Ahhhh the good old days. Ten years ago, all we had to deal with was the aftermath of the Great Recession and the Swine Flu pandemic, which the CDC estimates killed 12,469 of us. How quaint. More importantly, Yamaha turned heads, by turning the head around 180 degrees on its big YZ motocrosser – moving its intake to the front and the exhaust ports to the rear. Radical! Perhaps a little too radical, as Yamaha’s last AMA Supercross championships came in 2008 and 2009, under Chad Reed and James “Bubba” Stewart. Is there a lesson, brethren? None that I can see, except ask your doctor if you’re healthy enough to ride open-class MXers, and always wear a clean air filter just in case. A pretty fun read from the Book of Fonzie. Amen.
A revolution in 450 MXers
By Alfonse PalaimaSep. 30, 2009
Photos by Fonzie
Last week, Yamaha introduced the radically-new 2010 YZ450F to the world at Maryland’s Budds Creek Motocross Park, and Motorcycle.com was there to see if its reversed engine layout and extreme mass-centralization was effective in giving the fresh YZ the agility it promises.Mere miles from our nation’s capital, Budds Creek is draped across a small creek valley, giving the course its constant peaks and valleys – there’s not one flat turn or straight-away out there besides the holeshot line.As MO’s resident lo-po tester – bringing you reviews of Piaggios instead of Ducatis – I was happy to get the opportunity to ride something with power enough to require holding on tight. But we all know, I’m not a track star, road or otherwise, so we brought along a new friend to MO, Joey Webb, to really put the new YZ to the test. Joey currently races the previous YZ450F and is fresh off testing <a class="colorbox" …read more