SPY PHOTOS: 2018 YAMAHA YZ250F & YZ450F
We found a press release on the Japan Yamaha website (in Japanese) of their new team for the 2017 year for the All Japan Nationals. The riders are Hirata Yu riding on the factory YZ450FM and Yusuke Watanabe aboard the YZ250FM. If you look at these bikes closely, especially the YZ450FM, you can see some big variances between the 2017 and the factory model YZ450F.
Since 2018 should be the end of Yamaha’s rigid four year production cycle of the YZ450F, this may very be the meat and trimmings of the production 2018 YZ450F. Look closely at the frame, body work and electric start. Although Yamaha has been tricking us for years that an electric starter will come on the production model. We won’t get our hopes up.