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UtahTrailRider

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Alright blue guys, it's your chance. I've rode Hondas since my first bike but a deal has presented itself to me. A 2005 YZ450f for well under 2k. What can you tell me about this bike. I've tried to read every thread I can find on it but there's not a ton of info, mostly problems. So is this steel framed beast worth it? I ride a flickable Honda two stroke at the moment but I think it's time for change. Is there any Yamaha specific issues I should look for? I wanted to avoid steel frames but if it's a good bike regardless I might as well join the club. So tell me the good and the bad of this bike overall, past owners, owners, cousins of mutual friends, just give me some info.

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What type of riding are you planning to do with it? Your name suggests only trail riding?? If so, look at the 07-11 WR450. It is a better casual trail bike. Tranny is wide ratio, E start, 18" rear wheel , bigger tank, etc...YZ wants to go fast all the time, it is a better race bike. Although I just won my class B40 in an Enduro Sunday on my 09 WR, so the WR can be raced by us normal dudes. It is just a bit more of a physical experience.

The 05 YZ is a good bike and the suspension would be decent with a revalve for trail riding with your buddies, but in my opinion I would get a 06-09 YZ for a few hundred more if you want to go with a YZ. The suspension is much better. 06+ comes with SSS KYB fork, which is pretty much the best fork still. I just picked up a 25hr 09 YZ for $3k. It will be my dedicated race bike, with the WR retiring to trail and Dual Sport service. While I was looking for my YZ450, I found tons of 06's for $2000-2200. Look on www.bikefinds.com

The motors are awesome on both and are absolutely bulletproof. The are both very stable bikes and have a great confident planted front end feel.

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The '05 had one shortcoming: the CDI map is kind of lame.  Jump on eBay and locate a CDI for either an '04 or an '06.  LOTS more low end and sharper performance.

 

The steel YZF's were known for a little heavier "feel" than the CRF, and were also a little reluctant to turn into corners well, but they rail berms like nobody's business, and are as reliable as machinery ever gets.  Great bike for less than $2K, IMO.

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 but in my opinion I would get a 06-09 YZ for a few hundred more if you want to go with a YZ.

 

After spending years and thousands of dollars trying to make an 06 YZ into a trail bike I would STRONGLY caution against the 06 model as a woods bike.  07 is good, 08-09 is best.

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Well my riding style is pretty broad. I got really into track for awhile after getting bored with trail and sold my XR400 for a CR125 but now I want to find a bike that I can mainly race enduros and hare scrambles with but still be able to get on a track for fun, no track racing mostly trail racing. I'm addicted to the power of a 450 though after riding a few fuel injected models. Will the carbureted 450's still pull how the FI ones do? Obviously a boy two stroke guy so my 450 knowledge is thin. I like to hear the YZFs are reliable that's what I'm looking for. I'm pretty much worn out on putting in new cranks and top ends. I want a bike that will be a consistent performer but still be powerful. I don't think I'll ever own anything like a WR until I'm a little older and mellowed out. I would prefer to be able to still keep up on the track.

Save the two stroke.

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I have an 06 and all I do is trail ride and I love the thing. And like you I was a honda guy but after reserching the yamaha seemed to be the most reliable. My 06 pulls real hard I doubt you would be disappointed.

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Well my riding style is pretty broad. I got really into track for awhile after getting bored with trail and sold my XR400 for a CR125 but now I want to find a bike that I can mainly race enduros and hare scrambles with but still be able to get on a track for fun, no track racing mostly trail racing. I'm addicted to the power of a 450 though after riding a few fuel injected models. Will the carbureted 450's still pull how the FI ones do? Obviously a boy two stroke guy so my 450 knowledge is thin. I like to hear the YZFs are reliable that's what I'm looking for. I'm pretty much worn out on putting in new cranks and top ends. I want a bike that will be a consistent performer but still be powerful. I don't think I'll ever own anything like a WR until I'm a little older and mellowed out. I would prefer to be able to still keep up on the track.

Save the two stroke.

Yeah for that type of use, then for sure the YZ.

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