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2018 Yamaha YZ450F

2018 Yamaha YZ450F
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  • Yamaha YZ450F
  • Year:
    2018
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  • Engine:
    single cylinder
  • Displacement:
    449 cc
  • Price:
    9199
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A Head-To-Tail Revamp For 2018

Yamaha’s once-popular YZ450F has been slipping in the polls of late, a situation the factory seems bound to rectify with this newest version that should propel it back into the top tier in the motocross world along with Honda, KTM, and Husqvarna. The 2018 YZ450F sports updated looks to go with its updated features such as the new engine, wireless engine tuning and improved suspension just to name a few. A teeny-tiny battery and lightweight starter system eliminates the old kicker (and the peasants rejoice!) with a new push-button cold-start feature that helps with starts and warmups. For all intents and purposes, this should be considered an all-new machine, so let’s check out what Yammy has going on over there and see how it stacks up against the other big boys.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha YZ450F.

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2018 Yamaha YZ450F

2018 Yamaha YZ450F

A Head-To-Tail Revamp For 2018

Yamaha’s once-popular YZ450F has been slipping in the polls of late, a situation the factory seems bound to rectify with this newest version that should propel it back into the top tier in the motocross world along with Honda, KTM, and Husqvarna. The 2018 YZ450F sports updated looks to go with its updated features such as the new engine, wireless engine tuning and improved suspension just to name a few. A teeny-tiny battery and lightweight starter system eliminates the old kicker (and the peasants rejoice!) with a new push-button cold-start feature that helps with starts and warmups. For all intents and purposes, this should be considered an all-new machine, so let’s check out what Yammy has going on over there and see how it stacks up against the other big boys.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha YZ450F.

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2016 - 2017 Yamaha YZ450F

2016 - 2017 Yamaha YZ450F

On The Verge Of The Next Generation

When Yamaha redesigned the YZ450F engine back in 2010, it really struck a balance between power and control. The 2015 version carried top-shelf racers such as Weston Peick and Justin Barcia to podium finishes, so there is no denying that the largest of the YZ family is already an accomplished model. Not content to rest on its laurels, the factory introduced a number of improvements for the 2016 model year that carried over into 2017. How does one improve upon success? Let’s take a look and find out.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha YZ450F.

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2015 Yamaha YZ250FX

2015 Yamaha YZ250FX

Yamaha has released its cross-country — a blend of motocross and enduro — bike in the form of the 2015 YZ250FX, making it the only Japanese manufacturer currently making a cross-country model. The concept is lightweight, agile and powerful, with a high-torque engine. Yamaha’s aim was to make a bike that you could take straight from the dealership to race it in club motocross, national enduro series or GNCC racing. It is a bike that will take you as far as your skill level allows.

Continue reading for my review of the 2015 Yamaha YZ250FX.

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2014 Yamaha YZ85

2014 Yamaha YZ85

The 2014 Yamaha YZ85 is a compact off road machine that was carefully developed to represent the perfect learning platform for beginners.

The motorcycle is propelled by a light, liquid-cooled, 85cc, crankcase reed-valve-inducted engine which is linked to a six-speed transmission. The engine is housed by an ultra-rigid, single-backbone, semi-double-cradle frame that delivers a perfect mix between lightness and rigidity.

To be able to tackle the tough terrains without baking down, the motorcycle needed a set of capable suspensions. Therefore, the 2014 Yamaha YZ85 is equipped with fully adjustable suspensions that allow a wide range of adjustments according to the terrain and the rider’s skills.

It is also worthy of being mentioned that the motorcycle rides on lightweight 17-inch front and 14-inch rear rims which are shod in Dunlop knobby tires. The wheels are combined with 220mm front disc and 190mm rear disc brakes that come with stainless steel rotors.

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2014 Yamaha YZ450F

2014 Yamaha YZ450F

The Yamaha YZ450F has received a complete makeover for 2014. The new motorcycle comes with a long list of style and technical upgrades which make it better, lighter and stronger than the previous generation.

