Yamaha Announces New Special Edition YFZ450R
Yamaha has unveiled a new Black and Crimson 2014 Special Edition YFZ450R to round out its roster of Sport ATVs that now includes four models this year. The new SE YFZ450R joins Yamaha’s existing 2014 SE sport models including a Midnight Blue Raptor 700R, Metallic Grey/White Raptor 700R and a Crimson Red and Black YFZ450R.
Each of the 2014 SE models gets aggressive styling with unique color schemes and graphics. The YFZs also receive a GYTR front grab bar while the big Raptors get GYTR front grab bars and GYTR heel guards. Each 2014 SE model is being assembled at the Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America in Newnan, Ga., for worldwide distribution.
“Yamaha rules the sport ATV market which is full of some of the most passionate motorsports enthusiasts – people who love racing, riding the dunes and trails,” says Steve Nessl, Yamaha ATV/SxS group marketing manager. “The SE models have always been popular sellers and are an excellent way for Yamaha owners to stand out among their friends and other riders.”
The new 2014 Black and Crimson Red YFZ450R SE will be available this spring while the Crimson Red and Black color combination is currently available. Both have an MSRP of $8,949.
The 2014 YFZ450R received significant changes when it was introduced this past June. Updates include an industry-exclusive standard assist and slipper clutch along with new styling and body configuration providing more space and comfort in the seating position. New KYB shocks with 9.8 inches of travel and Kashima coating up front complement a rear swingarm with 11 inches of travel and a new fully adjustable 46mm KYB piggyback shock absorber out back. The new YFZs also have new Maxxis tires at 20 inches in the rear and 21 inches in the front. Powering all YFZ450Rs is a titanium five-valve, 449cc fuel-injected motor. The power plant sits in a cast aluminum-steel chassis.
The Yamaha Raptor 700R is also now Assembled in the United States at the YMMC facility. The Raptor 700R SE is powered by its 686cc, four stroke, liquid-cooled engine. The Raptor’s powerplant features a forged lightweight piston and aluminum cylinder with ceramic composite coating, which provides reduced weight, increased cooling ability and additional wear resistance. Roller rocker arms reduce friction in the valve train allowing the engine to rev more freely leading to better overall performance and improved throttle response.
This big bore has a five-speed transmission plus reverse and the ride is controlled by 9.1 inches of front travel and 10.1 inches out back.
The all-new 2014 Midnight Blue and Metallic Grey/White Raptor 700R SE are currently available with an MSRP of $8,799.
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