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40th anniversary of an icon: PW50


It’s one of the most famous and best-loved mini-motorcycles in the world. Many of today’s adult riders and professional racers had their first ever powered two wheel experience on this legendary model. And 40 years after making its world debut in the US market, the timeless PW50 – affectionately known as the “PeeWee”– is still as popular as ever.

By the late 1970s Yamaha riders had won three World Motocross Championships, that created a massive increase in demand for the company’s YZ off road race bikes. And at the same time Yamaha’s designers set about designing a new kind of mini-bike for younger kids who wanted to emulate their motocross racing heroes. The PW50 had arrived.

Easy to operate, fun to ride and simple to maintain, the PW50 continues to make motorcycling accessible to each new generation of young children aged 4-7 years. With a reliable 50cc 2-stroke engine and fully automatic transmission for ‘twist-and-go’ operation, this is the ideal first bike – and a throttle limiter enables parents to limit the top speed to suit the rider’s age and experience.

40 years on and the PW50 is still a favourite choice for kids and grown-ups all over the world. Featuring the same original design but in Yamaha Icon Blue, this iconic mini-bike is built to give you years of trouble-free enjoyment. Many PW50’s have lived with the same family for generations, creating fantastic memories that will last forever – and with over 380,000 units sold in more than 150 countries, this “Little Giant” has created a legacy to be proud of.