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  1. ah665

    2019 MX Bike Shootout Thread

    09-12 CRF450 was an awesome bike, in my opinion. Felt light, power you could hammer on without getting wore out. That was a great bike, if they just tweaked the handling/suspension a bit and beefed up the clutch. Not a fan of the 13-16. Haven't ridden the new one. But I loved their thought process with the 09 (light and smooth), then they did the duals thing, added weight/bulk and the bike got weird, for me.
  2. ah665

    2019 MX Bike Shootout Thread

    Ya that is basically what I was trying to say lol. Like for 450s, I'll take a fast gradual motor with very predictable handling and suspension over a fire breather and 1-sided handling.
  3. ah665

    2019 MX Bike Shootout Thread

    Ya I know but I'm saying on 450s making the most power doesn't always mean anything, especially if the handling is quirky and doesn't mesh well with explosive power. The previous YZ was similar. Great motor, weird handling and overall not great shootout results.
  4. ah665

    2019 MX Bike Shootout Thread

    MXA even said that the CRF won the hp war this year, but when riding, it is 1 of the lower rated bikes. I believe some of the 14-17 YZ450 motors were also very brutal and ended up being counter-productive. I think smooth is fast for the majority of people when it comes to 350/450s.
  5. ah665

    2019 MX Bike Shootout Thread

    I get that. I don't think you are wrong. But I am just 1 of those people that loves to know/talk about everything about the bikes. I like reading shootouts, even the bad ones. Because I want to know why someone feels a certain way about a bike. And I find it interesting how different riders react to 1 thing or another. But it's hard to sift through genuine input vs biased info (regardless of performance). But it makes for good discussion.
  6. ah665

    2019 MX Bike Shootout Thread

    But what are you using to determine these things, w/o riding the bikes? You had 1 bike with WP suspension but that might not matter if it was pre 2017, when the current stuff is much better than in the past. If someone owned an 04 YZ and said KYB stuff sucks, I'll never buy again, but meanwhile from 06 up you'd be missing out on the SSS stuff, which is great. While I agree, the numbers on paper don't always mean everything, you can't discount them either. The weight, HP numbers are 1 thing that is fact. The other stuff (handling, feel of power etc) you will get subjective views until you ride for yourself.
  7. ah665

    2019 MX Bike Shootout Thread

    Good post. I am a person who does preach about weight but this is still a great example of how in some situations, other things can alter an outcome.
  8. I would think results, championships and number of pros riding the bike (due to entry numbers) is at least something. Plus shootout wins and reputation. I am not going to quote anybody on here or name names, so I'm not going that route. But it seems like it's not hard to see that it is 1 of, if not the best bike. On paper, the KTM certainly still seems to offer more complete package, in details etc, but the gap is quite smaller than 450. Weight difference not as big (and less important on a 250 vs 450). The engines are the top 2 and pretty well known that they have a high ceiling for modding (unlike the Kawi and RMZ at this point). I think the YZ250F has overall handling better than you give it credit for. There are very little complaints about how that bike handles. Without getting into specifics, we built a YZ250F for a pro Arenscross rider a few years ago and the bike was significantly faster. Little things like the GYTR intake boot and throttle body mods made a big increase, along with aftermarket ignition (and obvious internal mods). I'm not a pro mechanic but am around this stuff quite a bit and everyone loves the YZ250F, I just don't know how else to put it. Husky and KTM are right there too. I think if we are talking 450s, then KTM/Husky are at the front, but 250Fs, I think you can't go wrong with the YZ on any level (factory, privateer, weekend joe).
  9. I don't have 'proof' but I can say that just from word I hear from rumblings through the pits/industry, that the Yamaha 250 is the standard and has been for a couple years. We have been over this a bunch. But I would say the KTM/Husky are right there, if not on par. I would even venture to say that for privateers the Yam is still the best bike and that was shown through entry numbers per brand, which I posted for almost every round last year (I forget which thread).
  10. ah665

    New FC350 Owner

    Ya, post up your experiences as you ride more. I certainly wouldn't benefit from the change at the countershaft but just adding 1t on the back was something I needed to try. If it ends up being counter-productive then I'll just go back to stock (which is really good for me). But I still would like to hear how the gearing works for you.
  11. ah665

    2019 MX Bike Shootout Thread

    The wrench into all of this was that Webb was not faster on the '18 at all. In fact his initial step up to the 450 on the 16 was the best he ever looked on a 450. But regardless, I get what you are saying and still somewhat agree.
  12. ah665

    2019 MX Bike Shootout Thread

    Could be. I certainly could not prove otherwise.
  13. ah665

    2019 MX Bike Shootout Thread

    Not arguing for or against your point, but just wanted to say that the Kawis had to be the best bikes out, at that time. Seemed like the 12+ Kawis were dialed and pros loved them. Also even for normal riders such as myself, I was blown away how much I liked those bikes.
  14. ah665

    New FC350 Owner

    Rode some indoor with the new gearing. Didn't feel drastically different. For sure had plenty of snap. I did the whole track in 2nd gear but I also did that last year on the old layout, with stock gearing. So all I can say is that works well indoors. The real test will be when I ride outdoors and see what my shift points will be like at the top of 2nd. And also see if I can keep momentum and do fast turns in 3rd of if 2nd is still the better gear. Gearing is quite the topic with these 350s, so I just want to experiment for my own knowledge. I seriously doubt that I would even try the countershaft swap though (13t). I know a few guys that did that and thought it was good at first, but ended up going back to the 14t.
  15. ah665

    2019 MX Bike Shootout Thread

    I also think rider selection did play a role into the public view of the YZ450. They just didn't have the right guys. And the years leading up to that, the lack of a true factory team probably didn't help.
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