So, its been narrowed down to this. A 2008 KFX450R or a 2006 LTR450. They seem to be similar in price, used, around $3200, stock, very low use/hours.
This is what Iím looking for. What are your recommendations?
Iím 40 yrs old. Grew up riding LT250s and Quadzillas, until my late 20ís. My skill level, Iíd say is a strong intermediate. Being a bit older Iím looking for perhaps, sport for sure, but handling, suspension and comfort is probably more important than speed. Power, of course, is very important, but Iíd prefer a great handling machine first. Iíve ridden a current (08í) YFZ450, and wasnít impressed (clunky, rough, too warm). I was actually more impressed by an 05í TRX450. Havenít ever ridden the LTR, and Iíve only spent a few minutes, on the street, on a KFX450R. 80% sand, 20% dirt. Iíll perform the basic modifications (exhaust/fuel/intake).
In order of importance -
Handling, suspension, comfort, power, brakes.
Iíd appreciate a mixture of Suzuki and Kawasaki fans.
Thanks in advance!
OK... I think I read a little fast and posted a little fast...
I'm 35 approaching 36... and have had 250R's LT250R's and an LT500R.
Good old simple machines... cheap to deal with, etc...
These 450's are not so much like that... more complicated and more expensive to deal with.
The KFX450R is the most mechanically reliable 450, by far, or I wouldn't say it.
But it is the least electronically reliable.
And it probably cost the most to mod nicely.
The LTR is cheap to improve initally, then about the same if you go farther.
And I don't read of electrical complaints or EFI issues...
But it is true on the tranny problems, and the engines do not live as long between builds as the KFX.
80% sand 20% dirt... I'd probably look to the LTR if I wanted a good cheap machine for that which would not "require" a lot. Like tires, cherry bomb, remove the baffle, etc... and go.
It's big like the Quadzilla but handles better... roomy, comfy, etc...
And out in the wide open, reverse is not much of a consideration.
So it is a good choice for that... but if you are going to mod the crap out of everything... just sit on both and pick which layout you prefer as far as seating, body work, etc...