One of the most important upgrades made to the Yamaha YZ450F is the all-new aluminum Bilateral Beam frame that is rigid enough to offer a stable ride but also light enough to not feel heavy during high jumps.

The motorcycle’s handling is also enhanced by the reworked suspensions and the new steering head pipe position which was moved 10mm closer to the rider.

However, the big news here is the new EFI, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-stroke, 449.7cc engine. The 2014 unit features revised piston, intake and exhaust valves, ports, valve mechanism, ignition timing, and fuel injection mapping so you can expect to first class performances throughout the power band.

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2014 Yamaha YZ250F

2014 Yamaha YZ250F

Yamaha has totally redesigned the YZ250F model for 2014. The new motorcycle comes with a comprehensive list of upgrades and raises the bar higher in terms of handling and power.

The most important upgrade is represented by the all-new new EFI, Liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke; 4 titanium valves engine which sends its power to the ground through a constant-mesh 5-speed transmission with multiplate wet clutch. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the transmission and the shift mechanism are also new and focus on reducing drive-force loss during gear changes.

The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a newly designed aluminum Bilateral Beam frame which further enhances the handling and maneuverability.

To be able to tackle any terrain without baking down, the Yamaha YZ250F is fitted with front 80/100-21 Bridgestone M404-A and rear 100/90-19 Bridgestone M403 tires.

The stopping power is assured by front and rear hydraulic single disc brakes (250 mm and 245 mm respectively).

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2014 Yamaha YZ250

2014 Yamaha YZ250

Meet the 2014 Yamaha – an agile motocross motorcycle aimed at dirt-riding lovers. One of the main concerns of Yamaha’s engineers before designing the YZ250 was to make it as light as possible. Therefore there is no wonder why the end result is so impressive, as the motorcycle’s wet weight is rated at only 227 lb.

To achieve this low weight Yamaha fitted the YZ250 with a light aluminum frame and swingarm which also play an important role in keeping the bike’s handling performances at a high level.

Besides the light frame, the bike is also equipped with similarly light 21-inch front and 19-inch rear Excel rims shod in rugged 80/100-21-51M front and 110/90-19-62M rear tyres.

The motorcycle’s center piece is a liquid-cooled 2-stroke; reed-valve inducted, 249 cc engine which is mated on a constant mesh transmission with wet, multiplate clutch.

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2013 Yamaha YZ125

2013 Yamaha YZ125

The Yamaha YZ125 rewards its rider with a tasty mix of power and agility which help you deal effortless with a wide range of terrains.

In terms of comfort, the Yamaha YZ125 features an ergonomically designed seat, a well made handlebar and an nonintrusive fuel tank. You won’t have any complains about the wide folding titanium foot pegs which are lightweight and offer a proper grip.

The bike is boosts a compact 124cc reed-valve-inducted two-stroke engine that is capable of producing a high power-to-weight ratio. Moreover, the reed-valve spacer on the bike enhances acceleration across the entire powerband. The bike is also fitted with the YPVS power-valve along with the six-speed, close-ratio transmission and Digital CDI ignition system.

The stopping power is assuared by YZ250F-style front-brake caliper and wave-style front and rear discs.

All components are mounted on a superior aluminum frame which is paired with a modern swingarm and a speed-sensitive 48mm KYB fork.

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2013 Yamaha YZ85

2013 Yamaha YZ85

When it comes to dirt bikes, Yamaha is one of the most appreciated manufacturers. Its models are packed with the latest technologies, boost capable engines and also offer first class performances and agility.

The Yamaha YZ85 makes no exception and its sporty nature is highly appreciated by the motocross lovers. The motorcycle rides on a lightweight 36mm KYB inverted cartridge fork featuring 10.8 inches of travel along with the rear suspension that features fully adjustable Kayaba link-type shock with 11.1 inches of travel.

The 2013 Yamaha YZ85 has been fitted with an 85cc liquid-cooled, crankcase reed-valve-inducted, two-stroke engine that inhales through a 28mm Keihin flat-slide carburetor, providing flawless throttle response across the powerband.

