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2006 Yz450f

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Does anyone know if Yamaha is planning on putting the Aluminum frame on the 450 next year? Or are they just going to keep using it as a sales gimmick for the 2-smokes, until the EPA finally pulls the plug on them?

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that is the million dollar question. There is no way Yamaha will let that cat out of the bag....they still have 04's and 05's to sell!!!

June of 2005 will be the first you will hear.

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We can only hope for the al. frame

Im hoping that they'll throw in some assless race pants when I buy my '06. I'll sing "panama" and hit triples in style.

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What kind of promotions does Yamaha usually have between January and June? It says on their website that their current 0,0,0 offer ends December 31...I want to buy, but am not quite ready yet financially...but don't want to have to wait 'till next June either...

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And how about a 5-speed too While we're at it! :cry: As long as it's got that 4sp I will just keep looking past it. Not everybody rides all day on a mx track and I don't know about all of you, but I'm not particularly interested in a 280lb dirt bike (05 WR450). :cry:

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yea im hoping for the alumframe on the 06 as well cuz thats when im buying my first 450. and my first choice is yamaha but if they dont put the alum frame on the 450 i might go to the KTM 450sx..

please yamaha :cry:

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I'll be in line soon as they release the Al frame for the 450. Depends on if I sell out to the 2smokes. :cry: But I love the 4 speed. I would put a large bet with anyone that Yamaha wont goto a 5 speed on the YZ450. Also, the EPA will never be able to "outlaw" 2-strokes. Think larger scale. There are alot of other applications other than MX/bikes that use 2 strokes. That would cause tons of industries (ie:construction, manufacturing...) to invest millions of $$$ of capital to replace current equipment with probably no government aid or relief. Also, the amount of emissions that 2-smoke put out is tons less than that of diesel engines. Just my 2 cents.

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I hope they do not do away with the 4 speed I love it! The AL frame will be awsome, there is word of them changing the color!

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Acutally, the 05 WR450 is only 244 lbs. That's only 24 lbs heavier than the YZ.

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Your foolin yourself about the tranny dude. I race and trail ride and have no problems whatsoever. I put a 15 tooth on the front if going riding in wider open spaces. I don't know where the heck these guys are riding where first is to tall for them either. If your going that slow you shouldn't be on a motorcycle anyway!

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Acutally, the 05 WR450 is only 244 lbs. That's only 24 lbs heavier than the YZ.

it "actually" weighs alot more than they say it does :cry: yamaha is notorious for false claims. i think the 4 spd wouln't be so bad on the trail if used with a rekluse. ?

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Yamaha notorious for false claims? I have to disagree. I think all the OEMs tend to be optimistic with their claimed dry weight. But I don't think that makes Yamaha that special. What other false claims do they make?

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Actually the frame Yamaha is using is pretty damn good. Why mess with something that works so well? The aluminum is cool but not needed. I had a CRF and did not like the way the frame felt. It was noisy, as well as wore holes anywhere there was high friction like where the tank met the frame.

The 4 speed is a bit different but will work for tight nasty trails. I am coming off a KTM 525 EXC with the six speed so I definitely have something to compare it too.

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just meant the weight claims ,they seem to tilt the scale in their favor considerably :cry: id like to see what a stock 05 wr or yz 450 weighs wet without gas??? anybody have a capable scale?

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Actually the frame Yamaha is using is pretty damn good. Why mess with something that works so well? The aluminum is cool but not needed. I had a CRF and did not like the way the frame felt. It was noisy, as well as wore holes anywhere there was high friction like where the tank met the frame.

The 4 speed is a bit different but will work for tight nasty trails. I am coming off a KTM 525 EXC with the six speed so I definitely have something to compare it too.

The frame is ok (it is dated as hell comparatively speaking)- it can be better by lowering the center of gravity and therefore making the beast turn and handle better - this is where 05 Honda blows away the 05 Yamaha (ok flame me)- I pray for a new aluminum frame - and keep the 4 speed and I will buy it in 06 - :cry::cry::cry:

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No they are not putting alum frame on the yamaha 450. Seems that after testing it does not hold up to the raw untame power she has. Noted Eng, have stated that the alum frame is for girls and mini's or Hondas. They are looking at placing the yamaha motor with the four speed on semi conductors to reduce down time on servo systems with digtal backup. You can go to www.alum,bla,bla,bla.com and see,lol

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