Those of us here at home will still have to wait just a few weeks to ride the new Yamaha WR. But around the world the press introductions have begun. So I thought I would take a minute to share some of those first tests with you.
It looks like the Aussies are going to get a cool tool to play with the fuel mapping. It is described as something about the size of an Ipod that will plug into the bike to play with the fuel delivery settings. Don’t expect anything like that for the domestic models. Green sticker legal status is going to dictate tamper proof settings for the USA.
Early reviews describe the new 450 as feeling slim and much lighter than the model it replaces. The YZ250f chassis design contributes greatly to this feel. Like the current bike, the light and small feel may be give the bike a cramped feeling for taller riders. The WR finally gets the suspension package upgrade to include twin chamber forks.
“Its ability to soak up the small choppy bumps coming into corners, as well as the larger braking bumps and square-edges was remarkable. It’s a confidence-inspiring bike, which is what I really loved. You could tip it into a corner and it would always track straight and true and hold its line. There was a lot of front-end feel and you could really push the bike and feel when it was starting to slip; it wouldn’t just let go.”
“The bike is really crisp and responsive off the bottom, it produces excellent power from the bottom through to mid range, and even with the five-valve head it produces really good top-end power. The bike doesn’t cough or splutter, and there where no flame outs.”