The engine is combined with the Digital CDI ignition system which releases more exact spark and monitors engine speed to make sure optimal timing for faster, stronger response during hard acceleration.

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2013 Yamaha YZ450F

2013 Yamaha YZ450F

After the radical makeover received in 2010 the Yamaha YZ450F continued to receive small upgrades which help it remain on the same line with its rivals. The year 2012 brings a series of small upgrades as well. The most significant modifications were made to improve the ride, smoothen the gearbox and to give the engine a better response.

To help the bike absorb bumps easier, Yamaha gave it a new set of valves which help the suspension to deal easier with the difficult parts of the track thus transferring fewer vibrations to the saddle.

The engine’s modifications were kept to minimum and the unit received a more rigid shift fork to improve the transition between second and third gears. There were also made a few tweaks to make the throttle smoother and to increase its response in the low-mid range.

The engine is mounted on an aluminum double “S” bend Bilateral Beam frame which is perfectly suited for off road driving.

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2013 Yamaha YZ250F

2013 Yamaha YZ250F

After has spent a lot of time on muddy tracks and harsh terrains, the old Yamaha YZ250 was blessed with a complete upgrade in 2010. The bike entered in 2011 without any changes, but the year 2012 has brought a new series of upgrades which help it remain at par with its rivals.

The YZ250F is one of the best looking small bore bikes in its class and we’re glad to see that Yamaha decided to keep the overall designed unchanged. Most of the upgrades were to the engine, frame and chassis, so all the action took place under the skin. Thanks to the new tweaks, the engine’s power was increased in the upper rev range. On the other hand, the upper frame rails have been changed from a two-box section to a three-box section to control flex, while the cast swingarm section and the engine brackets were also modified.

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2013 Yamaha YZ250

2013 Yamaha YZ250

All dirt bikes have a special aura which makes them slightly different than the rest of their siblings. One of their secrets is their perfect balance between comfort, practicality and performance, three ingredients that will always guarantee a fun riding experience.

One of the best bikes in this class is the Yamaha YZ250, designed to make you adrenaline levels explode every time you jump on the saddle.

The YZ250 is powered by a 249cc liquid-cooled reed-valve-inducted two-stroke engine which features special-design carbon fiber reed-valve petals for a sharper throttle response. The engine is mated on a five-speed, close-ratio transmission with heavy-duty, multiplate clutch. You can bring the bike to halt with the help of the front-brake caliper and wave-style front and rear discs.

The YZ250’s backbone is an advanced, lightweight aluminum frame which offers superior handling abilities. To reduce weight even more the removable aluminum rear subframe is constructed of square-section tubing.

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2011 Yamaha YZ125

2011 Yamaha YZ125

Super light weight, instantaneous power, less expensive to maintain, and reduced noise. We can run off more things to describe the new Yamaha YZ125, but we get the feeling that you already get the point.

With the advent of all those four-stroke bikes proliferating the market these days, it would seem like an easy thing to do to just let the two-stroke models wash away into the ocean, but not Yamaha. Always known for putting customer preferences to heart, the Japanese bikemaker has brought new life to the two-stroke YZ line-up with the introduction of the new YZ125.

The YZ125 features class-leading power flowing from a liquid-cooled, 124cc crankcase-reed-valve-inducted two-stroke engine that feeds through a close-ratio six-speed transmission for outstanding acceleration. Corner-exiting power and state-of-the-art handling capabilities comes courtesy of an advanced aluminum frame and swingarm, making he YZ125 about as good a two-stroke bike as you’ll find in the market these days.

The fact that it’s stamped with a Yamaha logo only adds more appeal and comfort.

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2011 Yamaha YZ250

2011 Yamaha YZ250

The Yamaha YZ250 is a legend in the world of two-stroke bikes and for all of its years in the sun, the model still doesn’t fail to impress.

