2006 Yamaha YZ450F

Key Features:

  • An all-new light and strong aluminum frame repositions the engine for great mass centralization and fantastic handling.
  • A special 50th anniversary model and sharp, new styling keeps the YZ450F at the front of the pack in the looks department, too.
  • New, five-speed gearbox squeezes even more performance from the mighty five-titanium-valved 450.
  • Upgraded suspension components at both ends, including a titanium shock spring which provide great handling and ride comfort.
  • Trick new bits include a light, strong ProTaper aluminum handlebar in adjustable clamps and a trick new exhaust system.

New for 2006: 

  • New, close-ratio five-speed transmission provides more performance in a wider range of riding environments.
  • All-new aluminum frame is an extensively tested combination of castings, extrusions, forgings and aluminum tubing — all carefully put together to produce a chassis that takes legendary YZ handling to the next level.
  • Speed-Sensitive System 48mm Kayaba fork move the TCV (transfer control valves) above the fork springs, so that damping force is now controlled by piston speed; that prevents mid-stroke damping force changes, for a smoother, more precise ride.
  • Titanium-sprung four-way adjustable rear shock rod diameter is 2mm bigger. New, Kashima coating reduces friction for fantastic compliance and great handling.
  • Carburetion and exhaust changes let the 449cc four-stroke breathe free for even greater power production.
  • Changing the cylinder head angle and moving the dry sump oil tank inside the front of the crankcase improves overall balance and handling and eliminates external oil lines.
  • Redesigned piston, crankshaft and connecting rod for increased performance and durability. An oil jet now directs oil at the piston bottom for increased cooling.


  • 449cc five-valve DOHC liquid-cooled beast is still the most powerful thing in 250-Class MX.
  • 39mm Keihin FCR flat-slide carburetor with throttle position sensor (TPS) and leak jet delivers precise fuel/air mixture and instant throttle response.
  • Revised CDI ignition keeps that amazingly broad and deep powerband hard-hitting, yet controllable.
  • Lightweight, titanium valves and load-reduced springs are super light, minimizing reciprocating mass for fast-revving, hard-hitting power delivery across the rev range.
  • Additional weight-saving engine features include: small-design cam chain tensioner and oil pump, aluminum oil hose, all-titanium exhaust header, flange, bracket and heat shield and light CDI ignition unit.
  • Primary kickstarting with automatic decompression and convenient handlebar-mounted hot start lever ensures easy restarts. A new kickstart lever provides efficient starting, hot or cold.
  • Kick pinion gear is separate from the primary driven gear for smoother clutch engagement.
  • Large-capacity radiator provides outstanding cooling efficiency.


  • More weight savings come via two-piece (part aluminum, part plastic) engine protector plates and thin-walled engine guard construction.
  • Removable aluminum rear subframe constructed of square-section pipe for light weight and easy maintenance.
  • Lightweight front wheel hub for reduced unsprung weight and increased durability.
  • Lightweight front and rear brake calipers with aluminum pistons and anti-bubble front master cylinder, 250mm front and 245mm rears discs, deliver strong stopping power with progressive feel.
  • Premium Dunlop knobbies provide unbeatable, competition-spec traction and great wear.
  • Lightweight 21-inch front and 19-inch rear Excel rims are exceptionally durable and reduce unsprung weight.

Additional Features:

  • “Gripper” style seat cover offers excellent feel and control.
  • Wide, cleated, folding titanium footpegs are light, strong, and provide excellent comfort, grip and ground clearance.
  • Trick, works-style clutch lever features oversize barrel adjuster for easy, on-the-fly adjustability of lever/cable play.
  • Cleated rear brake lever and folding shift lever tip offer superb grip and excellent durability.
  • Repackable exhaust silencer.
  • Durable, comfortable handlebar grips.
  • Stainless steel clutch cable for longer life.

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