Since introducing the revolutionary reversed cylinder design on the 2010 YZ450F, it has been—for lack of a better term—a bit of an uphill battle for Yamaha. When initially released, while fast and powerful, the bike was plagued with handling issues. Fast-forward to 2017, however, and the YZ450F is a polished machine that is loved by nearly every test rider that swings a leg over it.
Last year, Yamaha refined the YZF with a few minor updates to the chassis and suspension, and after being praised for improved handling, the Blue Cru has decided to leave the 2017 machine well enough alone. For ’17, the updates include: a re-designed air filter cover to allow easier access to the Dzus fasteners, a new rear brake rotor for better durability and feel, new Dunlop MX3S tires, and updated graphics.
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