Yamaha Announces the 2024 WR450F
Yamaha has officially unveiled the 2024 WR450F, a new model for the upcoming year. This fast enduro bike shares similarities with the current YZ450F motocross model but has its own unique features tailored to meet the needs of enduro riders.
Engine and Performance
The 2024 Yamaha WR450F is equipped with the same engine as the current YZ450F. However, it boasts several new internal components, including 39-millimeter intake valves, a new piston, connecting rod, and bearings. The engine has been optimized for both lightness and strength, resulting in a weight reduction of 2.4 pounds compared to the previous version. Yamaha has also fine-tuned the engine control unit (ECU) to provide excellent performance at different speeds.
Clutch and Handling
In addition to the new engine, the 2024 WR450F features a more compact clutch. Yamaha has optimized it to offer a lighter feel during operation and a more precise engagement point. The bike's center of gravity has been lowered by moving the head pipe joint on the frame, enhancing its handling capabilities. The frame design takes into account both rigidity and flexibility, while the compact fuel tank and shortened muffler contribute to better mass centralization.
Suspension and Weight Reduction
The 2024 Yamaha WR450F is equipped with an entirely new KYB suspension system. It provides 11.8 inches of suspension travel in the front and 12 inches in the rear, with adjustable compression damping on the fork. Yamaha has focused on reducing weight and centralizing mass in various components, including the rear wheel hub, rear brake system, lithium-ion battery, and other parts. Overall, the bike is four pounds lighter than its predecessor.
The 2024 WR450F introduces several new features, such as an improved airflow management system with narrower shrouds, a flatter seat with rounded edges for easier rider movement, a new skid plate, updated left-hand controls, a new multifunction meter, a redesigned rear fender, and more durable fork seals.
Pricing and Availability
The 2024 WR450F will be available at Yamaha dealerships in the US starting in November 2023, with a suggested retail price of $10,199. It comes in the Team Yamaha Blue color. Yamaha is also releasing the unchanged WR250F for the 2024 model year, which will also be available in November 2023 at an MSRP of $8,999.