The WR450 is Yamaha’s Wide-Ratio enduro motorcycle, but how does it do as a dual sport? This WR450F has been modified to include turn signals, headlight control, taillight, horn, and GPS, all while running DOT knobbies.
With all the trimmings required for both street and dirt riding, this dual sport is ready to conquer whatever trails you may encounter, and to help get you to and from there. A steering damper will help keep the wobbles down while on the highway, and helps make riding on the trail an absolute breeze. If you’re having problems with rocks grabbing your front tire, consider adding a steering damper.
Properly set up suspension and a well-tuned engine give this bike plenty of power all across the powerband. However, this particular WR was tuned not to have too much off-idle power, which required higher RPM’s for basic riding. This made riding in higher gears difficult in tight terrain, and required frequent downshifts into first gear to make the tighter corners. With a better engine tune and a slightly larger sprocket in back, both of these issues would be resolved.
Overall, I found the WR450 to be an excellent dual sport, and a bike that I would gladly ride to and on the trail.
Outro Song: Terminite – Ascent
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