All-new WR450F: Increased power, sharper handling and stronger braking
Lighter, more powerful and compact new 450cc engine
The current WR450F engine is already renowned for its wide band of enormous power and outstanding torque that deliver impressive performance in a wide variety of riding conditions.
In order to be able to achieve even stronger and more controllable power across the rev range, Yamaha's engineers have developed the all-new WR450F powerplant, based on the latest high performance YZ450F motocross engine, that is significantly lighter and more compact. Yamaha have made a number of key technical adjustments to suit the different requirements of the enduro rider, including model-specific intake and exhaust systems, as well as optimised fuel injection and ignition maps for the ECU that help to deliver more useable and controllable power together with strong topend performance.
New cylinder head and piston design
The 2021 WR450F engine features a new lighter cylinder head and new piston design that gives an increased compression ratio – up from 12.8:1 on the 2020 WR450F to 13.0:1 on the new model. With its long and straight front-facing inlet, the WR450F's reverse cylinder head offers outstanding efficiency, and for 2021 the intake port shape is revised and the intake and exhaust valve angles are changed from 21.5 degrees to 14.5 degrees to create a more concave combustion chamber for enhanced combustion efficiency and stronger power across the rpm range.
The new cylinder head is equipped with a large number of magnesium components that contribute towards a 310g weight saving, and features relocated camshafts that are positioned closer to each other – while the vertical distance between the camshafts and the crankshaft is also reduced to give a much more compact layout. The combination of lower weight and reduced dimensions achieves enhanced mass centralisation, and this contributes significantly towards the new model's lighter feeling and increased agility when cornering – making the 2021 WR450F one of the easiest-handling large-capacity enduro models.
Yamaha Power Tuner for easy smartphone tuning
In 2019 the WR450F pioneered the use of advanced digital technology when it became the first enduro bike to feature onboard connectivity that enabled remote wireless tuning via a smartphone. The all new2021 model continues to lead the field with its Yamaha Power Tuner that enables riders and mechanics to quickly and easily adjust the fuel/air mix and ignition timing mapping so that the bike can be set up to suit different circuit and weather conditions.
After downloading the free Power Tuner app for IOS or Android devices it's possible to fine tune the bike's engine character via a smartphone, enabling WR450F owners to achieve optimal performance to suit fast MX tests as well as tricky technical terrain. Riders can also access and record a range of data, including system diagnosis, engine run time and more, making the Power Tuner an indispensable part of any toolkit!
Handlebar-mounted adjustable mapping switch
The 2021 model is equipped with a handlebar-mounted mapping switch that enables the rider to select one of two maps while riding. By switching between maps the rider can select the best engine power character to suit changing weather conditions or terrain variations, making the WR450F more adaptable and controllable wherever it goes.
Compact electric starter
The new high-performance 450cc engine comes with a compact and lightweight electric starter that enables the rider to get moving quickly and effortlessly. Which is particularly useful when starting on a hill or when riding across a steep gradient.
Advanced fuel injection system
The 2021 WR450F is equipped with a highly-advanced fuel injection system that has been successfully used on the latest YZ450F motocross bike. The reverse cylinder head feeds cool and fresh air via a front-facing straight inlet into the latest Mikuni® fuel injection system. Equipped with a 44mm throttle body and a high pressure electric pump, this fuel injection system delivers the atomized fuel/air mix into the compact new high compression cylinder head for excellent running performance at all engine speeds.
High efficiency angled radiators
Tougher wide ratio 5-speed transmission
Mass-centralised wraparound exhaust
By keeping all of the major components located close to the machine's centre, the WR450F's compact new lightweight reverse cylinder head engine achieves excellent mass centralisation, and this plays a crucial role in contributing towards the bike's lightweight and agile handling. Fitted with an endure specific muffler, the wraparound exhaust is a perfect example of how Yamaha's engineers are able to keep weight close to the bike's centre and achieve increased power and control.
