Honda’s 450 has the least front-wheel travel of the group at
8. 4 inches. These shocks would be great on their 400X. They
are a little outdated for this class.
Kawasaki uses steel A-arms bolted to their aluminum frame
up front with 8. 5 inches of travel. The shocks work best with
the compression clickers run in their softer settings.
The wide dual A-arms on the front of the Yamaha allow it
to have the most wheel travel by over an inch at 9. 8 inches.
They have high-/low-speed compression adjustments.
Honda’s carbureted, SOHC, four-valve engine is good.
However, their light EFI dirt bike engine is even better, and
we can’t wait till it finds a home in a four-wheeler.
Kawasaki is using a smooth fuel map with no hard hit out of
its DOHC four-valve engine. You can tune it for more boost,
but we like it just the way it is for the woods.
Yamaha uses a five-valve, DOHC engine to power the
YFZ450R. It’s smooth-running and works great in the woods
in stock trim. For the dunes or track, it needs an aftermarket