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All new WR450F revealed

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Developed for AUS/NZ, the WR450F has been a best seller since its inception in 1998. To celebrate our involvement with this iconic model, this 60th Anniversary Yellow model is offered for Oceania only

Developed for AUS/NZ, the WR450F has been a best seller since its inception in 1998. To celebrate our involvement with this iconic model, this 60th Anniversary Yellow model is offered for Oceania only

Most advanced enduro machine is developed for AUS/NZ

YMA has released details of the stunning all new WR450F at the Australian MotoGP. The latest version of this sophisticated enduro racer benefits from the most advanced engine and chassis technology to be seen in its category.

The new model has been developed by Australian and NZ riders including former Grand Prix ace and Yamaha race team Manager Josh Coppins. Based on the latest YZ450F that dominated the world MXGP championship, the all-new WR450F utilises Yamaha’s innovative reverse cylinder head and rearwards slanting cylinder.

Having convincingly demonstrated its winning performance at the highest level, this industry-leading engine design gives the WR450F rider high levels of controllable and linear torque, while this design’s greater mass centralisation contributes towards the bike’s agile handling character.

By adopting the latest YZ-F derived engine layout together with the compact and light-handling YZ-F based chassis, the all-new WR450F delivers major improvements in terms of weight, power characteristics, agility and rideability.

Aimed at enduro racers, long distance rally riders and recreational riders, the new model WR450F looks set to build on its popularity down under where it has consistently been the top selling motorcycle. To underline the involvement that AUS/NZ has had with WR450F model development, Yamaha is offering a 60th Anniversary model to Oceania customers only.

2016 WR450F model overview
• All-new enduro model benefits from the latest Yamaha technologies
• Aggressive and modern YZ450F-inspired reverse fed design concept
• Compact, mass centralised design delivers light and agile handling feel
• Linear torque for easy to control engine performance
• Industry leading KYB suspension with enduro settings give stable and confident handling
• MXGP World Championship winning DNA

Linear torque with deep reserves of power
Like the YZ-F models and the recently launched WR250F, the completely new WR450F engine features a reverse cylinder head with a front facing air intake and rear-exiting exhaust. By increasing intake and exhaust efficiency, this innovative layout enhances the engine’s linear torque feeling, and delivers deep reserves of highly controllable and easy-to-use power.

As with the highly successful YZ-F models and the WR250F, the new WR450F’s compact engine layout – together with the underseat fuel tank and snaking exhaust pipe – contributes significantly towards mass centralisation.

New 44mm throttle body with revised fuel injection settings
For easy engine starting and strong performance in a variety of conditions, the WR450F is equipped with an all new fuel injection system that is designed to enable the rider to exploit fully the machine’s increased potential.

Based on the latest 2016 YZ450F system, the WR450F’s new fuel injection system has been completely reprogrammed to meet the needs of the enduro rider. The 44mm throttle body is 2mm larger than the design fitted on the current WR450F, and a revised spray angle and improved throttle valve opening characteristics contribute towards the WR450F’s good balance of high power/high speed performance together with ease of use and rideability at lower speeds.

Enduro-spec radiators with lightweight cooling fan
For effective cooling performance in all riding conditions, the WR450F is fitted with new enduro-specification radiators that feature a different core pitch angle to the YZ-F design, and the new shrouds have also been specially developed to suit the special demands of enduros and long distance rallies.

To ensure good cooling performance at low speeds, the WR450F is equipped with a radiator fan as standard, a feature that will be appreciated by any rider who has ever been bogged or stuck in a long line of riders at a tricky obstacle.

Newly designed electric starter
Starting the WR450F on a cold day – or restarting a hot engine – is made easy with the newly designed electric starter. A new auto-decompressor system cuts in when the electric start is activated for easy starting, and the air supply to the engine can be increased by 40% for reliable cold starting. If for any reason the electric starter cannot be used, the WR450F is equipped with a kick-starter.
Air in the front, exhaust out the back, mass in the middle. Advantage Yamaha owners
Simplified electric starting system does away with ignition switch

Optional Yamaha Power Tuner
The Yamaha Power Tuner is a compact and easy to use electronic device that enables WR450F riders to adjust the engine’s power characteristics at the trackside to suit prevailing conditions. Riders have a choice of nine easy to program adjustments for the fuel and ignition maps, and there is also a monitor function that allows the user to adjust idle speed and see total engine running time.
Powered by two AA batteries, this palm-sized device requires no downloading prior to use, and is designed to plug straight in to the WR450F without the need of a PC.

Wide-ratio 5-speed transmission and light enduro clutch
Equipped with a new wide ratio 5-speed transmission, the WR450F is ready to master any terrain – from slow speed woods riding through to aggressive special tests – as well as being able to achieve a good top speed on open enduro and rally terrain. Compared to the previous WR450F, the new model runs with higher 2nd, 3rd and 4th gears, while 1st and 5th remain the same.

