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06 crf450x . could ride a thousand more bikes and want my bike back , love it . get one

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i love my 450 for open trails it really rocks its an 05 i have run it hard in race and dual sports never did anything to it it has outlasted every ktm i have seen but i hate it for tight woods the bike is very hevy in the woods im looking at the new te450 husqv it seems really light feeling but dont get me wrong the fun factor with the 450 is awsum

the TE is listed within a couple lbs of both the WR450F and CRF450X.......wonder if it is that much better feeling?

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06 crf450x . could ride a thousand more bikes and want my bike back , love it . get one

That not the X in the pic is it.

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Addition to my above post, the power of a CRF450X is only strong to riders migrateing from smaller XR's, riders of CR250's and CR500's XR 600+ will think the CRF450X is mild.

I seen a guy at the dunes with a CRF450R with NOS and a turbo, easily 20K into mod's and he was pushing 100HP but kept blowing the bottom end out of it, I passed on asking him to ride it

I came off a CR250. 1986 haha and 87 was the last time I rode. Before getting my X a little over a year ago. I was like where's the throttle control. I got her uncorked and re-geared. Much better. It was like a different bike.

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Just bought a used 05 about 2 months ago coming off an 8 year layoff. i used to ride a 250 two stroke katoom and the x is like heaven compared to my old KTM. The more I ride, the better it feels. i love it

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Nope, none of the above. On the take? If you were within reach of me, I garantee you I'd re-arange your face for making such an insulting derogatory remark.

Sorry I hurt anyone's feelings about thier vaunted 450x. The guy asked what we thought. I objectively told him. I am not the only person following this conference that hasen't been all that thrilled with his new Honda 450x. It's quite sad that some of those "in love" with thier Honda act so un-objectively offended and turn derogatory when some one who owns the same bike finds it's performance less than mediocre with the particular terrain, phyisque and riding style he has. When younger I raced MX and have quite a bit of experience with dirt bikes, snowmobiles, fast boats, fast cars and water craft. It ain't the first piece of motored hardware I've had. I didn't fall off the turnip truck yesterday. I think some of the differences in how well the bike works could be attributed to rider height and weight. The 450 x seems optimally set up for lighter (150lbs-160lbs) riders. I weigh 230lbs and am over 6 ft tall. I have seen other people drop something negative about the beloved Honda in this conference and seen them get shouted down also.

I ain't leaving boys. Even though I won't replace this honda with another one, nor recommend a Honda 450x to my friends, I do want to continue to learn how to make it perform better. If you don't like some one not being thrilled with his Honda 450x for good technical reasons, instead of acting so childish, just kindly move on to the next message.

Talk about childish.................. I edited because this is all that really needed to be said

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had an '89 KX500 and got an '01 XR650, rode that until I got the '06 450X, no complaints here. put the R kit into it, plated it and ride the hell out of it. great bike in my opinion....pushin 40 and still ride like I'm 20, no regrets.

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Just bought a used 05 about 2 months ago coming off an 8 year layoff. i used to ride a 250 two stroke katoom and the x is like heaven compared to my old KTM. The more I ride, the better it feels. i love it

Enjoy. Me too. The more I ride the X. The smoother I get. Your in the right spot. To get info on your new 05 X. There's a great bunch of guys here. That will help answer your questions. Like you should be running a full Qt in the tran. Where do you ride at ?

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Electric start...the end.

negatives

Heavy

valve adjustments get expensive

getting air filter in and out is a pain

spokes loosen constantly the first 6 months

the engine holds less than a quart of oil

the countershaft seal leaks

irritating hiccup at low speed

radiators are made out of cheap pop cans

must rejet, cut airbox,,blah, blah.

gas tank is small.

lower fork legs easily damaged with disc cover bolts.

glue that holds air filter sealing ring comes loose allowing dirt into engine.

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The 450X is the new King of Baja and lighter than the 650. Has anybody learned how to fly these machines. I know they've only been out a few yrs. But has anybody mastered the 450X in flight. have any pic's.

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Electric start...the end.

negatives

Heavy, not much more than any other big 4 stroke

valve adjustments get expensive I have never even touched mine on my 05X, do it yourself its free and easy

getting air filter in and out is a pain agreed its a little tight but does come right out

spokes loosen constantly the first 6 months Never touched those either, all tight

the engine holds less than a quart of oil The engine holds a quart on 1 side and 750cc on the other. A Little more than a quart there bud

the countershaft seal leaks Still no problems here

irritating hiccup at low speed Dont have this either

radiators are made out of cheap pop cans same material as all other rads

must rejet, cut airbox,,blah, blah. Wow $20-25

gas tank is small. Agreed, had to get an IMS, but i would have gat an IMS with any bike

lower fork legs easily damaged with disc cover bolts. What

glue that holds air filter sealing ring comes loose allowing dirt into engine. again what, stop cleaning you filter with gas. Still have the stock filter no problems

Fixed

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The 450X is the new King of Baja and lighter than the 650. Has anybody learned how to fly these machines. I know they've only been out a few yrs. But has anybody mastered the 450X in flight. have any pic's.

