I have read the RMZ 450 will be all new in 2015 but what about the KXF models?
The motor on the KX 450 is great but overall the bike feels big to me. In my opinion the perfect bike would be the KXF 450 motor in the CRF layout.
I would really like to get a new bike but the Honda requires some motor work to enhance the top-end and though like I said the Kawasaki's motor is great it's just a big bike for me at 5"10 185lbs.
I really don't want to buy a bike and in a few months the latest and greatest model is out and all of a sudden my bike is old or dated. I'm in no hurry because my son races and keeps me busy but I still have the fever to ride. I guess it never goes away!
Wait till the 15's are out. You'll hear chatter if the 16's will change. With Yamaha making waves with their new bike I can see Kawi doing a over haul. Considering the Honda is fairly new and the Suzuki being new in 15 it makes sense that KX and KTM put something new out in 15 or 16. I'm getting a 14 KTM with full intentions of getting a 16 when they are new.
Stephan Evretts was interviewed in Cali a while ago and he was testing the new production model.... So it's coming
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler"
You're gonna see plenty of new stuff in '15; however, your New-Model-Dilemna happens all the time.
Go get whatever bike makes you smile!
For me? It's currently a 450SXF (13-14)
Dan Betley. November, 2014, Interview...The Return of Big Red...
"But the difference is now Japan’s tired of losing in America. They want to win."
Yes you will hear chatter about the 16's when the 15's come out but we can expect the Honda and Yamaha to have little changes where the Suzuki for sure and the Kawasaki (hopefully) will be all new. Honda will probably be the only manufacturer to make a lot of changes in 16 (normal 3 year run) but the rest of the bikes will probably have small changes.
I'm a vet rider (for fun - race days are over) but I really miss riding and I would like to ride with my 11yr old while I still can. Whatever I buy i will ride for a few years since my son races and takes all of the disposable income.
Speaking of chatter... I'm hearing the air forks will be gone in 2015.
Save your money and put more time into improving your riding skills. More gains to be had in that area then what a newer model can produce.
I'm not racing anymore so that isn't a bid concern. I just don't want to drop $8K on a bike and next year the new model comes out.
My son is in training mode with Loretta's as the goal.
I'm not offended and I figured someone would ask.
It's just the "way" I prefer to ride. I don't really like to short shift a bike. I prefer a powerband that will rev. I would probably be better off with a 250F but the maintenance would be more costly$$$
I have an 06 RM 250 and love it. Still more motor than I'll ever need. I'm 46 now but used to race A, but I just really enjoy riding my two smoker. And it is so lite to boot. I'd love to get my hands on a nice 125 too, but it's just not in the cards right now.
I think I'd side toward the Kawi then, but I have no insight on 2015 updates. Another option is something like the 250sx I got. Starts out cheaper and you could always throw the 300 kit on it if you felt like it.
brocs dad how about the ktm 450? motor for days e start? I absolutely love ktm ever since I bought my 1st 1 in 2011
Kawasaki usually makes changes in 3 year cycles. They have done this since the 90s with the 2-strokes. 2006-2008 KX450Fs were close, same basic chassis and plastic, 2009-2011 were basically the same, and 2012 -2014 are close. So if they stick to their normal mode, we will get a revamped model in 2015.
KTM is working on their first Aluminium frame or so ive been told; it whas not on point yet thats why its delayed for 2015
hmmm. I have heard through some friends in the industry that Dungey does not like the 450? I know Decoster is a fan of the chromoly frame but the KTM looks cumbersome and lacks the modern look of the jap bikes.
Time will tell....
I keep hearing about an all new RMZ 450. Anyone have any insight on this? Will it be an all new design or a continuation of what they did in 13?
Sorry about the thread jack but figured some of you would have some info. Thanks
I would expect a new bike.
At least that is what I have read in transworld and general buzz on the net.
Yeah by April or May we should start seeing some pics. There is a website that shows pics of the factory bikes but I cannot find it.