When to upgrade?

Afternoon everyone,

I have searched for a few days, but didn't come up with anything. My current steed is a 2006 450r. I've been getting that itch to upgrade, but wanted to get everyone's thoughts.

Current setup:

2006 CRF450r

-Pro Circuit suspension dialed in

-new radiator hoses

-annodized engine cover bolts

-pretty new MX51s

-new DID ERT2 chain and Renthal sprockets

-all bearings just greased

-Scotts damper

-Renthal twin walls

-Magura Hydro Clutch

-brakes have a lot of life left

-Works Connection radiator braces, skid plate, and rear master cylinder guard

-hour meter reading ~86 hours

The valves have never moved, but I am thinking its about that time just as a preventative maintenance.

I also have an extra set of plastics and some other odds and ends for it.

When do you all think an upgrade is needed? I've been feeling the itch to get onto a FI bike. I've ridden a few of my buddies (yam, honda, and kawi) and really like them. I travel a bit with my bike and think it would be good to go FI so i can do away with the need to rejet when I go down to family. I still enjoy the bike, but that itch is killing me.

So, what do you all think? upgrade time? If so, What do you think is fair to ask for my current bike? what years would you look into upgrading to?



Just one more thing. I'm thinking I will likely look to the upgrade later this year if I decide to do it. going one more season on this one I think, then look when everyone starts getting rid of their old bikes around August.

I went from an 06 Honda 250F to a 14 450 and the difference was night and day. Besides the extra power, the chasis and handling felt amazing. 

I think if you want a nimble and light feeling bike, an upgrade will fit the bill

The 2005-2008 crf 450 is hard to beat honestly for an all around package and still plenty competitive if i had to sell my newer bikes and was on a smaller budget i would get one for sure. 

I have a 2005 crf 450r thats done up quite heavily, stage 2 cam, ported and polished head, high comp piston, barnett full clutch, jetted, pro circuit exhaust, etc....


my little brother had a stock 2009 crf450 EFI bike.... his kept up with mine and damn near beat me in a drag race down a wet sandy lake bed... talk about embarrassing.

Thanks guys. Cory, I know that feeling haha, but think my run in like that with my buddy was because I am just slow haha. Been talking to my wife about it. Looks like she has given me the go ahead on one condition. Gotta wait til about July or August. We've got a baby on the way and both agreed that it's better to wait until we make sure that goes smoothly. Also wanting to wait cause I have a few job interviews coming up. Have an amazing job now, but been at it a while so it's time to look for new opportunities. Got an interview Wednesday with a great company at a different gold mine. Good opportunity but it'll force us to stay put. another interview at the end of March in the oil and gas industry in Salt Lake Utah. That's the one I want and things are looking good for it. But we would be moving if I got that so money may be needed. But I'm stoked to look at an upgrade later this year. Keep the comments/suggestions coming. Got a long time to mull it over and look around at bikes vs the cost of a complete rebuild.

ill tell ya this right now regarding jobs... and relationships for that matter.  something ive learned the hard way.   the grass isnt always greener on the other side, in fact, it rarely is!!!!


good luck though.

Well Cory, in my case I think it is. Of course that's what anybody would say. But I live in a town in the middle of nowhere for gold mining and I took this job as a stepping stone to get into oil and gas. The job I'm looking at moving for may be a pay cut, I honestly don't know, and may not have the same benefits, but quality of life outside of work is worth a lot for me. I currently live in the middle of Nevada and still have 4 hours a day of commuting to the site. That's a lot of time that I could spend with my wife and the baby that's on the way. And in my mind, time with family is always worth a lot and something that you can never get back.

Tanner, where in NV are you and what mine are you currently working at, and where do you ride? I escort tires from L.A. out to a few of the mines. As for bikes, i just picked up a '10 450 that had 10 hours at most, with WC rad braces, skid plate, and an FMF ti slip on. Paid $4k. Might pick up an identical bike with about 100 hrs that will see less use by my pops for trail riding,but dudes not sure on price yet.

Aa for asking price of your '06 id probably start at $3k.

Names actually Jared haha. That's a killer deal on that '10. Need to find me something good like that. I work at Marigold Mine and live in Elko. I ride a lot of desert style and then there are small tracks in Wells, Battle Mountain, and Winnemucca. There are also some dunes in Winnemucca. Ya I was thinking but 3k with what I've seen other bikes round here going for.

I currently have a 08 and. 10 crf450 the carb bike is my favorite the fuel injected is nice and is more nimble. But it doesn't pull on top like the 08, if I picked one bike to keep it would be the 08,

I have a 2005 crf 450r thats done up quite heavily, stage 2 cam, ported and polished head, high comp piston, barnett full clutch, jetted, pro circuit exhaust, etc....


my little brother had a stock 2009 crf450 EFI bike.... his kept up with mine and damn near beat me in a drag race down a wet sandy lake bed... talk about embarrassing.

The efi bikes are deceiving in how fast they really are since the motors make smoother usable power vs. the carb models.  If you check your lap times like I did when I first picked up an fi model you'll be surprised as I was.

Owned 05 & 06 models (05-08 very similar) & would never go back to a carbed bike after owning & riding a FI model.  Noticeably lighter & turn better in comparison to the carb bikes as well.

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