HEADS UP!!!

Site upgrade in progress... Core site functions are working, but some non-critical features/functions will be temporarily unavailable while we work to restore them over the next couple of weeks.

Please post any bugs you encounter, but before you do, check to see if it's already listed.

Thanks for your patience while we work to improve the community.

bigbore2

05 bike for desert

4 posts in this topic

I see the last year for the steel frame is 05. That sounds like a good bike to get cheap and build for desert riding/racing??

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The downside of the steel 450's as a desert bike is that they all had a 4 speed trans.  If you can get it cheap enough, you could buy and install a complete '03-'06 WR450f transmission in the same cases, but it has to be completely complete, with the shift cam, 3 forks, and both whole shaft assemblies.

 

The 4 speed is somewhat limiting for a desert bike.  It's not as bad as you might guess, because the ratio of the 4 spd 4th gear falls in between that of 4th and 5th in the 5 speeds.  Still, not the best choice.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

thanx for that, just thinking about a yz250 or yzf450 steel frame build.

Edited by bigbore2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Are you set on the steel frame? I think the 2nd gen 06-09 450 was a great desert bike. Definately better than the steel frame bikes.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now