2012 wr450



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  • BoiseBee

Posted November 24, 2012 - 03:10 PM


I'm not 100% sure, but I believe the new WR450 just won the Roof of Africa Extreme race last week. A 16 year old kid whooped Jarvis, Letti, Birch etc.. on a 450. That is the first major win I've noticed for the 12 WR450.


Wade Young rides a YZ250B. But a great win none the less!

  • Bandit9

Posted November 24, 2012 - 04:12 PM


Wade Young rides a YZ250B. But a great win none the less!



  • Bandit9

Posted November 24, 2012 - 04:13 PM


Sure looked like a 450 to me. How do you know?

  • Bandit9

Posted November 24, 2012 - 04:17 PM


http://www.enduro21....-roof-of-africa

  • BoiseBee

Posted November 24, 2012 - 07:45 PM


Sure looked like a 450 to me. How do you know?


The Yamaha-Africa facebook page said he was riding a YZ250B (2 stroke), but the FIM-AFRICA website lists clearly in his rider profile that he rides a YZ250F. If you look at the top of the page above his profile, you can see he races in the Enduro 1 class on a Yamaha 250/4 (250cc/4 stroke).

http://www.fim-africa.com/isde-team-sa


Here is the rider list from the actual Roof of Africa race, which also shows he was in the 250 class. Just click on the "Entry List" tab.

http://www.roofofafrica.org.ls/

Edited by BoiseBee, November 24, 2012 - 08:01 PM.


  • Bandit9

Posted November 25, 2012 - 07:01 AM


Oh well, still cool that Yamaha won.

  • BoiseBee

Posted November 25, 2012 - 01:54 PM


Oh well, still cool that Yamaha won.


No doubt!

I'm looking forward to seeing how the Yamalube Active 8 team does this year in the Australian AORC series on the new WR 450's

  • Navaho6

Posted November 28, 2012 - 05:07 PM


Nice footage of Matt Phillips on the WR -

  • Lumberjack450

Posted December 13, 2012 - 05:48 PM


Anyone know where I can find a shorty clutch lever for the 12? I really want one so that I can use my fancy on the fly adjuster with my probends... plus I only use 2 fingers anyways and I'd rather not just cut the stock lever.

  • Dave WR450

Posted December 17, 2012 - 03:59 PM


[color=#000000]I had to get a short clutch lever for my Cycra hand guards to fit, Moose Racing PN 0613-0034.[/color][color=#000000]It is for 03-07 but fit my 12 and works great.[/color]

Edited by Dave WR450, December 17, 2012 - 04:01 PM.


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  • supermega1

Posted December 17, 2012 - 04:45 PM


[color=#000000]I had to get a short clutch lever for my Cycra hand guards to fit[/color]

Had the same issue with my Cycra's when I bought them. I put the spacer kit on it and now have no problem what so ever.

http://store.cycrara...yspacerkit.html

Edited by supermega1, December 17, 2012 - 04:45 PM.


  • huero

Posted January 08, 2013 - 02:05 PM


Yes, I had the forks reworked also:

Spring: .50kg
Preload: +3mm
Oil/Height: MX5 - 375cc
Compression: 16
Rebound: 18


Hey Boise,
Where do you get the springs? Or, I guess what I want to know is if racetech springs for the 2010-11 yz450 fit the 2012 wr450. I called racetech today and they are not sure. They have yet to have a 2012 in to check. I suspect that the springs at both ends are the same.

Thanks
Huero

  • BoiseBee

Posted January 08, 2013 - 07:57 PM


Hey Boise,
Where do you get the springs? Or, I guess what I want to know is if racetech springs for the 2010-11 yz450 fit the 2012 wr450. I called racetech today and they are not sure. They have yet to have a 2012 in to check. I suspect that the springs at both ends are the same.

Thanks
Huero


I got my suspension re-sprung and re-valved at TBT racing. I would give them a call and see if you can buy the springs direct from them. Those dudes know these Yamaha's.

http://www.tbtracing.com/

  • JDLowrance

Posted January 08, 2013 - 08:51 PM


I just got my 0.54kg/mm springs from RaceTech. Talk to Tony in service...he'll hook you up. It's the same springs used in the 06-09 YZ450F. I know this as I had some 0.50kg/mm springs laying around from my -08 YZ450F and they matched up dimensionally with the stock springs and fit right in.

Edited by JDLowrance, January 08, 2013 - 08:52 PM.


  • huero

Posted January 09, 2013 - 07:33 AM


Thanks Boise

  • huero

Posted January 09, 2013 - 12:58 PM


I just got my 0.54kg/mm springs from RaceTech. Talk to Tony in service...he'll hook you up. It's the same springs used in the 06-09 YZ450F. I know this as I had some 0.50kg/mm springs laying around from my -08 YZ450F and they matched up dimensionally with the stock springs and fit right in.



JD,
Thanks for the heads up. I will call them back. That's exactly what I needed to know.
Thanks again,
Huero

  • RMXGus

Posted January 10, 2013 - 11:12 PM


Gday guys, thought id throw in my own review of the 2012 WR450 as i recently had half a days riding on one.
I'll try to make it brief.
Pros (for me) :
1) The engine. I liked it. The fuel injection was a good step forward. Felt strong mid to top, bottom wasnt as pokey as my RMX, but it was not lacking power. Big improvement.
2) Brakes were good. Good feel, not over the bars Brembo power, but i like a little forgiveness in my brakes, so for me they were nice, and once again, not lacking stopping power.
Cons (for me)
1) Erganomics... The bike was not comfortable for me (5Ft,11) reguarding peg height, bar height and bar positioning at all. And also made seat height feel wrong. This was my biggest issue with the bike, and has a massive impact on my riding.
2) Suspension. Felt like a lounge chair. Which would be good for casual riding, but nothing else.
3) Front end stability. Not sure why it shook and kicked so hard, maybe rake? Im not sure, but not good on the very rocky terrain we were riding.
One good thing is most of what i didnt like could be changed to improve. So if you have your heart set on this bike and are prepared to spend it could end up right for you.
Should also mention all my comparisons come from the 2011 RMX which im currently riding.
Thanks gus, hope ive added a little perspective :)

  • supermega1

Posted January 11, 2013 - 08:20 AM


3) Front end stability. Not sure why it shook and kicked so hard, maybe rake? Im not sure, but not good on the very rocky terrain we were riding.


I noticed a lot of twitchy-ness in the front where it felt like it was wanting to go all over the place and you kinda had to fight it.

Switched the front tire out to a Maxxis Desert IT and it completely changed the feel on the front end. It lost all of that twitch.

Not sure if this is comparable to what you experienced but I know that switch made a world of difference.

  • Bandit9

Posted January 11, 2013 - 01:23 PM


WR450 twitchy?????? They are known for their stability. They are one of the most front end stable bikes out there. I would venture to say someone has set up issues or way too soft springs.

  • Lumberjack450

Posted January 11, 2013 - 03:27 PM


WR450 twitchy?????? They are known for their stability. They are one of the most front end stable bikes out there. I would venture to say someone has set up issues or way too soft springs.


I have to agree with you... I've never experienced head shake ever on this bike.

This is also the best front-steering bike I've ever ridden. I've had had multiple comments about how it feels like "it's on rails" ! Especially once I got rid of that mx51!




 
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