Kids’ motocrossers don’t tend to get the same regular updates as their adult equivalents. So the launch of the entirely new YZ65 from Yamaha is worth noting.
Packing a new 65cc two-stroke single in a steel cradle frame, the YZ65 is the stuff of kids’ dreams. It drives through a six-speed box. Meanwhile a YPVS power valve promises a smooth delivery across the rev range and increased low-end torque. Suspension-wise, the YZ65 features upside-down 36mm forks and a KYB monoshock, with 14in front and 12in rear wheels and wave disc brakes at both ends.
At the moment Yamaha hasn’t announced any prices. They’ll appear nearer the YZ65’s projected June on-sale date.
YZ65 Technical Highlights
• Powerful new 65cc liquid cooled engine with YPVS and Digital CDI system
• High overall specification, winning performance
• Optimised intake and exhaust design, instant power
• 6-speed transmission with light-pull clutch
• Semi-double cradle steel frame, aluminium subframe
• 36 mm diameter upside down front forks
• KYB Monocross suspension, aluminium swingarm
• 60/100 14″ front- and 80/100 12″ rear tire sizes
• Sporty wave style brake rotors with improved self-cleaning action
• Tapered handlebars, aluminium handlebar crown
• Ergonomic seat design for easy weight shifting
• Lightweight aluminium Yamaha Blue wheel rims
• YZ450F-inspired body panels
• The ideal entry-level motocross bike