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We’re well into the new bike season! This part of the year is always exciting, as OEMs debut their lineup for the approaching model year and we get to put in laps on fresh equipment. Yamaha has unveiled the complete YZ range and although many of the motorcycles are the same as last year, there are a few major changes and developments in the two-stroke category, including an “all-new” YZ125 and a big wheel version of the YZ85.

Here’s a rundown of specs for the blue bikes and a detailed gallery showing the parts and pieces.



YZ125 | MSRP $6899

Redesigned liquid-cooled Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS)-equipped 125cc two-stroke engine boasts more power in the mid- to high-range for increased usability over the previous model

New high-precision Hitachi Astemo® Keihin PWK38S carburetor features throttle position sensor and 3D-map-controlled CDI unit resulting in crisp throttle response and superior rideability

New straight intake design improves power output, letting the rider feel an excellent pull in the higher revs and a strong sense of over-rev

New shorter, lighter muffler

High performance brake setup features more rigid front caliper, larger front pistons and redesigned rotors with increased pad contact area for exceptional stopping power and feel, along with less unsprung weight

Improved rider ergonomics with a more narrow tank, flatter seat and slimmer radiator shrouds offering greater freedom of movement

Fully adjustable KYB® inverted front fork now includes a leaf spring in the mid-speed valve for increased performance and comfort

Revised fully adjustable KYB® rear shock features reduced-friction Kashima Coat™ internals

Race-proven, highly developed forged aluminum semi-double cradle frame

Removable aluminum rear subframe constructed of square-section tubing for reduced weight

Lightweight finely tuned chassis for nimble handling, more control and less rider fatigue

Revised six-speed, close-ratio transmission has wider transmission gear tooth width and new, optimized gear ratios for maximum performance

New lightweight rear sprocket design

New lightweight chain

High-capacity radiator features a 10-row core with blacked-out louvers to deliver maximum cooling and aggressive looks

Lightweight aluminum handlebar with two-position adjustable handlebar clamp

Adjustable clutch lever with works-style cable adjuster

New premium graphics are now embedded for improved durability and scratch resistance

Race-developed Bridgestone® Battlecross X20 tires


YZ250 | MSRP $7799

Improved rider ergonomics with a narrow tank, flatter seat and slimmer radiator shrouds offering greater freedom of movement

Advanced liquid-cooled YPVS-equipped 249cc two-stroke engine is lightweight, compact and fun, with a wide, hard-hitting powerband

New straight intake design improves power output, letting the rider feel an excellent pull in the higher revs and a strong sense of over-rev

Advanced Hitachi Astemo® Keihin PWK38S carburetor with power jet and throttle position sensor provides extra-crisp throttle response

High performance brake setup features larger front pistons, more rigid caliper and redesigned rotors with increased pad contact area for exceptional stopping power and feel, along with less unsprung weight

Fully adjustable KYB® fork features the Speed-Sensitive System for precise handling and superb shock absorption

Revised fully adjustable KYB® rear shock features reduced-friction Kashima Coat™ internals

Race-proven, highly developed forged aluminum semi-double cradle frame

Removable aluminum rear subframe constructed of square-section tubing for reduced weight

Finely tuned lightweight chassis and advanced suspension endow the YZ250 with class-leading handling

Smooth-shifting, five-speed, close-ratio transmission ensures confident gear changes in all conditions

New lightweight rear sprocket design

New lightweight chain

High-capacity radiator features a 10-row core with blacked-out louvers to deliver maximum cooling and aggressive looks

Lightweight aluminum handlebar with two-position adjustable handlebar clamp

Adjustable clutch lever with works-style cable adjuster

Premium new graphics are now embedded for improved durability and scratch resistance

Race-developed Dunlop® Geomax MX33 tires


YZ250F | MSRP $8499

Advanced four-stroke engine featuring high-spec piston, aggressive cam profiles and reversed cylinder head layout is known for its broad, useable powerband and class-leading low-end and mid-range torque

Industry-leading Yamaha Power Tuner app allows instant fueling and ignition timing changes on your smartphone for ultimate track-side tuning

Two-mode adjustable engine mapping allows rider to select between two tuneable engine maps at the push of a button

Aluminum bilateral beam frame centralizes mass and provides an ideal balance between cornering compliance and straight-line stability

New lightweight rear hub, rear sprocket and drive chain reduce unsprung weight and driveline inertia, contributing to more agile handling

