2020 Yamaha YZ450FX

The Tuning Fork brand’s flagship cross-country racer.

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First introduced in 2016, the Yamaha YZ450FX lives in the 450 four-stroke cross-country dirt bike segment. The Tuning Fork brand designed the YZ450FX to be raced in the woods of the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series, where it’s campaigned by the AmPro Yamaha team in the premier XC1 Open Pro Class.

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The YZF450FX is derived from Yamaha’s class-leading YZ450F motocrosser, but is tuned for backwoods riding with its dedicated cross-country suspension settings, five-speed wide-ratio transmission, 18-inch rear wheel, kickstand, and Dunlop Geomax AT81 tires.

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2020 Yamaha YZ450FX Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

Although the Yamaha YZ450FX didn’t receive any mechanical changes for 2020, it was all-new the year prior and our colleagues at our dirt-only sister publication, Dirt Rider, attended the intro for the bike at Randy Hawkins’ private ranch in Union, South Carolina. Later that year, Dirt Rider conducted a 450 Off-Road Shootout, which included the Yamaha YZ450FX along with three of its main competitors in the 450 cross-country bike segment including the KTM 450 XC-F, Husqvarna FX 450, and Honda CRF450RX. The suggested retail price of the 2020 Yamaha YZ450FX is $9,599.

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Yamaha YZ450FX Updates For 2020

New graphics are the only update the Yamaha YZ450FX received for 2020, but bLU cRU's flagship cross-country motorcycle received a major overhaul the year prior.

2020 Yamaha YZ450FX Claimed Specifications

Price $9,599
Engine Liquid-cooled DOHC single-cylinder
Displacement 449cc
Bore x Stroke 97.0 x 60.9mm
Horsepower N/A
Torque N/A
Transmission 5-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 37.6 in.
Rake 27.2°
Trail 4.6 in.
Front Suspension 48mm inverted fork, fully adjustable; 12.2-in. travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable; 12.5-in. travel
Front Tire 80/100-21
Rear Tire 120/90-18
Wheelbase 58.3 in.
Fuel Capacity 2.2 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight 256 lb.