Development input by a range of Aussie enduro riders over the years is one reason the WR450F allegedly continues to outsell its competition. Continual updates based on the equally successful YZ450F MX weapon is another. And for 2021, the WR450F has been fully reworked.



Yamaha say more power and sharper handling are the result. To create an enduro bike with the flexibility to tackle tough trails and win races, the YZ platform has been extensively tested and tuned with enduro specific settings.

Using the 2020 model YZ450F as a starting point, Yamaha’s experienced development team – including Kiwi race team manager and Yamaha legend Josh Coppins – came up with an enduro bike that they claim turns, stops and goes better than ever before. They also state the 2021 WR450F produces bulk power but transmits that power to the ground in a more controllable manner with additional traction at both wheels.

Pricing is set at $15,499 inc GST ride away including 12 months registration, with availability due for December 2020.

Pricing is set at $15,499 inc GST ride away including 12 months registration, with availability due for December 2020.

Sporting a new aluminium bilateral beam frame, the WR450F is claimed to feel lighter, be easier to turn in tight situations and have improved stability both in the bumps and in the air. Yamaha say progressive, smooth KYB suspension continues to absorb big impacts and the braking performance is now improved.

The 2021 WR450F is designed to appeal too anyone, from professional enduro riders to super capable trail riders. The new model comes in the new Team Yamaha Blue colour scheme that echoes its YZ and FX cousins in the ‘VictorYZone’.

Pricing is set at $15,499 inc GST ride away including 12 months registration, with availability due for December 2020.



New colour for 2021
Both the WR450F and WR250F feature the new-look Team Yamaha Blue colour scheme and graphics that feature in other models in the 2021 range. The MY21 WR250F is unchanged from MY20 apart from the new colour and graphics.

Both WR450F and WR250F feature the new-look Team Yamaha Blue colour scheme and graphics for 2021.

Both WR450F and WR250F feature the new-look Team Yamaha Blue colour scheme and graphics for 2021.

2021 WR450F design goals

  • Lighter balance with added manoeuvrability
  • Easier cornering in tight situations
  • Improved front end traction – initial turn-in and line maintenance mid-corner
  • Stronger, more progressive braking
  • Added stability both in bumps and in the air
  • Progressive, smooth suspension action with ability to absorb big impacts
  • Easier to control, progressive power
  • Strong and longer pulling power while maintaining traction
Yamaha say progressive, smooth KYB suspension on the WR450F continues to absorb big impacts.

Yamaha say progressive, smooth KYB suspension on the WR450F continues to absorb big impacts.

2021 WR450F features and benefits

  • New YZ450F based, forward-positioned, straight intake, rearward-inclined cylinder and rear exhaust port engine format for powerful output
  • Smartphone tuning
  • Bar-mounted engine map switch
  • Lightweight electric starter motor
  • Tool-free airbox access
  • Tougher five speed gearbox with model-specific clutch featuring heat-resistant friction plates
  • New controlled fill aluminium bilateral beam frame tuned for enduro
  • Industry leading KYB speed sensitive forks and shock absorber tuned for enduro
  • Lighter, more powerful brakes
  • New compact instrument display with fuel consumption indicator
  • New lighter footpegs
  • Lighter and stronger front axle shaft, top triple clamp, handlebar clamps – from YZ450F
  • Large plastic engine guard
  • Large capacity radiator and cooling fan
  • 18in rear wheel designed for excellent performance in enduro riding and wide tyre choice
  • Four-position adjustable handlebars
  • Sealed chain
  • 7.9-litre plastic fuel tank and compact fuel pump
  • Forged aluminium kickstand sits close to the bike
  • Meets global emissions standards
  • Sold fully ADR compliant and road legal in AUS and comes with free off-road kit for closed course competition use


Australian off-road kit
All WR450Fs come with full ADR compliance and so can be road registered to ride in Australian state forests where permitted. Each bike also comes with a free off-road kit for closed course competition use which includes:

  • Lightweight LED tail light/and licence plate holder
  • High quality braided steel front brake line
  • Competition larger diameter GYTR exhaust muffler outlet
  • Full power/full movement throttle stopper screw
  • YZ air filter holder guide
  • Brake snake rear foot brake protection
  • Wiring connector for rear brake light
  • Barkbuster handguard set
  • Front and rear brake line Banjo bolts
  • Tail light undercover
  • Original side stand bolt
  • Original engine stop switch
  • Original engine start switch
  • Communication Control Unit
  • CCU map switch
  • 5 x 100mm zip ties for speedo sensor line attachment to brake line
All WR450Fs come with full ADR compliance and so can be road registered to ride in Australian state forests

All WR450Fs come with full ADR compliance and so can be road registered to ride in Australian state forests.


2021 Yamaha WR450F Specifications

yamaha-motor.com.au

Price: $15,499R/A
Claimed Power: n/a
Claimed Torque: n/a
Wet Weight: 119kg
Fuel capacity: 7.9L
Colour: Team Yamaha Blue


Engine: Liquid cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve, 97mm x 60.8mm, 450cc, 13.0:1, electric start
Gearbox: Constant mesh 5-speed


Chassis: Aluminium bilateral beam

Suspension: Telescopic fork (f), adjustable link-type (r)

Brakes: 270mm rotor (f), 245mm rotor (r),

Wheels & Tyres: Spoked wheels, 21in (f), 18in (r) , Metzeler Six Days Extreme tyres, 90/90-21 (f), 130/90-18 (r)


Dimensions
Wheelbase: 1,480mm
Seat height: 955mm
Ground clearance: 320mm
Overall width: 825mm
Overall Length: 2,175mm
Overall height: 1,270mm

Instruments: Multifunction display


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