Yamaha’s 2019 off road model range includes a new YZ 450FX, specifically designed for GNCC and cross-country racing and based on the completely redesigned YZ450F model.
First details of Yamaha’s “GNCC and Hare Scrambles focused racer”, the 2019 YZ450FX have been released.
The all-new cross-country YZ450FX adopts the upgrades found on the YZ450F motocrosser last year which we tested and include: new frame, suspension, engine and electronics – including the Yamaha’s exclusive Power Tuner smartphone app – along with changes specifically for cross-country competition.
Yamaha YZ450RX in detail: Rearward-Slanted Cylinder Design
The YZ450FX’s distinct rearward-slanted cylinder design and forward-mounted intake system features a straight intake tract, aggressive cam profiles, high-compression “box bridge” piston design with DLC-coated piston pin, and more. The YZ450FX features specific ECU settings to suit the needs of cross-country racing.
Electric Starter System
The YZ450FX features a compact electric starter system to minimize restart delays on track and add convenience everywhere else. Powered by a high-capacity and ultra-lightweight four-cell lithium-ion battery, the system adds minimal weight.
Yamaha Power Tuner App
Yamaha created the Power Tuner app, bringing the power of the GYTR Power Tuner to your iOS or Android device and letting you make adjustments quickly and easily trackside. Using WiFi to connect to the bike’s onboard CAN-bus network, the app allows owners to adjust air/fuel mixture and ignition timing maps to tune engine performance for track conditions, record race log information, monitor a range of data such as maintenance and system diagnosis, engine run time, and more.
Adjustable Engine Mapping
A handlebar-mounted map switch allows the rider to quickly select between preloaded engine maps – loaded and configured in the Power Tuner app – to account for changing track and weather conditions.
Advanced Fuel Injection
The engine breathes through a 44mm Mikuni throttle body fed by a high pressure electric pump to ensure optimum fuel atomization and power for a wide range of riding conditions.
Robust Transmission and Clutch
The YZF450FX’s wide-ratio, five-speed transmission enhances cross-country performance for more flexible gearing selection in open terrain.
Upper frame bracing provides rigidity and durability, while rear frame spars and cross-country-specific engine mounts centralize mass for the improved balance of bump absorption, stiffness and rider feeling.
Compact Body and Seat Design
The YZ450FX features stylish bodywork from tip to tail, including a large 2.15 US gallon (8.1ltr), mass-centralized fuel tank, the body design is narrow for more comfortable knee grip and control feeling, while the narrower and lower seat gives the rider additional room to move aboard the machine.
Fully adjustable KYB coil spring-type fork with speed sensitive damping provides balance between handling and bump absorption. The linkage type rear suspension features a KYB shock with specially-tuned damping characteristics to match the YZ450FX chassis and woods riding.
270mm Front Brake
Large 270mm front disc brake coupled with aggressive pad material offers outstanding braking performance and machine control, with exceptional stopping power and controllability.
Cross-Country Wheels and Tyres
The YZ450FX features enduro-specific tyres for the ideal balance of traction and durability, complete with an 18-inch rear wheel. Each wheel’s cross-sectional profile is computer-designed to shave valuable weight without sacrificing durability, too.
The YZ450FX includes a range of cross-country specific upgrades compared to the YZ450F motocrosser, including a composite engine guard, sealed O-ring chain, fuel level warning indicator and a folding aluminium kickstand.
Adjustable Handlebar Mounts
The 4-position adjustable handlebar mounts are rubber mounted to improve comfort, reduce handlebar vibration and allow riders to adjust the bar position, while the oversize 1-1/8” handlebar itself is strong but lightweight to centralize overall mass.
Yamaha’s unique embedded graphics are built into the bodywork for extended durability, resisting both peeling and damage.
We’re awaiting news on the 2019 WR models but are expecting to test the 2019 YZ250F next week so stay tuned.
Available: July 2018
More information: yamahamotorsports.com
Jon PearsonEnduro21 Editor and Bike Testerjon.email@example.com