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 can‰Ûªt 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!