power comparison? 400f vs 250f vs 450f
Posted 16 May 2012 - 04:43 PM
Posted 16 May 2012 - 05:20 PM
How do they feel? Magnificent.
Posted 16 May 2012 - 05:46 PM
Posted 16 May 2012 - 10:35 PM
Posted 17 May 2012 - 07:36 AM
My '11 450 feel so much more powerful, it's amazing. I don't know how much more power it actually makes (probably 3-5 hp, maybe), but the bottom end allows me to pull third out of most corners that I'd have to pull second in my 426, that I can maintain more speed and shift less. It feels a lot lighter, but the biggest difference is the suspension. It's so much better.
I don't ride my 426 much anymore except when trail or desert riding in green sticker season season, so I have not compared lap times. For someone of my skill level (vet track guy, mostly), the lap times would probably not be significantlly different. A faster rider would notice much more of a difference than I do.
The bike is much better, and I love it.
Posted 17 May 2012 - 12:26 PM
I ride the woods and I've had a Yz426 (Basically a 400) Yz250 and WR250f and now Yz450. I'm 6'2" 215lbs. Here's my experience, the 426 was a handfull, felt heavy, lots of power but slower revving, granted it was several years ago when I owned it.
The Wr250f was basically a neutered Yz250f. It was really easy to ride and felt light as a feather in the woods due to the soft power and less gyroscopic forces from the motor. Once I hit anything with deeper sand I was really riding the clutch to keep it going and my buddies WR400 took off like I was standing still on straightaways. I don't ride tracks but I would guess the Yz250f would feel pretty tame compared to the bigger bikes on a track.
The Yz250 has great power, not as powerful in the deep sand as the 426 but quick throttle response and super fun to ride, more than enough power for anything in the woods, which is all I race. I honestly was going to buy a new YZ250 but decided to go with the 450 because I wanted all the latest and greatest technology. I would take any 250 2t over a 250f.
I just picked up a 2011 Yz450 and it hits like a freight train! Twist the throttle and it comes to life, NOW! It's been a few years since I owned my 426 but I'd say the 450 feels more powerful and much lighter. My buddy still has his Wr400 that's piped and a bunch of other goodies and my bike walks away from him until top end when his gearing catches me.
Posted 17 May 2012 - 02:43 PM
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