Yamaha Announces 2012 YFZ450R and Raptor 90
Industry-First Custom Graphics Kit Option
Available for All 2012 Yamaha Sport ATVs
CYPRESS, Calif. – June 8, 2011 – Yamaha Motor
Corp., U.S.A., the number one maker of sport
ATVs, today announced its 2012 YFZ450R sport
model and Raptor 90 youth ATVs. The
company also announced an industry-first custom
graphics kit option for all 2012 sport ATV
Based on its successful 2011 graphics promotion
with One Industries, Yamaha is extending its
forward-thinking concept in graphics design and
customization. For the first time ever
from an ATV manufacturer, Yamaha is producing a
model with all-white body work – a blank slate
for each individual customer’s own creativity.
Offered with the all-white models are a choice
of 11 unique graphics kit options that can be
customized with a person’s name or number.
Complete details of this unprecedented option
are posted on Yamaha’s website:
Yamaha’s summer announcement includes two 2012
ATVs: the high-performance YFZ450R sport ATV and
the entry-level Raptor 90 youth model.
The YFZ450R is a motocross-ready,
high-performing sport ATV with long-travel
adjustable suspension, a no-weld aluminum with
steel hybrid frame, and a powerful fuel-injected
engine. At 48.8 inches wide, it is the
ideal machine for the track, open trails and
The powerful, high-revving machine has a 5-valve
DOHC liquid cooled single cylinder 449cc engine
with Yamaha’s electronic fuel injection
featuring a 42mm Mikuni® throttle body, 12-hole
Denso injector system and a Mitsubishi 32 bit
ECU. The 450R’s superior suspension comes
from the 44mm KYB shocks in front that have
Kashima coating for smooth operation and impact
absorption with 9.8 inches of wheel travel.
In the back, the gravity-fed cast aluminum
swingarm is matched to a fully adjustable 46mm
KYB piggyback shock affording the rear wheels 11
inches of travel.
Yamaha’s YFZ’s performance not only comes from
its power, but its comfort and ergonomics.
Its light, hybrid aluminum-steel frame, T-shaped
seat, flexible side panels, adjustable ProTaper®
handle bars, and custom-designed Dunlop® tires
measuring 21 inches in front and 20 in back
combine to allow riders to push harder for
longer (within their own limits, of course).
For the entry-level rider, Yamaha’s 2012
Raptor 90 offers a quality option with
true-Raptor family styling and manageable
features for younger riders (years 12 and older
only, and always with adult supervision) – all
at an affordable price.
The little Raptor’s 88cc forced air cooled
engine is tuned to develop excellent low-to-mid
rpm range performance along with a fully
automatic CVT transmission. Pushbutton
starting and the automatic transmission give
beginners an easy-operating advantage in their
first riding years. Parents will
appreciate the adjustable CDI rev limiter, which
allows a supervisor to adjust power output as
the rider becomes more experienced.
The Raptor 90’s comfortable and roomy design
gives riders space to grow on the machine until
their skills and age are better matched for the
next level. Taking style and functionality
from the bigger Raptors, the 90 features a
molded front grab bar similar to the Raptor 700R
and integrated full floorboards.
Its double A-arm front suspension with 4.4
inches of travel and swing arm with 3.3 inches
of travel out back also help increase comfort.
Both the front and rear suspension set-ups
feature five-way pre-load adjustable shocks.
The ATV has a hydraulic disc brake in the rear
and dual sealed drum brakes in the front, and it
rides on low profile Maxxis tires.
The 2012 YFZ450R and Raptor 90 both come in
Team Yamaha Blue/White and the new all-white
plastic with black frame and custom graphics kit
(Specs, price and availability subject to change
About Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., (YMUS) a
leader in the motorsports market, makes the
toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and
Side-by-Side vehicles. The company’s
ever-expanding product offerings also include
motorcycles, outboard motors, personal
watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power
equipment, race kart engines, accessories,
apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold
through a nationwide network of dealers in the
Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its
incorporation in 1976, Yamaha also has
facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as
factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For
more information on Yamaha, visit