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  1. blbills

    2019 YZ450 FX Availability

    Good stuff! Any normal human beings with ride reports?
  2. blbills

    300 TPI or yz450fx

    450FX all the way. You won't be disappointed. Ridden a 250FX and it is essentially identical but gutless. I'm 32, 205, 6'1", and about a C rider. Just got back from a long ride on the 450FX and am smiling from ear to ear. Needless to say the KTM 300 is feeling lonely in the garage (it's now posted for sale).
  3. Surprised no one has started this topic yet. Great showing for Yamaha in both the 250 and 450 Ironman Nationals yesterday. When's the last time any other manufacturer has swept all 4 motos?
  4. blbills

    2019 YZ450 FX Availability

    Nice. What dealership? I'm here in utah too 😉
  5. Have a 2016 450FX with a smashed rear bake tip. I've straightened it out several times but I think it's finally done. Anyone know if I can just replace the tip? Google searches have me coming up empty handed. Have no reason to replace the entire assembly. Thanks!
  6. blbills

    2019 YZ450 FX Availability

    Changing from the 2018 450F or the older gen 450FX?
  7. blbills

    2019 YZ450 FX Availability

    I've played a lot with different gearing and find that a 52 (+2t) on the rear is my favorite. But as is mentioned it now becomes a 4 gear machine. I've a got a relkuse so I'm not too worried about stalling. But back on topic... anyone have any 2019 450FX data?
  8. Does anyone have a 2019 450 FX yet? They said July availability. Would love to get some ride reviews. Also it seems like details are sparse. I would like to know the entire list of what has changed from the 450F. Also want details on the transmission. Curious what they did there. I love my 2016 450FX but 1st gear is just way too low for anything I do.
  9. blbills

    AER 48 air forks, you like them?

    I'll bite. I've heard the same thing and wanted to try them myself. Picked up a 2018 300XC. Coming off of a 2016 YZ450FX. I'll be honest I hated them the first 10-15 hours. I spent A LOT of time on the internet during those first few hours looking for alternatives and mods to make them better but everyone just said give them some time to break in. They were no where near as good as my Kayaba SSS that I was coming off of on my YZ (especially in the chop). About 30 hours of ride time now and I've done a complete 180. I actually quite love them now. It was a combination of a few things that did it for me: 1) Don't judge them until after 15 hours. (Still don't fully understand why an air shock needs to be broken in but it does) 2) Air pressure. You'll get a lot of feedback on different pressures. The magic for me (especially in the small chop) was to run low pressure. I'm talking 125-130 psi. This is only for single track, technical gnarly stuff. You WILL bottom out if you are riding WOT in the dessert with that pressure. Out there I've found 137-140 psi to be the magic number. 3) Pre-break-in I had to lower the compression almost all the way. I've found that I've been able to add it back in now with the break-in complete and the lower pressure. Hope this helps. Feel free to ping me with more questions.
  10. blbills

    First Ride 2019 300 TPI

    Looking forward to your review! That's some pretty gnarly terrain. Perfect for the 300!
  11. blbills

    New bike, possible clutch issue? (2019 300xcw tpi)

    Can you adjust the engagement point? I've never experienced this on a new bike.
  12. blbills

    300 TPI or yz450fx

    @Doc_d Thanks for your comments. My friend has a 2015 350 EXC that I've gotten some seat time on but I would love to try a new gen 350 XC. I wanted to go with the XC for a number of reasons and I understand that it may not be the perfect tool for the tight single track. About half the riding I do is out in the dessert (think high speed and wooped out trails). I also try to get to the track once or twice a month. I wanted a well rounded bike that could do a decent job at all of that. If I do end up with a TPI in the short term it'll probably be the Husky 300i (for the rear linkage) and I'll swap on the AER 48's to the front for their versatility.
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    300 TPI or yz450fx

