Yamaha YFZ450

Yamaha YFZ450

The Yamaha YFZ450 is a high-performance, four-stroke ATV(All-Terrain Vehicle). Introduced in 2003 as a 2004 model, it was a huge leap forward relative to its competition. It uses many light-weight materials to give it the lowest dry-weight (350 lbs.) of any 450-class sport ATV.

This ATV was considered "revolutionary" and the "biggest step toward an off the showroom floor race ready ATV available by any the four major Japanese manufactures". By the end of the 2004 ATV racing season, two of the three National Championships were claimed by riders riding the Yamaha YFZ450: Keith Little, Brandon and Bill Ballance. [ [http://www.atvriders.com/atvnews/2006_Yamaha_YFZ450_Intro.html ATVRiders.com] ]


The Yamaha YFZ450 is very narrow for an ATV. On the front, the fender is moved forward so that tall riders can fit themselves on it. [ [http://www.off-road.com/atv/reviews/quads/2004yfz450/ ATV OffRoad.com] ]

Yamaha claims that the 2007 edition of the YFZ450 is the "lightest, most powerful ATV ever, winner of just about every magazine shootout". It comes standard with a pushbutton electric starter and a flip-type parking brake. New change for the 2007 model include an aluminum handlebar, redesigned front master brake cylinder, drilled rear disc brake, and an internal oil jet. These features boost handling, braking, and improve the ride of the ATV. [ [http://www.yamaha-motor.com/sport/products/modelfeatures/323/0/features.aspx Yamaha's Official Website - YFZ450] ]

Since its introduction in late 2003, the Yamaha YFZ450 has seen a massive explosion in after market parts. Many manufactures were quick to launch exhaust pipes, suspension parts, and body work. Some of these parts are said to increase power and performance. [ [http://www.yfzcentral.com/reviews/ Reviews of Performance Parts] ]

While Yamaha tends to share naming structures amongst similar products (the YZ-series dirt bikes for example), the only other Yamaha product to carry the YFZ designation is the legendary Banshee (known as the YFZ350 in Yamaha part catalogs and manuals).

The ATV was also ridden by a number of professional ATV Freestyle riders associated with Akraix Entertainment. These riders include Derek Guetter, Jon Guetter, Ben Bettis, and Garret Engelstad.

Model Year Changes

The YFZ450 model as a whole has not changed much; however, many small changes have been made throughout its run.


*First model-year, introduced all-new


*Head de-compression plug eliminated


*New crankshaft with increased stroke to 63.4mm (up from 62.0 mm. This made it a true 449 cc. Previously a 439 cc engine
*Larger capacity radiator
*Titanium heat-shield
*Longer steering stem, revised handlebars, and thicker padding in seat
*Aluminum rear grab-bar replaces steel design
*Aluminum front bumper to replace steel design
*Replaced the twin-row bearing carrier swingarm with a round-housing swingarm which made adjusting the chain easier
*Twin-piston rear brake caliper
*LED taillight
*Revised head design (very slight difference, parts interchangeable among all years)
*Revised carburetion, and ignition timing
*New tire design
*Longer travel rear shock
*New front suspension settings


*ProTaper aluminum handlebars
*Revised front brake master cylinder and lever
*Drilled rear brake disc
*Internal oil jet to lubricate piston bottom
*Improved clutch

pecifications (2007)


*$6,999 (Base Model)
*$7,449 (Special Edition)
*$7,599 (Bill Ballance Edition)


*Type: 449cc, 4-Stroke Single, Liquid Cooled w/ Fan, Titanium 5-Valve DOHC
*Bore: x Stroke 95 mm x 63.4mm
*Compression Ratio: 11.4:1
*Carburetion: Keihin 39 mm FCR w/ Throttle Position Sensor
*Ignition: DC - CDI
*Starting System: Electric
*Transmission: 5-Speed Manual Clutch
*Drive Train: 2WD; Sealed O-Ring Chain


*Suspension: Front: Independent Double Wishbone, 9.1” w/ Rebound, Compression and Threaded Preload Adjustment
*Suspension: Rear: Cast Aluminum Swing Arm, 10.1” w/ Rebound, Compression and Threaded Preload Adjustment
*Brakes: Front: Dual Hydraulic Disc, Twin Piston
*Brakes: Rear: Hydraulic Disc
*Tires: Front: AT21 x 7-10 Radial
*Tires: Rear: AT20 x 10-9 Radial


*Length x Width x Height: 72.4” x 46.1” x 42.9”
*Seat Height: 31.5”
*Wheelbase: 50.4”
*Ground Clearance: 4.4”
*Fuel Capacity: 2.6 Gallons
*Dry Weight: 350 Pounds


*Lighting: Dual 30W Krypton Multi-reflector Headlights & 21/5W Brake light
*Colors: Team Yamaha Blue/White; White/gray; Yellow/Black (Special Edition)
*Warranty: 6 Month (Limited Factory Warranty)


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