Yamaha 450 WR 2-track

Having tried a rare Yamaha TT 600 R 2-track, winner of the Sardegna Rally in 1999, it took no time at all to fall in love with its driving dynamics.

So here to Deus comes one of the WR 450 2-track bikes that Yamaha sold in the 2000s, with the same all-wheel drive system; our starting point, moreover, has an important sporting palmarés, having raced at Dakar with an Italian private pilot.

The bike has been completely stripped down and revolutionised aesthetically.

The tank is made of hand-beaten aluminum, while the side panels and mudguards are made of a special plastic for intensive off-road use, giving a vintage look to such an uncommon mechanical base.

The Deus “Dues” is a true regularity bike, ready to give the extraordinary traction and directionality of its two-wheel drive, even in the most extreme off-road use, on mud, sand, snow or ice!

  • Complete strip down and frame painting (black)
  • Engine casing painted in black
  • Hand-made custom aluminum tank
  • Hand-made custom saddle
  • Handlebar replacement, construction ex novo
  • Rim channels anodised gold
  • Vintage plastics adapted to the frame of the WR
  • Exhaust system pipe painting in matt black
  • Rear light and regularity license plate holder
  • Vintage off road front light and number plate
  • Front and rear suspension revision
  • Revision of hydraulic front-wheel drive system
  • Tyre fitting with anti-puncture mousse
  • Deus logo on tank, paying homage to the vintage Audi logo – a pioneer of all-wheel drive for non-off-road vehicles.

Photo: Mattia Negrini

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Dopo aver provato una rarissima Yamaha TT 600 R 2-track, vincitrice di classe al Rally di Sardegna del 1999, è stato un attimo innamorarsi della sua dinamica di marcia così particolare.

Ecco quindi arrivare in casa Deus una delle WR 450 2-track che Yamaha ha venduto negli anni 2000, con lo stesso sistema di trazione integrale; la nostra base di partenza, peraltro, ha un importante palmarés sportivo, avendo corso una Dakar con un pilota privato italiano.

La moto è stata smontata completamente, e rivoluzionata nell’estetica.

Il serbatoio è stato realizzato in alluminio battuto a mano, mentre fiancatine e parafanghi sono in materiale plastico per un uso intensivo in offroad, regalando un aspetto vintage ad una così non comune meccanica.

La Deus “Dues” è una moto da regolarità vera, pronta a regalare la straordinaria trazione e direzionalità delle due ruote motrici, anche nell’uso fuoristrada più estremo, su fango, sabbia, neve o ghiaccio!

  • Smontaggio completo e verniciatura telaio nero
  • Verniciatura carter motore in nero
  • Serbatoio in alluminio battuto a mano, su disegno
  • Sella realizzata a mano, su disegno
  • Sostituzione manubrio, realizzazione traversino ex novo
  • Canali dei cerchi anodizzati oro
  • Plastiche vintage, adattate al telaio della WR
  • Rimozione vaso di espansione liquido raffreddamento
  • Verniciatura collettore e terminale di scarico in nero opaco
  • Faro posteriore e portatarga modello regolarità
  • Faro anteriore e mascherina modello regolarità
  • Revisione sospensione anteriore e posteriore
  • Revisione sistema idraulico di trazione anteriore
  • Montaggio pneumatici con mousse antiforatura
  • Logo Deus sul serbatoio omaggio al logo Audi vintage, grande pioniere della trazione integrale su auto non fuoristrada

Background:

In the mid-2000s, Yamaha produced a limited series of Yamaha WR450F 2-Trac rally bikes. These competition-only machines offered a 2WD system developed by Ohlins, which featured a patented hydraulic drive that could deliver up to 30% power to the front wheel.

A gear-driven pump on top of the transmission sent hydraulic fluid via high-pressure hoses to the single-gear, hydraulic motor fitted inside a special front wheel hub. The system is a self-regulating, such that hydraulic pressure to the front wheel increases and decreases according to rear wheel traction, constantly working to maintain the ideal ratio.

Enter Deus Italy, who’d already whet their 2WD appetite on the rare Yamaha TT600R 2-Trac, which won the Sardegna Rally in 1999. They managed to get a hold of a WR450F 2-Trac that had raced the Dakar Rally with an Italian privateer, then set up about rebuilding and customizing the machine. Below, we get the full details.

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The Dues Ex Machina team stripped down the bike completely. They added a hand-beaten aluminum fuel tank, as well as side panels and fenders made from special ballistic plastic intended for off-road use. The final look is a bike that maintains its off-road prowess while offering a retro aesthetic reminiscent of vintage motocross or enduro machines. They even created a Deus tank logo that pays homage to the vintage Audi logo — pioneer of AWD for roadgoing vehicles!

To showcase the bike’s prowess on snow and ice, the Deus Italy team enlisted rider Luca Viglio of Half Mag and esteemed photographer Mattia Negrini, and took the bike to the mountain village of Macugnaga in Northern Italy, located at the base of Monte Rosa — the second-highest mountain in Europe.

  • Complete strip down and painted frame.
  • Engine cases painted black.
  • Hand-made custom aluminum tank.
  • Hand-made custom saddle.
  • Handlebar replacement, construction ex novo (from scratch).
  • Rim channels anodized gold.
  • Vintage plastics adapted to the frame of the WR.
  • Exhaust system pipe painted matte black.
  • Rear light and license plate holder.
  • Vintage off road front light and number plate.
  • Front and rear suspension rebuilt.
  • Rebuilt hydraulic front-wheel drive system.
  • Tires fitted with anti-puncture mousse.

Photography by Mattia Negrini Fotografo:  Facebook | Flickr | Instagram | Web

Ridden by Luca Viglio of Half Mag:  Facebook | Instagram | Web