Nothing that bothers me at all !
Edited by HRC, December 05, 2010 - 01:22 PM.