2021 Yamaha YZ65 Review and Specs

dirt biking, kids motorbikes
dirt biking, kids motorbikes
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For the motocross racer who always wants to win

Yamaha YZ65 is well-designed kids dirt bike for the mini motor racer who always wants to win! These dirt bikes come with an astute mix of the older models’ performance and reliability, so parents can be at ease knowing that the bike offers the right stability for their young ones, even if they zoom around the place and give the bike a good work out!

As for the younger riders, this bike could be their most prized possession, as it is like a little rocket. Its specifications and durability are sure to make it one of the most popular models from Yamaha.

The 2021 model comes with many advanced features, such as a significantly faster engine and significant improvements in the frame, suspension, and brakes.

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2020 Yamaha YZ65 Review

2020 Yamaha YZ65 review, YZ review

Best Overall Dirt Bike For (7-10) Year Old’s  

Age (7-10yrs)

The Yamaha YZ65 2020 has very exciting highlights. It provides excellent torque characteristics with just the right manageable power. It has smaller wheels and is lighter in weight compared to the previous YZ85 model. This feature enables even the smallest of riders to do so in confidence. 

This dirt bike was designed with the mini motor racer who wants to win. Inspired by the Yamaha YZ45OF, this new bike is the perfect starter pack for any serious motor racer. The all-new, high-tech, 2-stroke engine provides stable bike handling and boosts the riders’ confidence.

Engineers designed this bike for kids who can step between 50ccs and 85cc bikes. This was done so that the small wheels, miniature frame, and the overall light-weight would allow kids to ride faster and with more confidence.  

Yamaha won the title first World MX Championship way before most riders were born. It, therefore, builds dirt bikes for everyone, kids, and pros alike. The YZ65 takes from Yamaha’s decades of leading track performance and durability.

An adjustable front and rear suspension, YZ450F-inspired design, and tapered handlebar are amongst the few trickle-down benefits of this tiny YZ model

2020 Yamaha YZ65 Specifications

2020 Yamaha YZ65 review, YZ review
  • 3.4 litre, fuel capacity
  • Weight – 60.8 Kgs.
  • 64.8cc 2-stroke engine – liquid-cooled
  • Reed valve inducted engine
  • Constant mesh 6-speed
  • 74.9cm in seat height
  • Final drive chain
  • 114.3 cm in wheelbase
  • Compression ratio 8.1 – 9.6:1

Features

  • It has one of the most advanced liquid-cooled engines with a race-developed crankcase reed valve induction for instantaneous throttle response
  • Easy agility, stable and light handling has been provided for by the semi-double steel frame with an aluminium sub-frame
  • The transmission has been specially developed to help riders achieve lower lap times by utilizing the 65cc engine.
  • The clutch plates and springs have been designed to provide easy clutch level character.
  • The upside-down front forks confirm that the YZ65 shares the same DNA with other YZ models. It is highly rigid for confident cornering and can absorb the bumpiest surfaces with the long-travel tubes.
  • The lightweight swingarm gives extra comfort through a link-less design that reduces routine maintenance requirements.
  • Yamaha YZ65 2020 has 10 adjustment levels in the mono cross rear suspension for rebound and compression damping 
  • Styled inspired by high-end YZ models
  • Adjustability has been provided by the aluminium tapered handlebars
  • It comes with a new improved seat for comfort and easy maintenance.
  • As we know, young riders grow quickly, therefore the YZ65 has been equipped with 4 handlebar positions to suit every kids’ size and style. The handlebars are standard, giving ideal balance and shock absorbing flex and strength.
  • The body is designed for free movement, allowing kids to make easy moves even as they take turns.
Pros
  • Solid and competitive
  • Better mechanical power valve
  • Forks are much better
  • Highly versatile so that it fits different sized riders
  • Great suspension
  • Lower end torque makes it easy to ride
  • Very powerful engine
Cons
  • Quite expensive
  • Kids outgrow the Yamaha YZ65 very quickly

2019 Yamaha YZ65 Review

2019 Yamaha YZ65, dirt bike review

Age range from 7-12

The 2019 Yamaha YZ65 is a new model of dirt bike first produced in 2018. Before this, the most similar model was the Yamaha YZ60, produced in 1983. The more recent Yamaha range was missing a bike of this size (only having 50cc and 85cc bikes). 

The 2019 Yamaha 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 2019 Yamaha 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 2019 Yamaha YZ65 is a newly designed engine for this bike. It has the same technologies you’ll find in the Yamaha YZ125 and Yamaha 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. 

2019 Yamaha YZ65, dirt bike review
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2019 Yamaha YZ65 Specifications:

Engine Type: 65cc liquid-cooled 2-stroke, Reed-valve inducted
Seat height: 749mm
Bore and stroke: 43.5mm x 43.6mm
Compression Ratio: 8.1~9.6:1
Fuel delivery: Keihin® Carburettor
Starter system: kick 
Transmission: 6-speed, multiple wet clutches
Final drive: 420 chain
Fuel tank capacity: 3.4L
Weight: 60.8Kg

2019 Yamaha YZ65 Features:

  • All new 65cc motor that was built from scratch in 2018 
  • Smooth powerful engine for its size
  • Steel chassis and good flexible suspension (front and rear)
  • Transmission ratio improves the performance of the bike and gives the rider the perfect gear for each speed and scenario. 
  • The radiator cools perfectly even in racing conditions.
  • Adjustable for riders of different ages, with a long seat design and modifiable position clutch and front brake levers.