In a nutshell, it’s still considered as one of the best bikes in its class and for good reason. It comes as a more palatable 2-stroke with plenty of features derived from its more powerful 4-stroke counterparts. It’s got one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any bike in its class, thanks in large part to a light aluminum frame housing a patented YPVS Power valve-equipped engine. Plus, its a lot cheaper to maintain than most bikes in Yamaha’s fold.

On top of that end, it features the same Yamaha-inspired design that has long been a trademark of the YZ family. Carrying a distinct style to go with top-of-the-heap performance isn’t an easy thing to do in the motorcycle industry.

Very few models have achieved such acclaim and to Yamaha’s credit, one of those models regarded as such is the YZ250, one of the truest two-stroke bike the market has to offer.

Find out more about the Yamaha YZ250 after the jump.

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2011 Yamaha YZ85

2011 Yamaha YZ85

Competitions are always meant to be won; that’s been the onus for everybody who has ever laced up a pair of racing shoes to compete in off-road motorcycle racing.

So when you’ve decided that you’re 100% serious about winning off-road bike races, there’s only one company that you look for to satisfy your lust for competition: Yamaha.

Built on a history that includes championships in motocross and enduro races, Yamaha offers the most competitive engine and chassis packages, plus class-leading technologies and legendary build quality.

Part of Yamaha’s championship DNA is building bikes for all types of people, even for the young 9 to 14-year old kids that want to start breaking into the scene. For this particular instance, that bike is the YZ85, born from the company’s award-winning YZ competition bikes.

The YZ85 is the ideal bike for the up-and-comers of the scene. It’s got tremendous performance capabilities mixed in with superior handling to allow even the greenest of drivers to warm up to the bike in no time.

Find out more about the Yamaha YZ85 after the jump.

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Yamaha YZR-M1 WGP 50th Anniversary Edition

Yamaha YZR-M1 WGP 50th Anniversary Edition

Yahama has been around GP racing for the past 50 years and to commemorate this silver anniversary, the Japanese motorcycle maker will be unveiling a special livery for the YZR-M1 motorbike. Likewise, this special livery will also dress up the brand’s MotoGP racebikes at Assen TT and Laguna Seca.

As for what you need to look out for with the bike, the “YZR-M1 WGP50th Anniversary Edition” livery will come in a unique red and white paint scheme that celebrates the two-tone livery of the Yamaha Factory Racing team. There’s also a special 50th anniversary logo that will be used by the team this season. This logo will be displayed on the fuel tank of the 2011 YZR-M1 bike, as well as on the uniforms of all the members of the Yamaha Factory Racing Team, and team riders Jorge Lorenzo, the reigning MotoGP World Champion and 2010 Rookie of the Year Ben Spies.

The bike will make its official debut at a special event on June 22, 2011 where it will be broken in by no less than Lorenzo and Spies themselves. That event is still a little over a month away so in the meantime, you can check out photos and a video of the special edition bike.

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2010 Yamaha YZ250F

2010 Yamaha YZ250F

Yamaha may not raise the stakes in the 250cc motocross/supercross class with their 2010 YZ250F model, but the bike does come with a new, more compact "Bilateral Beam" frame and KYB suspension that allow the rider to control it easier. Also, the engine now features modified valves, is being fed through an upgraded carburetor and breaths through a revised exhaust with “D” shaped exhaust port. All the modifications translate into more low-to-mid rpm power, which is precisely what the rider needs during motocross races. We have put together an article based on Yamaha’s press release, so hit the jump to read it.

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2010 Yamaha YZ450F

2010 Yamaha YZ450F

In 2010, Yamaha plans to rule all competitions involving 450cc dirt bikes with their entirely redesigned YZ450F model. This is a bike that with ingenious engineering solves a big problem for all bikes in its category – space. It features a reversed cylinder engine allowing the entire reorganization of the engine bay and it is all mounted on a completely new, lighter frame. The rest is just a matter of finesse and it is all covered in the following article.

