2012 Yamaha YZ450F | Dirt

Still Exotic

By Karel Kramer, Photography by Karel Kramer

Tech Specs

EVOLUTION
The latest, greatest iteration of the YZ400F that started the four-stroke motocross revolution.
RIVALS
Honda CRF450R, Husqvarna TC449, Kawasaki KX450F, KTM 450 SX-F, Suzuki RM-Z450.
Tech

Price $8350
Engine type l-c single
Valve train DOHC, 4v
Displacement 449cc
Bore x stroke 97.0 x 60.8mm
Compression 12.5:1
Fuel system EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 5-speed
Claimed horsepower na
Claimed torque na
Frame Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension Kayaba 48mm fork with adjustable compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension Kayaba shock with adjustable spring preload, high/low-speed compression and rebound damping
Front brake Nissin two-piston caliper, 250mm disc
Rear brake Nissin one-piston caliper, 245mm disc
Front tire 80/100-21 Dunlop Geomax MX51
Rear tire 120/80-19 Dunlop Geomax MX51
Rake/trail na
Seat height 39.3 in.
Wheelbase 58.7 in.
Fuel capacity 1.6 gal.
Claimed curb weight 245 lbs.
Colors Blue/white, white/red
Available Now
Warranty na
Contact Yamaha Motor Corp. USA
6555 Katella Ave.
Cypress, CA 90630
800.962.7926
www.yamaha-motor.com

VERDICT: 4 out of 5 stars.

Radically different and high-tech, yet friendly enough for the average rider.

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