MXA VIDEO: WE TEST THE 2022 YAMAHA YZ450F
The 2022 Yamaha YZ450F has the same platform from the 2020 and 2021 model seasons with minor updates to the rear wheel, suspension and graphics. To lighten weight and increase strength, it comes with a new lightweight rear hub, lighter rear sprocket and lighter drive chain to reduce unsprung weight, driveline inertia and contribute to more agile handling. The rear wheel also has a new cross-three spoke pattern to further improve impact absorption and overall feel. It’s hard to tell at first glance, but the spokes cross each other just barely at their base, then each spoke crosses another two more times. The forks were also made slightly stiffer to increase hold up and improve traction.