New lighter aluminium frame for sharper handling
The 2021 WR450F features an all-new lightweight aluminium bilateral beam frame that is manufactured using the same controlled fill technology as the flagship YZ450F motocross machine. To suit the different requirements of enduro riders the frame's rigidity balance has been retuned by using thinner main spars together with thinner bottom tubes. In addition the shape and the bolt tightening stiffness for the front and rear engine mount brackets is also modified to give improved feedback over bumps and an enhanced feeling of connectivity with the track surface.
Revised front end rigidity
Industry leading suspension systems
Featuring speed sensitive damping that ensures excellent bump absorption and strong traction at all riding speeds, the fully adjustable coil spring twin chamber KYB® forks are widely regarded as being one of the ultimate front suspension systems in the off road business. Using the same high-tech forks at the latest YZ450F and equipped with speed sensitive damping and special enduro-specific settings, this industry-leading front end enables the rider to fully exploit the increased engine performance of the all new 2021 WR450F.
At the rear end the WR450F is fitted with a fully-adjustable link-type system that's equipped with a specially-tuned KYB® shock. Running with enduro-specific settings, this lightweight rear suspension system is designed to deliver excellent traction at low and high speeds together with extremely effective bump absorption at all speeds.
Stronger stopping power
As well as going faster the 2021 model also stops faster, enabling riders to make up valuable time in tight sections. Like the latest YZ450F, the 2021 WR450F benefits from a more rigid front brake caliper running with larger pistons – up from 22.65mm to 25.4mm diameter. Brake pad surface area is increased by 25%, and the newly designed 270mm front disc gives a 16% increase in contact area without any weight increase.
More compact multifunction display
For 2021 the WR450F is fitted with new multifunction display that is much more compact and easier to read. The meter features an odometer, two trip meters, clock, timer/stopwatch – and a new and very useful fuel consumption indicator that enables riders and teams to plan fuel stops more accurately. The unit features a higher contrast LCD display that offers better readability in all conditions, and its unified design and reduced width and depth give a much neater look that enhances the feeling of lightness from the rider's viewpoint.
Lighter chromoly footpegs
New chromoly footpegs replace the previous stainless steel units, to give a 70g weight saving. Further weight savings are made by using the lightweight front axle, top triple clamp and handlebar clamps from the latest YZ450F.
Dynamic new Icon Blue colour
To mark the introduction of the most advanced enduro bike ever produced by Yamaha, the 3generation WR450F is finished in a dynamic new Icon Blue colour scheme in common with all of the2021 Yamaha Off Road Competition models. Minimalist new graphics reinforce the bike's purposefuland sophisticated new look, and the front and side plates are also finished in the Icon Blue to give acoordinated and professional appearance.2021 WR450F Technical Highlights
2021 WR450F Technical Highlights
- Ultra-compact new YZ450F-based engine, increased power and improved control
- Lighter and more compact cylinder head
- New piston design and increased compression ratio
- Yamaha Power Tuner for instant track-side tuning via a smartphone
- Handlebar-mounted engine mode switch for on-the-fly adjustment
- Advanced fuel injection system with enduro-specific settings for optimum power
- Large capacity angled radiators with fan ensure effective engine cooling
- Robust enduro-specific 5-speed wide ratio transmission
- Heavy duty enduro clutch for positive shifting and consistent performance
- Lighter aluminium bilateral beam frame with enduro-specific rigidity balance
- Class-leading KYB® coil spring-type speed sensitive front suspension
- Link-type rear suspension with specially-tuned KYB® shock
- Revised riding position and 4-positionadjustable handlebars
- Lighter YZ450F type front axle, top triple clamp and handlebar clamps
- Lighter and more powerful brakes
- Tool-free airbox access
- Compact electric starter
- 7.9 litre fuel tank and compact fuel pump
- Lighter chromoly footpegs and forged aluminium sidestand
- Large plastic engine guard
- Sealed chain