Introducing the Fullnoise, 2018 Yamaha YZ450F

Author: Aaryn Minerds

Author: Aaryn Minerds


Our Yamaha YZ450F just moments before we threw a leg over it for the first time at Crystal Brook in South Australia Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Here it is, the Blue Beauty that we have the pleasure of spending 2018 aboard, Yamaha’s latest incarnation of their championship winning YZ450F.

It has been ten years since I have had a YZ sitting in the shed, with the last Yamaha I spent a lot of time being a 2007 YZ250F.

In saying that we have been fortunate enough to ride every generation of YZ250F and YZ450F since 2010, a bike that has always left us more than impressed.

Late last year we had the opportunity to head to Coolum in Queensland for the media launch of the 2018 YZ450F.

Heading in I actually had not read up much on the changes expected from the 2017 to 2018 year models and it was not until Yamaha’s Communications Manager, Sean Goldhawk starting going over all the changes and features on the new bike that I realised this was pretty much an all-new bike with massive amount of changes to the chassis to make the bike smaller, slimmer and improve overall handling and feel.
From the first time we hit the track on Yamaha's 2018 YZ450F at the medial launch last year we were more than keen to spend more time getting to know one. - Credit: Ikapture / Greg Smith
Then there was the introduction of the first production motocross bike that came standard with a tuneable engine all done in the palm of your hand with a phone App!

Now we won’t go over all the changes to the bike again here, as you can read all about them from the launch itself by CLICK HERE.

The bike certainly impressed at the launch day at Coolum and I was keen to spend some more time aboard the latest YZ450F. A few months passed before I had another opportunity to ride the bike when South Australian Yamaha state junior team manager, Shane Metcalfe allowed me to run a few laps of a local track on his brand new 450.

I got home that night and typed out an email to the good people at Yamaha Australia, and a few weeks later we took hold of our very own YZ450F with Tim Pumpa and the team at Yamaha World in South Australia, building our bike in quick time.
Fresh from picking our 2018 YZ450F from Yamaha World in South Australia, our new long term project bike looked just about to good to get dirty. Credit: Aaryn Minerds

So what is the plan for our Yamaha YZ450F?

It is pretty simple really, we will spend the next nine or so months racking up as many hours as we can, seeing how the bike performs in all types of riding and racing, hitting up a host of local Motocross races in South Australia, rounds of the SAORC and AORC, a couple of StadiumX races and of course my favourite event of them all, the 2018 Hattah Desert race.

While it is only early days, the new Power Tuner phone app has me well intrigued. From the moment I set it up at home I have been playing around seeing what it can do and is one aspect of the bike we will have a good look into.

Of course, having a bike to ride and race will also mean we will have the opportunity to try out some of the latest products on the market, and give our thoughts on them. From bike parts, tools to work on the bike and riding apparel, we will have plenty more reviews coming on the all-new website throughout the year.

There is one other aspect we will be able to explore this year, that we will announce in the coming month or so, something not directly to do with the YZ450F itself but it does tie in with the whole of Yamaha’s bLUcRU concept and something we are very excited about.
Sitting contemplating just how much fun it was to be back riding and back on blue. - Credit: Anthony Thiry

With the bike now in our possession, it is time to get riding.

At this point we have managed to put a total of two full hours on the bike over the Easter long weekend, spending an hour at Crystal Brook breaking the Yamaha YZ450 in, then a day breaking myself on Easter Monday after nearly six months away from riding!.

It is only early days, but our good mate Grant Beale from Bike Tune has helped us out with some early suspension settings, and we are happy to say we will not have to clean a single air filter for the bike in 2018 thanks to Unifilter Australia and Ficeda Accessories! We will explaine in more detal soon, however if you to would like to not clean a single air filter for the next 12 months, find out more here.

With another ride at Murray Bridge planned for this weekend and our first race aboard the bike next weekend at Gilman in South Australia, things are moving ahead fast.

The good people at Ringmaster Images are already on the job designing our graphics and the first few parts for the bike are already on their way.

2018 is shaping up to be a sensational year aboard Blue...
It did not take long to get comfortable on our 2018 Yamaha YZ450F and with only 2 hours of riding done so far, we are hanging to hit the track again soon. - Credit: Anthony Thiry

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