To complement its wide-ratio transmission this next generation enduro bike features an all-new enduro clutch that’s designed to handle the long and hard days experienced in a typical event. For a light feel together with good durability, the new clutch uses new materials for the friction plates and clutch disc, as well as a newly added push lever.

Compact size with centralised mass
The configuration of the new rearwards slanting engine has enabled Yamaha’s designers to construct a compact new chassis that capitalises on the handling performance gains offered by the engine’s more centralised mass.

Developed from the design used on the latest YZ450F, the aluminium bilateral beam frame runs with sophisticated front and rear suspension systems that deliver light and agile handling performance. The highly versatile and easy to ride character of the new chassis complements the strong and controllable linear torque feeling of the new engine, enabling the WR450F rider to exploit the bike’s full potential.

In order to give the enduro rider improved levels of feedback and a more connected feel with the terrain, the upper and front engine brackets are manufactured from 6mm thick steel plate, 2mm less than used on the YZ450F motocross model. Controlled fill aluminium bilateral beam frame is the same design as the MXGP world champ YZ450F and the AMA and AUS champ YZ250F. Change engine settings at the press of a button with the optional Power Tuner

KYB® Air-Oil-Separate (AOS) front forks with dedicated enduro settings
In the motocross world, the Yamaha YZ450F’s Air-Oil-Separate (AOS) front forks are widely regarded as being amongst the very best designs available today. By keeping the air and oil in separate chambers, these high-tech forks help to prevent cavitation for more stable damping performance and predictable handling characteristics.

The 2016 WR450F uses the same forks as its motocross counterpart, but to ensure smoother low speed operation – combined with the ability to absorb harsh bumps – the WR-F model runs with dedicated enduro settings. Similarly, the YZ450F-based rear shock runs with revised settings that have been designed to handle the wide variety of low and high speed riding associated with enduro racing.

These WR-F specific front and rear suspension settings not only give a high level of stability over different types of terrain, but they also help to reinforce the rider’s confidence in challenging off road situations. The combination of Yamaha’s class leading AOS forks together with these special new enduro and rally settings also helps to minimise rider fatigue on long stages, enabling the rider to achieve their true potential.

Large diameter 270mm front disc brake
Like the latest 2016 YZ-F models, the all-new WR450F is equipped with a 270mm diameter front disc brake that offers excellent stopping performance together with accurate feel.

 

18-inch rear wheel and enduro tyres
Featuring black rims, the WR450F’’s 18-inch rear wheel and 21-inch front wheel are equipped with Metzeler 6 Days Extreme tyres, and the enduro equipment also includes a lightweight engine guard, frame-mounted side stand, sealed chain and 22mm rear axle.

Slim bodywork and durable in-mould graphics
The WR450F’s body features a long, flat seat and a slim front section for easy body weight shifting, enabling the rider to maintain high levels of control when braking, accelerating and cornering. The 4-position adjustable handlebars enable the rider to select the right setup to suit their style and physical size, and the recessed fuel cap allows the seat to be extended further forwards, allowing even greater freedom of movement.

The new WR450F’s aggressive looks and compact silhouette are inherited from our MXGP World Championship winning factory YZ450F, and the in-mould graphics are built to resist abrasion and look good after many hours of off road riding.
KYB suspension settings are tuned for AUS/NZ conditions and offer a major advantage over the competition

Lighting and instruments
The WR450F is equipped with a full lighting kit, and to handle the extra demand on the electrical system, a high output ACM is fitted. The lightweight digital instruments include a multi-function display with an enduro computer that keeps the rider informed about their progress and distance covered – while a fuel level warning lets the rider know when it’s time to refuel. There’s also a main switch-free starting system for speed and convenience.

Fully ADR compliant
The Austrlian model is supplied with ADR compliance for road registration. It is also supplied with an Off Road Kit that is not for road use that includes a rear number plate/led light for off road use, braided steel front brake hose, Barkbuster hand guards with moulded WR in the plastic guard, brake snake, rear stop light and hydraulically operated switch, full power muffler insert, full power throttle stop, YZ air filter cage and racing wire harness for headlight and tail light.

Genuine Yamaha Accessories
Yamaha’s wide range of Genuine Accessories covers all of the 2016 off road models, and includes everything from tools and service parts through to slip-on mufflers and GYTR protectors and engine cases. The range is continually evolving, with the addition of many new items covering current and existing models.

