Advise: CRF450 or YZ450?

New guy here, my first post,

I have had two 426 yzf's and three 450crf in the last six years, bought the 06 yzf 450 YELLOW a month ago and the first time I rode it I liked it but didn't love it.

I have ridden the bike four times ( about eight hours) and I can honestly say I love this bike :thumbsup:)))))))))))))))))))))

The motor does not hit as hard as a crf, but it does have a bunch more bottom end and it really doesn't care what gear it's in.

The pilot jet must be changed, no big deal, I lowered the pegs, raised the bars and I have left the suspension alone, 6'5" 240lbs, expert senior dez rider.

Just played with the sag a little, bike is a lot more stable than the crf, starts good/bump starts good/top end is good/air cleaner is easy compared to crf.

All in all I would recommend the yzf over the crf for 06, the suspension is so good it makes your you know what hard :thumbsup:))

And trust me, I have been true blue honda for more years than I want to say .

Well first WELCOME!...This is a great place.

I really appreciate you and everyone else taking the time to write. I waffle back and forth, so I guess only time will tell. I do remember my 2002 CR250, the bike turned on a dime and handled great, so I have some fond memories of RED. I also have the 06WR450 so I can go blue if needed.

:thumbsup:

New guy here, my first post,

I have had two 426 yzf's and three 450crf in the last six years, bought the 06 yzf 450 YELLOW a month ago and the first time I rode it I liked it but didn't love it.

I have ridden the bike four times ( about eight hours) and I can honestly say I love this bike :thumbsup:)))))))))))))))))))))

The motor does not hit as hard as a crf, but it does have a bunch more bottom end and it really doesn't care what gear it's in.

The pilot jet must be changed, no big deal, I lowered the pegs, raised the bars and I have left the suspension alone, 6'5" 240lbs, expert senior dez rider.

Just played with the sag a little, bike is a lot more stable than the crf, starts good/bump starts good/top end is good/air cleaner is easy compared to crf.

All in all I would recommend the yzf over the crf for 06, the suspension is so good it makes your you know what hard :bonk:))

And trust me, I have been true blue honda for more years than I want to say .

Thanks for the advise. It's weird, just when I decide on the YZ, I read an article that puts the CRF in the lead. Depending on which reviews you read, it's all over the place!...

Also, can I ask what you paid OTD? Also, was the dealer in SoCAl? I had a dealer just quote me $6800. I had to laugh. The price of the CRF sure is attractive however.

Thanks!

NO problem.......

June 2005, 05 CRF 450 $6,500.00

Nov 2005, 06 YZ 450F, $7,100.00

$6,800 is a good deal...................

i paid $6799 otd @ hahm (see cycletrader ad)

Forgot to ask, what occured after you road it for a few times to fall in love with it when initially your didn't have the same take on it?

>I have ridden the bike four times ( about eight hours) and I can honestly >say I love this bike :thumbsup:)))))))))))))))))))))

thanks!

New guy here, my first post,

I have had two 426 yzf's and three 450crf in the last six years, bought the 06 yzf 450 YELLOW a month ago and the first time I rode it I liked it but didn't love it.

I have ridden the bike four times ( about eight hours) and I can honestly say I love this bike :thumbsup:)))))))))))))))))))))

The motor does not hit as hard as a crf, but it does have a bunch more bottom end and it really doesn't care what gear it's in.

The pilot jet must be changed, no big deal, I lowered the pegs, raised the bars and I have left the suspension alone, 6'5" 240lbs, expert senior dez rider.

Just played with the sag a little, bike is a lot more stable than the crf, starts good/bump starts good/top end is good/air cleaner is easy compared to crf.

All in all I would recommend the yzf over the crf for 06, the suspension is so good it makes your you know what hard :bonk:))

And trust me, I have been true blue honda for more years than I want to say .

At first the motor bored me, my last 450 crf, had the 500 kit, then the motor broke in after about an hour of riding and buzzed up a little more, then the suspension just got better and better.as you can tell by my weight and stock suspension I am by no means a suspension genius, but it seemed like after about four hours on the bike ( 2nd or 3rd ride) the suspension broke in, I had my crf re-valved twice and never was able to get it as plush as my YZF450.

I paid right at $7100 out the door (yellow) a month or so ago, you can probably do better now.

The clock is ticking on all of us, this is no test life, its the only one we got, get the bike, its not a wife,its a bike, if you drag your feet a couple more months you might as well wait for the 07.

Good luck.

Kirk

Kirk, solid advise for sure. Thanks, you are correct. I'm coming off another bike so that's not the issue as much as which bike to get. Either way, I'll be satified I'm sure. Thanks for taking the time! :bonk::thumbsup::thumbsup:

At first the motor bored me, my last 450 crf, had the 500 kit, then the motor broke in after about an hour of riding and buzzed up a little more, then the suspension just got better and better.as you can tell by my weight and stock suspension I am by no means a suspension genius, but it seemed like after about four hours on the bike ( 2nd or 3rd ride) the suspension broke in, I had my crf re-valved twice and never was able to get it as plush as my YZF450.

I paid right at $7100 out the door (yellow) a month or so ago, you can probably do better now.

The clock is ticking on all of us, this is no test life, its the only one we got, get the bike, its not a wife,its a bike, if you drag your feet a couple more months you might as well wait for the 07.

Good luck.

Kirk

Hey Rikk, you might to want to give LA yamaha a call.(310-306-7906) They have the best prices. They would even give you an OTD price over the phone. If you are still intrested in the Honda, they have another dealership named LA cyclesports(310-677-5800) Same ownership. Good luck Ray

After watching the maintenance being done on the Honda.. I chose the Yamaha. You see a lot more older 4 stroke Yamis than 4 stroke Hondas around.

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