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i am looking at buying a crf450. I am really a yamaha guy and have owned a 1999yz400f and a 2001 yz426f. Both bikes were super reliable. I am looking for am aluminum framed bike and yamaha did not make them untill 2006. I have about 2000 to spend so i am not going to find a 2006 in my price range. What years crf can i expect to find for 2000?? WHat are years to avoid?? WHats the maitenence like on these bikes??thanks

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you might get an 04 for that. Biggest thing is the valves, make sure they are spec'ed. My 04 is still on stock valves.

2002 is the first up to 04 is the same frame, if you can find a 05 it is a better feeling frame. it feels more nimble

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