More Refinements In Blue
Yamaha’s big updates to the two-stroke lineup was something we didn’t necessarily see coming, and with minimal changes in the last 15 years, it came as big news to see a heavily updated YZ125. However, that’s not to overshadow the changes to the four-stroke lineup that is in place for 2022.
Some were expecting big changes to the YZ450F due its usual timeline of changes, but the truth is Yamaha has been slowly implementing changes over the last several years. 2020 saw a pretty big change in the chassis, and the motor has continued to see updates over the past few years. So for 2022, Yamaha kept it simple and the changes are minimal. A new, thinner and lighter rear hub with a three-cross spoke pattern (similar to the KTM/Husqvarna Factory Editions) is in store. Suspension settings are also said to be updated. Finally, some new graphics adorn big blue. The new 2022 YZ450F will be available from dealers this July in next-generation Team Yamaha Blue for $9,599 MSRP.
The smaller bore YZ250F sees changes similar to the 450F which is to be expected after a heavy update in 2021. The rear wheel is now rolling on a 2.15 rim with the three-cross spoke pattern. Suspension settings and graphics are also updated for the new year.
The big changes in 2022 went to the YZ250FX. It now shares the same platform as the new YZ250F, with engine and chassis updates for a more aggressive character overall. A new intake system helps deliver air more efficiently and directly, and the exhaust camshaft is new. To help slow down the newfound power, updated front and rear brake systems are in place like the MX models have. A stronger front brake and lighter, smaller rear brake are in use. The frame is the same as the YZ250F, though different engine mounts hold everything together to suit off-road terrain better.
We suspect the new 250FX chassis and engine will be a more aggressive, precise, higher-revving engine based on riding the 2021 YZ250F last year. We could appreciate it on the motocross tracks, but it will be interesting to see how that translates into the off-road arena. The new 2022 YZ250FX will be available from dealers this October in next-generation Team Yamaha Blue for $8,799 MSRP.
The 450FX saw heavy updates last year to match the 450F motocrosser, so changes lay in just some BNG for the 2022 model year. The new 2022 Y450FX will be available from dealers this September in next-generation Team Yamaha Blue for $9,899 MSRP