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2011 Yamaha YZ450F Shootout Photo Gallery
A quiet year could only bode well if the competition did something to take a step back or fail to progress.
Look at photos of the 2011 Yamaha YZ450F as part of the MotoUSA 2011 450 Motocross Shootout. Read the full
2011 Yamaha YZ450F Comparison
A minimally larger fuel tank (200cc) and a reworked clutch actuation arm are supposed to be the headlining news.
Our testers still haven’t found a 450 that can match the YZ-F in suspension performance.
The Yamaha picks up off corners with excellent peformance in the low-to-mid-range.
A tight rider compartment can make taller riders feel cramped, but the Yamaha offers four different bar placements to adjust the rider comfort.
It makes the third most peak horsepower (52.4 HP) but only beats the KTM 350 in torque production (33.1 lb-ft).
It might feel a little heavy on slow sections, but that shouldn't be a problem because the YZ-F wants to go fast.
Riders regularly comment about how the center of gravity feels low and the rotating engine mass is positioned in the frame to aid handling.
The YZ-F is a 450 that can torque its way around the track thanks to its engine mapping and gearing.
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