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Yamaha has unveiled the redesigned WR450F enduro for 2024. MSRP is $10,199 (European model shown).
Yamaha has unveiled the redesigned WR450F enduro for 2024. MSRP is $10,199 (European model shown). (Yamaha/)

Once Yamaha overhauled its title-winning YZ450F motocrosser last year, you knew it was only a matter of time before its off-road-specific version and closely related 450cc enduro cousin got the same treatment. Welp, that time came last week, when Yamaha unveiled the redesigned 2024 WR450F, a model that—like the retooled YZ—will now sport a revised chassis; a new, more powerful engine; revised ergos; and drastically improved suspension for the new model year.

And to cap it all off, Team Blue put the WR on a diet, even chipping in an updated transmission, new bodywork, and new smartphone tuning functionality as well, resulting in what’s very nearly a ground-up redesign. The bike is expected in dealers by this November, and will be priced at $10,199—just $200 more than last year.

The 2024 WR450F gets a new engine, redesigned frame, and upgraded suspension this year.
The 2024 WR450F gets a new engine, redesigned frame, and upgraded suspension this year. (Yamaha/)

As far as redesigned components for 2024, the new WR450F benefits from the improvements in engine and chassis technology seen on the race-winning YZ450F,  with a combination of increased power and a reworked, lightweight chassis along with optimized suspension components and slimmer bodywork giving this enduro—in Yamaha’s words—an even higher degree of controllability in a wide range of situations.

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The 2024 WR also has a lower seat height and is lighter than last year’s model. A flatter seat and revised ergonomics open up the riding position as well.
The 2024 WR also has a lower seat height and is lighter than last year’s model. A flatter seat and revised ergonomics open up the riding position as well. (Yamaha/)

The devil is in the details here, and it starts with the redesigned aluminum bilateral beam frame featuring a 15mm lower head pipe joint. That allows the frame rail and tension pipe to sit lower and, along with model-specific front engine mounts, adds strength, giving the new WR450F better straight-line stability and cornering performance. Yamaha says the lower center of gravity also gives the WR450F a lighter feel for better handling and traction in tighter trail sections.

Revised KYB front suspension offers toolless adjustments this year, though travel is slightly reduced, to 11.8 inches (European model shown).
Revised KYB front suspension offers toolless adjustments this year, though travel is slightly reduced, to 11.8 inches (European model shown). (Yamaha/)

Sitting inside the new frame is a completely redesigned liquid-cooled 450cc four-stroke engine that’s lighter, more compact, and higher-revving, with improved pulling power across the entire rev range. For that you can thank internal changes, which include new exhaust and intake ports; larger 39mm diameter titanium intake valves; a new piston, cylinder, crankshaft, and balancer assembly; and a change to dry-sump lubrication. Additionally, revised ECU settings are now tailored to enhance low-end tractability to better suit trail riding, with an all-new three-level traction control system tuning the engine to maintain ideal rear wheel grip.

Footpegs are lower and lighter and the WR450F sees a new clutch and transmission for 2024.
Footpegs are lower and lighter and the WR450F sees a new clutch and transmission for 2024. (Yamaha/)

Working in concert with the frame is a drastically upgraded KYB coil-spring-type fork with speed-sensitive damping. As before, it’s fully adjustable, but it now features a hand-operated compression clicker

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By: Andrew Cherney
Title: 2024 Yamaha WR450F First Look Preview
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/yamaha-wr450f-first-look-preview/
Published Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2023 10:00:02 +0000

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2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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Show-stopping cars

This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.

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Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: 2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/2024-rodeo-drive-concours-delegance-preview/
Published Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2024 17:10:18 +0000

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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

Ducati 996 café racer by Jaron Hall
Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-motorcycle-news-june-16-2024
Published Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2024 20:50:06 +0000

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Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s

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Of all the famous nameplates borne by Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1904, few are as celebrated, significant, evocative and enduring as the ‘Silver Ghost’. Formally launched in 1906 as the 40/50 H.P., it was the first model to be awarded the soubriquet of ‘the best car in the world’ that Rolls-Royce retains to this day, setting unmatchable standards for performance and reliability, proven in the era’s toughest road trials. It was also a stupendous commercial success, with almost 8,000 examples built in the UK and US over an 18-year period – an unimaginable product lifespan in the modern age. That so many Silver Ghosts still survive in full working order – and, indeed, regularly perform the same feats they achieved more than a century ago – is a lasting monument to Henry Royce’s engineering genius.

Early beginnings

By 1906, just three years after its foundation, Rolls-Royce was already something of a victim of its own success. Demand for its motor cars was such that its line-up had quickly expanded from the original twin-cylinder 10 H.P. to include three-cylinder 15 H.P., four-cylinder 20 H.P. and six-cylinder 30 H.P. models. Henry Royce had even produced the first ever V8 passenger motor car, known as the ‘Lega limit’ since the 3.5-litre engine was governed to keep it below the 20mph speed limit then in force in Britain – only three of these were ever made, and it remains the only Rolls-Royce model of which no examples survive. This proliferation of models reflected a trend across the luxury automotive sector, as competing manufacturers chased an ever more finely segmented client base.

However, for Rolls-Royce, it caused major manufacturing headaches, since many parts were not interchangeable between models. The problem was compounded by Henry Royce’s entirely laudable policy of continuous improvement; his constant adjustments and refinements went all the way down to the smallest components. This created variations between – and even within – production series, to the extent that often only a handful of individual motor cars would be entirely identical.

Simplify Production

As with almost any manufacturing process, more complexity and variability meant increased costs. This was anathema to the highly astute, commercially driven Managing Director, Claude Johnson. Having decided radical change was needed, he proposed the marque should focus all its energies on producing just one model. Charles Rolls enthusiastically agreed, but insisted it should be positioned at the top end of the market, where Rolls-Royce was already gaining a reputation as the very best motor car available. Though a ruthless perfectionist and tireless innovator, Royce was also a pragmatist. He saw the logic of his colleagues’ single-model approach and duly produced a completely new motor car, the 40/50 H.P.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/rolls-royce-silver-ghost/
Published Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2024 23:23:29 +0000

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