No pics but it ain't any different than jumping any other 450 4 stroke. :eek:

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I have the 05 450 x and an 04 yz 250. For me personally, the 450x is not my favorite to go fast on. For zipping down a fire road the x for me is ok. The reason I bought the x in the first place is the local shop is awesome and the service guys ride with us. The local yamaha shop should be burnt to the ground. Since buying the yamaha I have been back to the shop twice...once for a spark plug the other for some pre-mix. They didnt have either. Their most used phrase is "We will have to special order that".

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I have the 05 450 x and an 04 yz 250. For me personally, the 450x is not my favorite to go fast on. For zipping down a fire road the x for me is ok. The reason I bought the x in the first place is the local shop is awesome and the service guys ride with us. The local yamaha shop should be burnt to the ground. Since buying the yamaha I have been back to the shop twice...once for a spark plug the other for some pre-mix. They didnt have either. Their most used phrase is "We will have to special order that".

lol, sounds like our Honda shop

Agreed comparing a 250 2 stroke to a 4 stroke. I had an 01 CR250 before my X. I loved the bike except for MPG and i to adjust my jetting all the time. Even if i went from 4000' to 8000'. I love that i dont have to touch my x. Oh yeah and if im low on fuel i can just pull up to a pump. For us out here in Cali, if you want a bike you can ride year round in all the parks the X is the only real option. For me it has turned out to be an awesome bike. I dont think i could go back to a 2 stroke. Although i would like to have one sitting in the garage next to my X. :eek:

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got a 06 x. came of a wr 426 tank. the bike seems way lighter it has elec start and its has great power stock and its managable. the chain is strecting and i dont like were the bars ride. i just got some new fastway pegs that are suposed to help. oh ya i havent ben able to plate it in cal yet. love the bike so far

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No pics but it ain't any different than jumping any other 450 4 stroke. :thumbsup:

I would think it's different than 450R or any lighter 450 4 stroke.

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I bought a new 07 450X. I'm not so pleased with it. It has lousy front forks (Latest dirt bike magazine rates the Honda 450 forks at a "D" - worst in the class, and I fully agree) and not all that great of frame geometry for tight tough trail riding. It doesn't go slow through the tight rough stuff worth a hoot and the 5 speed WR trans mission isn't all that much of a WR. If all you want to do is trip the trigger and do some California Style desert riding, with a few modifications it's fine. The faster and straighter line go, the better it handles. The slower and more tight twisty trails you ride on, sandy or muddy, the worse it handles.

You can tune the forks up a bit, which helps, but the best thing to do is get them revalved (250 bucks). You need to re-jet it quite substantially as it comes very lean to pass EPA tests from the factory. Most people get a 3rd party jetting kit that sets the carb up for you type of riding, pipe, etc for a bout 75 buck. Stock it doesn't lug down and go slow worth one crap. To really make it handle you need a steering stabilizer, perhaps a new set of triple clamps to change the angle besides revalving. To get better low end power, you need a Dr. D. pipe. Need to cut the air box for better air flow.

Check out all the ragazine reviews, your friends and every one in this conference and try to read between the lines for your style of riding and use. Everyone overates what ever it is they bought. It's human. After having owned one for almost a year now and put a shitload of money in it just to get it to ride and handle like a comperable KTM or Husqvarna. I think if you have to have japanese iron for a bike along the lines of the 450x, the Yamaha is a lot better, the Kawi is much better and if you can take the hit in power, the Suziki 450DRZ is the best.

When I buy a new 450 bike to replae my 450x, it will be a Husqvarna, KTM, Yamaha, Suzuki, or Kawasaki, it that order. It won't be a friggen Honda 450x. For almost any kind of riding east of the California Desert, I think the 450x is the most overated bike there is. I wish I'd of never wasted my money on one.

You know its Funny because I have read lots of things, that people that can afford it put Honda forks to make there KTM ride and turn better. Your probably not even that good enough rider to even notice a difference anyways! Bring on the bad gas. Just know Enjuneer I have more gas then you so the chances of me getting banned first is not happening!

Doesn't everyone like the internet tuff guy?lol Also the internet professional racer or rider.lol

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Wow, I came over here from the WR area for the first time and thinking of getting a 450X but now I am not so sure with all the tension and 230lb madmen out there. ( not sure why it says I have one post I have been on here for YEARS)

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The 450x is a great bike in my opinion. It does need to be jetted properly and that's about it. Depending on the year you would want to change the front tire. The X has a durable racey engine, so if do a lot of woods riding you may want to put a heavier flywheel on it to put more torque to the ground and to take the hit out. I love riding my bike and would recommend it to others.

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