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falk781

06 YZ 450 Washout

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Well, finally it happened.

Was riding pretty hard yesterday at a very fast, loamy mx track in central PA.

Coming into a left hand corner with a little bit of spongy mud there, bang, front end gone and I was on the ground.

Thank goodness for the Unabikers because I think the 50 cent radiators would have been dead.

I've heard of problems with this bike letting go without warning but I can't be sure if it was related to that or just that I came in too hot and lost it.

I have lowered the suspension and switched the tires.

Overall, the tractability, handling and power has been superb.

Wonder if anyone else has been in this situation. I hear the 250F is the same way.

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You wipe out in a slightly muddy turn and wonder if it's time to blame the bike? Be honest and ask yourself if a differant bike would have made the turn. Is rider error a possibility? I have the 06 450 and can't find fault w/ the handling. Maybe I misread your post but it isn't always the bikes fault when we crash. Yup..........you came in too hot. :thumbsup:

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This bike has no handling issues!!!!

I'll go to my grave saying that.

The magazine reports are all from southern california hard baked adobe riders who think a 1 inch tall ridge is a berm!

They've been on other brands as their personal bikes for too long to be objective.

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Do you have the sag set and the forks up a little in the triple clamps?? 756 on front? Those changes alone help out big time especially setting the sag around 98 mm

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I'm sure it was rider error and all my fault.

I was just wondering if anyone else experienced a similar circumstance that was unexplained and recurring. :crazy:

I've slid the forks and changed both tires to something completely different that I run on my YZ 250.

Thanks for your comments, hopefully it will come together for this weekends race.

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I know exactly what you mean because it is what I felt on my CRF450. I could not tune out the 'unexpected front end departure' no matter what I tried (tires, forks, triple clamps, sag , rebound, etc). It was always on a flat sweeping turn in deep loam - usually in third gear. All bikes I've ridden before would either give some warning or the back would break loose first - not so with my Honda.

All that being said, I've had good luck with my new YZ450F. I did change the tire to a 756, pulled the forks up to the etched line and set the sag to about 98mm. She seems to ride like I 'expect' - that is the back letting go first so I can power slide instead of the dreaded foot-stomp and face-plant.

I hope it's just your setup, as I am getting rid of the Honda for this reason.

Mike

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Yea pm Dunn2500 - he can't get his to turn either...sounds like you both need to try different sag settings....mine carves turns unlike any other bike I have owned :crazy:

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