Off-road and enduro drivers had a lot of excitement this year. Yamaha has worked hard on its motocross setup. Earlier in the summer, the company updated and connected the YZ250F and 450F bikes with the Yamaha Power Tuner app for smartphones. Now, built on the same platform as the YZ, the WR450F is the new and improved dirt warrior from Yamaha.
The WR lends a lot of features of its YZ counterpart that is optimized for endurance, including the reverse 449cc, single-cylinder engine. The block has been re-installed and the intake and exhaust have been modified to make the bike more performant at high revs. The electric starter has a new, lighter system and the clutch lever is made harder and more durable thanks to a heat-resistant plate, combined with a 5-speed gearbox with wide acceleration. The tank has increased in volume to now reach a capacity of 2.2 gallons, which in turn increases the range of the motorcycle.
The competition-oriented model also lends the same bilateral beam frame of aluminum. This, together with the KYB suspensions, offers the ideal balance between stiffness and flexibility according to Yamaha. The model also receives a newly designed headlight, a new standard with improved ground clearance and a new skid plate. The model is equipped with a set of Dunlop 18 inch long tires that keep the weight low. The 2019 450 taps the balance at a tiny 262 pounds – a 9-pound loss over the previous generation.
Just like the YZ & # 39; s, the WR also receives WiFi connectivity that allows the rider to access the bike's tuning options via his smartphone.
Not everything on the 2019 WR450F is new – some functions of the previous generation have been taken over, including the standard LED headlight and rear light, the large capacity radiator and the digital display.
The model will land in showrooms in January 2019 and the prices are set at $ 9,599, an increase of $ 500 compared to last year's model.