Yamaha YZF 450 2018

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5/23/2018 3:23 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/23/2018 3:30 AM

My build of a new 18 YZF 450. It will be like my 17 SXF 450 a build that progresses continually.

I'm still waiting on a lot of parts(plastics, graphics, wheels, exhausts, internal suspension upgrades etc). But i have installed a set of Pro Taper EVO bars with the Carmichael bend, Moose branded ARC brake lever(i'm still waiting on the clutch perch), seat bump(yeah i'm bringing those back), TM designworks case saver and a blue Superprox 50t sprocket.







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5/23/2018 5:01 AM

Damn

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5/24/2018 2:14 AM

Sorry to ask....but....why on earth did you sell 2016 FE450 for 2017 SXF450 and now YZF?

Is it to have a new bike in garage...or just because piston change approaching?

On the other note...did you/do you sell the cone valve forks?

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5/24/2018 4:05 AM

I'm interested to hear how this stacks up against your KTM. Nice bike btw!

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5/24/2018 5:20 AM

greg570 wrote:

Sorry to ask....but....why on earth did you sell 2016 FE450 for 2017 SXF450 and now YZF?

Is it to have a new bike in garage...or just because piston change approaching?

On the other note...did you/do you sell the cone valve forks?

I usually get a new bike after 60-80 hours of riding. My 17 KTM had 65h.

I didn't plan to get a new one for this season but i got the opportunity to ride several Yamahas with different set ups and i really, really liked it. So i pulled the trigger!

I'm going to sell everything from my 17 KTM, yes.

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5/24/2018 5:26 AM

LumpDog841 wrote:

I'm interested to hear how this stacks up against your KTM. Nice bike btw!

I rode it for the first time yesterday, the early signs are very positive.

It turns way easier than my old KTM and it is incredibly stable in the corners. The only thing that is worse than the KTM is the weight. The extra weight is noticeable if you crossrut or hit a jump that is in bad condition that kicks the back end out. But that doesn't bother me. The turning capabilities, the suspension and the engine makes up for that.

But i have to get more hours on the bike, it took about 5 hours to break in the KTM.

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5/24/2018 6:29 AM

LumpDog841 wrote:

I'm interested to hear how this stacks up against your KTM. Nice bike btw!

Just buy a new one James! Lol

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5/24/2018 6:42 AM

LumpDog841 wrote:

I'm interested to hear how this stacks up against your KTM. Nice bike btw!

Motofinne wrote:

I rode it for the first time yesterday, the early signs are very positive.

It turns way easier than my old KTM and it is incredibly stable in the corners. The only thing that is worse than the KTM is the weight. The extra weight is noticeable if you crossrut or hit a jump that is in bad condition that kicks the back end out. But that doesn't bother me. The turning capabilities, the suspension and the engine makes up for that.

But i have to get more hours on the bike, it took about 5 hours to break in the KTM.

Hows the motor compare to the ktm? Or other 450 s you have ridden?

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5/24/2018 7:23 AM

ehr400 wrote:

Just buy a new one James! Lol

Bro, wedding shit is killing me. lol

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5/24/2018 9:46 AM

LumpDog841 wrote:

I'm interested to hear how this stacks up against your KTM. Nice bike btw!

Motofinne wrote:

I rode it for the first time yesterday, the early signs are very positive.

It turns way easier than my old KTM and it is incredibly stable in the corners. The only thing that is worse than the KTM is the weight. The extra weight is noticeable if you crossrut or hit a jump that is in bad condition that kicks the back end out. But that doesn't bother me. The turning capabilities, the suspension and the engine makes up for that.

But i have to get more hours on the bike, it took about 5 hours to break in the KTM.

mxb2 wrote:

Hows the motor compare to the ktm? Or other 450 s you have ridden?

The local track is a semi hard packed track and it's very dry at the moment since we haven't had any rain in awhile. I just came home from the track and i have been riding with the smooth map.

