are comfortable to trail ride, but the
narrower TRX450R is more comfortable
in the trees. While MX and desert racers
don’t want the extra weight of a reverse
gear, trail riders and cross-country
racers would really appreciate the
option on either ATV.
HOW ABOUT ERGONOMICS AND
The Yamaha has the best seat
and plastic in the industry. The slight
T-shape of the seat is perfect for
transferring weight from side to side
in corners. The removable plastic side
panels on the YFZ-R work excellent
while using your knees to readjust
the machine in the air. These plastic
panels are removable to easily access
vital maintenance items, and they are
actually made from a special softer
plastic to keep from destroying the
inside of your legs and knees. The
Pro Taper bars found stock on the
YFZ-R are also a welcome luxury
in comparison to the stock steel
handlebars on the Honda. The YFZ-R
steering stem even features a four-way,
adjustable bar mount allowing different-
size riders to place the bars exactly
where they want.
chassis design lacks
a lot of the cooler,
features found on the
Yamaha, but it is still
very comfortable. The
is unbeatable on the
from sitting to standing
is almost effortless on
the TRX in comparison
to any other 450.
Taller riders will feel
right at home on the
Honda, but they might
really appreciate lower
pegs and a taller
stem on the YFZ-R.
item on the Honda
is the thumb throttle.
Honda throttles are
just plain good; racers
WHICH HANDLES TRACKS BETTER?
fine-tuning to each rider’s preference.
The shocks are fully adjustable and
work pretty well on the TRX as well.
Bump absorption is excellent on both
machines, but, in stock form, the
Yamaha feels like a more highly tuned,
capable package in most situations.
In stock form, the Yamaha is the
king of the track. Without aftermarket
suspension, the taller, standard-width
TRX is no match for the YFZ-R in
the corners. The YFZ-R is stable and
corners really well. Both the Honda
and Yamaha are excellent jumpers, but
the lower, wider Yamaha is easier to
maneuver through the rest of most any
off-road or MX course. While comparing
stock for stock, the Yamaha dominates
the track scene, but the Honda has
proven itself a winner at the top of every
form of ATV racing over the years. With
a good set of A-arms, race shocks and
an axle, the Honda becomes a whole
new animal. The Honda does have a
lower retail price, but you will be hard-pressed to properly set it up for track
with the $800 you save off the dealer
WHAT ABOUT DUNES AND TRAILS?
Both bikes are excellent duners—
great power, electric start and plush
suspension are a recipe for success
in the sand. While both bikes are
excellent, the Yamaha edges out the
Honda once again with its wider, more-stable platform and fuel-injected motor.
Trail riding is a blast on both machines
as well. If the trails start to get tighter,
the Honda will prevail. Both platforms
Which is the better all-around performer—the Honda TRX450R or the Yamaha YFZ450R? In corners, the wider
and lower YFZ450R has an advantage over the narrow and taller Honda.
Both have super-strong twin-piston brake calipers. While the Honda has 22-inch Dunlop
radials, the Yamaha has 21-inch Dunlops designed for a crisper steering response.