Yamaha has aligned various bikes from different segments for launch in either late 2017 or 2018. It is planning to introduce its one more off-road dirt terrain bike by next year. Its previous model was launched in 2016 which was specifically designed to operate in harsh conditions.
There are some updates and alterations done in the upcoming 2018 WR450F compared to the previous one. The new WR450F gets an electric starter as the kick starter has been eliminated. There is also a minor change at the header pipe which is a small additional guard. It comes with a new right-side panel to cover all the electrics that were exposed in the previous WR450F. The key update is the bike gets upgraded KYB fork with a modification in pressure piston holes and shape with a new setting.
The new 2018 WR450F has also been refreshed with new touch of blue for rims and body graphics.
There are also some unchanged elements that the manufacturer preferred to keep untouched such as tuned engine for environmental suitability, lighting mechanism, and also power generating system remains similar to that of previous model.
Below is the detailed specification of the upcoming Yamaha 2018 WR450F,
- Type: 4-stroke single
- Displacement: 449cc
- Bore x stroke: 97.0mm x 60.8mm
- Compression ratio: 12.5:1
- Cooling: Liquid
- Valve train: DOCH, four titanium valves
- Fuel Delivery: Keihin fuel injection with 44mm throttle body
- Ignition: Controlled by transistor
- Transmission: 5-speed , constant-mesh
- Clutch: Wet multiplate
- Final drive: O-ring chain
- Front suspension: Fully adjustable KYB spring-type fork with speed sensitive damping.
- Rear suspension: Linkage-assisted fully adjustable KYB piggyback reservoir shock; Front tire: 80/100-21; Dunlop MX3S
- Rear tire: 120/90-18; Dunlop MX3S
- Front brake: 270mm disc
- Rear brake: 245mm disc
- Wheelbase: 57.7 inches
- Rake: 26.3°
- Trail: 4.5 inches
- Ground clearance: 12.8 inches
- Seat height 38.0 inches
- Fuel capacity 2.0 Gallons
- Wet weight: 271 Pounds
This little monster by Yamaha, that is intentionally built to roll in dirt and roads fill with obstacles comes in a single color; Team Yamaha Blue. One more thing that remained unchanged in the bike is its price is $8099 instead of updates.