2014 Yamaha YFZ450R Brings Slipper Clutch to the ATV World
Yamaha claims the 2014 YFZ450R is the industry's first Sport ATV with an assist and slipper clutch as stock. This new clutch requires less lever effort and reduces the rear wheel hopping during strong engine braking, allowing the suspensions to work better for increased stability.
The 5-titanium valve engine got new cams and a redesigned exhaust port for better power deployment and increased performance in the middle- and all the way through the top rpm range.
The engine sits lower in the hybrid steel-aluminium frame, for more stability and better cornering. The lower part of the chassis is made of steel, while the upper half in cast aluminium elements bolted together. The same aluminium-steel combo is met in the rim design.
The 2014 Yamaha YFZ450R comes with a better seat which more room for side-to-side transitions in fast corners, and the fenders can be changed without tools, given the quick-release system, available as a Special Edition treat only, until now.
The handlebars are adjustable and they can be set as standard, 10mm or 20mm forward, or 10mm back, for the best ergonomics with any rider. The 2014 Yamaha YFZ450R will arrive in August and will retail for $8,799 (€6.595) in Team Yamaha Blue/White and Blaze Orange/White.
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