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6/1/2017 3:52 AM

Im about to pick up a brand new 2016 kx450 and ive never owned a dirt bike before. It sounds crazy but i wanted a new bike and i got a crazy deal on it! And just because its a 450 doesn't mean i have to ride it like eli tomac right? So this might sound stupid but how do i start it? Is there a choke? Do i need to adjust the mapping or does that come setup ok? Is there anything i need to do or can i just kick start it? Thanks and any help would be massively appreciated!!!


6/1/2017 3:56 AM

This sounds like a great idea.


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6/1/2017 3:57 AM

Just press that red button on the handlebars


6/1/2017 3:58 AM

Blah, blah blah, sounds crazy, blah blah blah blah.


Is this a wind up?
If you haven't finalized the deal, don't.

If this a wind up.
Run the sprocket bolts a bit loose, until you get used to the power, then progressively tighten them, to factory torque specs.


6/1/2017 4:00 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/1/2017 4:03 AM

First off, get yourself a service manual. 2nd step, grease linkage bearings, shock bearings and steering bearings with a fair amount of waterproof grease. Then just ride it, the bike comes ready to ride from the dealer, but they are always poorly greased in the areas mentioned. Most of all, ENJOY and congrats on the new bike!

Side note: Make sure you get the proper health insurance before even starting the bike. It's not an entry level bike and you will, most probably, hurt yourself.


6/1/2017 4:01 AM

To start it, make sure the bike is in neutral. It's all the way down and then half a click up between first and second if you didn't know. Then "pump" the kickstarter until it is all the way up and hard to push down. Give it one big kick down and it *might* start first kick. You'll have to do this a bunch if it's brand new, at least I did on a '14. It should start at some point. Make sure you don't twist the throttle at all; I've had issues where they won't want to start with even the slightest bit of air.

The choke is on the throttle body and will be a little black knob that you pull out. If you turn it in or out, that will adjust the idle up and down.

The mapping is fine; there is a "launch control" button on the bars by the clutch that if you hold it down for a second, the LED will flash and mean it's in a different map for better launches. The manual will have more on that.

Make sure it has gas and oil in it, then kick away.

Also, make sure you wear boots and watch out; the kickstarter might fight back smile


If you're not mixing gas, you're not haulin ass.

6/1/2017 4:27 AM

I've seen this one before. As previously stated......get health insurance.


6/1/2017 4:36 AM

Wait for the new 2018 Suzuki RMZ450....If you can wait that long.


6/1/2017 4:44 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/1/2017 11:06 AM


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6/1/2017 4:45 AM

God give us strength!...
Read the manual


"Nothing happens until something moves"

6/1/2017 5:25 AM

Never owned a dirt bike before and you would 450F??? That sounds pretty crazy.shocked


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6/1/2017 5:27 AM

Sell 450,

Get 250


6/1/2017 5:33 AM

Get a Cat.


6/1/2017 5:34 AM

You are definitely going to need A Kit suspension - I wouldn't ride it without it. Also, you might want to consider a GET ignition, Monster graphics, an aftermarket wheel set, a Monster flat bill big enough to tuck your ears in, a lifted 2006 F-250, a short piece of 2x6 to load your bike up (one that is either 3' shorter than it should be or 10' longer than it should be), and some race gas. If your chick is going to the track with you, make sure she has on the same hat. They might not let her in the gate without it.


6/1/2017 7:11 AM

Come on man...you bros are killing me this morning!

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6/1/2017 7:15 AM

get a 250 or find a 2017 yamaha yz125


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6/1/2017 7:29 AM

What would you think if your neighbor bought a new Corvette for a first car? Chances are it's going to end badly.

Essentially, this is what you are doing.


6/1/2017 7:32 AM

The absolutely most important thing for you to do in this situation is to have someone get video of you the first time you take it for a ride. Then post it here.


6/1/2017 8:16 AM

Once witnessed a 16 y.o. with brand new license trying to but a brand new Yamaha R1. The dealer would not sell him the bike. I was shocked that the dealer actually had some morals and placed a value on the kids life over the commission. This, while not as bad I guess, still is not a good idea at all.


6/1/2017 8:48 AM

kage173 wrote:

The absolutely most important thing for you to do in this situation is to have someone get video of you the first time you take it for a ride. Then post it here.

If nothing else, you HAVE to follow this step!


6/1/2017 8:57 AM

450's can be intimidating. Ask a friend with a CR500 if you can get some seat time prior to throwing a leg over the 450. Should be the shortest path to getting comfortable.


6/1/2017 9:06 AM

This thread is great.


6/1/2017 9:47 AM

Don't go riding with out the Factory ECU ! And make sure that u torture your sprocket bolts .


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6/1/2017 10:13 AM

Spend all your extra money on safety gear and find a big ass field and give it hell for awhile


6/1/2017 10:36 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/1/2017 10:37 AM

I bought a new bike once and didn't remap the ECU bearing... this is me 2 months later:


Remap the ECU bearing right away. For the children.


6/1/2017 10:39 AM

Make sure to invest in a 6D helmet, Seven Gear combo, and A-kit suspension. Oh and don't forget to buy a GET


6/1/2017 10:46 AM

Make sure to hold the throttle wide open the first time you get it to start for a minute and a half straight while in neutral so that it seats the valves correctly and that your brand new 450 engine gets lubricated thoroughly, otherwise your going to have big problems with it down the road.


6/1/2017 10:51 AM

Lol just kick it. Start with the kick start at the top every time or it wont start. Dont touch the throttle while starting either or youll flood it. After that just rip it wide open. 450s are harmless.


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6/1/2017 10:53 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/1/2017 10:55 AM

Markee wrote:

Get a Cat.


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Thanks in advance!

6/1/2017 2:14 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/1/2017 2:17 PM

450 was a terrible choice for a first bike. Should have got a CR500 instead.

Also the easiest way to load it into the bed of a truck is to ride it in. Put the front wheel on the bottom of the ramp, put in in 1st gear then hammer the throttle about 3/4ths and the bike will load into the bed of the truck.