2012 Yamaha WR450F First Ride Review OffRoad Enduro Specs Photos

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2012 Yamaha WR450F Ride Yamaha builds a WR.

Photographer. Shan Moore, Kariya

Yamaha is taking a new with its 2012 WR450F. is the focus on fast, open and casual trail riding. Its new are improved performance for cross-country and woods-style enduro competition.

is more emphasis on racing, and the high-quality components prove it. is a smart move by the Japanese that is losing off-road to similar street-legal machines. The green-sticker legal WR is still a trail-riding machine, but it is now a much hardcore racer, too.

The changes are to the WR450’s chassis, is essentially a YZ250F frame with the reliable five-valve Single. Other than some mounts and changing a few the frame is almost identical to the MXer’s . Constructed with a of forged and extruded aluminum the frame has more torsional and rigidity, meaning it has less flex. In an effort to improve the center of gravity and limit the of rotational mass, the engine has placed in the frame with the in a more-vertical position.

An immediate benefit is that the new makes the bike feel allowing the rider to easily around and also making the easier to handle. Other include a nearly half-inch seat and improved ground over the previous WR.

Despite the frame, the WR doesn’t deliver any harshness to the rider. It is more when hitting bumps and it wallow like the old WR. Part of the can be found in the fitment of the high-end KYB fork, while the latest shock is fitted out back.

The combination does a fantastic job of the bike over the rough of which we got to sample plenty.

To its confidence in the new machine, Yamaha for our press-introduction ride to include in the first round of the Grand Cross Country series in Ranch, Florida! About type of off-road terrain was except for a lack of nasty sections, but there were tree roots and palm to make up for it. The suspension does a job of staying on top of sand whoops and more like a motocrosser an enduro. A true testament to the quality, was that it not only the high-speed stuff but it also did a job of soaking up small chop and over roots and stumps deflecting or completely unsettling the

When pushing at race there is never a feeling you’re over-riding the bike’s which can sometimes be the case enduro-spec bikes compared to MXers.

Despite all the changes, wasn’t able to scrape any off the WR, claiming the same figure as the old (273 pounds wet). It feels lighter when it, however, and its ability to change is quite impressive and improved. The WR through the twisty, tree-lined Less energy is now necessary to the WR, which should be nice for off-road races.

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Its weight is most noticeable getting going from a stop or when trying to get a downed tree or obstacle, but performance is natural feeling no fall-in or stand-up mid-turn. from the new Dunlop Geomax front tire is excellent, its part to aid handling, while from the rear was good,

Another major improvement is the of fuel injection. The system a Keihin 42mm throttle with a 12-hole injector. sensors ensure optimal at any altitude in any conditions. Response was for the most part—although I did experience a few issues when making passes—a flaw that during “normal” riding as well as when racing.

Electric-starting is a huge benefit, but if you to shave roughly eight off the WR, the starter and battery can be removed affecting the electronics.

The only engine changes include a new coating on the cams and a beefed up rod (and big-end bearing) for durability. Otherwise, alterations made to accommodate the fuel-injection including a longer header with a resonator chamber. is a little tame out of the box due to strict and noise requirements—no more wire to cut, but the throttle-limiter has to go if you plan on aggressive riding.

For intending on racing the WR, Yamaha a competition kit ($544), which a programmable ECU (available for $99 separately), slip-on exhaust, radiator Cycra handguards and taller mounts. Additionally, the GYTR Tuner ($279) can be purchased, allows easy trackside changes to the ECU.

In making the WR a more-focused machine, has made the $8090 WR450F an better motorcycle that continue to suit the casual rider as well as the weekend

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