Colour options, price and availability
The WR450F is available in Racing Blue (right) at the same RRP as the 2015 WR450F at $12,999. And – unique to AUS/NZ market – is also available in 60th Anniversary Yellow at $13,199. Both colours will be available from Jan 2016 and customers are urged to place their orders at their local Yamaha dealer now to secure one of these desirable new models.
WR450F technical highlights
• YZ450F-based 450cc liquid-cooled DOHC, fuel-injected 4-valve engine
• Revolutionary reverse cylinder head with front facing intake
• Engine power is fully adjustable with optional Yamaha Power Tuner
• Wide ratio 5-speed transmission with light enduro clutch
• Efficient cooling by enduro radiator with cooling fan
• Top mounted, quickly removable air filter
• YZF based alu bilateral-beam frame with optimised rigidity balance
• Latest KYB® air-oil separation (AOS) type front forks
• Link-type Monocross suspension
• Main switch-free electric starter
• Instrument panel featuring enduro computer, fuel warning and more
• Metzeler 6 Days Extreme tyres
Multi-function display includes an enduro computer and fuel and engine warning lights

2016 WR450F specifications
Engine type
Single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves
Displacement
449cc
Bore x stroke
97.0 mm x 60.8 mm
Compression ratio
12.5 : 1
Lubrication system
Wet sump
Clutch Type
Wet, Multiple Disc
Carburettor
Fuel Injection
Ignition system
TCI
Starter system
Electric and kick
Transmission system
Constant Mesh, 5-speed
Final transmission
Chain
Frame
Semi double cradle
Front suspension system
Telescopic forks
Front travel
310 mm
Caster Angle
26º 20
Trail
114 mm
Rear suspension system
Swingarm, (link suspension)
Rear Travel
318 mm
Front brake
Hydraulic single disc, Ø 270 mm
Rear brake
Hydraulic single disc, Ø 245 mm
Front tyre
90/90-21 54M
Rear tyre
130/90-18 69S+M
Overall length
2165 mm
Overall width
825 mm
Overall height
1280 mm
Seat height
965 mm
Wheel base
1465 mm
Minimum ground clearance
325 mm
Dry weight and wet weight (including full oil and 7.5 litres of fuel)
117kg/123 kg
Fuel tank capacity
7.5 litres
Oil tank capacity
0.95 litres
Colours and RRP inc GST
Team Yamaha Blue: $12,999
60th Anniversary Yellow: $13,199
Warranty
Three months, parts only
Available
Jan 2016

October 16, 2015 |

Reardon Returns For CDR Yamaha In 2015

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Former Australian Motocross and Supercross Champion, Daniel Reardon, will return to full time racing in 2015 after securing a ride with the factory CDR Yamaha team.

After a three year hiatus from racing, the 28-year old multi time champion has rekindled his love of racing and is determined and motivated to make the most of this opportunity presented to him via the CDR Yamaha team.

“I stopped racing a few years ago because I lost the passion for it and was just burnt out,” Reardon starts off. “The fun wasn’t there anymore but after doing a couple of dirt track races at the end of 2014, I found myself wanting to ride more and more. I borrowed a bike from a family friend to see if this was just a flash in the pan or if I was serious about it.

“Suddenly, I was out riding every day and really enjoying it. It was like I was 16 again! I was the guy calling everyone wanting to ride so I set some goals for myself and contacted a few people to see what support I could get but really only expecting a fill-in ride at best. That was fine with me as I wanted to race anyway and was prepared to do it regardless but making contact with CDR changed things.

“Craig Dack at CDR was awesome. We sat down and discussed a lot of things and where I wanted to be and found we were both working on the same page.

“I couldn’t be in a better situation and amazed at how the team operates and their resources. I then tested the bike and was blown away at how good it was and we finalised the deal. On the first day of testing the guys had to keep calling me in from the track as I just wanted to keep riding and it’s the happiest I have been in a long time.

“CDR Yamaha are the best team in Australia and I look forward to working with them this season and repaying them in the faith they have shown me,” Reardon explains.

The CDR Yamaha rig will now house three riders with Reardon joining Kade Mosig and Jacob Wright this season, all mounted on YZ450F’s and Dack feels the combination is just right.

“Daniel reached out to us and informed us of his situation and being a rider with his credentials and motivation it was hard not to take on board what he was saying,” Dack offers. “For Daniel it was about riding to his potential and achieving his goals so I was impressed with what was driving him.

“At 28, Daniel isn’t old by racing standards and he has kept himself in great physical shape. His knowledge about racing and fitness will be a great asset to the team and the other riders.

“In limited time on the bike Daniel looks very comfortable and things will only improve as he returns to full speed and fitness,” Dack ends.

Reardon is contracted for the MX Nationals and the Australian Supercross Championship with the CDR Yamaha team and will call on his vast experience of racing at the highest levels to quickly get back up to speed and fitness. After dominating the Australian scene in 2006 and 2007, Reardon left Australia for the US and a factory ride before returning in 2010 taking on a personal fitness and training business.

The CDR Yamaha team kick off their 2015 campaign at the opening round of the MX Nationals at Horsham on March 29.

To follow CDR Yamaha on social media; www.facebook.com/cdryamaha or @cdryamaha

Fast Facts -Rider Profile

Name: Daniel Reardon
Lives: Gold Coast, QLD
Age: 28
Bike: Yamaha YZ450F
Hobbies: Golf, track cars, training
Career Highlights:
1st 2006 /2007 ASX Champion. 1st 2007 MX Nationals MX
Team Rider for Factory Connection Honda in the US 2008/2009
2015 Goals: Enjoy racing and challenge for race and championship wins.

