YZ450F: Too much for tight woods?

grayracer513 - I don't care what the HP numbers say as I mentiond above my 2006 YZ450F walks all over the new bikes HANDS DOWN!! Again I can go and put an exhaust and keep that performace barrier between the new bikes, so agian why would you buy an 2009 and put 2006 parts in it when you can buy a 2006 taht is already at that great power level? yeah doesn't make much sence to me either.....waht I'm saying is the best stock for stock 450 bike out there is the 2006 YZ450F no questions asked!!!!!!!!!!!

Having owned both an '06 and an '08 I can tell you that the '06 will not 'walk all over' the new YZ's as you say. The '06 has a stronger low end but once you reach the mid and upper RPM the '08 will pull the '06. Not by much, but it will.

Aside from the motor, the '08 has more refined cornering characteristics and the front end holds a line better than the '06. Also, the suspension is just slightly better on the newr bikes. Nothing earth shattering, just refined a little bit.

Don't get me wrong though, the '06 is a great bike and I loved mine...but it is not better by any means.

grayracer513 - I don't care what the HP numbers say as I mentiond above my 2006 YZ450F walks all over the new bikes HANDS DOWN!! Again I can go and put an exhaust and keep that performace barrier between the new bikes, so agian why would you buy an 2009 and put 2006 parts in it when you can buy a 2006 taht is already at that great power level? yeah doesn't make much sence to me either.....waht I'm saying is the best stock for stock 450 bike out there is the 2006 YZ450F no questions asked!!!!!!!!!!!

Amusing. Your opinion is noted.

I own two '06's. They are excellent bikes for my purposes, especially as I have them set up. However, the facts are that in any direct comparison of the motorcycles themselves, the '06 has a wider power curve that is stronger in the lower mid-range, and the '08 has over 2.5 more peak power. Rolling off on pavement against one another, the '06 will typically edge forward, then yield to the newer bike slightly on top end. As soon as you introduce dirt to the mix, you bring up the fact that the contest is actually at least 75% rider and 25% bike. So I'm happy to see you can beat your buddies at whatever it is that you do, and I'm glad you're happy with your bike. When you're ready for a little humility, you can come on down to SoCal. I'll introduce you to one of the old guys I ride with, and you can see what you can do with him and his DR-Z.

i have been beat by those old guys, put me in my place, after half the day riding and getting razed about whats wrong with your new fancy four stroke, i conceded and started asking for riding tips. shear hp doesnt matter as much as what you do with what you have (unless you are John Force):excuseme:

I had my hole kicked by a guy on an old XR250 a few weeks back. Very humbling. He was a little fat, too.

well said gray!

I had my hole kicked by a guy on an old XR250 a few weeks back. Very humbling. He was a little fat, too.

Have a few buddies like that too, you think your on the ball and running a hot pace, you glance back and that damn headlight is still there. I think half the reason those guys dont buy new bikes is because they love to try to show up guys on newer hardware. If we all rode the same bike as our skill level most of us would be on XR250s anyway. :excuseme:

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