2016 Yamaha YZ450FX Ride Review

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By Scott Rousseau

2016 Yamaha YZ450FX

Editor Score: 96.0%

Engine 19.5/20
Suspension/Handling 15.0/15
Transmission/Clutch 10/10
Brakes 8.0/10
Instruments/Controls 5.0/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 10/10
Appearance/Quality 10/10
Desirability 9.5/10
Value 9.0/10
Overall Score 96/100

In its 60-year history Yamaha‘s line-up has never boasted more motocross and off-road competition models than right now.

Already fortified with a broad range of two-stroke models, including the stalwart YZ85, YZ125 and YZ250s (Yamaha is the only Japanese manufacturer to maintain a full range of motocross ring dings), the tuning fork brand just recently unleashed its tasty new YZ250X for two-stroke off-road customers. In the four-stroke segment, the YZ250F and YZ450F motocross machines already run at the head of their respective classes, and Yamaha upped its game last year by unleashing two new off-road thumpers, the WR250F and YZ250FX, to satisfy customer needs ranging from casual trail riding and enduros to full-blown cross-country competition.

All that was left was to revamp the WR450F to incorporate the rearward inclined engine configuration of the YZ450F in similar fashion to the 250s, but Yamaha has once again gone a step further by also introducing the all-new YZ450FX. That gives Yamaha fans their choice of no less than seven off-road competition models from a single Japanese manufacturer.

If you didn’t know what you were looking at, you might think that the YZ450FX is just another Yamaha motocrosser. However, such items as the heavy-duty plastic skidplate and the sharkfin-shaped rear disc protector are visual clues to the FX’s off-road racing intentions.

After the fun we had sampling the 2015 YZ250FX, which went on to become the strongest seller in the 250cc off-road competition segment last year, you can bet we were thrilled to receive an invitation to ride the new YZ450FX at Southern California’s Cahuilla Creek Motocross Park near San Diego. The facility’s sprawling layout offers not only a …read more

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