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Yamaha YZ450 custom turns to café racing

Yamaha YZ450 custom turns to café racing

The Yamaha YZ450 is one of the best motocross bikes now around and little did we knew it can be adapted to a whole lot of riding conditions and even be turned into a 60’s style café racer if someone’s got the energy to undergo the demanding process of making a fact out of an innovative idea such as the oil-in-frame, just to give an example. The bike also features drilled engine plates and underseat pipe, but you’ll only notice that if you’re interested enough to look beyond the sleek fairing.

It is too bad we don’t have more information about this unique combination of style called YZ450 café racer as it was surely a bright idea and an exciting project.

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2010 Yamaha YZ85

2010 Yamaha YZ85

Yamaha’s 2010 YZ85 stands out as one of the best means to power you from mini bikes to the real think. Even though it still is an evolutionary step in an ambitious rider’s career, this is the bike on which the first racing skills are being developed and that’s all that matters sometimes.

A smaller replica of the YZ250 and YZ125, the revised two-stroke model is sure to be a great success because no matter what you’ll do, it doesn’t manage to stay behind even if you play around with palls on bigger, but not smokier rides.

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2010 Yamaha YZ125

2010 Yamaha YZ125

Designing a dirt bike is never easy, but it seems that Yamaha has got the perfect recipe as it pulls it through, managing to release better performing competition bikes with each year that passes. For 2010, the YZ125 carries on further perfecting its already great features such as the engine and chassis. Even though not the most important model year because the bike was great from the very beginning, it does catch our attention once again and that is never a bad thing.

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2010 Yamaha YZ250

2010 Yamaha YZ250

Looking for a quarter-liter two-stroke dirt bike? Well, find out that the YZ250 is one of the most appreciated models in Yamaha’s 2010 motocross lineup not only for being designed to win with its YPVS Power valve-equipped two-stroke engine claimed to perform better than any previous generation, but because two-stroke motors are a very rare breed nowadays. Still present, this one is housed in a light aluminum frame, which allows it to turn the machine into an even greater blast out on the track, especially now that it is being fitted with ProTaper aluminum handlebars and Excel rims.

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James Stewart about the 2010 Yamaha YZ450F

James Stewart about the 2010 Yamaha YZ450F

Given the fact that the motorcycle press has long shown the reverse-cylinder 2010 Yamaha YZ450F and, implicit, destroyed the maker’s element of surprise regarding this model, Yamaha has come up with a video showing James Steward as the inside man answering to ridiculous rumors heard by Yamaha employees, including Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi and James Toseland.

The video is supposed to create some buzz about this new model and to announce the launch date – September 8th.

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2010 Yamaha YZ250F explained

Yamaha has released a video explaining the modifications done to their quarter-liter motocrosser of latest generation, the YZ250F. The bike now features a bilateral beam frame, while the engine now benefits of new valve train, carburetor and exhaust.

Overall, the new 2010 Yamaha YZ250F is supposed to offer a new riding position, handle sharper and deliver a more power with less noise. Sounds tempting to me!

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Inspiring Yamaha Dirt Bikes video ad

This may not be the latest commercial that Yamaha made for their dirt bike lineup, but it sure is the most inspiring seen yet. Looking at it, most riders feel like gearing up and hitting the dirt on whatever model they got and that’s precisely what I’m planning to do now.

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Reverse-cylinder 2010 Yamaha YZ450F revealed in spy shot

Reverse-cylinder 2010 Yamaha YZ450F revealed in spy shot

Those who were wondering what more could there be changed at Yamaha motocross bikes in order to improve performance are most likely to receive their answer with a single look at this spy picture of the 2010 Yamaha YZ450F reverse-cylinder.

This Powerpoint rendering shows how the new construction method allows the bottom end of the engine to move forward in the chassis, improving weight distribution and enhancing handling. This way, the exhaust pipe has a straight path towards the silencer and doesn’t need to be taken in consideration when doing the math for the front wheel clearance and also the inlet tract can be simply redesigned to go straight from the fuel injector to the combustion chamber. It even makes us wonder why Yamaha didn’t consider this possibility for the YZ450F so far.

