Look at photos of the 2011 Yamaha YZ450F as part of the MotoUSA 2011 450 Motocross Shootout. Read the full 2011 Yamaha YZ450F Comparison review.
- Our testers still haven’t found a 450 that can match the YZ-F in suspension performance.
- The Yamaha picks up off corners with excellent peformance in the low-to-mid-range.
- A quiet year could only bode well if the competition did something to take a step back or fail to progress.
- A tight rider compartment can make taller riders feel cramped, but the Yamaha offers four different bar placements to adjust the rider comfort.
- It makes the third most peak horsepower (52.4 HP) but only beats the KTM 350 in torque production (33.1 lb-ft).
- It might feel a little heavy on slow sections, but that shouldn't be a problem because the YZ-F wants to go fast.
- Riders regularly comment about how the center of gravity feels low and the rotating engine mass is positioned in the frame to aid handling.
- The YZ-F is a 450 that can torque its way around the track thanks to its engine mapping and gearing.
- A minimally larger fuel tank (200cc) and a reworked clutch actuation arm are supposed to be the headlining news.