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2021 YAMAHA YFZ450R /YFZ450R SE

2021 YAMAHA YFZ450R /YFZ450R SE The YFZ450R is the most technologically advanced sport ATV on the market today, with a quick-revving, 449cc fuel-injected engine and titanium five-valve cylinder head delivering abundant power throughout the mid- to top-end, after the YFZ’s signature massive torque-feeling right off idle. Built with pride at Yamaha’s U.S. factory in Newnan, Georgia and motocross-ready, the weldless professional-caliber frame is designed from lightweight aluminum with a tension-steel bottom frame…

RACE-READY YFZ450R

By the staff of Dirt Wheels RACE-READY YFZ450R. What it takes to be a champion: skill, talent, strength, commitment, motivation, courage, endurance, and much more. That’s the stuff WORCS 2018 ATV Pro Championship winner Mile Sloan is made of. However, some of the most crucial aspects of a pro racer’s program are a machine that is built for battles and a team that supports the effort. Duncan Racing International has been in the pages of Dirt Wheels quite a lot throughout 2019 and 2020 issues. That simply stems…

HOW-TO: CHANGE A YFZ450R HANDLEBAR

By the staff of Dirt Wheels HOW-TO: CHANGE A YFZ450R HANDLEBAR Virtually any component of your favorite ATV can be exchanged for a part that was designed to improve your riding experience. Yamaha spent countless hours making sure that adding a 1 1/8-inch fat bar to their YFZ450R would improve its overall handling and ride quality, and it certainly did. However, the aftermarket innovates and adds products to our world of off-roading that can considerably improve the handling of our favorite machines. One such…

YFZ450R WOODS MACHINE

By the staff of Dirt Wheels,  Photos by Ken Hill YFZ450R WOODS MACHINE It takes a lot to become a pro-ATV racer. You need commitment to put your all into each race, every practice lap, and have the willingness to put your wellbeing on the line to place a foot on the podium. Countless hours are spent wrenching, working out your body and psyche, all while honing your skills on the quad to become one of the best. None of those facts matter, though, if you don’t have a great machine to pilot in the hunt for victory.…

2019 YAMAHA YFZ 450R

By the staff of Dirt Wheels 2019 YAMAHA YFZ 450R Yamaha’s YFZ450R isn’t simply a sport quad, it’s an experience. The smooth body lines fade into aggressively angular points, so the YFZ looks fast and focused just sitting still. But, you don’t really get the thrill until you firmly depress that little start button. The EFI and the ignition bring the Yamaha YFZ450R’s potent powerplant to life. To further intensify the excitement, shift into gear, boost the rpm and release the clutch. We have been seeing a healthy…

YAMAHA’S NEW TWO-STROKE YFZ250R?

-- It says YFZ250R right there on the gas tank and the engine certainly looks like a two-stroke. Is this a secret new prototype that Yamaha is testing and will start selling soon? That might be a logical assumption until you start looking closer at the engine. Hmmm, it says TRX on the clutch cover and the cylinder sure looks the same as that on Honda's 250R. Okay, the mystery is solved when J.D. Kimbrough provided us with some info about this quad. This is his 2005 Yamaha YFZ450. However, he took the four-stroke…

HOW-TO: Turn your ATV into a drag racer

In recent issues Dirt Wheels has tantalized readers with race reports and photos about the exciting sport of ATV sand drag track racing—sanctioned drag races on a professionally groomed 300-foot track complete with NHRA-ype drag race timing lights. Now you’re thinking about modifying your ATV into a more serious contender on the track and increasing your fun potential. Depending on the size of your wallet and what class of competition your passion for sand drag racing has you aiming towards, putting together a proper racer…

ATV TEST: Yamaha YFZ450R vs. Suzuki LT-R450 Shootout!

Suzuki’s QuadRacer LT-R450 and Yamaha’s YFZ450R took the top two positions in our 2009 450 shootout. Economically priced at $8100 (LT-R) and $8500 (YFZR), both of these 50-inch-wide 450s were built specifically to tear up the ATV racing scene. There are two others at 50 inches, including KTM’s 450SX and Can-Am’s DS450M. Both are great racing machines as well, but they’re attached to a very hefty 12 grand price tag. In this economy, amateur racers need not apply. For those with a few grand to blow, the Yamaha and Suzuki are…