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Old 09-30-2008, 12:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Raptor 700 vs. YFZ450

I have a 660 raptor and I'm thinking it would just be easier to buy a 700.

I am wondering for those of you who bought a 700 why you didn't buy a YFZ450? What are the benifits of a raptor over a YFZ450?
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More comfortable, better TQ, easier to ride in trails, better fit for taller riders, EFI, a lot more power when you start modding, less maintance, better looking.
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I have a 660 raptor and I'm thinking it would just be easier to buy a 700.

I am wondering for those of you who bought a 700 why you didn't buy a YFZ450? What are the benifits of a raptor over a YFZ450?
EFI and reverse were the two main reasons. Also, since I'd be mainly riding trails, I knew that the lower end grunt of the 700 would be a benifit.
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Old 09-30-2008, 07:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i got my 700 after doing alot of research dirtwheels has done quite a few shoot outs against numerous bikes and the 700 has won all of them the 450 is more of a motorcross bike while the 700 is a all around good at everything bike and like the other guy said they are way more comfortable for taller riders dont get me wrong though theyre both great bikes theyre just set up for different riding styles if you did choose to get the 450 id wait i hear theyre coming out with an EFI model that has quite a few upgrades to it
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In drags the raptor will kill stock to stock and 3 mod to 3 mod. my stock raptor can keep up if not beat any 450 out there. to me it seems like if your not going to race it there is no reason to buy a 450 over the 700.
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More comfortable, better TQ, easier to ride in trails, better fit for taller riders, EFI, a lot more power when you start modding, less maintance, better looking.
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Mainly cause I'm 6'3". I fit much better on the raptor. Ride both for a few hours. If you're my age, you'll appreciate the raptor much more!

My main riding buddy rides a yfz. He's a little shorter than me, younger, and rides more aggressively. The yfz is a better choice for him.

I went from a 660 to the 700. My buddy went from the 660 to the yfz. Neither of us regret out decision. They are both great choices. Just personal preference. If you have an opportunity, test them both out.
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Both outstanding machines...I left my 660 for the yfz cause I was pushin the 660 over it limits....and I couldnt ride as aggressive as I wanted to on it. YFZ was awesome and very quick/agile. Then we got a 700 for the lady and I saw the light and had to eat a lot of words I wrote about the yfz vs 700.
700 is the perfect cross between the yfz and 700. Its FAR more comfortable, has twice the power down low....and of course reverse, FI and such. If you are out to build up a motor, you can do FAR more things to the 700 that actually make a substantial difference. I am a woods racer...the 700 suits me perfect. Has a lot longer legs and twice the bottom end power.

BUT....the yfz has its percs to, that sometimes I do miss. EXPLOSIVE power coming out of corners....its light and agile on its feet. If you are really throwing the machine around you can feel he difference. You can still get a yfz to go like a raped ape, and do it in the garage via the awesome keihin carb. FI is nice, but kind a sucks when you mod and you are looking all over hell for a map to run your machine.

I here people say the 450 is a young persons quad and the 700 is for older. WELL...I am 26 and I will never go back. I love the 700. I am faster on it, and as a bonus, I am more comfortable while doing so. I am not a huge guy or anything 6-2 and 185.

If you can own them both, like I did for a while, its the best of both worlds!!! Right now I am lucky enough that my brother has a 2006 yfz that I can ride every now an then.

If you are racing, hands down, I would go with the yfz.
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as far as power....both are stock at about 39-40...but the 700 has far more torque and its power comes on early.
3 mod vs 3mod and cammod and they are still running around the same amount of hp...47-50, but again...the torque is HUGE on the 700 and the power is down low. The yfz is way up top and it spins a lot more. In drag racing on pavement or fire roads they are pretty close off the line, but you shift third and the 700 starts to pull. You can trade wins to third....I'd give the nod to the yfz for off the line...but 100% of the drag races I have ran...I shift third and the 700 starts its walkin...and just adds more and more length between them after that.
You do anything above 3 mods, and in a straight line you can start forgetting it on the yfz. The 700 reacts MUCH MUCH better to mods....which it should with its displacement. Pretty incredible still that a 449 cc's is making the hp of a 686cc machine when stock and 3 modded.
I would think on a track with nice soil, or possibly in the dunes it could differ, and the yfz could take advantage of its 50 less lbs....I wouldnt know.
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There's no replacement for displacement

But the yfz's rev wicked fast!
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Thanks guys all of that was helpful information. I will most likely buy a 700.

Like I said I have a stock 660 and then I drove a stock 450. I was like WOW this thing kicks my 660's @ss!
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