Straight up 2012 pro's/con's and price.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 02:31 AM
Please tell me what you think of the 2012 (I'm no pro but I've had an '03 and '07 450R so I'm familar with the brand) and what price you got OTD with.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 11:12 AM
That thread has only cost info, I am looking for the ride reports of pro's/con's from the "real" people also.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 12:20 PM
On the 2012, so far I did 1 day of breaking it in and 1 race. First thing I noticed is the stock muffler is an absolute joke. It is so clogged up and so quiet that the bike feels like a CRF230 play bike both sound and power wise. And the computer mapping is ridiculously lean to match. Stock, the power of the bike was pretty disappointing coming off my 07. No bark or pull at all. Seriously feels like there is a rag in the airbox.
So, I put a Yosh RS-4 slip-on on it. That opened it up but really revealed just how lean the mapping is. The bike will bog if you try to whack the throttle really fast and it just feels weak like it is starving for fuel. In the race I got dropped on the start by guys I usually smoke no problem on my 07.
Now my ECM went off to Eddie Sisneros today to try to get the mapping to match the exhaust. Everyone on here says it barks once you get the exhaust and the mapping. I hope so.
Otherwise, the handling feels pretty good so far even though I have not changed any suspension settings. It feels a little soft over all now that the suspension is breaking in. I might be able to get away with a little more oil in the forks and a little more preload on the shock. Have to tinker with it a while and see.
Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:39 AM
ThanX for the info. I too had an '07 (before that an '03) and did hear the same kinda info from some others about the power (I can live with the suspension). I know all the mfg's are getting beat up about fuel and noise (that's why everything from weedwackers to cars run ungodly lean) but those are the evironmental times we live in.
Posted 22 August 2012 - 07:23 AM