I was just curious to see what people's opinion was on bikes that improved the most from one model year to the next.
For example, I know the 2003 yz250f was drastically improved over the 2002. It was 7 pounds lighter, featured automatic decompression, the oil system was different (the dipstick for the '02 was clear up by the gas tank and handlebars), and many more features.
What's everyone's thoughts?
1997 to1998 KTM 125 SX
1999 TO 2000 CR 250
02 to 03 rm250. bike was a turd before they copied the Yamaha motor.
1995 to 1996 YZ125 was a huge difference.
'75 TM400 to the '76 RM370. Not exactly the same model, but no other bike improved so much in one year. It went from the worst bike ever offered to the public, to the best in one year. Nothing else is even close.
2009 RMZ250 to 2010 was a drastic difference in performance.
77 vs 78 CR's and RM's, 99 vs 00 CR 250 .. night and day difference.
1992 to 1993 KX125.
1997 KX250 to 1998 KX250
2002 YZF450 to 2003 YZF450
2007 to 2008 CRF450
2011 KX450 to 2012 KX450 Ask rv bout this one
You guys giving examples of bikes in the 2000s have no idea how little improvement there has been when compared to 20-30, even as little as 15 years ago. The last really big improvement was when Honda ditched their 1st Gen aluminum frame in 2000.
Sure wasn't the 08 to 09 Honda.
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"Anyone voting for any model years other than the 70's or 80's is obviously young. Or retarded.
Everything since about 1990 was just baby steps."
This. To list a bike later than the early '90s is laughable.
83 - 84 KX 125 Much improved Uni-track, the 84" motor was killer, won the bike shootouts that year.
04 - 05 KX 250 Moved cylinder angle to 5 degrees, improved trans, new frame, this was 2 stroke raced by James Stewart,
campaigned indoors and outdoors. But it was a great leap forward and a great bike for amatuers.
'81 - '82 YZ80; seat up on tank, water cooled, new number plates.
'82 - '83 YZ80; radiator moved to the side of bike, new swing arm/suspension.
AZ35 is right, though - '82 - '83 KX80 totally different bikes.