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– 2013 Yamaha Raptor YFZ450 Review
2013 Yamaha Raptor YFZ450
Best in class performance at an unbeatable price…
Boasting a powerful, quick-revving engine and light, nimble handling, the YFZ450 shreds its competition not only on performance, but also price.
Combine the powerful YZ450 engine with an ultra-lightweight chassis… add in high tech suspesion and you end up with an extrememly capable sport ATV that is equally at home on the trail or race track.
The YFZ450 has had more than a few #1 plates on it. Its race winning pedigree is known from Coast to Coast.
An ultra-high performance sport ATV, the YFZ 450 has a powerful, industry-exclusive, five-valve engine. Combined with a 350-pound dry weight and you have one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any ATV ever produced.
2013 Yamaha Raptor YFZ450 Key Features:
•The new 2012 YFZ450 offers great value – true 450cc class performance at 400cc class price.
•Significantly more low and midrange performance compared with the previous YFZ450 model, yet with the same peak power output thanks to revised cam profile and timing and new ignition mapping. Throttle lever effort is lighter than before for all-day riding comfort.
•Lightweight, ultra-compact steel frame with aluminum sub frame give the new YFZ450 awesome flexibility.
•Just like its YFZ cousins, the new YFZ450 has great handling characteristics the family is known for.
•The YFZ450 comes standard with pushbutton electric starting, a convenient flip-type parking brake and suspension calibrated for performance.
•A plethora of GYTR® accessories are readily available for this machine.
2013 Yamaha Raptor YFZ450 Features and Benefits:
•449cc liquid-cooled, DOHC four-stroke with five valves features 95mm bore and 63.4mm stroke for massive power with high over-rev capacity and crisp, linear throttle response.
•A large 42mm Mikuni® BSR carburetor delivers precise fuel/air mixing and crisp throttle response with low throttle lever effort.
•Smooth-shifting YZ-spec ratchet-type five-speed transmission and heavy-duty clutch deliver all that power to the rear tires with maximum efficiency.
•Large-capacity radiator is optimally mounted in the frame to guard against damage.
•Reliable pushbutton electric start in any gear adds extra convenience.
•Additional weight-saving engine features include: magnesium cylinder head cover and right-side crankcase cover.
•Dry-sump engine carries oil in an aluminum tank directly in front of the engine for excellent cooling and optimal protection from rocks or mud.
•Large capacity airbox features no-tool access to the extra large oiled dual-foam filter for easy maintenance.
•Independent aluminum upper A-arm front suspension features 9.1 inches of travel.
•Rear suspension system uses YZ-linkage type, controlled by a piggyback shock with 10.6 inches of travel.
•Dual hydraulic front brakes with 127mm discs and class-exclusive, dual-piston hydraulic 173mm rear disc provide strong braking capability with progressive control and feel.
•The wheel has been designed with the inner lip rolled in. This increases the rigidity, allowing a reduction in weight while maintaining strength.
•High-performance 21×7-10 front and 20x10R9 rear Dunlop® radials, designed specifically for the YFZ450, deliver superb, class-leading traction.
•Ultra-rigid cast aluminum swingarm reduces unsprung weight and provides optimal suspension action.
•Long travel out back means an excellent ride and handling.
•Eccentric chain adjuster mechanism simplifies that job.
•Long, low, and narrow YZ-style seat enhances the quick, balanced steering and optimal rider movement.
•Rugged steel 45mm foot rests provide excellent grip and rider comfort.
•Large-capacity, 2.6-gallon fuel tank provides excellent range.
•Dual 30-watt multireflector Krypton headlights set back in the front cowl add the perfect menacing appearance. 21/5W taillight is tough, and incorporates a brakelight for added convenience.
2013 Yamaha Raptor YFZ450 – Unitied States of America Specifications / Technical Details
USA MSRP: $6,899 (Black Metalic) Available from October 2012; $6,899 (White w/Graphics Kit) Available from October 2012
Type 449cc liquid-cooled w/fan, 4-stroke; DOHC, 5 valves
Bore x Stroke 95.0mm x 63.4mm
Compression Ratio 11.4:1
Fuel Delivery Mikuni® 42mm BSR
Ignition DC – CDI
Starting System Electric
Transmission 5-speed; wet multiplate clutch
Drive Train 2WD; sealed O-ring chain, eccentric adjustment
Suspension / Front Independent double wishbone, threaded preload adjustment, 9.1-in travel
Suspension / Rear Cast aluminum swing arm, threaded preload adjustment, 10.6-in travel
Brakes / Front 127mm Dual hydraulic disc
Brakes / Rear 173mm Hydraulic disc
Tires / Front Dunlop® AT21 x 7-10
Tires / Rear Dunlop® AT20 x 10R9
L x W x H 72.4 x 46.1 x 42.9 in
Seat Height 31.9 in
Wheelbase 50.4 in
Ground Clearance 4.5 in
Fuel Capacity 2.6 gal
Wet Weight 385 lb
Lighting Dual 30W Krypton multireflector headlights & 3.9/0.5W LED brakelight
Warranty 6 Month (Limited Factory Warranty)
2013 Yamaha Raptor YFZ450 – Canada Specifications / Technical Details
Canadian MSRP: $8,999 CDN
Engine 4-Stroke Single, Liquid Cooled w/Fan, 5-Valve DOHC
Bore and Stroke 95mm x 63.4mm
Compression Ratio 11.4:1
Carburetion Mikuni 42mm BSR
Ignition DC – CDI
Transmission Wide ratio, 5-Speed Manual
Final Drive Sealed O-Ring Chain
Suspension (Front) Independent Double Wishbone, 9.1″ travel
Suspension (Rear) Aluminum swingarm, 10.6″ travel
Brakes (Front) Dual Hydraulic Disc, Twin Piston Caliper
Brakes (Rear) Hydraulic Disc, Twin Piston Caliper
Tires (Front) AT21x7-10 Radial
Tires (Rear) AT20x10-9 Radial
Length 1,840mm (72.4″)
Width 1,170mm (46.1″)
Height 1,090mm (42.9″)
Wheelbase 1,280mm (50.4″)
Ground Clearance 112mm (4.4″)
Seat Height 810mm (31.9″)
Dry Weight 159kg (350 lb)
Fuel Capacity 10 litres
Warranty 6 months (unlimited mileage)
Specifications, appearance, and price of product are subject to change without notice.
* MSRP does not include freight, PDI (Pre Delivery Inspection), pre-rigging (boats), or taxes. Dealer may sell for less. See your local dealer for out the door pricing.
** Provincial regulations may require additional equipment for use on public trails.