Ready to take on racing events like National Enduro, or just simply want to hit the trails with your friends? The 2020 Yamaha WR450F is a full-size enduro bike with a 450cc liquid-cooled four-stroke engine with specific fuel-injection maps optimized for enduro racing and tighter trail riding. The bilateral beam aluminum frame is built off of Yamaha’s flagship motocrosser, the YZ450F, but is endowed with features that further give it an enduro twist. These include the composite engine guard, 18-inch rear wheel, 2.2-gallon fuel tank, radiator fan, sealed O-ring chain, fuel level and engine warning lights, steel rear sprocket, and a high-mounted folding aluminum kickstand.
We reviewed the 2019 WR450F and found that it was a “remarkable improvement from the prior generation model” with its chassis, engine, and suspension updates. Competition includes the KTM 500 XCF-W, Husqvarna FE 501, Honda CRF450X, and even cross-country-geared motorcycles like the KTM 450 XC-F or Honda CRF450RX.
In 2019, the WR450F saw suspension updates, an all-new engine, and a reworked chassis. With those recent improvements, not many updates were needed for 2020 aside from the revised headlight fairing and new graphics.