We toss the 2008 Yamaha WR450F enduro dirt bike through sand, snow and mud in this year’s 450 enduro challenge. Check out how WR450F did in our 2008 450 Enduro Shootout.
- Our testers didn't spend a whole lot of time riding at night, but the Yamaha seems to have the most usable headlight.
- Unlike the Kawasaki, which is plush but bottoms hard, the Yamaha is soft enough for the small stuff, but doesn't get bent out of shape when it does reach its limits.
- The Yamaha keeps its composure as the speeds increase, and while heavier riders are going to be looking for stiffer springs, overall it is a nicely balanced package.
- Another thing we liked was how Yamaha really put the finishing touches on its machine.
- The WR450F is definitely at home in the woods. It took a little getting used to in the faster sections, but it's completely capable of doing well there also.
- Tight, technical riding is where the 450F really shines. Not only does the tranny reflect that, but a light-steering, planted front end leads the bike right where a rider intends.
- JC scoped out all angles, just like on this jump, but also like this picture he would wind up on a Yamaha to complement his Oreon riding areas.
- The Yamaha is a great motorcycle once the restrictors come off.
- Waiting under the emission controls is a great bike for riders who spend time in tight situations.
- Once the points were tallied, the WR enjoys a one-point advantage in the chassis and handling category.
- The black engine covers are a nice touch even though they get destroyed after only a few rides, but other little things like a fully encompassing skidplate, multi-function computer, most-usable headlight and snazzy LED taillight are all bonus features that really add up.
- 2008 Yamaha WR450F