While this may sound a bit harsh, the redesign made by Yamaha to their line of YZF motorcycles in 2014 was much needed. A dreaded stigma of poor handling was attached to their premier machine, the YZ450F, and nothing but an overhaul would wipe the idea from the public’s mind. Determined to stick with the “reverse-mounted” engine, they repositioned many components to put more weight on the front-end of the machine, centralized the mass even more, and refined the power output to make it a leader in the class.
The changes made have had a direct reaction on the track, and it seems like there are more blue bikes on the track now than we’ve seen in years past. With such a solid base, the Japanese brand decided that only minor refinements were necessary for the 2015 model year and their efforts were directed at making the bike even more user friendly. Updated suspension settings to the Kayaba components make for a smoother ride, while small touches like Dzus fasteners on the airbox make maintenance less of a chore. For a complete list of all the changes, click here.
Just as August came to an end, we took delivery of our 2015 Yamaha YZ450F and headed straight to Cahuilla Creek MX to see if the changes made the bike better. The Anza, California, track features a traditional layout over the property’s rolling hills and was a perfect spot to test the updates…
2015 Yamaha YZ450F | First Impression