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2012 Yamaha WR450F First Ride Photo Gallery

MotoUSA put the 2012 Yamaha WR450F through the ringer in the trees and sand of River Ranch, FL before and during the first round of the AMA GNCC Series. Read all about this new enduro weapon in the 2012 Yamaha WR450F First Ride.

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The 2012 Yamaha WR450F receives a Keihin throttle body.
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The 2012 Yamaha WR450F gets larger footpegs from the YZ line-up.
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The 2012 WR450F utilizes the same frame as the YZ250F to create a compact chassis.
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A low fuel warning light has been added to the dash of the 2012 Yamaha WR450F.
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Yamaha equipped the 2012 WR450F with a capacitor that allows for the removal of the battery for the hardcore racers looking to shed an easy 10 pounds
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Yamaha allowed us to test the new WR450F on the actual River Ranch GNCC racecourse before and during the race.
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With just a couple of clicker adjustments the 2012 Yamaha WR450F railed any corner it was pointed at.
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The bottom and mid-range power of the 2012 Yamaha WR450F was adequate, but you could tell there is more power lurking inside.
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The 2012 Yamaha WR450F is now a more capable off-road racer right out of the box.
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The 2012 WR450F's suspension is stiff enough to pound the whoops and plush enough to roll smoothly though chop and roots.
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Yamaha's focus for the 2012 WR450F was to create a intermediate level woods racer. They more than succeeded.
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The 2012 Yamaha WR450F feels lighter than it really is, even when the speed is low.
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The handling of the 2012 Yamaha WR450F is levels above the previous model.
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Yamaha allowed me to race the 2012 WR450F in the first round of the AMA GNCC series at River Ranch. Unfortunately, a run in with a tree ended my day early.
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Adding $544 in GYTR parts wakes the WR450F considerably, making it a highly competitive race mount.