Bikes 10 Oct 2017

Bike: 2018 Yamaha WR450F

Minor revisions for next year's leading Yamaha enduro model.

Yamaha has revealed its best-selling enduro model, the WR450F, has received minor changes for 2018, with a selection of upgrades and enhancements made to the already impressive package.

For 2018, the WR450F benefits from a new ECU that optimises fueling and ignition timing for improved throttle feel and a smoother pick up.

Revised suspension settings deliver enhanced handling characteristics, and weight is reduced with the removal of the kickstarter. Also featuring new graphics, blue rims and an additional side cover, the 2018 WR450F brings EnduroGP performance to every rider.

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The WR450F’s unique reverse cylinder head layout features a front facing inlet and rear exiting exhaust that increase intake and exhaust efficiency, thereby enhancing the engine’s linear torque feeling. This innovative design delivers deep reserves of highly controllable and easy-to-use power, giving Yamaha WR450F and WR250F riders a real performance advantage.

The WR450F’s mass centralised design delivers high levels of agility for precise control over all types of terrain – and the advanced aluminium chassis with its class-leading suspension gives excellent handling performance and traction over rock, sand, grass, dirt and mud.

With class-leading durability and legendary Yamaha reliability as standard, the 2018 Yamaha WR450F gives you winning performance combined with a thrilling ride on any type of terrain. Developed using our extensive EnduroGP and rally experience, the 2018 Yamaha WR450F model is supplied ready to win straight from the crate.

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The WR450F benefits from the latest Yamaha reverse cylinder head technology that features a straight inlet for instant response with strong linear torque. The switch-free electric starter gets you going quickly and easily – very handy when you’re on the side of a hill or in a deep bog – and the enduro-specification radiators come with a lightweight cooling fan that regulates engine temperature even in severe conditions.

WR450F specific features include a wide-ratio transmission five-speed on the WR450F, as well as a mass-centralized design with an easy-access top mounted air filter. The WR450F also features an optimised clutch, sealed O-ring chain, 18-inch rear wheel, 7.5 litre fuel tank, side stand and skid plate for ultimate enduro performance.

The list of standard features also includes a bright headlight and LED taillight, and the multi-function LCD enduro race computer gives you the information you need to ensure you stay on time.

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2017 Yamaha WR450F key features:
– Powerful, compact and controllable 450cc four-stroke engine.
– Potent fuel injected engine with linear torque.
– Reverse cylinder head with front facing intake.
– Aluminium beam frame with optimised rigidity.
– Wide ratio transmission (five-speed).
– Durable enduro clutch
– Switch-free electric starter and auto-decompressor.
– Convenient optional Power Tuner for easy tuning.
– Mass centralised design for agile handling.
– Top mounted quickly removable air filter and under-seat fuel tank.
– High-specification suspension systems.
– 18-inch rear wheel and Metzeler Six Days FIM Extreme tyres.
– Enduro-spec radiators with lightweight cooling fan.

The 2018 WR450F is slated to be available from mid-late October, priced at $13,199. For more information of the WR450F and Yamaha’s entire range, visit its newly-designed website at