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When buying your 05 what other bikes did shop?

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The 450X wasn't out yet, and I was skittish about reliability anyway, so I was really down to the Yamaha and the KTM. I'm by no means a serious rider, so with the changes to the '05 model and the difference in price, the Yamaha was the best choice for me. It's a really good bike - especially for the price. The magazines seem to agree.

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Looked at the KTM, considered the Honda , rode some of the 200cc two strokes and decided the Yamaha was the best bike for me. I have good connections with a couple of Yamaha dealers which also helped sway me to the blue side of the force.

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it came down to the yamaha or the ktm. in the end i made my decision based on price. personaly i think the ktm is slightly better(not as much after free mods)but not a $1000 better.

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well got mine because i was wrenching @ a Yamaha /Honda/kawi dealer. so at the time it was the only highpoered bike with an Estart i could get at employee pricing.

you will be happy with the wr450. i would say it the best of the Estart motors {wr/crfx/ktm/drz}. with a YZ cam it wakes up the bike amazingly. way more bottom and top power.

now having praised the WR, i have to say i would never buy one again. missing 6th gear......... sob sob sob. this might not bother you unless you are like me. built/geared for insane trails yet still street legal.

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I looked at a KTM 520 and an XR650R before I bought my WR426. I liked the forks and the engine better on the Yamaha. BTW, do you ever wonder why Yamaha is the only bike with 5 titanium valves with double overhead cams? Because they have a patent on this 5 valve setup. It is simple physics, a higher number of smaller valves flow better than a smaller number of bigger valves. After the Yamaha patent wears out, I bet you all the tea in china that all the double overhead cam bikes (KTM, Kawasaki /Suzuki) go to 5 valve engines. but, for lower center of gravity, Honda may stick with their higher maint., noisier single cam 4 valve setup. :)

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I'd always been a Honda guy, used to have an XR600, so I was waiting for the 450X. Then I began learning about the issues with their beer coaster-sized piston and tempermental valve train. I then turned my focus to KTM and Yamaha. In the end, price one out, both in initial purchase and overall maintenance. Since Yamaha's engine pretty much set the off-road standard, and continues to do so, I'm now a Yamaha and Honda guy. Now, if they come out with a four-stroke SuperJet to accompany my Turbo Aquatrax, I'm gonna have a veritable powersports orgasm! :D:):) ...SC

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And what was it about the Yamaha that made your decision? Thanks.

I had a CRF250X when I bought my WR450 ('05) and I thought about the 450X because I liked the 250X so much but price and the ease of working on the carb did it for me. The X was a major pain to do any carb work (but the frame sure made it easy to get to the cam).

I like the Honda and Yamaha so I guess it comes down to preference. I haven't ridden the 450X but many people I've seen riding them like them a lot. Then you have KTM and the others to throw in also so it's not an easy decision.

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