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Welp people I got rid of the ol' 250r. I should be able to pick up the 450r tuesday.. Its an 05 with full sparks pipe.. Is their anything in particular I should look for when buying this bike? any info will be helpful not to edicuated on the 450's.. also ill be adding some goodies I hear HRC kit is pretty good...How would this work with the sparks pipe?
 

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Don't know the kind of ridin the 450 has been through but i would look at thr frame real close for any kind of cracks,check for looseness in the wheel bearings. check for slack in the bearing carrier, look at the air filter and box make sure it is clean and been kept clean check the ball joints for excessive looseness,listen to the motor for any tapping or rattleing noises, just give it a good lookin over. Hope this helps.
 

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I should have been more specific....Is there anything wrong with the 05 450r? why did they do away with the kick starter in the years to follow?
 

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They did not do away with the kick starter the dealer would have to order a certain number of kick start models or they could not get any. I have an ER because the dealer i bought from said people prefferd the elec over the kick so they would not order the specified number of the kick start models.
 

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Don't know the kind of ridin the 450 has been through but i would look at thr frame real close for any kind of cracks,check for looseness in the wheel bearings. check for slack in the bearing carrier, look at the air filter and box make sure it is clean and been kept clean check the ball joints for excessive looseness,listen to the motor for any tapping or rattleing noises, just give it a good lookin over. Hope this helps.
Thats what I would of told you.
 

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They did not do away with the kick starter the dealer would have to order a certain number of kick start models or they could not get any. I have an ER because the dealer i bought from said people prefferd the elec over the kick so they would not order the specified number of the kick start models.
69 do you wish you would of bought a kick. I hated mine. because if your tired on the track and happen to stall it was a nightmare to restart.
 

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I like the elec start but all i do is race mine . Ikinda wish it was a kick for that reason, Even the elec start can be hard to restart in a race when the motor is HOT. I have looked at converting mine so i can loose the weight of the battery the one way clutch for the starter which i have had to replace once allready but since i am retiring after this season i am going to live with it. Plus it would cost around 500 to convert.
 

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I hear HRC kit is pretty good...How would this work with the sparks pipe?
I don't believe that the HRC kit for the 04-05 models comes with a new header. You would need to jet for your particular setup. The 06+ models, the HRC kit replaces the head pipe as well as the cams and the other fun stuff.
 

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Duuuude I love my Kickstart 450...No battery to worry about! You can always ride!
 

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I have an 07 ER, I'm still on stock battery and it has never touched a charger. I bought it new in 07.

But you're right, The Kicker does have it's advantages. Such as in my last race the wet conditions shorted out my start switch and I started blowing the main fuse over and over. Never would have happened with a kicker.
 

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I have an 05. I luv my kick start. Its a little ruff on a stall, but if its tuned rite it shood start pretty easy. I live in jersey now, even in da cold it wood start 3 or 4 kicks cold. I bought da 05 for that reason. No battery weight or dead battery. 20 degrees an all.
 

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That was when Honda Went to a out side source and the bearing they were using were crap and they went back to there own bearings.
 
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