Just sold my 04 yz450f to upgrade to a new bike. Looking at 11-12 yz450f, 12 ktm 450 xcw or the 2 smoke ktm 300. I loved the aggressive power delivery of the 04 yz450f. It was a challenge on the technical steep hills though due to gearing. However enjoyed the challenge.
Is the 11-12 yz450f a wise choice for woods riding for that's all I do. Riding terrain consists of free flowing trails, steep technical hills, rock, mud, and generally around 80-100 kilometers before I refuel. Day ride total averages around 160 kilometers. (Half way refuel). The 04 yz450 did this with ease....some rides I would just carry an extra 1.5 litre of fuel in pack to get me over the line.
Part of me is thinking should I buy a bike that is specifically designed for the woods? Ktm450 exc or 300. Ktm 450 would be easier on hills and has electric start. But I think I may find power delivery boring?? The 300, well I'm not super keen to go to a 2 smoke. I also did not find the power on my mates 300 as exciting as a yz450f. I'm sure I could adapt to either Ktm but the new Yz450f still has me interested.
Yz450f....a good woods bike or not? One concern is fuel miliage. Or should I be looking at specifically designed woods bike like the ktm's? Thanks for any advice.
Edited by achudasko, January 05, 2012 - 07:21 PM.
Incorrect model specified