February 26, 2015 |

Suzuki Releases Road Registrable RMX450Z Enduro Weapon

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Suzuki Australia is excited to announce that its flagship enduro model, the RMX450Z is now fully road registrable Australia wide.

This hardcore competition enduro machine is targeted at the serious off-road competitor who rides in public forests, parks and recreational areas that require a competition motorcycle with full registration.

The RMX450Z shares the DNA of Suzuki’s championship winning RM-Z450 motocrosser, including a fuel-injected 449cc engine, race-bred frame, suspension and bodywork.

For those looking to take the RMX450Z straight to the race track, a competition kit that comprises of a single filament headlight, non pressurised brake banjo bolts, push button Ignition, RM-Z kill switch and a set of Dunlop D742 font and D756 rear tyres, all included with the purchase of the bike and will have racers ready to take to the start line from the get go.

“The introduction of an road registrable RMX450Z adds some serious firepower to Suzuki’s off-road line-up”, Lewis Croft, National Marketing Manager, Motorcycles, Suzuki Australia said.

“The RMX450Z takes advanced technology developed by Suzuki in motocross competition, and puts it into a race-ready enduro package”.

“Featuring the same 449cc fuel-injected engine that revolutionised motocross in the Suzuki RM-Z450, along with a host of other common components – it’s a high-spec off-road weapon”. Croft concluded.

Delivering exceptional power and torque, the RMX450Z is powered by a 449cc, four-stroke single-cylinder, liquid cooled, DOHC, 4-valve engine, sharing the key technologies of the RM-Z450.

Utilising Suzuki’s vast experience and knowledge on and off-road, the Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) system ensures crisp and strong power delivery, lower emissions and impressive fuel economy.

A modified inlet tract and revised cam profiles enhance low and mid-range power, while the airbox features a hinged lid for quick air filter access, easier maintenance and better dust protection.

To meet the demands of trail riding, the RMX450Z has an extra coolant reservoir tank and relocated filler cap, along with a bash plate.

Wider primary and final drive ratios in the five-speed transmission help riders get the most from the impressive engine when off the beaten track, from tackling a rutted uphill goat track to open fire roads.

The trail is no place to be kick-starting, and the RMX450Z features an electric starter, while the starter and lights’ centrally-located batteries are charged by a larger magneto-generator.

Based on the RM-Z450 but optimised for off-road riding, an aluminium alloy frame utilises cast and extruded sections in a slim, lightweight, rigid and tough package.

The RMX450Z features a Showa suspension package derived from the championship winning RM-Z450 – the 47mm inverted front forks are fully adjustable for rebound and compression settings, while the rear shock unit offers fully adjustable rebound, compression and pre-load settings.

Spring rates and suspension geometry on the Suzuki have been developed for off-road riding, combining with an 18 inch rear wheel to offer razor-sharp cornering and a smooth ride across rugged terrain.

Slim bodywork, a low-profile aluminium fuel tank and a motocross-developed seat gives RMX450Z pilots a functional riding position to focus on the terrain ahead to optimise line selection.

The RMX450Z’s compact instrumentation offers riders the choice between two modes, a sports mode showing the basic information a rider needs in competition, such as a trip meter, timer and average speed, while a standard mode displays additional information including speed, time and information of two trip lengths.

An integrated tyre diameter calculator allows precise fine tuning for different tyres, giving racers accurate live data for speed and distance displays.

Suzuki’s trademark Champion Yellow/Black livery with black, white and red graphics accompanies the aggressive styling of the class-leading RMX450Z.

The road registrable Suzuki RMX450Z is available now at Suzuki dealerships across Australia for a recommended price of $12,490 + ORC and is backed by a 6-month warranty.

Head to http://www.suzukimotorcycles.com.au/dealers to find your nearest Suzuki dealership and for more information on the Suzuki RMX450Z, Suzuki’s competition off-road weapon.

*Recommended Price excludes dealer delivery and government charges.

February 26, 2015 |

All new Tracer revealed – Light, explosive and versatile MT-09 based model arrives in AUS

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YMA is pleased to announce the release of the Tracer, a new model designed as the ultimate weekender.

By combining a dry weight of just 190kg with the popular high torque 847cc triple engine of MT-09, Tracer carves its own niche as a practical yet sporty motorcycle equally comfortable two-up touring or solo scratching.

“This bike is ready to take on the higher capacity bikes from the competition,” says Oliver Grill from Yamaha’s Product Planning department. “Its power-to-weight ratio is great and in the mountains you can ride faster than litre-plus bikes from our competitors.”

He continues “The low weight, combined with the powerful, explosive engine and the practicality of the bike gives Tracer a unique place in the market. Dedicated touring bikes are much heavier and more expensive.”

