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2016 YZ85/LW

Key Features

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    Sharp bodywork

    We figured than when you look good you feel good – and so we’ve kitted the YZ85 out in sharp bodywork that brings it in line with our adult motocross models. The package is completed with ‘factory bike’ style Speed Block graphics.

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    Strong and useable engine performance

    The YZ85’s ultra-compact and lightweight 2-stroke engine is famous for its strong yet manageable power that enables new and more experienced youth riders to race to the very best of their ability. The YZ85 delivers useable performance via its close ratio 6-speed transmission.

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    Upside down front forks

    The YZ85 features much of the technology first developed for our larger-capacity motocross bikes, and the upside down forks are a scaled down version of the advanced suspension used on the adult class YZ models. Featuring 36mm diameter inner tubes, these smooth-action forks give 275mm of wheel travel for excellent shock absorption.

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    Monocross rear suspension

    Like the front forks, the rear suspension featured on the YZ85 is directly descended from the technology used on our factory racers. A long aluminium swingarm activates the progressive link-type Monocross suspension system to give 282mm (LW model 287mm) of wheel travel that’s designed to handle everything from washboard sections to hard landings.

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    Available in large wheel (YZ85LW) option

    In order to accommodate riders of widely varying sizes in the youth class, this model is offered in two wheel size options. With a 17-inch front wheel and 14-inch rear wheel, the YZ85 is ideal for smaller riders, while the 19-inch front wheel and 16-inch rear wheel on the YZ85LW suits larger or older competitors.

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    Large diameter disc brakes

    Races are often won or lost by the rider who can brake latest, and so we’ve equipped the YZ85 with powerful disc brakes that offer plenty of feel. At the front there’s a lightweight large diameter 220mm diameter disc slowed by a compact caliper, while the 190mm diameter rear disc gives accurate rear wheel control.

Technical Specifications

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  • Engine
    Engine type
    Single cylinder, Liquid-cooled, 2-stroke, Reed valve
    Bore x stroke
    47.5 mm x 47.8 mm
    Compression ratio
    8.1 : 1
    Maximum power
    Maximum Torque
    Lubrication system
    Clutch Type
    Wet, multiple-disc coil spring
    Ignition system
    Starter system
    Transmission system
    Constant Mesh, 6-speed
    Final transmission
    Keihin PWK28/1
  • Chassis
    Semi double cradle
    Caster Angle
    Front suspension system
    Upside-down telescopic fork
    Rear suspension system
    Swingarm, (link suspension)
    Front travel
    275 mm
    Rear Travel
    282 / 287* mm
    Front brake
    Single Disc, Ø220 mm
    Rear brake
    Single Disc, Ø190 mm
    Front tyre
    70/100-17 40M / 70/100-19 42M
    Rear tyre
    90/100-14 49M / 90/100-16 52M
  • Dimensions
    Overall length
    1,899 / 1,903* mm
    Overall width
    758 mm
    Overall height
    1,156 mm
    Seat height
    873 / 904* mm
    Wheel base
    1,285 / 1,286* mm
    Minimum ground clearance
    360 / 393* mm
    Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)
    71 / 73* kg
    Fuel tank capacity
    Oil tank capacity
    *YZ85LW only
Always wear a helmet, eye protection and protective clothing. Yamaha encourage you to ride safely and respect fellow riders and the environment. Specifications and appearance of Yamaha products shown here are subject to change without notice and may vary according to requirements and conditions. For further details, please consult your Yamaha dealer.