Geoff, what exactly is your problem? I stated my opinion on the YFZ450. Anybody who can't see that clearly has issues.
Besides, we know nothing concrete about this quad yet. We have no idea what the compression ratio will be. We have no idea how closely related it will be to the CRF450 motor, or whatever the thing is called.
I'm getting the impression that you're looking for a fight.
When I am wrong, I will admit it. I was not wrong in this case, and that's the last I'm going to say about it. Any future discussion about this should happen in (a) another thread or (b) in private email. Otherwise (and I'm giving fair warning here) I will remove posts about it in this thread. This is the whole reason why I closed the last thread about the TRX450R.
I posted what I thought to be the case (and still believe to be the case) about the YFZ... the CR, at 11.9:1 is too high to run on pump gas. That may or may not turn out to be true. As for my "position of influence" I do not know what you mean. I have never claimed to be an authority on anything... I am stating opinion based on experience, that is all.
I called my dealer yesterday and spoke with the salesman whom I bought the Predator from. I asked him about any info he had on the 450R. He told me he heard about it coming out soon, but thats all the info he had. I told him Sept 10th was the announcement date. He asked me, "Where did you hear that?" I told him, EXRIDERS.com Then he said, "Huh." lol
I think Geoff meant he doesn't think many people will go for the 450cc (or is it 440cc?) de-bore kit for the Predator for race purposes. Or I could be wrong and he means something else.
I think the Predator 440/450 kit will be pretty darn good and make more power than the stock motor if done properly.
BUT... I think with the 450R coming and the YFZ450 already here, if Polaris really wants part of the racing pie, they may want to come out with another contender of their own... a very lightweight (a first for Polaris) 450cc-class machine meant specifically for racing.
If not that, then I'd like to see them introduce a line of accessories that will significantly lighten the Predator, because right now the way I see it is that it's at least 40 lbs too heavy.
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