2022 Yamaha YZ65 Review and Specs

2022 Yamaha YZ 65 motorbike

As one of the models in the YZ series, the 2022 Yamaha YZ65 offers youth riders the ultimate performance, reliability, and durability. It features race-bred specifications like a slick-shifting gearbox that enhance a smooth gear change. Even better, its adjustable front suspension, rear suspension, and powerful wave-type disc brakes give it a winning DNA in the world of motocross.  

More than that, the aesthetics, 6-speed engine, and the general YZ-styling provides high agility and stable handling. But, can the 2022 Yamaha YZ65 be the perfect motorbike for your kid?

The 2021 YZ65 review and specs article can be found here.

Specifications

  • 65cc two-stroke and six-speed engine: crankcase-reed-valve single and liquid-cooled
  • General dimensions: L*W*H= 161.54 cm x 75.95 cm x 100.08cm
  • Ground clearance – the distance between the ground and the base frame:  26.42 cm
  • Wheelbase (distance between the tires): 114.05cm
  • Fuel capacity: 3.4 liters
  • Fuel delivery: Hitachi Astemo Keihin PWK28 Carburetor
  • Seat height: 75.5 cm
  • Front brakes: 19.8 cm hydraulic wave disc/ twin-piston caliper
  • Rear brakes: 19 cm hydraulic wave disc/single-piston caliper
  • Front suspension: 3.6 cm fork with 10 levels of rebound damping and 12 levels of compression
  • Monocross rear suspension with 10 levels for both compression and rebound damping
  • Ready-to-ride motorbike weight: 61 kg – inclusive of fuel weight, oil, hydraulic fluids, battery, and coolant. Weight without fuel: 58.06 kg
  • 30.48 cm (rear) and 35.56 cm (front) blue rims with Maxxis SI tires
  • Aluminum subframe and a semi-double steel frame
  • Ignition/ starter: Capacitor Discharge Ignition (CDI)/ kick 
  • Bore and stroke: 4.35 cm x 4.36 cm
  • Front-wheel travel: 21.59 cm
  • Rear-wheel travel:26.924 cm
  • 6-speed, constant mesh transmission
  • Final drive: Chain
  • Trail: 26.67 cm
  • Color: Icon blue (bodywork)
  • Compression ratio 8.1 – 9.6: 1
  • Comes with 30 days (limited factory warranty)

Features

The 2022 Yamaha YZ65 is the smallest in the YZ series. However, that doesn’t mean it offers less performance than other models in the series. It still features the same advanced technologies and aggressive styling as the other YZ siblings. Meaning, your kid can still conquer the motocross track despite its small size.

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While the adjustable rear and front suspension provide stable handling over rough grounds, the tapered and adjustable handlebar enables the 2022 Yamaha YZ65 to grow with your kid. We all know that kids grow incredibly fast, and therefore, the 4 handlebar positions allow for personalization depending on the kid’s style and size. 

Also, the high-grip footrests and long padded seats guarantee a comfy ride for your kid. On top of that, the seat design enables easy weight shifting and provides total control while in motion. 

  • The motorbike features Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS) that boosts engine output through exhaust port timing in relation to engine speed. Also, the bike comes with a close-transmission gearbox, which means a narrow rev range for optimum engine performance. Beyond that, the 6-speed gearbox promises your kid the right gear for each racing condition. 
  • Features a multi-plate wet clutch that is smoother, cooler, more durable, and quieter. 
  • The 2022 Yamaha YZ65 features a compact radiator that enables efficient cooling of the engine in harsh racing conditions. Meaning, the engine won’t overheat easily, resulting in higher thermal engine efficiency. 
  • The subframe is lightweight and removable for convenient maintenance and reduced bike weight. Lightweight subframes in a bike reduce inertia, meaning an increase in agility and acceleration at the start of a race when chasing down an opponent or coming out of turns. Easy removability of the subframe makes it easier to wash the airbox after a dusty or muddy race. 
  • The 2022 Yamaha YZ65 has a compact steel frame that delivers excellent bump absorptions in the jump landings or a ragged motocross terrain. 
  • The motorbike has Maxxis SI tires with high treads to void ratio offering a firm grip across different road conditions for better braking ability and wet traction. 
  • The digital CDI system discharges a powerful spark for efficient ignition of the air-fuel mixture in the combustion chamber and starting the engine’s power stroke.
  • The efficient reed-valve induction and a well-designed carburetor improve throttle responses and acceleration, enabling the bike to pick up speed pretty fast. 
  • The adjustable rear and front suspension and strong steel frame provide riders with the confidence, traction, and turnability of a solid motocross machine. 
  • Rake (Caster angle) is 26.4 degrees. This is the angle of the steering head and determines the handling characteristics of the motorbike. 2022 Yamaha YZ65’s castor angle is appropriate to offer directional stability when the bike is in super speed motion. 
  • The motorbike has a center ribbed exhaust port and a 6-port cylinder layout. The many ports increase cylinder filling through more air-sucking into the engine and more fuel flow to radiate more power. 
  • Dual wave-type brake rotors, which are lighter compared to conventional rotors – the wave-style rotors in the 2022 Yamaha YZ65 resemble those of the other members of the YZ family.
  • The 2022 Yamaha YZ65 accessories include graphics like stickers to pimp your kid’s motorbike for a showy outlook. Also, seat covers are available to improve comfort when riding. More than that, water-proof vehicle covers are available. 
  • Protective gear for 2022 Yamaha YZ65 includes helmets (full face or open face), boots or shoes, jerseys, jackets, eyewear (goggles), and gloves.

2022 YZ 65 Pros and Cons

Pros
  • The two-stroke engine is lighter and has a quicker ‘get up and go.’
  • The mechanical power valve system (YPVS) provides more power and torque in the entire RPM range.
  • The 2022 Yamaha YZ65 is small and lightweight, suitable for young racers.
  • The 2-stroke, 65cc engine unleashes a top speed of 99.78 km/h, perfect for kids who have experience with dirt bikes.
  • 2022 Yamaha YZ65 is a high-performance bike and provides better handling for easy maneuvering. Despite its small nature, it still features high performance as one of the members in the YZ series.
  • The front and rear suspensions are highly adjustable, offering traction and turnability
  • Good quality brakes that require little maintenance.
Cons
  • The 2022 Yamaha YZ65 small size might not suit taller or big kids.
  • Stiffer suspensions may be a challenge to smaller riders.

Images sourced from Yamaha Motocross.