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2006 Yamaha WR450 Photo Gallery

We were able to get our grubby hands on six, count 'em six, large-bore enduros and took them out for punishment, 'er evaluation. Check out how this bike did in our 2006 450 Enduro Shootout

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Bouncing over rocky obstacles is a real pleasure with the stable WR. The solid chassis, suspension and weight plow through rough sections like an oil tanker.
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Kenny takes a little detour to try his hand at trailblazing.
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This particular hillclimb had our number even on the potent Yamaha, though not many hills could say the same when faced with the gnarly WR.
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Without a spare lever, this bend was actually a blessing. Stock levers don’t last long on any bike and the Yamaha is no different.
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Brian is a fairly even-mined fellow, but we had a hard time getting him off of the WR. He charged every hill he could find on old Blue.
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BC was all praises for the Yamaha. Even though it’s heavier than everything but the ATK, the Yammie overcomes it’s faults with a basketful of high points.
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JC and Ken try to come up with something to complain about on the WR.
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JC takes a peek to see if his miserable attempt was caught on film. Sorry, pal. Big Brother is always watching.
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An awesome motor and excellent gearing allow the WR450F to forgive wobbly hillclimb attempts like this one. Normal riders will crest more hills on this bike than any of the others.tem.
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Aluminum engine guards are a sweet feature when riding rocks.
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The WR has great low-end grunt on the trail. A super-low first gear allows for tractor-like pull in tight, slow maneuvering.
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Darin Hecker: 'The Yamaha prevailed over anything in its path, and with little effort.'
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We bent more than just the levers on the Yamaha.
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The WR comes green sticker legal, but the version we tested wasn’t due to a throttle modification.
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A seamless transition onto a smooth rock face made this one of our favorite jumps in the Corral Canyon trails.
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Brian Chamberlain: The Yamaha provides a good combination of quick steering, high-speed stability and tractability.”
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A mindless motor and transmission allow Ken to focus on not dabbing his feet through the rocky Corral Canyon trail system.
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Lensman Tyler Maddox gets the bird’s-eye view of Yamaha’s stable front end. Our testers took note of it as well.
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Even with a sweet motor, sometimes it just isn’t enough to overcome rider technique. Darin shows us why it’s a good idea to actually raise the front end through puddles.