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2009 Yamaha YZ450F First Ride Photo Gallery

Glen Helen is just the type of track for a modern 450 and we were happy to spend a day tossing the 2009 Yamaha YZ450F around the National-caliber track. Check out the full story in our 2009 Yamaha YZ450F First Ride.

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Our pro tester, Sean Collier, found the stock setup to be pretty close, but like most super-fast guys, individual tweaking will be required, especially with the Kayaba suspension.
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Everyone agrees that the front binder provides exceptional feel, stopping power and resistance to fade, something Glen Helen's massive hills would have triggered.
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Our 'normal' testers found the suspension/chassis package suitable and had a more positive feel for the stock setup.
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The 2009 still has the shorty muffler.
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2009 Yamaha YZ450F
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Tthe 48mm speed-sensitive Kayaba fork is super supple.
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Most things are still the same, like the usable spread of power dished out through the Tuning Fork's five-valve, 449cc dual overhead cam motor.
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The 2009 Yamaha YZ450F is only slightly modified.
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The bike was great to begin with, and a few adjustments are nice, but will it be enough to compete against the all-new offerings from Kawasaki and Honda?
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Off-set bar clamps can be spun to adjust 5mm fore and aft or the entire mounts can be shifted between two sets of holes which are 5mm apart.
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A new hydroformed swingarm creates a different feel in the rear end.