The amount of torque and power that this bike has in the low to mid end is absolutely amazing. The KTM had its power higher up in the RPMs compared to this Yamaha.

The engine is way easier to ride and manage compared to the YZF 2017 that i tested one year ago.

I only have a little over 1 hour on the bike but i'm very, very happy with the decision that i made.

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5/24/2018 9:52 AM

Motofinne wrote:

I rode it for the first time yesterday, the early signs are very positive.

It turns way easier than my old KTM and it is incredibly stable in the corners. The only thing that is worse than the KTM is the weight. The extra weight is noticeable if you crossrut or hit a jump that is in bad condition that kicks the back end out. But that doesn't bother me. The turning capabilities, the suspension and the engine makes up for that.

But i have to get more hours on the bike, it took about 5 hours to break in the KTM.

mxb2 wrote:

Hows the motor compare to the ktm? Or other 450 s you have ridden?

Motofinne wrote:

The local track is a semi hard packed track and it's very dry at the moment since we haven't had any rain in awhile. I just came home from the track and i have been riding with the smooth map.

The amount of torque and power that this bike has in the low to mid end is absolutely amazing. The KTM had its power higher up in the RPMs compared to this Yamaha.

The engine is way easier to ride and manage compared to the YZF 2017 that i tested one year ago.

I only have a little over 1 hour on the bike but i'm very, very happy with the decision that i made.

Nice, thanks.

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6/6/2018 2:59 AM




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6/6/2018 3:21 AM

A little update.

I got the ARC clutch perch, the plastics/graphics and the Talon wheels.

I was tempted to get the blue Excel/Kite wheels that are available through the Yamaha dealers but they would've been too expensive.

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6/6/2018 10:03 AM




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6/6/2018 10:06 AM

Motofinne wrote:


Sik bike man.

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6/6/2018 10:54 AM

mxb2 wrote:

Sik bike man.

Thank you! I have to say that i'm very happy with the progress and the current look of the bike!

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6/6/2018 12:04 PM

Looking good! Honestly love the blue rims.

What's the reason for the arc levers? Asking since I always use stock and see no reason to change the ones on my new Yamaha.

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6/6/2018 12:05 PM

Motofinne wrote:


mxb2 wrote:

Sik bike man.

Motofinne wrote:

Thank you! I have to say that i'm very happy with the progress and the current look of the bike!

Np. Lookin good. Keep us posted

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6/6/2018 1:08 PM

Lynch wrote:

Looking good! Honestly love the blue rims.

What's the reason for the arc levers? Asking since I always use stock and see no reason to change the ones on my new Yamaha.

Yeah, i love them! So much better looking than the black wheels. Unfortunately i didn't have enough money to get a set of blue Excel wheels. I had to take the black Talon wheels.

I've also always used stock levers. But the bike that i got to test before i bought mine had ARC levers and i really liked them. The biggest difference is the grip. The stock levers are pretty slippery in my opinion!

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6/6/2018 1:23 PM

Motofinne wrote:

Yeah, i love them! So much better looking than the black wheels. Unfortunately i didn't have enough money to get a set of blue Excel wheels. I had to take the black Talon wheels.

I've also always used stock levers. But the bike that i got to test before i bought mine had ARC levers and i really liked them. The biggest difference is the grip. The stock levers are pretty slippery in my opinion!

Easy fix, buy blue rims when the talons are toast

Gotcha, I always put hockeygrip tape on my levers so never notice lack of grip. Will see if I do a build thread on my new bike, have a few things planned for it.

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6/6/2018 2:04 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/6/2018 2:06 PM

Lynch wrote:

Looking good! Honestly love the blue rims.

What's the reason for the arc levers? Asking since I always use stock and see no reason to change the ones on my new Yamaha.

Motofinne wrote:

Yeah, i love them! So much better looking than the black wheels. Unfortunately i didn't have enough money to get a set of blue Excel wheels. I had to take the black Talon wheels.

