Following news that the Yamaha WR450F was Australia’s best-selling road-legal bike in the first half of 2020, the company is set to release a limited-run Aussie Edition, available exclusively Down Under.
The Yamaha WR450F Aussie Edition will hit showrooms in December priced from $14,099, with the Australian-market-only dirt bike limited to just 400 units.
Distinguishing the Aussie Edition from the recently announced 2021 WR450F is a blue graphics package featuring kangaroo motifs, while an Akrapovic pipe and Barkbusters hand guards are also included.
The Aussie Edition also boasts Australian-made accessories like an anodised aluminium radiator guard and bashplate that are produced locally by Force Accessories.
Thanks in part to a significant increase in off-road bike sales this year, the Yamaha WR450F dethroned its Tenere 700 stablemate as the best-selling road-legal bike.
The Yamaha WR450F found 745 new homes in the first half of 2020, which represents an 11 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2019.
“The retail success we have enjoyed with this model is down to a number of factors,” explains Yamaha Motor Australia sales and marketing manager Matthew Ferry.
“First of all we have a big brown land covered in fast flowing trails that is perfectly suited to this model. Plus since its inception, both Aussies and Kiwis have been instrumental in the development of this model. So you can say that the WR450F is a machine created for our unique conditions.
“Now it is gratifying to see the factory recognise the importance of this model for our market with the release of the limited Aussie Edition.”
According to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), the increase in dirt bike sales in Australia is due to the travel restrictions put in place during the coronavirus pandemic.
“People can’t go for overseas holidays, and for quite some time, they couldn’t even go for holidays within Australia,” said FCAI chief executive Tony Weber.
“So, we believe that, instead of spending up big on expensive family vacations, people are treating themselves in different ways – and this could mean they are taking up new sports like trail bike riding.
“ATVs and SSVs are also popular, and we understand this is due to the Government’s instant asset write-off program which makes the purchase of farm machinery and equipment very attractive at the present time.”
For 2021, the Yamaha WR450F received a significant update with a more powerful, lighter and more advanced 450cc engine.
Notable standard features include a compact instrument display, an electric starter, handlebar-mounted map switch and the ability to adjust the engine tune via a smartphone.
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