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Here is the translation:



The reinforced presence of Yamaha at the Shamrock race increase the hope of good results. It thus that no less than 3 WR 450F finished on the podium, including two 2 trac versions. Released at the Paris Show we have already detailed the revolutionnary system of hydrolic transmission of the 2 trac. Strenghtened by its victories a few weeks away from its general release this machine will no doubt be desired by many but available for very few. Because its price higher by almost €4000 compared to the a standard WR for the moemtn is an obstacle to its wide availability. It thus remians clear that Yamaha must seek a larger production run in oder to bring the price down and bring this innovation to a wider public. While nothing has yet been announced the constructor is probably working in that direction. If the increase in comfort (ease) of driving via this solution to prevent sliding is really there the 2 trac system will actually judiciously answer the greater drive for active safety features by users. One can easily imagine the formula's success while Honda, for example, is starting to genralize the use of ABS brakes on its middle of the range models.



According to Jean-Claude Olivier president of Yamaha France " The WR450F 2 trac has numerous advantages such has the clearing of dunes in soft sand: the motrcycle continues to make progress where standard machines are digging in... One gets used very quickly not to countersteer like with a normal machine and the riding is very natural.. The braking is more secure and easier: you brake less in the curve but harder and later before the curve. It is a comromise which will satisfy both experienced riders and neophytes. The 2 trac system ahas recently undergone several evolutions, the most important of which was the loss of weight in its entirety but especially in the front hub.



The differences between a standrd WR and the 2 trac system are:



Special fork

Special rear shock

Transmission 2 trac

Steering damper.

Price 12, 195€ available first quarter 2004





Also on the site it is announced that David Fretigne who has just won the Shamrock race in Morrocco will compete in the Dakar 2004 on the 2 trac.
 

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No problem, if your Italian is better than your French there is a test of the machine on Motocliclismo.it. I can kinda read it but my English to Italian translating skills aren't what they used to be.
 

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Re: One of your more expensive Yammies!

I suspect that I will be cheaper in the States after all is a WR 450 standard $9,500 or so. The Europeans have taxes on the 15 to 20% range on such vehicles.
 

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Just great, more technology I don't want, or need, in a dirt bike.



I can see it now, the hose gets ripped out of the front hub, the pump seizes, and over the bars you go.



Or better yet, the chain breaks, the motor redlines, and your arms get twisted into a pretzel.



Anyway, I like "counter steering". It called "sliding" over here, in the good ol' US of A.



Leave it to the Frogs to come up with something like this. What's next, water cooling?



 

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I heard that they tested an R1 with 2 wheel drive and it ruled in the wet. I guess this has road going application, too.



As for dirt, I can't see how it would help in my type of riding (tight woods), but, then again it just might. Those hoses look like they might flop around a lot, though. Bad for tree work.

 
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