Bar position 14-17 YZ450F

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11/6/2017 10:04 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/6/2017 10:06 AM

Just picked up a 2017 yz450f. Trying to get the bike set up before I hit the track. Curious what position you guys use for the bar mounts. Went and messed around on the bike in the woods and in the 2nd position( closest holes to the rider and the mounts turned more toward the front. Felt a bit cramped for me. I'm coming off a kx250f. Curious what position you guys run. Im 5 foot 10. I rather leave the bars in the spot that gives me the best handling. Bike already seems a bit difficult when it comes to initiating turns.

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11/6/2017 2:02 PM

Have you tried adjusting your suspension? Raising the forks in the triple clamps and increasing your preload can help with turning.

I dont own a yamaha so cant help with the bar thing.

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2009 Kawasaki KX450F
2009 Kawasaki KX250F
2002 Suzuki GSXR 600

11/6/2017 3:23 PM

I'm 6'1 and have a 2014. I run my bar mounts in position three. Front holes and mounts turned back. Did that then got a set of bars that I liked and it helped a lot.

Biggest change in turning was sending my suspension to enzo. Springs for my weight and they did a lowering plate in the rear shock. Helped the turning out a lot. Way better than before and I didn't even really struggle with the turning to start with.

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2017 RMZ450
2005 YZ250-sold :,(
1998 YZ250
2005 KX250F

80% of the time it works every time
IG @hamdaddyof2 & @2HRacing
Thanks to : Factory Effex, N2Dirt, Acerbis, DT1, Fasthouse, Matix, FMF, ASV, 100% & Mika Metals

11/6/2017 3:40 PM

I was thinking about sending my suspension out this winter. Ive had good luck with FC. I'm about 195 so the stock springs shouldn't be to far off.

I'm more concerned that the bar position in position 3 will have any negative effects in the handling compared to position 2.

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11/6/2017 4:31 PM

I have a 15 and run the furthest forward mount with the mounts turned back. I'm 6' and it took a few minutes to get used to but once u did it made a world of difference. Made the bike feel a lot more open like I fit. No negative handling effects that I noticed.

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11/6/2017 4:37 PM

fourfourone wrote:

I was thinking about sending my suspension out this winter. Ive had good luck with FC. I'm about 195 so the stock springs shouldn't be to far off.

I'm more concerned that the bar position in position 3 will have any negative effects in the handling compared to position 2.

I'm about the same size just a little taller.

That's understandable about your worry of position 3, but for me it really helped out a lot. Opened things up a little more and helped with the turning

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2017 RMZ450
2005 YZ250-sold :,(
1998 YZ250
2005 KX250F

80% of the time it works every time
IG @hamdaddyof2 & @2HRacing
Thanks to : Factory Effex, N2Dirt, Acerbis, DT1, Fasthouse, Matix, FMF, ASV, 100% & Mika Metals

11/6/2017 4:43 PM

its strange but my 15 kx250 felt a little more roomy( I ran the bars in number 2 position), but physically the yz looks bigger

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11/6/2017 8:16 PM

16 450 with 14 model 22.5 offset clamps. Forks up 5mm in the clamps. Shock lowered 5mm internally I think is what they did hard to remember exactly. 104 sag
Bars in the 3rd position (front holes bar clamps back)

6'3 155-160 25+ 30+ B

Turns great for me.

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11/7/2017 5:27 AM

I was curious about lowering the back a bit. I have short legs and the bike is pretty tall from the factory. Im going to play around with the fork height.

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