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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-16-2007, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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Best 450 "Race" Quad? Opinions??

So, I'm in the market for a new quad....been out of the sport for over 10 years. Used to ride almost exclusively Hondas, but their fit and finish quality has really seemed to have tanked in the 450Rs that I've looked at at the dealer.

I'm not a fan of the KTM or the DS 450.....just something about them I don't like.

In order of preference, I think I like the KFX450R, the YFZ450, the TRX450R and then LTR-450.

Out of those 4.....which do you prefer and why? Why don't you like the others?

I like the Kawasaki most b/c it seems like the highest quality, and it's got fuel injection. Downsides: 1st year of production, unproven aluminum frame, heavy...but has reverse. I've heard of a few overheating problems from too small of a fuse on the fan (10A vs. 20A) and that they've recalled 6K of the bikes b/c of a fuel tank problem that has since been fixed. Warranty has been extended to 1 year to entice people to buy.

The Yamaha looks close to the KFX in terms of quality, but doesn't have fuel injection. The oiling problems were corrected with the 07 models. Seems pretty dialed in to jump on and ride. I'm not one of those guys that has to have the fastest quad out there....I'm really looking for something that's reliable. I'm not looking to trade out quads every few years. I'm also not planning any major mods. At most, maybe a pipe and intake, some paddles and possibly wider a-arms and rear axle for better handling.

The Honda is starting to grow on me, but it sucks that the small fit and finish items seem so cheap compared to even the older 400EX line. The shifter, pegs and controls just look they sourced the parts from Suzuki's supplier. I've heard the TRXs are the best if you want to really mod the engine with a big bore kit, etc. Don't know if that's true, but even Can-Am's site is comparing the target 4 features to mostly the Honda.

The Suzuki is only in the running b/c it's wide and has fuel injection. Otherwise, this bike just seems cheaply built....from frame weld quality to controls and parts. I'm still interested in what people have to say about it though. I've never been a fan of Suzuki in me over.

Any input is appreciated.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-04-2008, 01:51 AM
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The Honda actually has the best fit in finish. It's narrow so if you want a wide quad that would make it expensive. It's reliability has been proven by CT Racing Dominating the Score Championship for the last three years. The Honda needs a pipe and cam and it hauls ass.

The Suzuki is a great quad with just a couple add on's Suspension mods (re-valve and re-spring the stock shocks) and cherry bomb. Race Tech has a good program for the LTR stock suspension.

The Kawasaki is slow, twitchy, and unproven. Needs everything to haul ass

The Yamaha is hit and miss. Many people are still having durability issues. Some people have no problems with them and some have big repair bills. They don't develop the bottom of the Honda or Suzuki, and they are narrow, so if your going wide you need to spend the bucks. Yamaha hauls with a pipe, jetting, piston and head port, no cam needed, just retard the stock exhaust cam.

KTM runs good, not fast has outstanding front brakes, is narrow and tall. Have more testing to do.
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Thanks for the input. I ended up going with the Honda....couldn't pass it up for the price...$5900 OTD.

So far, I really like it and it's fast enough for an old guy like me, though a few reasonable mods may be in store as time progresses.

Thanks for the help.

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