Picture special: Rieju unveils top-spec MRX450 enduro motorcycle

Published: 28 December 2007

Rieju is aiming to win over the big names in enduro motorcycles with the all-new Yamaha-powered MRX450.

Using the Yamaha WR450F’s 449cc five-valve single, the new Rieju MRX450 gets a head start in life by using a proven engine.

But the Rieju MRX450 scores over the donor Yamaha in the chassis department – the aluminium twin-spar frame is home to some of the top chassis components in enduro racing.

The chunky aluminium yokes hold a set of 50mm upside-down Marzocchi Shiver forks, and the alloy swingarm operates an Ohlins shock absorber via progressive linkages.

Brembo twin-piston calipers bite on pad-cleaning wavy Galfer discs, and black anodised Excel wheel rims in 18”/21” wheel sizes.

Vital information is relayed to the rider on the compact-sized digital dash, and tough variable section aluminium bars should deal with crashes better than the steel bars on some competitor machines.

A 10.2 litre aluminium fuel tank is tucked under the front of the rider’s seat, and aftermarket exhaust firm Leo Vince make the titanium exhaust system, helping to contribute to the low dry weight of 115kg.