Rigid front caliper, large-diameter pistons and large 270mm front brake rotor and 240mm rear rotor work with aggressive pad material for exceptional stopping power and braking control

New 2.15-inch wide rear rim paired with a premium 110-width Dunlop® Geomax MX33 tire serves up increased traction and improved bump absorption under hard acceleration and cornering

Fully adjustable KYB® coil spring-type fork with speed-sensitive damping and linkage-type KYB® shock offer best-in-class suspension performance

Revised suspension settings strike the perfect balance between the wider rear tire and lightened rear wheel assembly for increased stability on corner entry/exit and improved bump reaction

New three-cross-spoke pattern on the rear wheel further improves impact absorption and overall feel

Convenient push-button electric start provides effortless restarts

Sleek air cleaner cover provides tool-free access to the air filter

Large-diameter clutch to boost reliability under high-heat conditions

Lightweight aluminum tapered handlebar

Four-position adjustable handlebar mounts

Compact bodywork including a narrow fuel tank and comfortable knee grip for better control

New premium Yamaha Blue and dark blue graphics scheme is embedded to provide excellent durability and scratch resistance


YZ450F | MSRP $9599

Featuring a distinct rearward-slanted cylinder design, the compact, torquey liquid-cooled 450cc four-stroke engine provides a broad, usable powerband and exceptional controllability

Industry-leading Yamaha Power Tuner app allows instant fueling and ignition timing changes on your smartphone for ultimate track-side tuning

Two-mode adjustable engine mapping allows rider to select between two tuneable engine maps at the push of a button

Aluminum bilateral beam frame is designed to optimize overall rigidity balance for excellent handling, especially in fast, bumpy conditions

The rigid front caliper, compact rear caliper work with aggressive pad compounds and increased rotor contact area to provide exceptional brake feel and control

New lightweight rear hub, rear sprocket and drive chain reduce unsprung weight, driveline inertia and contribute to more agile handling

Fully adjustable KYB® coil spring-type fork with speed-sensitive damping and linkage-type KYB® shock offer best-in-class suspension performance

Revised suspension settings take full advantage of the lightened rear wheel assembly to increase stability on corner entry/exit and improve bump reaction

New three-cross-spoke pattern on the rear wheel further improves impact absorption and overall feel

Innovative Launch Control System optimizes engine output for quicker, smoother race starts every time

Convenient push-button electric start provides effortless restarts

Lightweight aluminum tapered handlebar

Rubber-mounted four-position adjustable handlebar mounts reduce vibration

Compact bodywork including a narrow fuel tank and flat seat for better control

New premium Yamaha Blue and dark blue graphics scheme is embedded to provide excellent durability and scratch resistance

Race-developed Dunlop® Geomax MX33 tires


YZ85 & YZ85LW | MSRP $4799 & $4999

Improved rider ergonomics with a more narrow tank, flatter seat and slimmer, symmetrical shrouds offering greater freedom of movement

New straight intake design improves feeling of power in the low rpm range

New removable lightweight aluminum rear subframe is 570g lighter than previous steel frame

Redesigned aluminum swingarm improves longitudinal and torsional rigidity

New rear brake master cylinder design with built-in sub-reservoir provides more linear brake response

New premium graphics are now embedded for improved durability and scratch resistance

New lightweight handlebar is 40g lighter than previous model

Four-position handlebar mounts adjust to suit rider preference

Advanced 85cc two-stroke engine features the Yamaha Power Valve System for broad power delivery

Crankcase design features a spacer-style reed valve intake for improved air/gas flow

Hitachi Astemo® Keihin PWK28 flat-slide carburetor offers seamless throttle response

Race-proven KYB® inverted cartridge fork and KYB® rear shock are fully adjustable

Big 220mm and 190mm wave-rotor disc brakes offer precise control and one-finger stopping power

Transmission features oversized gears for enhanced engagement and smoother shifts

Blue lightweight rims are stylish, durable, reduce unsprung weight and come wrapped in high performance Dunlop® MX3S tires

High-capacity lightweight radiator has large cores for efficiency and new blacked-out louvers for a more aggressive look

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Michael Antonovich

Michael Antonovich has a wealth of experience with over 10 years of moto-journalism under his belt. A lifelong racing enthusiast and rider, Anton is the Editor of Swapmoto Live and lives to be at the race track.

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