Last week I was on the road, getting in some great riding time in the California Sierras. Each night I checked to see what was new in the moto world. This included two new model announcements, the 2012 WR450f and the all new Gas Gas line up.
Of these two new releases, I have to say that the Yamaha announcement is almost disappointing. If you have followed here at Enduro360 for the last few months, we have had an amazing amount of people talking about the thread on the rumored new WR. It has been one of the biggest stories on the site this year. The allure of a potential new generation YZ based enduro bike has had everyone talking.
So when the announcement comes and we see that it is sort of a warmed over, previous generation YZ, well that is somewhat of a let down. Don’t get me wrong, I have always been a WR fan. The problem is that the model has gotten left in the dust as a race bike, relegated to a middle ground trail tool. No race and no license plate leaves me wondering just how successful this next gen bike can be.
Perhaps I am overreacting, but I notice Yamaha is making no weight claim, if it really loses some fat maybe it will be more competitive than it looks. But honestly it kind of looks like a parts bin bike and that just isn’t going to cut it against the sleek and flashy Euro bikes.
Oh, and then there is the fact that the thing won’t even come out until next March. Are you kidding me? We will be looking at spy pics of new 2013 models before this thing even hits the dirt! It just seems to me that everyday the Japanese are getting left further behind in the enduro market.
Randy Hawkins and the Am-Pro team had to unceremoniously ditch the WR last year to get back to winning form in GNCC and National Enduro. Don’t get Paul Whibley started on that subject, it ruined his 2010 season. I wonder what we will see them racing next year?
So bring on the comments, I am sure someone will have a higher opinion of the new model. Then check out the link for specs and the official Yamaha video with Randy Hawkins.