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Thoughts on 1980 Yz465

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just wondering what everyone thinks of a 1980 yz465 as far as performance/handling/reliablity/problems/anything!
 
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You posted the same question 2 hours ago in the YZ forum. Please be patient and wait for your original post to be answered.
 

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I raced KTM's and Kawasaki's during that time..but one of my best friends had both the YZ250 and YZ465. ( We both ran 250 ex and open ex class and also practiced together so I had chances to ride that monster ). I remember that big YZ was fast enough and very reliable but had a lousy rear suspension relative to my KTM's. It pounded the crap outa him. With money they could be made to work well and my bud spent a ton on it. Even so, I could always get inside those things on turns. He got an entire season on that Yamaha with no problems that were because of Yamaha, and then sold it for a Maico. That Maico sprung him loose and he gained 3-4 spots in our class.

I remember that YZ465 being heavy, powerful, reliable, hard to turn, and brutal in general. I liked his YZ250 much better.
 
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my first mx bike from '79
YZ 250

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