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Yamaha built a bet­ter 450. The power is more man­age­able with­out los­ing any thrust. The sus­pen­sion ac­tion has been the class bench­mark for about a decade, and that has not changed. If you are look­ing for a bike that can be plush and han­dle the big stuff, this is your ride. But the same back­ward en­gine that helps the power can throw off the han­dling for some rid­ers. We had three track­days on the bike with nine test rid­ers when this story went to print, but we’ll hap­pily keep spin­ning more laps to learn more between now and this year’s shootout. It will be ex­cit­ing to see if Yamaha can stay on top with its new ma­chine.

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