Yamaha is supposed to unveil the completely new dirt bike within the next months and we reckon that it will blow away the competition.

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Extreme Motocross

Extreme Motocross

The 2009 MX Championship has already started getting riders, motorcycles and their crews in trouble. These are by far the coolest pictures we’ve come across yet and by the small unstained blue on the front fender, we can confidently say that we’re dealing with a Yamaha dirt bike.

Apparently, as the bikes become better performing, organizers make sure that tracks are even harder to race on and that’s what the audience loves about motocross racing.

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2009 Yamaha YZ450F

2009 Yamaha YZ450F

New year’s YZ450F intends on taking even further the levels of performance and sweetness that come together with the Yamaha name so it brings up a range of small, but decisive refinements concerning especially handing and style. This might be exactly the bike you’ve been craving for as Yamaha ruled the AMA Motocross Championship last year.

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2009 Yamaha YZ 450F Team Replica

2009 Yamaha YZ 450F Team Replica

Yamaha has just launched the Team Replica of the new YZ 450F, a notorious MX1 motorcycle in which’s seat David Philippaerts won the World Championship only a month ago.

This limited edition celebration model is destined to European motocross fans looking for a new kind of experience on a dirt bike. In order for their requirements to be accomplished, Yamaha Monster Motocross Team has teamed up with Yamaha Racing, the new model ending up featuring upgraded frame and motor compared to the simple version of this bike.

There are also many carbon fiber pieces which reduce the overall weight and also give a clue on this bike’s performance capabilities. The Kawasaki-like graphics stand as a reminder of actual race version and make the 2009 Yamaha YZF 450F Team Replica even more special.

Yamaha plans on making only 100 such bikes for the European market, something that makes them even more craved for.

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Yamaha introduces the 2009 Motocross and Off-road models

Yamaha introduces the 2009 Motocross and Off-road models

Yamaha has just launched the new YZ, WR and TT-R lineups so all of you motocross and off-road enthusiasts ca already start digging for information on the model you’re interested most.

As you can expect, refinements brought the improvement of performance, steering, and the dirt spreaders became even lighter compared with 2008 so you will be seeing more and more previews of these models on our website. Stay tuned!

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Langston and Reed sweep U.S. Open Invitational

Langston and Reed sweep U.S. Open Invitational

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Grant Langston won his first U.S. Open invitational title in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday evening, October 13, while L&M Racing’s Chad Reed came in a close second. The huge results for both 2008 YZ450F riders is especially encouraging with the ’08 World and AMA Supercross seasons just around the corner. For his overall win, Langston collected an impressive $100,000 and earned a key strategic advantage – a heap of well-deserved confidence – before the beginning of the (...)

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2002 - 2008 Yamaha YZ85

2002 - 2008 Yamaha YZ85

The real fun begins when play time is over. Yamaha YZ85 remains the mini of choice for young riders who are ready to get serious about motocross.

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2008 Yamaha YZ125

2008 Yamaha YZ125

Lighter is better.
Now even lighter-new refinements along with an aluminum frame housing an amazingly compact engine results in the consummate combination of power and lightness no other 125 can match.

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2008 Yamaha YZ250

2008 Yamaha YZ250

Pure, unadulterated two stroke genius.

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2008 Yamaha YZ250F

2008 Yamaha YZ250F

Blitz faster, scrub flatter and dive deeper.
Now more than ever, you’re looking at the most highly refined, sweetest-handling, easiest-to-ride quarter-liter motocrosser money can buy.

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2008 Yamaha YZ450F

2008 Yamaha YZ450F

The most powerful, most flickable 450 ever.

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2007 Yamaha YZ250

2007 Yamaha YZ250

The only choice for racing. When you’re talking two-stroke 250 performance, the choice is clear: YZ250.

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2007 Yamaha YZ450F

2007 Yamaha YZ450F

The best keeps getting better.

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