Yamaha Quick Find
Yamaha dirt bikes are produced by Yamaha Motor Company Limited. Yamaha is a Japanese manufacturer who began in 1955. As well as dirt bikes, they produce other products such as snowmobiles, electric bicycles, golf carts and marine engines to name a few. Their dirt bikes sales are some of the largest in the world. They now produce dirt bikes not only in Japan but in other countries around the world such as the Philippines or Inda.
Age range 3-6, under 25kg
The Yamaha PW50 is a classic Australian beginner’s bike. It tends to last really well and gives a great ride for a beginner. When I started out, it was an old Yamaha PW50 that got me going and helped me develop a love for motorbike riding. I have fantastic memories of my dad teaching me to ride this little bike. The Yamaha PW50 (A newer version than mine!!) is still available in Australia and I can’t see any reason it won’t be popular for many years to come.
The Yamaha PW50 is made for learners. It’s as safe as possible for the accidents common to learners. Its height makes it comfortable for young kids and its smooth power makes it nice to ride. The PW50 has a kickstart system with no electric start. It has a fully automatic gearbox for easy learning.
For parents concerned about the bike’s acceleration or their child having too much power to play with, the throttle screw allows for control of the engine speed. There are also training wheels available through Yamaha, for kids who haven’t yet perfected their balancing.
No matter how you look at it, the Yamaha PW50 has to be one of the best bikes for first-time riders. If you do decide to buy a PW50, just be careful when making the purchase, because there are a number of PW50 fakes being produced in the Chinese market.
These cheap pit bikes or PW50 copies have a price tag similar to a genuine second-hand PW50, but the cheap Chinese pit bike copies often compromise on quality and reliability. There is a large second-hand market in Australia for Yamaha bikes, and I personally would get a second-hand genuine PW50 over a new Chinese copy.
How do I identify a fake?
The first thing you’ll notice about the Chinese copies is the plastics. The plastics look cheap and inferior. The clear-cut difference though, between the genuine and the fake is that the original has Yamaha engraved on side covers of the engines.
Age range: 3-7
The Yamaha TT-R50E is a fantastic choice of motorbike for your child to start their motorbike riding adventure. Yamaha have made this bike strong and durable and it’s a pleasure to ride!
The Yamaha TT-R50E has an electric start. This is useful as it saves you having to kickstart over and over again when teaching someone to ride. It also requires having the key in the ignition so a child cannot accidentally start the bike when learning to ride. The 3-speed gearbox has an automatic clutch which makes this bike easy to operate and one of the simplest bikes to learn on.
If you have a really small child, it is worth noting that this bike is a little bit heavy to lift.
The TT-R50E is a small bike, but irrespective of the size, at a pinch, you can have an adult double a child while teaching them to ride. The Yamaha TT-R50E should last you a long time. Once your children have outgrown this bike, you might just find you want to keep it, so you have a reliable little bike to teach others on, (or for a little fun now and again)!
Age range from 7-12
The Yamaha YZ65 is a new model of bike first produced in 2018. Before this, the most similar model was the YZ60, produced in 1983. The more recent Yamaha range was missing a bike of this size (only having 50cc and 85cc bikes).
The YZ65 has the blue Yamaha colours. It’s a powerful little bike that handles well and has great suspension. This bike has a kick start system, but by this age, your child should be able to handle this themselves.
The YZ65 can easily be adapted to fit different sized children. It has adjustable clutch and brake lever positions, an adjustable handlebar clamp and a long seat. The engine of the YZ65 is a newly designed engine for this bike. It has the same technologies you’ll find in the YZ125 and YZ250.
If your child has become familiar with one of the smaller Yamaha bikes, they will have no problem transitioning to this bike. Even if they have not had a Yamaha previously this bike is an easy bike to ride on.
Age group 9-14
There are only a few dirt bikes around the 85cc engine range. A shakeup has occurred over the past ten years in the 85cc two-stroke class with only some bike manufacturers keeping a bike in this range. Some, like Honda, decided to withdraw totally and concentrate its effort on the production of 150cc four-stroke model. Yamaha has a great offering with their YZ85.
Designs for the 2019 model are focused on improving the power of the dirt-bike and even at a high revolution per minute, its optimum power output remains constant. The power output is predictable making it reliable during acceleration. Improvements were made on its chassis, making it more attractive and its steel reinforcement makes it even more rugged. The new Kayava fork setup makes for great compression and bump absorption. Older version of this bike had an inconvenient handle-bar, but with the introduction of adjustable handle-bar, this problem has been fixed, it now has four positional adjustments, allowing it to be altered according to the rider’s preference and size. Its braking system also was improved with new brake-line in front for comfort when braking. Its sub-frames are now detachable.
Feedback on the 2019 model of this bike has been good so far. Overall, the YZ85 is a great bike to purchase as your child progresses in their riding skills, and as it is now more adjustable this allows for more use at a time when your child will be growing quickly. The other advantage is that many of the YZ65’s parts are interchangeable with the YZ85 parts.
The Yamaha TT-R110E is a really solid offering in the Yamaha kids’ dirt bike range. It’s a four-stroke bike, with both electric and kick start. It has a 14-inch front wheel and 12-inch rear wheel to help it function well on uneven ground. It also has a 4-speed semi-auto gearbox, which means there is no clutch lever to use. With a seat height of 670mm, it’s possible for young riders to graduate straight from one of Yamaha’s 50cc bikes to this bike.
The 110cc engine capacity is reliable and has been designed for good, strong, powerful performance. The Yamaha TT-R110E has strong telescopic forks at the front and a single shock for the rear suspension.