Anyone pick up a 450FX yet?

Looking to hear from you dudes on your first ride impressions of the new bike.. I want one so bad, but i think im going to restore a 79 xr 80 over the winter and then grab the 450 in the spring.. (id never get the 80 done if i was always looking at a brand new bike while in my shop..) 

Looking to hear from you dudes on your first ride impressions of the new bike.. I want one so bad, but i think im going to restore a 79 xr 80 over the winter and then grab the 450 in the spring.. (id never get the 80 done if i was always looking at a brand new bike while in my shop..) 

 

I was about to post the same question.  Can't wait to hear how the 450FX performs.

I just pulled the trigger and will be picking one up tomorrow.

Can't wait to see how it compares to my WR trans swapped 12 YZ450F. My only beef with the 12 is the power delivery. Apparently the 16's engine is supposed to be very broad from what I have read. We'll see. I'll report back once I can give it a fair judgement.

I have one on order and I'm supposed to get the first one that hits my dealer

They are advertised for sale local here in California. No WR450 yet.

They are in BC Canada right now.

Got this yesterday. I haven't ridden it yet since I still need to tear it down and grease everything up while it's still clean. I can't wait to get it out.

I've got to give props to Yamaha for stepping up and releasing a model that hits that sweet spot between the YZ and WR.

I'm tired of "YZ-ing" the WR's, and "WR-ing" the YZ's I've had in the past. It's refreshing to just buy the thing and let it be.

 

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Got this yesterday. I haven't ridden it yet since I still need to tear it down and grease everything up while it's still clean. I can't wait to get it out.

I've got to give props to Yamaha for stepping up and releasing a model that hits that sweet spot between the YZ and WR.

I'm tired of "YZ-ing" the WR's, and "WR-ing" the YZ's I've had in the past. It's refreshing to just buy the thing and let it be.

Looking forward to your review, Thanks.

So sweet. This may be a dumb question but isn't it ready to go? Doesn't the dealer prep include all this grease and checking torque numbers etc? I never had a new bike.

Got this yesterday. I haven't ridden it yet since I still need to tear it down and grease everything up while it's still clean. I can't wait to get it out.

I've got to give props to Yamaha for stepping up and releasing a model that hits that sweet spot between the YZ and WR.

I'm tired of "YZ-ing" the WR's, and "WR-ing" the YZ's I've had in the past. It's refreshing to just buy the thing and let it be.

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So sweet. This may be a dumb question but isn't it ready to go? Doesn't the dealer prep include all this grease and checking torque numbers etc? I never had a new bike.

 

most of the bike is already assembled from the factory.. the dealer just fills it with fluids, puts the front wheel on and starts it up to make sure it doesn't blow right up. would you trust someone else to make sure your ride is good to go? 

You're weren't kidding huh? Handlebars, controls and front wheel , that's it. What do they charge (average) for a prep fee?

Yea, they charge line $400 for setup fees. That's why you never pay them ;)

So sweet. This may be a dumb question but isn't it ready to go? Doesn't the dealer prep include all this grease and checking torque numbers etc? I never had a new bike.

I didn't believe it either but when I helped ghill prep his 14 yz, I couldn't believe how little grease there was on all the bearings. Full chassis tear down is def a good idea on a new bike.

So sweet. This may be a dumb question but isn't it ready to go? Doesn't the dealer prep include all this grease and checking torque numbers etc? I never had a new bike.

 

 

Nope

They put on the front wheel , handlebars, and pour the correct (mabye) amount and type of oil.

 

They check nothing else.

 

All Asian bikes are shipped 'under greased' and with 'water soluable' grease too.

You must change it all or it will come out when hot or when wet.

 

They also do not lubricate the cables, they put ' grease' on the chain (lot lube), and use NO anti-seize compound on the un-like metal combinations (steel into aluminum).

 

This is because of EPA cargo inspections; the Japanese would rather under-grease than 'be shamed' by the EPA finding grease drips on the cargo hold floor.....

 

So, when you buy a new Asian bike, you have to STRIP IT DOWN and fix all of this.....or not, if you don't care and like parts failures....

So sweet. This may be a dumb question but isn't it ready to go? Doesn't the dealer prep include all this grease and checking torque numbers etc? I never had a new bike.

 

Kawasaki is the worst. They think a few drops of oil on there bearings will keep them alive  :naughty:

One of the magazines did a long term YZ250fx test tear down. They found plenty of grease in the bearings which I believe is pretty rare.

Yes, and of course, there was nothing special about how that bike was prepped for a tear down by a national magazine, or anything like that, right?  :rolleyes:

 

 

(I don't enjoy being cynical so much, but it's been beaten into me over time, you know?)

When picking up that new bike, check the oil, pull the steering stem, yank the shock off, swingarm, linkage arm, and both wheel , grab a can of water proof grease and go to town! Also, depending on if it is an oring or not, spray the chain with some contact cleaner or filter cleaner and spray that gummy crap off the chain and lube with your chosen flavor. Also inspect and oil if needed the air filter. Slap it back together and torque check every fastener. Go break it in and change oil. Now it's time to have fun and try not to bend the handlebars/break parts/your body

Must...resist urge....to buy new dirt bike...

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