Factory Yamaha | The Machines
Every year when the new season of racing begins, one of the best parts about Anaheim One is the debut of each manufacturer's race weapons. Each machine is hand built to rider preference, and the detail and assets invested are unparalleled. We cruised the pits the Friday before race day and shot photos of each of the six major manufacturer's factory 450 and 250 class efforts. We’ll be posting galleries throughout the week of the big six with some bike details included. Sit back and enjoy the factory freshness.
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In our last installment of “The Machines”, we’re showcasing factory Yamaha’s race bikes in three different forms. The JGR team has been Yamaha’s biggest supported race effort in the 450 class for the last few years, and has developed the machines into what many look at as the most impressively modified bikes out there. Joining them in the 450 class in 2016 is the re-introduction of a factory race effort in the form of Chad Reed, who heads up their one rider program. The final of the three bikes we shot is Cooper Webb’s factory Star Racing Yamalube Yahama, arguably the most desirable race bike in the 250 class at this current time. All three are badass, and a great way to end this series of factory bike galleries this week. Hope you enjoyed checking out these race bikes as much as we did. Read on for some killer factory bling.
Photos by Mike Emery | @emeryphoto
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Reedy’s deal came together really late, with 360 Fly, Chaparral, and Monster joining Factory Yamaha as marquee sponsors of the program. Note the custom radiator braces.
Remember all that exhaust drama at the Monster Energy Cup? Well, Chad and the team are running Pro Circuit, who has a longtime relationship with the Aussie.
Check out these cool air guides (JGR runs green ones), with the new GET tachometer in the foreground – more on this later.
Get a closer view of the Factory Yamaha power plant, with some pieces available through GYTR, and others unobtainable unless you have Reed-speed.
Chad had a large input on the design of these triple clamps through extensive testing.
Suspension linkage: Machined to look like stock, yet far from stock.
Justin Barcia’s fully customized YZ450F is one sweet looking machine.
These triple clamp/bar mount pieces are pretty trick, and have a few millimeters of travel to assist in rider comfort. Both the JGR and Star Yamaha bikes run them.
A closer look at GET’s tachometer, that riders can watch while on the line at the start of a race. The idea is that it’s easier to watch where you need to be in the RPM range, rather than try and listen (it’s loud on the line!) Very cool, and available to the public as well.
That little circle is where the data port connects to their laptop for all acquired data.
The rear axle center is plugged to avoid dirt clogging to the inside. Note Cycra’s new chain guide.
These gold colored titanium bots are made this way via a process that bathes them in an electrostatic charge, and were referred to as “tiodized.”
Red number one plates make for a very red, white, and blue theme to Cooper’s championship defending race bike.
FMF always kills it with their colorful carbon fiber end caps. This one really pops on the Yamaha.
Titanium kick starter end, razor sharp pegs, polished pieces everywhere, GYTR bits…every detail matters.
One interesting piece on Cooper’s bike is the stock sized brake caliper (modified a little, of course) as opposed to some of the other team and bike setups. Rider preference, defined.
FMF’s cool little welded emblem is a nice touch, and in the background you can see that Rekluse has made strides in competition non-auto clutches. This TorqDrive kit is their highest performing race clutch used by a handful of factory teams.
Cooper’s mechanic Eric Gass prefers to cover the radiator shrouds with mesh fabric to help keep rocks from damaging the radiator. Another small unnoticable piece is a hidden coolant overflow tank seen just behind the front of the engine guard.