Bikes 29 Sep 2021

Detailed: 2022 Yamaha WR250F and WR450F

All-new WR250F headlines Yamaha enduro range set for December release.

An all-new 2022 Yamaha WR250F will headline the brand’s latest enduro range, as the 2022 Yamaha WR450F continues with the list updates received last year.

First launched in 2001, the WR250F continues to be developed to suit local terrain and riders, with the latest model featuring a wide range of updates to provide an even faster way through the bush.

The new model’s liquid-cooled, four-stroke, electric start engine features an all-new cylinder head with an improved larger intake port shape, and new exhaust camshaft profile inspired by the YZ250F.

The 2022 WR250F boasts an updated lightweight aluminium, bilateral beam chassis and new engine mounts that have been redesigned to improve bump absorption, traction and cornering performance thanks to all-new flex characteristics.

Featuring a fully adjustable KYB coil-spring fork with enhanced speed-sensitive damping, for 2022 settings have been revised to suit the all-new machine and off-road conditions. Likewise, the KYB shock has revised damping characteristics to match the updated frame.

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Also redesigned to complement the new frame are the top triple clamp, handlebar mounts and front axle – all based on the winning YZ250F.

A newly engineered lighter front brake calliper with larger caliper pistons (22.65mm to 25.4mm) is fitted to the MY 22 WR250F, with 25 percent larger surface area brake pads and a redesigned 270mm rotor boasting 16 percent extra surface without the expense of extra weight – all to provide greater braking performance.

New Dunlop Geomax EN91 ISDE-winning tyres are fitted to inspire performance over a variety of terrain, while a new speed sensor ring relays information to a new multifunction meter that displays both engine and low fuel warning lights.

Engine performance adjustments are made easy thanks to the onboard wireless smartphone capability – the Yamaha Power Tuner App. Furthermore, two user-defined ECU maps can be adjusted on the fly thanks to the handlebar-mounted map switch.

Continuing to provide the edge out on the trails, the 2022 WR250F is stacked with user-friendly features such as electric start, advanced fuel injection and a front positioned intake and rear-positioned exhaust provide great power through the range and optimal mass-centralisation.

Team Yamaha Blue colours and graphics provide the finishing touch to this all-new machine, which is priced at $14,899 ride away.

The high-performing WR450F was revolutionised for 2021, with technology inspired by motocross competition last year. The MY22 model carries on with these developments.

Developed primarily for the Australian market, the 2022 WR450F is built to appeal to those of all abilities that are born to ride.

The 2022 model features a high-performance reverse fed four-stroke engine, which in short is a new generation YZ450F motor tuned with enduro specific settings – resulting in a mass centralisation design that is both compact and light, making it one of the best handling machines in its class.

Equipped with a compact and lightweight electric starter, the WR450F engine has a 13:1 compression ratio, and its reverse cylinder head runs a durable forged piston and cam profiles that are aggressive. Calculated ECU settings allow for the best balance between race-winning performance and ultimate control through the tight trails.

The 2022 model continues to be the most adaptable enduro machine thanks to its digital technology. WR450F riders can adjust the air/fuel mix and ignition timing with ease through the Power Tuner app, allowing quick changes when necessary to suit changing weather or trail conditions.

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The Power Tuner app also has the capability to record and monitor a range of data including system diagnosis and engine run time, adding further to this machines practicality.

A handlebar-mounted map switch is fitted to the MY22 WR450F, allowing riders to make an instant adjustment to the engine delivery to cater for variable terrain or conditions.

A highly compact Mikuni fuel injection system is fitted to the 2022 WR450F, which boasts a light and ultra-compact 44mm throttle body and delivers fuel/air mix from a long, straight forward-facing inlet. This advanced system benefits from a high-pressure electric pump which ensures excellent running performance in a variety of climates.

Forward-facing radiators positioned to precisely intake incoming air are coupled with a thermo fan to ensure the fluid is kept cool and performance is maximised.

Centralised mass design is a key feature of the WR450F, as major components are located as close to the bike’s centre of gravity as possible to better the balance of the bike.

Utilising the same front brake performance as the YZ450F, WR450F riders can stop quickly and with high levels of control, and new to the MY22 model, Dunlop Geomax EN91 tyres are fitted.

A slim and compact multifunction display features an odometer, two trip meters, a clock, timer/stopwatch and a new fuel consumption indicator.

The 2022 WR450F will be priced at $16,499 and, like the WR250F is fully ADR compliant and will be available at authorised Yamaha dealers from December 2021.

Both models will come with an Australian off-road kit that features a range of parts and accessories for closed-course competition. For further information on each machine and the entire Yamaha motorcycle range, visit