2017 YAMAHA YZ450F
RACER’S GUIDE TO THE
Every rider has personal touches. MXA’s test YZ450F has
the optional GYTR tall seat because the test rider is tall.
FREE-WHEELING FOR UNDER $600
We wanted a second set of wheels so that we could have
different compound tires ready in an instant. Since the stock
YZ450F wheels are adequate for the average racer (although
our test riders had no intention of racing Supercross with
them), we opted to go with Tusk Impact wheelsets (equipped
with Tusk Typhoon brake rotors) for our backup wheels. The
MXA wrecking crew has had great luck with Tusk wheels
over the years. They are durable enough for regular use,
stay true and we’ve never suffered a failure. Best of all, both
wheels (with white hubs, black spokes and black rims) only
cost $590. If you are buying the Tusk wheels to use as spares
at the races, be sure to factor in the cost of new rotors (and
rotor bolts); otherwise, you will have to change rotors every
time you change wheels. The front and rear Tusk Typhoon
rotors were only $120 ($130 with rotor bolts).
THAT SPECIAL LOOK
The MXA wrecking crew loves the guys at Decal Works.
They save our bacon all the time. Every time we set out to
build a project bike, we procrastinate on the color of the
plastic, sponsor logos and overall look of the bike. Sometimes
we start with the stock plastic and then switch to Cycra,
which means that all-new graphics have to be built at Decal
Works. They never complain when we say that we have to
have it by tomorrow or when we change our minds about
the color. And, most important, when we need design help
to pull the look of the bike together, they get it done for
us. For our Simi Valley Cycle YZ450F, we gave Nick at
Decal Works all the sponsor logos and told him to put them
together. We think it looks great. For more information, go to
www.decalmx.com or call (815) 784-4000.
Decal Works handled
the graphics and we
used stock Yamaha
plastic, save for the
Cycra front number
plate and front fender.