2022 Yamaha YZ85 Specs and Review

2022 YZ 85
2022 Yamaha YZ85

Winning a race or having a fascinating experience on the motocross tracks demand a high-performance dirt bike with solid features – the 2022 Yamaha YZ85 is quite promising. It comes with an advanced 85cc two-stroke engine that unleashes enough power to conquer the road in the motocross world.

More than that, it features improved rider ergonomics such as a flatter seat, narrow tank design, slimmer side covers, and symmetrically sized radiator shrouds. These features give the rider much movement freedom, a smooth body weight shift, and excellent machine control. 

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2021 Yamaha YZ85 Review and Specs

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dirt bikes for 10 year olds, kids dirt bike gear
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Ideal for Riders of all Skill Levels

Yamaha YZ85 is all about power! Its 85cc two-stroke and liquid-cooled engine coupled with the Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS) gives an explosive power that is hard to match. Along with the power, come some specifications that support sharp handling and good control. 

The ergonomics of this bike, including its adjustable forks and rear discs make it a pleasure for riders and, at the same time, enhance its competitiveness. With this bike, riders can use their second gear more and don’t have to use the clutch often, thereby giving a smooth ride, regardless of the riders’ skill.

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2020 Yamaha YZ85 Review

2020 Yamaha YZ85 review, YZ85 specs and pic

Age (11-14)

2020 Yamaha YZ 85 is the new legend in the young motocross scene. The dirt bike can surely turn a rider’s dream into a reality.  The new Yamaha YZ is out to dominate the 85cc category. This dirt bike comes with a new YPVS engine equipped with exhaust, transmission, and a full valve with revised intake. Yamaha YZ85’s new adjustable environment features new swingarms, new brake rotors, and other features. It will surely put your kid in a position to win multiple races.

Due to its 85cc chilled liquid and its valve power, the dirt bike does not lose peak power at micro circle levels. 2020 Yamaha YZ85’s lightweight both from the front and rear rims are durable. In addition, the rims work best to produce optimum suspension performance by reducing the non-emerging weights. Thanks to the new joystick mount, one can adjust the handlebar to suit their desires. 


Compared to the 2018 test mule, the updated chassis and suspension outperforms the latter. Both were the things the “young horses”, the 85cc riders have been waiting for, for the longest time. Riders have more control over the new fork holds as it can be adjusted to a wide range of riders. Besides, the shock is a balance to keep the electric dirt bike in position even while riding downhill.

The new expansion chamber of the YPVS enhances power delivery in both low and medium-range by enhancing exhaust gas flow. The dirt bike has updated smooth transitions and better gear engagement compared to the 2019 YZ85. It has a large radiator, loops, aluminium water pumps, and large cores are good for cooling. Finally, the air filter is designed to enhance air cleaning and very easy maintenance. 

Specification list:

2020 Yamaha YZ85 review, YZ85 specs and pic
  • Two-stroked engine type inducted with reed valve, 85cc
  • 4.75cm x4.78cm bore and stroke
  • 8.1 – 9.6:1 compression ratio
  • Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh 
  • Carburation: Keihin PWK28
  • 275mm travel front suspension
  • Swingarm (link-suspension) 282mm
  • 70/100-17 front tires
  • 90/100-14 rear tires
  • 84.01cm seat height
  • Weight: 73kgs
  • Fuel capacity: 5 litres


  • Two-stroke engines very easy to service
  • Aggressive styling
  • Adjustable rider ergonomics
  • Close transmission ratio
  • Adjustable suspension
  • High-quality wheels and brakes
  • Reliable
  • Fully automatic
  • Small size
  • Comfortable
  • Some people consider it relatively expensive compared to other dirt bikes

2019 Yamaha YZ85 Review

2019 yamaha YZ85, yz85 review

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 2019 Yamaha YZ85 dirt bike.

Designs for the 2019 Yamaha YZ85 dirt bike are focused on improving the power of the dirt-bike and even at a high revolution per minute (RPM), 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 versions of this dirt 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 Yamaha YZ85 has been good so far. Overall, the 2019 Yamaha YZ85 is a great dirt 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 Yamaha YZ65’s parts are interchangeable with the Yamaha YZ85 parts.

2019 Yamaha YZ85 Specifications:
Engine type: 85cc liquid-cooled 2-stroke, reed-valve inducted.
Seat height: 841mm
Bore and Stroke: 47.5mm x 47.8mm
Compression Ratio: 8.2~9.6:1
Fuel Delivery: Keihin® PWK 28
Transmission: Constant-mesh 6-speed; multi-plate wet clutch
Final Drive: Chain
Front Brakes: Hydraulic disc, 220mm
Rear Brakes: Hydraulic disc 190mm
Fuel tank capacity: 5L
Weight: 73Kg

2019 Yamaha YZ85 Features:

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  • Equipped with two-stroke 85cc liquid-cooled engine for efficient power delivery.
  • Power valve system can be trusted to deliver without losing optimum power.
  • Handlebar for the 2019 model is adjustable, thus the bike can be modified according to the rider preferences.
  • Gear transmission of the 2019 model has been improved for easier engagement.
  • Good quality radiator for efficient cooling.