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Old 12-28-2004, 12:12 PM
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i want to buy a new bike which is better? whats the difference between the 4 speed yamaha and the 5 speed honda? i ride everywhere trails, track, desert, dunes etc. which is a better choice?

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Old 12-28-2004, 12:44 PM
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I would say work both dealers against each other and get the best price you can and go with that bike. These two are very similar and there are pluses and minuses to both. However at the end of the day they are both excellent bikes that will do and handle anything you can throw at them.

Any other answer you may get is just mere color bias.
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Old 12-28-2004, 01:44 PM
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Since blue has a shorter wavelength than red in the visable spectrum, all things being equal the blue bike will look faster.
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Old 12-28-2004, 01:54 PM
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Both bikes are distinctly different in their handling, motor, and suspension characteristics as well as the differences in ergonomics.

The best bet, if possible, is to ride one of each before buying. Personally, I rode the Yamaha prior to buying the Honda. I generally ride +25 Int and the Yamaha motor was not to my liking, nor was the handling. This is not to say that it was bad in any way, but it was not my style. It just didn't fit.

To be honest the Yamaha is a dragster of a motor compared to the Honda. The handling of the two is distinctly different, also.

I think personal fit is much more critical on the four-strokes than on two strokes. I can go so much faster on the Honda than on the Yamaha, just because my style works with the handling, motor, etc. of the Honda.

There really is a difference besides price. If you haven't ridden both bikes back to back on the same track, you really cannot see the differences. I rode both the same day and bought a Honda, same price. Your results may differ depending on your style.

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Old 12-28-2004, 02:10 PM
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Both bikes are distinctly different in their handling, motor, and suspension characteristics as well as the differences in ergonomics.

The best bet, if possible, is to ride one of each before buying. Personally, I rode the Yamaha prior to buying the Honda. I generally ride +25 Int and the Yamaha motor was not to my liking, nor was the handling. This is not to say that it was bad in any way, but it was not my style. It just didn't fit.

To be honest the Yamaha is a dragster of a motor compared to the Honda. The handling of the two is distinctly different, also.

I think personal fit is much more critical on the four-strokes than on two strokes. I can go so much faster on the Honda than on the Yamaha, just because my style works with the handling, motor, etc. of the Honda.

There really is a difference besides price. If you haven't ridden both bikes back to back on the same track, you really cannot see the differences. I rode both the same day and bought a Honda, same price. Your results may differ depending on your style.

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Old 12-28-2004, 02:45 PM
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Any other answer you may get is just mere color bias.
James you are so Honda . My point being that both bikes are far better than anyone who posts here is capable of utlizing. Besides the 05 YZ450 is anything but a dragster....Yamaha made it mild to appeal to the potential Honda buyers.
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The 05 yammie is more mellow, but he asked about the 04, which like the 03 was very much a dragster. Most people put flywheel weights on them.

I rode KX's for years before I bought the Honda and I rode the Yammie first, before I bought. In fact, I rode a new 04 YZF before I bought my 05 just to be sure.

My only problem with the Yammie was really the handling. It just did not want to be flat tracked at all. Sliding the rear end around at speed did not make the blue bike happy. Sliding the Honda around is fine.

Like I said, my style doesn't work with the Yammie. I agree that none of us can ride it to the edge, but I can ride a whole lot closer to my edge if the handling, motor, etc. fit my style. Price really isn't an issue. If the Yammie was over $1000 cheaper, it still wouldn't change the fact that it and I didn't get along.

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i would go with the yamaha because it has more power and more reliability.
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Old 12-28-2004, 04:05 PM
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The 05 yammie is more mellow, but he asked about the 04, which like the 03 was very much a dragster.
Oops....your right. The 04 is a dragster....just ask TDN.....he loves it!
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Old 12-28-2004, 08:23 PM
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Yeah, TDN likes it for about three laps then it becomes a liability. Most people love HP until they try to run flat out for 8-10 laps then they are wishing they had a 250f instead of a 450f. Even worse when the track gets rough.

I could care less who the manufacturer is, I have owned every one but a Suzuki. Having good style fit along with a motor and suspension that I can ride for 15-20 laps at a time is most important with anyone. Bike manufacturer does not matter.

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