I've also always used stock levers. But the bike that i got to test before i bought mine had ARC levers and i really liked them. The biggest difference is the grip. The stock levers are pretty slippery in my opinion!

Lynch wrote:

Easy fix, buy blue rims when the talons are toast

Gotcha, I always put hockeygrip tape on my levers so never notice lack of grip. Will see if I do a build thread on my new bike, have a few things planned for it.

Yeah i'm using hockeygrip in the winter and the ARC levers have a similar feel to them! It think they are actually worth it!

And i'm definitely getting blue Excel rims once the black Talon rims are in bad shape, probably next season?

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6/7/2018 10:32 AM

Was just gonna post that she needs a fancy exhaust but then I noticed that you mentioned it in the very begining sooo....what pipe are u getting?

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6/7/2018 1:18 PM

HenryA wrote:

Was just gonna post that she needs a fancy exhaust but then I noticed that you mentioned it in the very begining sooo....what pipe are u getting?

Well i haven't decided yet, mostly because i can't afford one yet since i haven't been able to sell all my KTM parts yet...

But all i know is that it wont be a FMF pipe. A friend that rides the local track has a full titanium FMF pipe on his 18 Yamaha and it is the loudest pipe that i have ever heard. It would never ever pass the sound test in a race! I'm leaning towards Akrapovic or HGS at the moment.

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6/9/2018 7:01 PM

I would love more ride reports. I am going to be pulling the trigger on one here after a little bit, currently I am on a 14 yz250f done up pretty nice. But now its time to go back to a 450. If you had any dislikes what would they be?

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6/11/2018 2:43 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/11/2018 2:58 AM

Zycki11 wrote:

I would love more ride reports. I am going to be pulling the trigger on one here after a little bit, currently I am on a 14 yz250f done up pretty nice. But now its time to go back to a 450. If you had any dislikes what would they be?

Here is something that should be evidence of how good the bike is for me.

I had round 3 of the series i race in Finland this week. The 2 previous races have been disasters. I got 22-dnf in rd 1 and 16-dnf(broken chain) in round 2.

Round 3 was at one of very few real hard packed tracks here in Finland.

I qualified 6th. Won the first moto(first ever win in my "career"). Crashed hard in moto 2 on the first lap when a rider fell infront of me on lap 1, i got up and was last but managed to finish in 9th(15 min + 2 lap long motos) despite the track was really difficult to pass on. 2nd overall on the day with 1-9 finishes (yeah, i got a bit lucky there but speedwise i was clearly the 2nd best rider on the day).

It really was an amazing weekend for me. The bike is incredible. And this result means that i will probably ride 2 of the Finnish MX1 championship rounds later this summer.

My best result ever before this was 7th in a moto (a mudder) 2 years ago(11th overall that day) and 9th overall in a race last year.



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6/11/2018 5:02 AM

A picture with the Talon wheels and the GYTR skidplate.

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6/11/2018 5:04 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/11/2018 5:05 AM

You mind sending me a few pics of the skidplate mounted Simon? Thinking about buying that skidplate myself and want to see what it covers before I order everything.

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6/11/2018 9:52 AM

Nice. Glad you like it.

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6/11/2018 11:25 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/11/2018 12:17 PM

Zycki11 wrote:

Nice. Glad you like it.

I tried a 17 last year and disliked it(too much power that couldn't be used, it felt heavy in corners, it felt really wide). So i was sceptical when i got on a 18 for the first time earlier this year but it blew me away. Huge step up from the 17 (keep in mind that i'm a shorter rider, 175cm "long"). As i said earlier, the only drawback is the weight. It's not a problem but a diet would probably make it even better!

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6/11/2018 12:17 PM

Lynch wrote:

You mind sending me a few pics of the skidplate mounted Simon? Thinking about buying that skidplate myself and want to see what it covers before I order everything.

I'll snap a few pictures tomorrow! I did drill some holes in it.

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