I have been a huge fan of the KYB Suspension found on Yamaha machinery over many years and for 2018 nothing has changed in that regard.
While most companies have experimented with air forks over the past few years, Yamaha have stuck by their tried and tested KYB set up and you canâ€™t blame them.
Even at 105kg at the moment, the stock suspension front and back worked perfectly, handling everything on the day with ease. The track offered up a great range of small braking bumps, along with higher speed rollers and I could not fault the suspension at all.
At some point in time it would be great to see how it feels on a harder pack track, with small sharp acceleration bumps, or some big nasty braking bumps, but from what we have learned over the years with the KYB set up, it is going to work well pretty much everywhere.
Now the Power Tuner App I only had a small paly with on the day, lets face it while I am into my technology, when it came to the choice of playing around with a app or spending what might be my only chance to ride the 2018 Yamaha YZ450F for the day, I was always going to spend the majority of the day cutting as many laps as possible and the more I enjoyed the bike the more laps I turned. out, meaning less time to play around with the App!
I did not complete ignore it though, and there is no doubt it will come in more than handy for anyone who purchases the new YZ450F.
For myself apart form downloading and looking through the App and seeing all the different information that could be recored, stored or shared with friends, the only time I spent utilising it on the day was along side Todd Jarret from MC News, as he helped walk me through how to change the map back to the stock setting before I hit the track after lunch.
The App itself is easy to use, with the bike connecting directly to your phone via a direct Wifi link.
The bike will need to be powered up to initially connect with the app, with each bike having its own unique wifi link and password to ensure no one else can tamper with your settings.
While the bike will need to have power to make any changes to the mapping, no changes can be made while the motor is actually running. A wise move on Yamaha's part as the last thing you would want is your mechanic or a so called mate making some mapping changes while you were out racing or riding!
Heading into the launch I was excited to ride Yamaha's new YZ450F, every year there are always a couple of bikes that you want to really get your hands on to see what they are really like.
This year the Yamaha YZ450F was one of those bikes for myself, while I have only had limited chances to ride the blue 450 over the past few years, I have always enjoyed spending time on them.
While already excited to ride, after seeing all the changes to the bike on Wednesday evening, I was even more keen to spend a day cutting laps around the Coolum circuit despite trying to fight through a nasty cold that left me voiceless by Thursday afternoon.
From the moment I cut the first few laps around Coolum I knew Yamaha were on to a good thing and by the end of the day I did not want to stop riding! The more I rode the new YZ450F, the more I enjoyed it.
From the ease of tipping the bike into a turn, to feeling comfortable laying the bike over mid turn as low as I could and powering out of turns, the bike left me wanting to ride more and more, so that is what I did.
The power in stock form was great, the suspension smooth and predictable and the new overall front end feel inspired confidence.
Sure it was only a single day riding on a nice sandy surface, but I left the day not wanting to hand the bike back, which is surely a good sign in my eyes.