2021 Yamaha PW50 Review and Specs

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Ideal For the Youngest dirt bike Riders

Yamaha PW 50 is an excellent choice for those looking to buy mini dirt bikes for their kids to accompany them on bike trails or get them used to riding dirt bikes. These bikes are designed for young kids, so they come with many convenient features like semi-automatic gears to avoid changing gears and easy handling.

It has many safety features as well, such as an adjustable throttle to control the top speed and an enclosed shaft for quick maintenance. 

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2020 Yamaha PW50 Review

2020 PW50 review, peewee 50 review

Best Overall Dirt Bike for 3-6 Year Old’s

Yamaha Peewee 50

Age (3-6yrs) 

The 2020 Yamaha PeeWee 50 comes as a clean and quiet design with heat shields for your child’s safety. The engineers have gone out of their way to add a lightweight pipe close to the engine for more ground clearance and improved safety and convenience. The 3-spoke steel wheels are strong so that even though the Yamaha weighs only 39kgs, it will deliver many years of fun.

You will be able to instantly recognize this legendary bike created for the younger end of the spectrum. Just like the Yamaha TT-R50E, and unlike other Yamaha kids’ dirt bikes, the Yamaha PW50 comes with a 2-stroke engine that doesn’t need premixing. Its air-cooled engine lubricates itself using an inhouse fuel injection system.

Separating it from the TT-R50, Yamaha PW50 is equipped with an automatic transmission so that the young riders can twist the throttle as they go. The power is then transferred to the shaft drive so that your child can maintain stability. 

In case your kid gets a little over-enthusiastic, Yamaha has enabled you to put a stop to that excitement through the throttle limiting technology.

It also comes with a super low-seat height of 48.5cm, perfect for small riders. 

Specifications

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  • Air-cooled, 2-stroke, single-cylinder engine
  • Wet, centrifugal automatic clutch
  • CDI ignition system
  • Kick start system
  • Shaft transmission 
  • 49cc displacement
  • 85.5 cm wheel-base
  • 2.0-litre fuel tank capacity
  • 0.3-litre oil tank capacity 

Features

  • Clean and quiet shaft drive system with low maintenance, perfect for new riders.
  • The smooth, responsive and fully automatic gearbox provides a friendly “twist and go” performance  
  • Throttle limiter gives parents the ability to adjust to the speed that is safe and suits the riders’ skills
  • The low seat, handlebar layout makes riding very easy for beginners.
  • It might weigh only 39kgs but it will deliver many years of fun
  • The 25.4 cm, 3-spoke wheels provide a strong grip and are very easy to clean.
  • It is made up of high strength and low weight polypropylene.
  • Bright white and blue graphics give it a beautiful sporty image
  • Yamaha PW50 features a heat shield adding protection to the rider.  
Pros
  • It Allows for 2-stroke fun without the stress of mixing fuel.
  • The automatic transmission is perfect for younger riders to master
  • Comes with a shaft-drive that keeps maintenance down
Cons
  • It will eventually require maintenance in the long run, being a 2-stroke
  • Its target is smaller riders but they will most likely outgrow it much faster than other alternative models.

2019 Yamaha PW50 Review

2019 Yamaha PW50 Review

Age range 3-6, under 25kg

The Yamaha PW50 is a classic Australian beginner’s dirt 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 PW50 copies have a price tag similar to a genuine second-hand PW50, but the Chinese 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 PW50?
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. 

Where can I buy the 2019 Yamaha PeeWee 50

The 2019 Yamaha PW50 listed in this review is for sale on the Yamaha website.

2019 Yamaha PW50 Review
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SPECIFICATIONS FOR 2019 PW50:
Engine type: 49cc air-cooled 2-stroke; reed-valve induction
Seat height: 485mm
Bore and stroke: 40.0mm x 39.3mm
Compression ratio: 6.0:1
Fuel delivery: VM12
Ignition: CDI
Starter system: kick starter (no electric start)
Transmission: automatic
Final drive: shaft
Fuel tank capacity: 2L
Weight: 39Kg

2019 PW50 Features:

  • Shaft final drive has been added, eliminating cost that would have been incurred for chain maintenance. Yamaha has also introduced an auto lube oil injection system with which it has an exclusive right to. Introducing this auto lube oil injection system means that there’s no need for oil premixing.
  • Now boasts a fully automated transmission system which means your child can now focus on riding and not changing gears. 
  • Seat styling and height (485mm) allows small children to sit comfortably.
  • Speed control has been added in the throttle, for the parent or supervising adult to control speed. 
  • No need to tighten or remove spokes because mag style wheels have been added.
Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Small Size
  • Fully Automatic Engine
  • Twin Brake Levers (Similar To Push Bike)
  • Reliable
  • Throttle Limiter
Cons
  • More Expensive than Cheap Imports