KTM450 vs Yamaha 450F 2004
Posted October 16, 2003 - 07:36 AM
Posted October 16, 2003 - 07:55 AM
I have been a Yamaha fan for many years and recently when I was ready to upgrade to a 2004 450 I was perplexed as to what to do. Many of my riding buddies ride KTM so I was able to get lots of input as to the pro's and con's. As well, I have many buddies that ride Yamaha. The bottom line for me was that the KTM 450 EXC was ready to race/ride right off the showroom floor. Unlike the Yamaha WR450F I would had needed to do many costly mod's to get the bike where I felt it needed to be performance wise. Also, the power of the KTM 450 EXC is very smooth unlike the Yamaha being very explosive. So realisticaly, the two bikes are close to the same cost taking in account the costly upgrades the Yamaha would require to get it race ready. The KTM for me is by far the best bike I have ever riden and I havent had any blue feelings for jumping ship. Dont get me wrong, Yamaha builds a great machine but for me, KTM was the choice for 2004.
Posted October 16, 2003 - 08:11 AM
All I did to mine were the free mods and a ProMoto Billet baffle.
The only thing I don't like about the WR is the woodruff key issue. Other than that its a great bike.
Posted October 16, 2003 - 10:59 AM
Just my .02
Posted October 16, 2003 - 12:11 PM
Posted October 16, 2003 - 12:37 PM
Posted October 16, 2003 - 01:16 PM
Wait and see what hondas offroader will be like!!!
Posted October 16, 2003 - 03:27 PM
Posted October 16, 2003 - 04:49 PM
1 I like the engine better. Smoother but plenty power when you need it.
2. Much better suspension.
3. Less maintainance.
4. Cheaper spairparts.
5. Sidestand that dosn´t brake off
Well just my honest opinion.
Posted October 16, 2003 - 06:08 PM
Posted October 16, 2003 - 07:42 PM
KTM's have expensive parts! They are no more reliable than Honda or Yamaha. Historically less but very good as of late.
Honda's have the best parts support and aftermarket parts.
Honda is slow to redesign flaws in models.
Yamaha has a unique ride that is different than the Honda and KTM. More of a desert set up.
Once you get through the issues on your new bike and set it up the way you like it. You can be happy on either of the three.
I love my Yamaha. I am going to ride this thing past 20,000. miles and get the 2006 fuel injected WR450!
I hope we have land left to ride on. Forget all this law suit stuff I keep hearing on this forum and lets defend our rights to ride on public lands!
Posted October 16, 2003 - 07:50 PM
Posted October 16, 2003 - 08:31 PM
Forget all this law suit stuff I keep hearing on this forum and lets defend our rights to ride on public lands!
Maybe you have an endless supply of money? I don't
Nobody really wants a lawsuit, just Yamaha to own up.
And frankly, all the land in the world doesn't matter to me if I don't have a bike.
Posted October 16, 2003 - 09:41 PM
Posted October 16, 2003 - 10:27 PM
Posted October 17, 2003 - 02:57 AM
Posted October 17, 2003 - 02:19 PM