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Old 02-23-2014, 09:28 AM   #1
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WR450R coming stateside for 2015

I got some inside info from my Yami Rep that the WR450R is coming to the US for 2015. No mention of price, but expects it to come in competitively priced. Now the WR250R gets a big brother.
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:30 AM   #2
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:39 AM   #3
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So you're saying I should put off buying a bike until the 2015 year...Not sure I can wait!
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:55 AM   #4
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I would jump at the chance for this bike.

edit: i found this petition online for this if anyone's interested. http://www.petitiononline.com/wr450r/petition.html
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:01 AM   #5
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:04 AM   #6
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:11 AM   #7
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:49 AM   #8
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As long as the engine is tuned for torque and the 5 speed tranny is wide ratio, I might buy one. I hate the thought of an additional valve to keep adjusted.

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Old 02-23-2014, 12:40 PM   #9
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The WR450R is coming to the US? Does it even exist somewhere else already?

I thought that the WR450F was just hung with lights, mirrors, and horn in Australia to make it street-legal, which we can do here in FL ourselves anyway. There's no cush-hub, long-interval valves, or wide-ratio 6spd, like the WR250R has.

How reliable is your source?

Competitively priced, huh? Competitive to what? A KTM 450? A 450 dirtbike? A Nighthawk 450? No other japanese mfr offers a 450 dualsport, so there doesn't appear to be any close competition for pricing or performance.
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Old 02-23-2014, 01:03 PM   #10
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No such bike exists yet except for those internet wishes & MAYBE in some secret corners of Yamaha...but that is pure speculation at this point.

this thread is from 2009 (a year after the 250R was released)
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=446841
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Old 02-23-2014, 01:09 PM   #11
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I got some inside info from my Yami Rep that the WR450R is coming to the US for 2015. No mention of price, but expects it to come in competitively priced. Now the WR250R gets a big brother.
and if your rep's comments are legit, this: "expects it to come in competitively priced" says it gonna be a heavy pig. you can't keep it lighter in weight and sell it cheap. i'd rather see it $750 more and speced with more upscale and lighter components. instead of chasing KTM, the Japanese are all racing to the bottom these days.
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Old 02-23-2014, 01:39 PM   #12
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Old 02-23-2014, 01:39 PM   #13
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Why would it be any different than the 125 or 250 already being sold... The rest of the world doesn't think, "dual sport" the way the US does. I wouldn't expect a street legal "WR" but a world market "WRR." There is a huge difference.
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Old 02-23-2014, 01:42 PM   #14
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. instead of chasing KTM, the Japanese are all racing to the bottom these days.

And "enthusiasts" are clamoring for even cheaper grade crap at even lower prices!
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Old 02-23-2014, 02:01 PM   #15
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I got some inside info from my Yami Rep
Setting aside the absurdity of a motorcycle that does not exist suddenly "coming to the US" in some future year, what we have here is an anonymous advrider passing on a rumor from an anonymous "Yami Rep". If you were to comb through the threads in ADvrider over the last ten years or so, you would find dozens of similar claims. My favorites were the ones where some highly placed Honda insider spilled details of the new XR650R dual sport, which of course never happened.

These insiders probably most often are motorcycle salespeople, who while they might be perfectly decent people in most respects, seem to know almost nothing about motorcycles, even the ones they sell. I visited a Kawasaki dealer in the fall of 2007 and asked a salesman when they would be getting the new KLR650. He told me the KLR650 was unchanged for 2008. This was AFTER the all new model had been road tested by several publications. I still don't know if he was that ignorant or if he was lying because he he wanted to clear out his 2007 inventory.

Even the dealers who own the shops don't get that much advance information of new models. They find out at their fall dealer meetings, at which time they are instructed what quantity of each model they will receive.

Since it is almost certain that it would be impossible to create an EPA certified dual sport out of any existing Yamaha 450, the rumored machine would have to be a clean sheet all new from the ground up motorcycle. If Yamaha is planning to release such a machine in 2015, they are likely still in the process of testing and certifying, which means lots of things could still go wrong, and lots of people still have a voice in creating a delay. It's even possible a fatal flaw could be uncovered and kill the whole project.

The bottom line is even the president of Yamaha might not be able to guarantee a WR450R for 2015, so any lower level poser "Yamaha rep" is either passing on a rumor or simply making something up.

The Honda XR650R dual sport prophets were certain that if they kept predicting the new model each year, eventually they would be correct. They seem to have all given up now. The Yamaha WR450R has replaced it as the new air castle of Japanese dual sports. It could actually happen. Just don't get too invested in the details of what and when.
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