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Old June 13th, 2013, 04:16 PM   #41
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I almost traded it off for another 03 crf450r the other day. He didn't have a title for it though. I'd really like to pick up a thumper just because I haven't ridden but this thing is still a ball to ride and I've put plenty of time and money to revert it from a hillbilly hodge podge to a proper reliable bike.
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Old June 13th, 2013, 04:22 PM   #42
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Hmmmm. Why you want a thumper?
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Old June 13th, 2013, 04:36 PM   #43
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Hmmmm. Why you want a thumper?
I was super jealous of a crf450x last summer at the sand dunes. That said my bike was also running shitty due to a bad gasket that required me to rtv the jug on the night before we left. I kept blowing the hose that runs from the carb to an electrical box (I have no idea what its for), but when the hose would blow the bike would die. I was trying to chase the crf up test. He crawled up to where it go steap and blipped the throttle. Up and over he went. I got on it hard early, and stopped 5 feet short.

I also chased a '13 wr450 on cedar creek sunday and he was free. Said he kept it in 3rd and just kind of skipped through the woods like a bunny rabbit.
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Old June 13th, 2013, 04:39 PM   #44
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If you like the x model you'll love the r model
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Old June 13th, 2013, 04:42 PM   #45
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With 5 years on my 08 crf450 I have adjusted the valves twice. One top end and one trans set up. Broke a few gears in the trans. Was kinda a common thing after I looked into it.i ride the bike pretty hard. Has always been a good bike for me!
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I still haven't ridden one at this point. I wish I could convince one of my friends to buy one so I could try theirs.
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Well lets go tear it up one of these days an you can ride mine.
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Old June 13th, 2013, 05:40 PM   #48
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I still haven't ridden one at this point. I wish I could convince one of my friends to buy one so I could try theirs.
I just picked up a 2006 450x a month ago. I haven't had a dirtbike since 1993. I was 30sec’s into my first ride on the Leota trail system that I thought I made a huge mistake. The transition back to dirt from roadracing wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. Especially going right into the tight single track stuff. Needless to say I was by far the slowest person in our group that day, until we got out into the double track stuff. I felt a lot more comfortable on the bike in the wider sections and had a blast drifting around corners. I felt like the bike had a ton of power, but it also felt very heavy. Having never really ridden a thumper before and the last time I rode a two-smoker was 20yrs ago the learning curve was steep. I didn’t like the gear shifter it felt too short and the rear brake lever was set too high.

I really enjoyed the low end power, but the thumper didn’t have the pop you get out of the two-smoker. Power was about equal to the R on my X. I have mine “uncorked” which is a set of mods from Honda to bring the power of the X up to the R. The X was defiantly fast on the flat stuff due to the gearing differences in the trans. Overall I liked the bike and felt a lot better on it towards the end of the day than in the beginning.

Not needing to do 70-80mph through the woods I added two teeth to the rear sprocket going from a 13-51 set up to a 13-53. I top out around 65ish now and could be happier with the added torque down low. The bike is much more wheelie happy and helps with the low speed, pop your tire over stuff. Overall with the lower gearing it made the single track stuff way more enjoyable. I added a hammerhead designs +20 offset shifter, adjusted the rear brake lever lower, and the E-Line carbon fiber skid plate. I just spent this past Mon and Tues riding the trail around Houghton Lk back down to Leota and over to St Helen with a buddy on his R. We did two days and about 170 miles of trails with a mix of single and double track stuff and with these mods it made it a whole different bike!

The headlight on the X sucks the big one! So I’m planning on pulling my stator and sending it to baja designs and having it rewound. The stock stator only puts out 35watts so you are screwed if you want to add better lighting. With the rewind you get 150watts. Once that’s done I plan on added my rigid 10” LED bar. With that added night riding would be a blast. I don’t really plan on riding at night, but Mon we spent alittle too much time in the woods and didn’t get back to my cottage until 10pm. Needless to say the X’s headlight is barely brighter than a candle. I would like to correct that.

Overall I’m getting more comfortable on the bike and couldn’t be happier at this point. The only real other plans I have for it is a larger gas tank and Scotts stabilizer. The suspension feels great right now, but I haven’t set the sag yet, so Im guessing it can only get better.









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Buddy that I ride with had a crf450, a 06 and it was very nice ride and gobs of power. If I buy another that's the way I will go.
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Buddy that I ride with had a crf450, and it was very nice ride and gobs of power.
X2, good bikes that are priced pretty reasonable around here. One of these will be at the top of my list if I switch to a thumper.
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X2, good bikes that are priced pretty reasonable around here. One of these will be at the top of my list if I switch to a thumper.
Im liking my 250 thumper but in a few years I cant wait to go to a 450.
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Im liking my 250 thumper but in a few years I cant wait to go to a 450.
Would you be stepping up to a fuel injected one or find an older 450? I wonder how people are liking the fuel injection...
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Is the efi in these new bikes battery less?


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Old June 24th, 2013, 08:34 PM   #54
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Would you be stepping up to a fuel injected one or find an older 450? I wonder how people are liking the fuel injection...
Ask them when they have to replace to fuel pump...not cheap
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Silver lake with this pile of garbage. I finally get to try and swap my rear tire on my own with the irons I bought last summer.
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When I switch any tires with spoons, I give the beads a light spray with Spray 9 cleaner... It makes the rubber uber slippery, and washes off leaving a nice clean tire when you're done.
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I use baby powder or doing tires. Keeps the tubes from twisting.


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Ask them when they have to replace to fuel pump...not cheap
And a carb won't ever leave you stranded for the most part. I love tech more so than probably 99% of the people out there, but for an enduro I'd rather a carb
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I would rather have efi, but for some reason they haven't got it right yet
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