2005 YZ450 Cornering?

Do the 2005 and older YZ450F's corner better than the 2006-2008's?

no...to topheavy

No. I own a mint '05, and it takes some work to get them to rail. The biggest improvement I made was to go to an aftermarket link to get some weight on the front wheel. But box stock, I believe most would agree the newer chassis is a bit better than the last steel addition in terms of cornering.

a bit better is a understatement......the 06-08 is night and day better than the 03-05 in cornering/turning due to lower Center of Gravity COG and other factors

a bit better is a understatement......the 06-08 is night and day better than the 03-05
Actually, "night and day" is even an understatement.

But I have seen guys going very, very fast on the steel YZ450's (only by railing corners). I have no idea how they do it, but it can be done. Doug Dubach's 15 World Titles were not all won on aluminum bikes, after all.

Here is how that is done Grey......"close your eyes and just pin the throttle":p

Yes, I agree, on the steel frames you had to be very agressive going in, any lazyness usualy ended in a lowside

Yes, I agree, on the steel frames you had to be very agressive going in, any lazyness usualy ended in a lowside

I did not find this with the 426 though.The front end was glued to the track on that bike.What did they change when they went to the 450.Did they change the geometry that much? Ithink they went a little to far with centre of mass thing on the 06 and up bikes.

you had the only 426 that actually turned....or you just think it cornered good cause you havent ridden a zuki or a new yami

you had the only 426 that actually turned....or you just think it cornered good cause you havent ridden a zuki or a new yami
I have ridden RMZs and yeah they corner great RMs always have.And if you look at my signature...I have heard only a few people say this about the 426.I have not read to many posts on "what triple clamps should I get for my 426' Ok the bike was a heavy pig and for smaller guys it might have been hard to toss around so I can see the argument there.But as a bigger guy I had no problems.When I updated to a04CRF450 it pushed and jacknifed all over the place in comparison.And my 06yami took some $ and research and set up to get to where it is good but not great in the turns.IMO the only issues with the 426 were wieght and a little cramped ergos and the engine brakeing.

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