We’ve seen lots of bad spy photos over the years, but the one of the 2010 Yamaha YZ450F that’s currently making the rounds is one of the worst. It’s also probably accurate. It appears to have been taken directly off a computer screen, and the syle of the drawing is exactly the same asYamaha uses for its technical information. Yamaha’s Tim Olson simply acknowledges the existence of the photo. ‘We know about that photo. There have been meetings about that photo,’ he says.
Cannondale comparisons are inevitable. The exhaust runs out the rear of the cylinder and fuel injection is obvious. Unlike Cannondale, the pipe length appears to be more or less normal, accomplished by snaking the pipe around the shock. Yamaha hasn’t yet come up with a release date for official information about the 450.