Like a sculptor chipping away at a stone, Yamaha has been tweaking and mastering the YZ450F since its bold move in 2010 to spin the top half of the engine 180 degrees and tilt the cylinder reward. The unconventional design boosted power and response, creating a very potent YZ450F engine.
The Yamaha doesn’t win every category in the shootout, but the overall package, highlighted by the best stock suspension makes the 2016 Yamaha YZ450F the bike most test riders want to take home, ride and race. The excellent suspension, great handling and user friendly engine more than make up for any cornering short comings from the 2016 YZ450F, making it the 2016 MotoUSA shootout winner.
• Excellent suspension balance and action
• Neutral and predicable handling
• Engine has improved rideablity Lows
• Not as easy to start as the 2015
• Wide-feeling midsection and forward shrouds
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