The Honda CRF450, KTM 450SXF, Yamaha YZ450F, KTM 350SXF, Kawasaki KX450F and Suzuki RM-Z450 are all major players in what consumers might well think of as an $8500 crapshoot. It is the MXA
wrecking crew’s goal to take the gamble out of buying a 2012 450cc motocross
bike. We are going to tell you what we think is the best bike in the 450 lottery,
but not even the MXA test riders believe that there is one perfect bike for every
person. Even among MXA’s test crew you will find riders choosing to race
bikes that they rated poorly in the test surveys and evaluation charts. When
asked why, they simply state that they like this particular bike over the one
they rated higher because it suits their riding style better.
The MXA wrecking crew has spent the last few months racing (not play
riding or practice riding) six of the most serious 450cc four-strokes ever made.
Here is what we have learned.