Engine response system
The eager 3-cylinder engine character combines low-rpm torque with high-revving horsepower. It is smoother than a twin, while the engine is narrow for a comfortable knee grip.

Benefitting from the very latest technology that includes fracture split con rods, forged pistons and offset cylinders, this compact and lightweight engine is the potent driving force that has helped to establish the MT-09 and its derivatives as some of today’s most exciting and rewarding motorcycles.

Three engine modes of the D-mode system can be set from a smooth engine response to an aggressive one.

“Touring doesn’t need to happen on boring bikes. It can be super fun too!”, manager Naoki Koike joins in. “In the past, all round bikes or sports-touring bikes were a compromise. They did everything well but nothing perfectly. With the Tracer we built a bike with no compromise. It does everything on a very high level.”

Light and easy handling
The new Tracer features the same compact and lightweight CF-aluminium die cast frame that is also used on the original MT-09. With its low weight and controlled balance of rigidity, this agile and responsive chassis delivers outstanding handling performance.

A key design element of this frame is its ultra-slim centre section that has been achieved by mounting the swingarm pivot assembly on the outside of the structure.

This has enabled our designers to minimise chassis width at the footrest area to give a greater feeling of controllability and enhanced rider comfort.

Switchable traction control
The Tracer features a 3-way adjustable traction control system. This electronic system prevents the rear wheel from spinning by momentarily cutting power to the drivetrain, giving added confidence when riding on slippery or loose surfaces. An important feature is that the system is fully switchable, allowing the rider to turn the system on or off to suit individual preferences.

TCS enabled our engineers to set up the bike with its sporty and responsive engine character, while still giving a feeling of confidence opening the throttle in difficult situations. Slippery city streets, the typically unexpected road conditions in the mountains, even AUS style gravel roads – because a versatile bike should be fit for many situations. “We tested a lot in weekend trip conditions,” explains Oliver, “and paid a lot of attention to all the small practicalities that make your life on the road more enjoyable.”

Adjustable upright riding position
The MT-09 Tracer offers a different riding position compared to MT-09, designed for long days in the saddle. It is slightly more upright with a lot more space for a passenger.

And there is more: the rear frame allows for compact sidescases – fitted as standard equipment to all AUS models – or a topcase for weekend or day trip necessities. Plus the bike is equipped with a main stand to make servicing easier.

The protective fairing makes it easier to ride long distances, and the windscreen can be pre-set, without tools, in three positions.

The fuel tank has a generous 18 litres capacity, the modern engine has a low fuel consumption good for 300kms between refills. Tracer’s long-stroke suspensions handle any road condition with ease.

The seat is adjustable in two positions, the handlebar position can be moved 1 cm front or backwards and rotated as well to find your best fit.

The handle holder even has an empty M6 bolt thread, for an easy mount of accessories like a GPS. It comes with a 12V outlet as standard, and a second one is available as an accessory.

The dashboard comes from the latest Super Ténéré and includes indications for gear position, outside temperature, fuel level, drive mode settings, traction control settings, accessory grip heater settings, and more.

All new LED twin headlights
The MT-09 Tracer is equipped with innovative new twin LED headlights that feature LEDs built into the reflector lenses, and for added convenience the headlights can be adjusted without any tools. Both low and high beams use this technology to produces a sharp and energy efficient light, and the daytime running lights are also low energy LEDs. Located within individual nacelles, these hi-tech twin headlights give the Tracer a unique and distinctive appearance that projects a forceful and aggressive image on the street.

Tracer-specific touring oriented features
The MT-09 Tracer is equipped with ABS as standard, and to underline its genuine touring, commuting and long distance potential, this new multi-role triple benefits from a range of exclusive new features, including the use of touring tyres (front: 120/70ZR17; rear: 180/55ZR17), as well as the fitment of a standard main stand.

MT-09 Tracer Highlights

Italian influence
Tracer’s design combines influences from different categories. Developed by Yamaha’s R&D centre in Italy, Tracer expresses two built-in characteristics – sporty and versatile

Sporty

  • Front headlight with R-series DNA
  • Minimalistic, function-driven build
  • Sporty side cowling

Versatile

  • Higher seat with upright riding position and good view over traffic
  • Adventure-style hand protectors
  • Functional tail design, with few parts, light and strong
  • Suspension setup with relatively long stroke to cope with all kinds of road conditions.

