Originally Posted by Nice_Rumble
I'm considering a 2012 WR450F but am concerned about some of the negatives the press is throwing at it.
From motorcycleusa.com http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/276/13...-Shootout.aspx
"Power output isn’t the issue for our testers, but controlling the engine does cause some concern. First of all, as Martin alluded to, getting the dang thing to start with its button takes an act of Congress. We put it to the test constantly during our photo shoots and not one of us could find a secret to getting it lit. Kicking works pretty well, but who wants to do that? Also, the drivetrain received poor marks, worst in the test, primarily because of its YZ450F-derived clutch. It takes Herculean strength to engage and it fades at the mere thought of fanning."
Are any of these issues founded?
The bike is set up to pass the green sticker requirements for California, which accounts for a computer that is set up to keep emmisions way down. From what I've read the competition ECU allows for a big change in the mapping and cures the hard start issues. In addition you can get a programmer that allows you to tailor the power to your situation.