The 2016 Yamaha YZ450F has made a big leap in its competitive
nature on the motocross track.
Since Yamaha made suspension
improvements, fine-tuned the huge
powerband and controlled the
dynamics of the reverse-canted
engine, every single rider feels that
this bike is a player. In an off-road
environment, it has carved out a niche;
it offers sound handling traits, a motor
that has enough flexibility to throttle
down to an off-road world, suspension
that has an appetite for versatility
and a strong commitment from the
aftermarket whose off-road-focused
bolt-on mods strategically enhance the
YZ450’s off-road prowess.
That’s one reason why Yamaha is
now offering the 450X for public consumption and also why Dick’s Racing
uses the 450 to attack the competitive
hare-scrambles world with Vaughn
Wilk at the helm. Vaughn won the
Shasta National Hare Scrambles event
in 2015 aboard a modified YZ450F.
Here’s a look at his bike, the mods
and the reasoning behind them.
From moto to hare scrambles
DICK’S RACING MODS