2011 yz450f

Okay so how do you guys feel about the 2011 (or 2010) yz450f? I hear a lot of people complain about it but I've had mine for a while and I love the bike. Just curious to see how everyone feels about it.

I like mine. It was the most difficult bike I have ever had to get set up properly. I think that is where the hate comes from. They don't want to put in the time.

I have a 2006 and a 2012. The 06 is awesome and only ever needs fine tuning of the suspension based on the track and conditions. I rode the 12 and almost put it up for sale after the first ride. Absolutely hated it. I devoted lots of tweak and test time to it and now I love it. All of my issues with it was addressing the handling and suspension setup for my riding style. Motor has always been sweet in my opinion.

I have a 2006 and a 2012. The 06 is awesome and only ever needs fine tuning of the suspension based on the track and conditions. I rode the 12 and almost put it up for sale after the first ride. Absolutely hated it. I devoted lots of tweak and test time to it and now I love it. All of my issues with it was addressing the handling and suspension setup for my riding style. Motor has always been sweet in my opinion.

I went from an 07 and you nailed it.

I love my 2012 but I am still making little tweaks here and there on setup. Very sensitive bike, one click makes a difference

I've never had a problem with my 2010 handing or anything. Then again I came from a 03 250 two stroke so of course it was a world of difference

One of the mistakes people make with the later YZ450's is that they insist on adapting the bike to their style while making no effort whatsoever to adapt their style to the bike.  Has to be a kind of mutual adjustment or it won't succeed.

One of the mistakes people make with the later YZ450's is that they insist on adapting the bike to their style while making no effort whatsoever to adapt their style to the bike.  Has to be a kind of mutual adjustment or it won't succeed.

No doubt. But, as a sr rider I have found changing a "style" that has solidified over many years can be very difficult. I sold my last KTM after three months due to not being able to adapt my limited skills and time worn technique. Just decided it wasn't worth the aggravation and time wasted. Went back to a brand I was familiar with and was smiling again within moments.

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