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Old 09-25-2014, 11:18 AM
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Yep, it's official, as of yesterday a 20 year stint having Yamaha's as my primary bike has come to an end!



2012 KX450 with 10.2 hours on the meter. I was wanting to pick up a newer bike that would not only work well for the trail riding I do but also work well as a snow bike for this winter and this KX is about as good as they get. 2012's are highly desirable by the snow bike crowd because the air forks on the 13+ bikes don't work very well for snow bikes. Super pumped about finally having a newer EFI thumper, and even though I was sure I'd be replacing plastics and graphics right away the green is already growing on me This bike came with a full Hinson clutch, Renthal chain/sprockets and a few other little goodies as well. Picked it up for a great price at $4500.
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Great looking bike! You'll love the EFI. Especially if you're going to use it as a snow bike as well.
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Old 09-25-2014, 12:36 PM
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Great looking bike! You'll love the EFI. Especially if you're going to use it as a snow bike as well.
Definitely very excited about EFI and not having to worry about tinkering with jetting!
Even with the stock exhaust the thing has a nasty exhaust note So crisp!
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Old 09-25-2014, 04:21 PM
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Good find! Especially for the price!
Just remember to use the CLEANEST fuel and cans, once dirty the injectors can play havoc...
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Old 09-25-2014, 04:45 PM
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Good thought, maybe I'll get one of those mesh type filters you put in the tank to filter out the crud when you fill the bike.
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Old 09-25-2014, 05:30 PM
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Congrats on the Kawasaki! I'm still thinking about getting something with a little more modern (less ancient?) suspension then my two 1973 Yamahas. Been looking a CL, at street legal YZ-426s, WR-450s, and various KTMs. I see a new (to me...) bike in my future.

I went out to the desert (McCain's Valley/Lark Canyon OHV area) to practice for an Oct 5 race, and managed to drop my 250MX not once, but twice. I am hurting in places that I had forgotten I had places...

Again, CONGRATS!

Mark
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Old 09-25-2014, 10:29 PM
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Mark, you might see if you can throw a leg over a KTM 350 XC-W. Nimble, nice mellow power at low throttle openings but they really come alive when you crank the right grip back. I had considered a KTM 350 but it's a bit underpowered for snow bike use, and I like the idea of the KTM 500 XC-W but not the price tag!
On a somewhat related note, I also recently added an 01 KDX220 to the garage. Nice to have a small bore ring-ding in the harem!
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Good thought, maybe I'll get one of those mesh type filters you put in the tank to filter out the crud when you fill the bike.
Not a bad idea.... But...... I have had those mesh things soak up moisture...
Maybe just one of those sock ones would be good-clean fuel happy bike

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That is SWEET looking Chase! Ya done good. Be sure and post pics of you riding snow, that has to be so much fun.
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That is SWEET looking Chase! Ya done good. Be sure and post pics of you riding snow, that has to be so much fun.
Oh there will be photos! I'm going to get some better pictures of the bike too once i get a few things taken care of. There are some little things that I'm going to be fixing/changing on it because I want it to be as correct as possible- example one, the "launch mode" button was missing its clamp and was held on with safety wire. Can't have that... so I took the clamp off the kill switch and made an exact replica for the launch mode button

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