Features and specs

  • Clever concept of sports bike that can handle longer trips with ease
  • Full aluminium chassis and swingarm
  • Beefy USD fork with tapered aluminium handlebar
  • 115 HP three-cylinder engine with heaps of character
  • Ultra light weight construction with only 190 kg dry weight
  • YCC-T with D-mode and switchable TCS to personalise interaction with the engine
  • Digital dashboard with extensive functions and remote operation by a button on the left handlebar
  • Yamaha’s famous build quality and reliability
Engine type 3-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valves
Displacement 847 cm³
Bore x stroke 78.0 mm x 59.1 mm
Compression ratio 11.5 : 1
Lubrication system Wet sump
Clutch type Wet, multiple disc
Fuel system Fuel injection
Ignition system TCI
Starter system Electric
Transmission system Constant Mesh, 6-speed
Final transmission Chain
Frame Diamond
Front suspension system Telescopic forks
Front travel 137 mm
Caster angle 24º
Trail 100 mm
Rear suspension system Swingarm, (Link type suspension)
Rear travel 130 mm
Front brake Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 298 mm
Rear brake Hydraulic single disc, Ø 245 mm
Front tyre 120/70ZR17M/C (58W) (Tubeless)
Rear tyre 180/55ZR17M/C (73W) (Tubeless)
Overall length 2160 mm
Overall width 950 mm
Overall height 1345 mm max 1375 mm
Seat height 845 mm max 860 mm
Wheel base 1440 mm
Minimum ground clearance 135 mm
Dry weight 190 kg
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank) 210 kg
Fuel tank capacity 18 L
Oil tank capacity 3.4 L
Warranty 24 months, unlimited kms, parts and labour
Colours Lava Red; Matt Grey
RRP (inc GST) $14,999

 

February 26, 2015 |

All-New YZF-R1 Touches Down In Australia

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A huge media event this week at Sydney Motorsport Park with over 100 journalists from all over the world invited.

The reason for the interest is the hotly anticipated world launch of Yamaha’s ground breaking new YZF-R1. You can be a fly on the wall at this event by registering for more information.

The 2015 YZF-R1 is developed for the track and blurs the line between production superbikes and MotoGP race machinery. Valentino Rossi assisted in developing the 200bhp inline four which is ‘just like my race bike but with lights and a number plate.’

A host of never-seen-before control technologies puts the power down to the ground in a way that re-invents the supersport category. Wrapped in an all new lightweight chassis, the media are lining up to see if the new bike and its YZF- R1M special edition version live up to the hype.

Technology developed from the blue and white world of MotoGP racing has filtered directly into this new YZF-R1, and the entire development team is heading to Australia to reveal their input with unrivalled passion.

The press event starts on 19 Feb and runs through to 27 Feb. Yamaha Motor Australia staff will be reporting trackside to bring you a unique insight into the new model with feedback from journalists, engineers, project development staff and racers.

February 26, 2015 |

Honda unveils its 2015 CRF230F

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HONDA_2015 CRF230FBoasting a clever combination of features which make it one of Honda’s most popular trail bikes, the CRF230F retains all the features that have made it famous, with bold new styling upgrades to set it apart from the competition.

With a bulletproof six-speed transmission, lightweight build, durable 223cc four-stroke engine and electric starter, the CRF230F has as much get up and go as it does practicality.

The 2015-spec trail bike brings together a long list of tried and tested features with a brand new look, including updated guard shape, headlight design and colour schemes.

The 223cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine delivers big power and torque over a wide rev range, all at the touch of the button with the electric starter.

A heavy-duty clutch offers smooth engagement of power, while the Showa shocks offer an impressive 216mm of suspension travel at the front and 228mm at the rear.

The rugged, high-tensile steel frame is designed to tackle the greatest of adventures, while the large 7-litre plastic fuel tank, Motocross style seat and lightweight materials front to back ensure it’s done with ease.

Honda has also made sure maintenance is simplified, with a maintenance-free CD ignition, sealed battery, snail-type chain adjusters and a reusable, foam air filter significantly reducing maintenance costs.

For more details about the new CRF230F, head to your local Honda Dealer, call 1 300 1 HONDA or visit www.hondamotorcycles.com.au

November 18, 2014 |

Remy Gardner Signs With CIP Mahindra Team For World Moto3 Championship 2015

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AUS2014111301855_ALTThey say the ‘apple doesn’t fall far from the tree’ and the never give up fighting spirit underdog attitude that took Wayne Gardner from the steelworks of Wollongong, NSW, to International stardom as a World 500cc Grand Prix Champion has been inherited by 16-year-old Remy Gardner, who’s racing determination and drive took a major step forward on Saturday when he signed a contract to compete in the World Grand Prix Championship riding for CIP Mahindra in the Moto3 class.

At only 16-years of age and after just three years road racing experience, Remy will be in the World Championship in his fourth year – coincidentally, his father Wayne raced in his first World Championship races in his fourth year also.

It has been an incredibly tough few years for Team Gardner Racing with both brothers Remy and Luca suffering various mechanical problems and injuries, however, the incredible commitment by the family to move from their home in Manly Beach, NSW, Australia, to Barcelona, Spain, to help the careers of Remy and Luca, both determined to follow in their father’s footsteps racing motorcycles.

