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I am looking for some honest opinions on my next quad. I will be switching from my KFX700 which has been very good to me but I need a change. The only choices are the LTR450 or the KFX450.

It is really hard to make my mind up what with the KFX not even being out yet. I have rode my friends LTR and love it but don't want to buy it just to see the KFX come out and blow it away. On the other hand I hate to try and wait for the KFX and not be able to get it until late into the spring and then wait for ever on parts with it being about the same as any other 450 power or ride wise.

The reason I am trying to make the decision now is because if i am buying an LTR I want to get the free stuff for buying before the end of November


Any opinion is welcome and thanks for the help.
Jay
 

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ltr-450 id go with but you know most people are going to say kfx because its a kfx website post it on lt-r450central and they will say ltr hmm maybe try yfzcentral or z400
 

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I like the fact the kfx will have reverse. I kept my old Z400 over the new ltr because it has reverse. I get into some spots where the reverse is nice. I will be getting a kfx450.
 

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Unless you mx'ing, ANYTHING with reverse will be a better choice. I like the LTR, it's very capable of being a woods bike.
 

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kfx450 for xc
lt-r450 for mx
 

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QUOTE (yfz450psycho @ Oct 26 2006, 04:12 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=241
kfx450 for xc
lt-r450 for mx

It's a little more in depth than that for me. I just about never race but when I do it could be either type and 90% of my riding is in pretty wide open areas (North Dakota has Few Trees
). I even had my KFX700 at 50" wide and it went everywhere we ride.

To be honest my choice will be based on the dealer almost as much as the quad. My Kawi dealer is a small store that has treated me very well were the Suzuki dealer leaves a little to be desired but will hand out sponser money. this is probably the hardest time I have ever had trying to choose.

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QUOTE (desdak4 @ Oct 26 2006, 04:24 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=244
It's a little more in depth than that for me. I just about never race but when I do it could be either type and 90% of my riding is in pretty wide open areas (North Dakota has Few Trees
). I even had my KFX700 at 50" wide and it went everywhere we ride.

To be honest my choice will be based on the dealer almost as much as the quad. My Kawi dealer is a small store that has treated me very well were the Suzuki dealer leaves a little to be desired but will hand out sponser money. this is probably the hardest time I have ever had trying to choose.

Jay
Those are very good points - you're in a hard position.

Do you do your own work? If you prefer to do everything yourself, then you don't have to worry about the local Suzuki shop. If you'd rather take it in if it has troubles, then go with the brand that has the best shop and customer service. You also always have internet suport, from everything about service, and tons of parts.

Now, on mentioning parts... LTR parts are just starting to really hit, and the bike has been out since late January 06. I'm still waiting on a few parts for mine. I waited on one particular set of nerf bars for over 5 months, then cancelled the order and went with something else. Parts availability for the KFX will take awhile, so can you live with the bike "as-is" until the stuff really gets stocked up? Tough decision.

There are many things you'll be able to do with it with cross-over parts from other quads - you won't need bars, because this thing comes with good Renthal bars. Someone will come out with nerfs quick (I'll bet faster than the Suzuki LTR stuff - companies are learning from that one). Kill tethers are pretty much universal, gripper seat covers are easy to make (at least for one company), tires are universal, shock companies respond to market changes quickly, etc.

You won't be in too bad of shape by getting the KFX - I'll bet parts come out for that one faster than they did for the LTR. You still might have to wait for some things, though.

Kawasaki is very thorough - I don't think there will be many "first-year problems" with this machine - Hell, they delayed the introduction of the KX450F MX bike for a whole year because they found some pre-production quirks with it - Bubba was stuck on the 250! They release machines the right way.

Honestly, you can't go wrong with either machine - but I'll bet you'd get more satisfaction from the KFX. Even if you have to wait for some parts...
 

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even if u dont get free stuff, u should just wait it out and see the kfx, becouse if u get an lt-r and love it, but then the kfxcomes out and its great, it'll be a regret, but if u dont like the kfx, u can find a left over 06 lt-r and u'll save money and kno u made the right choice just my 0.02
 
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