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RM-Z 450 for desert?

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A friend of mine is looking into getting an 06 RM-Z 450. We ONLY ride desert. was wandering how these bikes do in the desert. Some tight trails but mostly wide open desert.

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The '06 has a 4-speed tranny, in case you didn't know. It was plenty fast for me and good in tight stuff with a different rear sprocket than stock, but I never needed to go faster than the 4-speed allowed.

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I race my new rmz 450's in the desert and there sweet, i run 14 42 gearing

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I just got back from Ocotillo on my 2009 RMZ450. Everything about ride, handling and power is awesome for me on this bike. The only desert issue I have is I feel like I'm going to run out of fuel if I stray too far from camp for too long. Also, if you want to participate in the nightime hooliganism go with the RMX with the lights.

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I switch to a 15 tooth counter shaft for desert riding on my 05. If you get in some slow rock garden or tight sections he will be using the clutch...the 4 speed isnt a big issue though. A desert tank, some hand guards (cacti SUCK!) and taller gearing and it should be a great bike.

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