Remy Gardner, “I’m so happy that this has happened. We were all set to do the Spanish CEV again as we did not look like we were going to get into the World Championship next year, so to get the opportunity to join CIV Mahindra was a real surprise and very exciting. It all happened quickly and I signed last weekend. It was a great feeling.

“The Mahindra is a really nice machine, I had a really good look over it and sat on it. It feels smaller than my other bike and looks very well made. I can’t wait to ride it on Monday and the team seem really nice. I’m sure I will do well on this bike for the team in 2015. They have made the right choice, I will be putting in 110 per cent hard work for them, starting tomorrow when I start training”!

Team owner Alain Bronec, a celebrated ex World Championship rider himself, has been extremely impressed with Remy’s wildcard results and contacted Wayne to arrange to meet Remy.

Mahindra Racing CEO Mufaddal Choonia was also present to meet Remy and he too has been watching the rising Aussie star recently, also very impressed with Remy’s maturity and speed on the Moto3 machines he has been riding.

Wayne Gardner, “CIP Mahindra is going to be a fantastic team for Remy and I congratulate him and the team. We are extremely proud of Remy’s achievements and he will do very well next year.

“I’ve been following the progress of Mahindra over the past few years and they are certainly heading in the right direction and have the right people involved to be a huge success in Grand Prix Racing over the long term. The bike is fantastic and Remy will have direct factory support, which is great.

“I’d like to thank Alain and Mufaddal for choosing Remy and it’s great for Australian fans to have the next generation Gardner in the World Championship”!

Remy heads to Valencia on Monday and Tuesday for two days of testing on the 2014 bike. An update will follow.

ABOUT REMY

Son of 1987 World 500cc Motorcycle Champion Wayne Gardner, Remy has been riding bikes since he was four. However he wasn’t introduced to the racetrack until he was ten years old in 2008.

Remy tried his hand very briefly at motocross and enduro before falling in love with the speed of dirt track and longtrack racing. He follows in the footsteps of other famous Australian riders who started dirt track racing at a young age, including his father Wayne, Mick Doohan, Troy Corser, Troy Bayliss, and more recently Casey Stoner.

For two years Remy honed his skills in both dirt track and longtrack, competing at State and National level before training on the tar, initially on his dirt track bike (supermotard), and then on a Moriwaki 80cc. In NSW Australia where Remy lived at the time, children under the age of 13 are not permitted to compete in road racing, so Remy trained under the guidance of his father and other respected Australian trainers.

In October 2010 Honda Australia invited Remy to represent them at the NSF100 Trophy Worldwide Mini Bike race at Albacete circuit in Spain. He was up against leaders of the NSF100 Championships from around the world in his debut road race, finishing a respectable 29th out of 36 riders. Remy’s Australian road race debut was a resounding success at Phillip Island in December 2010, when he took home the MRRDA Australian Nippers Championship for under 13 year olds.

In 2011 Remy commuted from Australia to Spain to compete in the Pre-GP Moto3 class for the Monlau Competición team, in the 2011 “Campeonato Mediterráneo de Velocidad” (CMV). After finishing second in the championship, TGR made the decision to relocate to Spain in order for Remy to race in the most competitive environment available.

TGR is now based in Barcelona, and Remy has participated in the feeder class to Grand Prix Racing, the “Campeonato de Espana de Velocidad” (CEV) since 2013.

He recently secured three Moto3 World Championship Wildcard rides at Misano, Phillip Island and Sepang – where he scored his first World Championship Point.

November 18, 2014 |

Suzuki Confirms Plans For ADR-Compliant RMX450Z

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Set to arrive in Australia early next year, the RMX450Z shares the DNA of Suzuki’s championship winning RM-Z450 motocrosser, including a fuel-injected 449cc engine, and race-bred frame, suspension and bodywork.

Developed to maximise off-road performance, the model heads Suzuki’s popular off-road range, which includes one of Australia’s iconic trail enduro bikes, the street-legal DR-Z400E.

“The introduction of an ADR-compliant RMX450Z will add some serious firepower to Suzuki’s off-road line-up,” Lewis Croft, National Marketing Manager, Motorcycles, Suzuki Australia said.

“The RMX450Z takes advanced technology developed by Suzuki in motocross competition, and puts it into a race-ready enduro package.

“Featuring the same 449cc fuel-injected engine that revolutionised motocross in the Suzuki RM-Z450, along with a host of other common components – it’s a high-spec off-road weapon.”

Delivering exceptional power and torque, the RMX450Z is powered by a 449cc, four-stroke single-cylinder, liquid cooled, DOHC, 4-valve engine, sharing the key technologies of the RM-Z450.

Utilising Suzuki’s vast experience and knowledge on and off-road, the Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) system ensures crisp and strong power delivery, lower emissions and impressive fuel economy.

A modified inlet tract and revised cam profiles enhance low and mid-range power, while the airbox features a hinged lid for quick air filter access, easier maintenance and better dust protection.

To meet the demands of trail riding, the RMX450Z has an extra coolant reservoir tank and relocated filler cap, along with a bash plate.

