OFF-ROAD PROJECT BIKE
acted like we had installed a flywheel weight, virtually eliminating jumpiness. It revved slowly and smoothly without
feeling sluggish. This put huge smiles on the test riders’
faces. Another thing that caught our attention right away
was the slim feel of Cycra’s new plastics. We are not sure
how they do it, but it definitely slims the bike down. The
new airbox cover does bring back the intake noise of years
prior, so if you’re not a fan of added noise, that might be
something to take into consideration.
Precision Concepts nailed the suspension setup for
off-road. After setting the sag and making a few minor
clicker adjustments, most test riders felt right at home on
the machine, although some of the larger test riders would
have liked a slightly stiffer setup. We ended up running our
ODI CFT Podium bars in the bar position closest to the
rider on the GPR top triple clamp.
The Tubliss system offers a large number of combinations to run for tire pressure, but we settled on 9 pounds
in the front and 8 in the rear. This made good, predictable
traction on both ends and was preferred by all the test riders. Overall, the build can be classified as a success, and
we look forward to putting in long hours of testing on our
Thousand Oaks Powersports Yamaha YZ450F.
The all-new Cycra PowerFlow plastics kit for the 2014 Yamaha 450 not
only looks killer but has additional
cooling vents to lower operating
Test rider Pete Murray blowing up berms like it’s nothing
aboard our MX Dream Bikes-built YZ450F off-road machine.