    I feel like I'd be neglectful if I did't add my 2 cents here... Been riding 4 strokes all my life. Have owned a 2016 YZ450FX the last couple years (and absolutely loved it) but wanted to see what all this 2T hype was all about. Optimally I wanted to procure a 300 TPI but since they were unobtainium (at least a couple months ago) I settled for a 2018 300XC. There is a lot to like about the 300. Love the ergos, the brakes are second to none, and it does feel decently light on the trails. After putting over 20 hours on the 300 (breaking in the suspension, tuning the carb (Lectron), and more importantly adjusting my riding style to ensure a fair comparison), I embarked on a shootout between the two bikes. I took several of my favorite riding areas and broke them into approx. 45 min to 1hr loops and road the bikes back to back. These areas varied from mountainous tight single track to high speed dessert. This by no means was meant to be a scientific comparison but I was just so tired of hearing people that didn't have direct experience with these bikes telling me what I'd like more or which I would be faster on. I know I'm going to get flamed for this but this is just my direct experience. I was extremely surprised at the results. On every ride the bikes were within 30 seconds of each other over the course of 45+ minutes of hard riding. AND on every ride it was the YZ450FX that I was faster on. (at each riding area I would switch which bike I road first). Couple of observations: 1. I felt much faster on the 300 2. I had to brake much sooner on the 450 around corners (I've dumped close to $500 in aftermarket brake stuff for my 450) and still the 300 stops faster (likely due to it's weight???) 3. In one of the sections there was a downed log about 2 feet in the air and 6in in diameter and it was easier to "launch" the 300 over it 4. Kayaba SSS front forks are better than the AER 48's (much plusher in the initial stroke and more resistant to bottoming). Up in the single track I had to have the PSI down to about 125 to mimic a similar plushness but would bottom out if I got too aggressive. If I ran them around 140+ even with the compression most of the way out they were just too harsh on the small chop. 5. Power delivery. The 450 is just so dang forgiving. It's OK if you're not in the exact right gear. It's OK if you don't get your clutch work just right, you can still roll on the throttle and pop the front wheel up on command. Not so with the 300. While is it excellent at resisting stalling when lugging it, it is much more sensitive to the gear you're in. And to be perfectly honest (I'm sure this is a rider issue) the 300 is harder to get the front wheel up and over blind logs etc... Because the power band is so narrow I find myself not giving it enough or going way over-board and almost going off the back end when I'm trying to loft the front wheel. That's with and without working the clutch. 6. Weight. There is no question the KTM is lighter and it can definitely be felt when moving it around the shop or loading it in the back of your truck. I did however expect to feel a larger difference than I did on the trail. When in motion both bikes handle very well (small nod to the KTM). I did not feel at a disadvantage at any point on the heavier 450. I could tell that in some higher speed "slalom" sections the 450 wanted to stand up more and track straight when I was high in the revs. 7. Carburetion. I just made up a word ;-). I have a neighbor who races 2t's professionally and he helped me set up the 300. The first thing to go was the stock carb in favor of a Lectron. I didn't argue with his experience but I'm sure there will be several that say I'm crazy. I just wanted to get as close to EFI as I possibly could. I dick with that carb on every outing. I've gotten to a point where I can adjust that metering rod in the field in less than 7 minutes. However, every time I'm disappointed and find that my original setting was better than a 1/4 turn in either direction. What I've learned is that I'll never be happy with a carb again. I've been spoiled with the EFI on the 450. Just super crisp, always perfect mixture, no hesitation, etc... I'm really, really hoping to get a chance to throw a leg over one of the new TPI bikes to see if this mimics the EFI of the 4 strokes. At the end of the day if I had to keep one bike it would be the YZ450FX. I loved so many things about the 300XC but I'm just not in love with it. Perhaps TPI will change my mind??? Again this is just my opinion but I hope this helps someone else. Happy to answer any specific questions while I still have access to both of these bikes...
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    2018 MX Spring Creek Bench Racing - Round 8

    What happened to Barcia?