Wider primary and final drive ratios in the five-speed transmission help riders get the most from the impressive engine when off the beaten track, from tackling a rutted uphill goat track to open fire roads.

The trail is no place to be kick-starting, and the RMX450Z features an electric starter, while the starter and lights’ centrally-located batteries are charged by a larger magneto-generator.

Based on the RM-Z450 but optimised for off-road riding, an aluminium alloy frame utilises cast and extruded sections in a slim, lightweight, rigid and tough package.

The RMX450Z features a Showa suspension package derived from the championship winning RM-Z450 – the 47mm inverted front forks are fully adjustable for rebound and compression settings, while the rear shock unit offers fully adjustable rebound, compression and pre-load settings.

Spring rates and suspension geometry on the Suzuki have been developed for off-road riding, combining with an 18 inch rear wheel to offer razor-sharp cornering and a smooth ride across rugged terrain.

Slim bodywork, a low-profile aluminium fuel tank and a motocross-developed seat gives RMX450Z pilots a functional riding position to focus on the terrain ahead to optimise line selection.

The RMX450Z’s compact instrumentation offers riders the choice between two modes, a sports mode showing the basic information a rider needs in competition, such as a trip meter, timer and average speed, while a standard mode displays additional information including speed, time and information of two trip lengths.

An integrated tyre diameter calculator allows precise fine tuning for different tyres, giving racers accurate live data for speed and distance displays.

Suzuki’s trademark Black / Champion Yellow livery with black, white and red graphics accompanies the aggressive styling of the class-leading RMX450Z.

The Suzuki RMX450Z will be available in Australia in early 2015, with Suzuki announcing pricing details and full specifications closer to launch.

October 17, 2014 |

Miller focussed on Moto3 title bid at Phillip Island

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Jack Miller says he remains focussed on clinching the Moto3 world championship despite the distraction of a move to the premier class looming next year.

The 19-year-old has been the talk of the paddock in recent weeks after agreeing a three-year deal to join LCR Honda next season, which will see the Townsville teenager make the unprecedented jump from Moto3 to the top tier of motorcycle racing.

Speculation regarding Miller’s future in the sport has been rife this season having established himself as the Moto3 championship leader for the majority of the campaign.

However, in the weeks leading up to and after the news of his move to LCR Honda, the young Australian has slipped 25 points behind rival Alex Marquez in the Moto3 standings.

Despite a life changing few months, Miller says he is determined to end the season with the Moto3 title and is desperate to put on a show in front of his home crowd at Phillip Island this weekend.

“My life has changed a lot over the last 12 months,” Miller told Speedcafe.com.

“I just have to remember I’m a scrub from Townsville who rides motorbikes for a living. Its not too hard to keep my feet on the ground.

“Its been nice to lead the Moto3 championship all the way through until the last two races. It has been a dream come true.

“Now I have finally have the machinery to deliver the job I always thought I could do.

“We definitely need 25 points we have been looking strong for it in the last couple of races and we just haven’t had that luck we needed.

“My home race couldn’t have come at a better time after two difficult weekends.

“We have been competitive at those last two rounds but it hasn’t quite come together in the race. There are 75 points to be won and we need to try and close the gap.”

Miller’s move has not gone unnoticed by some of the sport’s biggest names with multiple grand prix winner Dani Pedrosa offering advice to the rising star.

The Honda rider believes Miller faces a huge task in making the leap from Moto3 to MotoGP but is confident he will settle as long as he takes his time to learn the category.

“For sure it is a big jump and he will have to manage many things at the beginning that he is not used too. But MotoGP has many people around that can help and advise him,” Pedrosa told Speedcafe.com.

“He will be a good rider in MotoGP which is great for Australians.

“My advice is to take your time because in MotoGP you pay a little bit more for mistakes. Not that the crash is expensive the mistake is expensive for yourself.”

Miller finished today’s opening free practice session at Phillip Island in fifth spot just 0.464s behind Danny Kent, who topped the timesheets from Marquez.

October 17, 2014 |

STONER DRAFTED IN FOR HONDA MOTEGI TEST

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Two-time world champion Casey Stoner is set to ride a MotoGP machine once again having answered a call from previous employers Honda.

According to reports from MCN, the Australian has been selected by the Japanese giant to complete a two-day test onboard a factory RC213V machine at the Motegi circuit on October 29-30.

It is understood Stoner will test a RC213V during both days of the test in what will be his first ride on a prototype bike for a year.

Honda plans to use one of the test days to trial Michelin tyres in preparation for the French manufacturer’s MotoGP arrival in 2016.

Stoner, who retired from MotoGP at the end of 2012, has tested for Honda as recently as last year, but has spent this season on the sidelines having elected to step away from all forms of motorsport.

Last season Stoner made the switch to four wheels with a season in V8 Supercars’ second tier Dunlop Series.

October 17, 2014 |
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