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Everything You Want to Know About the 2023 Yamaha YZ450F | SML Newsbreak



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Earlier this morning, Yamaha released details about the all-new YZ450F motocross bike, one of the best-kept secrets of the year. While we all knew that a completely redesigned bike was on its way from the Blu Cru, no juicy details were available through our normal pre-production sources. We heard several rumors ranging from mild to wild; some going as far as claiming the new bike to be steel framed with a forward-racing cylinder head. Alas, the bike remains in an aluminum chassis with the same rearward-facing cylinder head that was debuted over a decade ago in 2010. The new YZ450F is, however, significantly changed and we were able to score some Zoom facetime with Yamaha’s Mike Ulrich to dive straight into the news about the new machine and get to the good stuff that’s buried in the news release that we posted a couple of hours ago. 

In a somewhat otherwise dull 2023 model year in the 450 division, the YZ450F certainly gives us something to look forward to this testing season. 

Donn Maeda

Donn Maeda is a 30-year veteran in moto-journalism, having worked at Cycle News and Dirt Rider before launching MXracer Magazine and TransWorld Motocross Magazine. Maeda is the Editor-In-Chief at Swapmoto Live and you can catch him on a dirt bike or in the saddle of a mountain bike on most days.

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  1. Carl Walker August 10, 2022

    Thanks for the interview Don. Great info, looking forward to this bike!