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2005 Yamaha WR450F/250F Photo Gallery

In the face of increasing competition, Yamaha has stepped up with tweaks to its incredibly versatile WR line-up of off-roaders. Check out what we thought of these bikes in our 2005 Yamaha WR450F / WR250F First Ride.

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Is that a sight or what? Yamaha's fleet of test bikes prepped, full of gas and ready to get it on.
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The Yamaha powerplant is arguably responsible for turning the off road community on its collective ear when the bike was first introduced back in 98.
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Those number plates are so nice and shiny - but not for long! Check out the truly useful grab handles in the side of both WRs.
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A new head was designed with a slightly lower compression ratio (12.5:1 to 12.3:1), the intake ports are 9% smaller.
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Whether you choose the WR250 (foreground) or WR450, you will be making a wise decision.
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Finally, everyone gets to route the brake lines the right way!
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This my friends is a carburetor.shhhssshhh. Don't tell anyone though - this is top secret stuff straight from Yamaha R&D. These are better than last years..shhhsshhh.
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Easy air filter access is a major plus.
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As always, the WR models are equipped with the all important side-stand.
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Whooped out Gorman trails - Fahgetabout it!
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Braaaaaaaaaap! Four-Strokes equal four times the fun.
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Hey Duke! Here's mud in your eye!
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Blast into a berm, turn and gas it - the WRs are fun and there is no doubting that fact.
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La-tee-da...Cameron lasily lumbers his WR into a turn...looks where he wants to go, twists the throttle and off he goes...la-tee-da.
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Coatney bunny-hops the 250F over the rare and protected desert tortise - nice move Cam!
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Blue leader this is Capt. Coatney - are we cleared for landing on runway G?
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All kidding aside, the WR is just an awsome bike, Cam says.
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Guess what? Both WRs are capable in the air too.
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Gobs of low end torque make navigating the Gorman hillsides a breeze.
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Cam-zilla versus the giant desert mantis - Cam gets the upper hand thanks to his WR as the big bug attacks from his right. Obviously he survived or he wouldn't have written this artcile.
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The new and improved front brake really comes in handy during long down hill sections like this.
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Knowing that Kevin Duke loves wheelies - Cam decided to shove it in his face repeatedly during the photo shoots: 'Man these things are fun to wheelie.wooo-woo.'
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Cam, we have the shot! Cam, hey! Cameron, damn it.
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On the gas baby. The WR line may not have the rip-snorting grunt of their YZ brethren but who really gives a rip? These bikes rock.
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Wheelies? No problem.
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Cameron has some fun splashing the WR through one of the strategically located moist sections at Gorman.
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The 2005 crop of WRs have Yamaha at the top of the off road market.