2017 Yamaha YZ85 Review

2017 Yamaha YZ85
2017 Yamaha YZ85

2017 Yamaha YZ85
2017 Yamaha YZ85

2017 Yamaha YZ85
2017 Yamaha YZ85

2017 Yamaha YZ85
2017 Yamaha YZ85

2017 Yamaha YZ85 Review

2017 Yamaha YZ85 on www.Totalmotorcycle.com

National Caliber Mini Racer…

The mini race bike of choice for future champions. High performance, 2-stroke engine, 6-speeds, top shelf suspension, light and nimble.

Air Riders

Back in the day it was Yamaha who pioneered the first serious youth motocross bikes – and we’re proud of the fact that the YZ85 has launched the careers of so many top riders.

Some forty years on we’re still a major force in youth MX – and it’s this in-depth experience that gives the Yamaha the edge. Featuring advanced engine and chassis technology and sharp bodywork, the YZ85 looks super cool

The YZ85 has a reliable 2-stroke liquid-cooled 85cc engine which produces smooth and useable power – and with its easy handling chassis and modern image, this cool Motocross bike is the choice of future champions.

Conquer Dirt

The YZ85 is ready to race right out of the crate with features like a super potent 85cc, crankcase reed-valve 2-stroke power plant, a rigid single backbone frame and adjustable suspension. Join the “bLU cRU” and get ready to fill your trophy case.


2017 Yamaha YZ85 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

” Lightweight youth motocross race bike
” Powerful and useable 85cc 2-stroke engine
” Revised port timing for more useable power
” Close-ratio 6-speed transmission
” Sharp bodywork and graphics
” Styled like the bigger YZ models
” Upside down front forks with 275mm travel
” Link-type Monocross rear suspension
” Long aluminium swingarm
” Large diameter lightweight disc brakes
” Semi-double cradle tubular lightweight frame
” Also available in large wheel (YZ85LW) option

1. Modern Styling
Aggressive, modern styling includes the front fender, number plate, radiator shroud and side number plates.

2. Adjustable Controls
Clutch lever reach adjuster to accommodate smaller hands for younger riders.

3. Compact Two- Stroke Powerplant
Liquid-cooled, 85cc crankcase reed-valve-inducted six-speed is light, compact and designed to deliver hard-hitting, moto-winning power throughout the rpm range.

4. Close-Ratio Transmission
Smooth-shifting, six-speed close-ratio transmission with heavy duty multiplate clutch delivers maximum hookup for outstanding
acceleration and corner-exiting power.

5. Strong, Compact Frame
Ultra-rigid, single-backbone, semi-double-cradle frame is lightweight and strong for sharp handling.

6. Race-Ready Suspension
Fully adjustable suspension allows a broad adjustment range to suit everybody from rank novice to mini expert.


Lightweight, compact, 85cc, liquid-cooled, crankcase reed-valve inducted, 2-stroke single.


Rigid, semi-double cradle, single backbone, steel frame is lightweight and incredibly strong providing minimal flex for razor-sharp moto-wining handling.



2017 Yamaha YZ85 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

///Key Features
•Potent, easy to service, crankcase reed inducted, 2-stroke power plant
•Smooth shifting, 6-speed close ratio transmission
•Compact, semi-double cradle, single back bone, steel frame
•Race-ready, fully adjustable suspension.
•Front & rear disc brakes
•Aggressive, modern styling

• Lightweight, compact, 85cc, liquid-cooled, crankcase reed-valve inducted, 2-stroke single.
•Crankcase reed valve induction & 28mm Keihin flat-slide carburetor.
•crisp, seamless throttle response across the powerband
•Lightweight, forged piston.
•less reciprocating mass & less friction for a faster revving engine
•excellent durability
• CD ignition system.
•provides a hot, precise spark for fast sure starts
•provides optimal timing for quicker, stronger response at all rpms
•Smooth-shifting, 6-speed transmission.
•involute design increases the surface area contact between the gears
•special involute splines on main and drive shafts provide maximum engagement / hook-up for each gear for smoother, more positive shifts
•gear ratios are well matched to engine output
• Heavy-duty, multi-plate clutch.
•smooth positive shifting
• Quick remove, clutch sub-cover.
•fast, easy clutch access
• Lightweight radiator with high capacity cores & special louvers to direct the air through the rad.
•maximum cooling efficiency
•Large capacity airbox with washable, dual-stage, foam filter.
•excellent filtering qualities
reduced tune-up expenses… foam filter can be washed & re-used • Lightweight exhaust system.
•specially designed expansion chamber for a broad powerband with strong low-end punch
•aluminium silencer is re-packable to maintain optimum performance & reduced noise levels

• Rigid, semi-double cradle, single backbone, steel frame.
•blend of light weight & good strength
•minimal flex for razor-sharp, moto-wining handling
• Detachable rear subframe.
•allows easy access for suspension maintenance
•reduces costs in the event of a loop-out (subframe can be purchased separately)
• Lightweight box-section aluminium swingarm.
•provides excellent for excellent rear wheel control &traction
• Adjustable 36mm inverted Kayaba fork provides 275mm (10.8″) of wheel travel.
•adjusts for compression & rebound damping. Adjustments include: 20 clicks of compression damping & 20 clicks of rebound damping
•adjustable design allows rider (tuner) to tailor settings to match rider weight, rider style & track conditions
•YZ125 / 250 based “big bike” valving & low-friction fork seals
•smooth, compliant stroke for superior suspension performance & handling
•optional fork springs are available through Yamaha Genuine Parts & Accessories
•Fully adjustable Monocross link rear suspension provides 282mm (11.1″) of wheel travel.
•Kayaba piggyback shock reduces shock temperatures during a long moto for fade resistant damping & consistent performance.
•adjustments include “threaded” spring preload, 15 clicks of compression & 20 clicks of rebound damping
•optional shock springs are available through Yamaha Genuine Parts & Accessories
• 220mm front stainless steel disc with twin piston caliper
•delivers strong stopping power with excellent control and great feedback.
• “Shorty style” adjustable front brake lever.
•adjusts to fit various hand sizes
• Clutch lever holder allows for clutch lever reach adjustment.
•adjusts to fit various hand sizes.
• 190mm stainless steel rear disc brake squeezed by a single piston caliper.
•Excellent stopping power
•caliper is protected by a rugged plastic protector
• Lightweight, 17″ front & 14″ rear DID rims
•excellent durability
•reduces unsprung weight for optimal suspension performance
• Modern, aggressive, slim line bodywork.
•slim body design for excellent freedom of movement & rider mobility
•seat features a pebble finish seat cover for grip

•Sealed tapered steering head bearings for extra durability
•Serrated rear brake pedal & folding shift lever tip
•Wide, cast-alloy serrated footpegs offer good grip
•Stainless steel inner clutch cable for longer life & smooth operation
•Rubber boots on clutch & brake levers to reduce dirt, mud & water entry for durability
•Convenient lifting holes in side cover
•Rugged chain guide helps prevent chain from de-railing & also protects rear sprocket.
•YZ85 large wheel kit (19″/17″) is available through Yamaha Genuine Parts & Accessories.
•E10 friendly fuel system components


2017 Yamaha YZ85 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $4,099 USD

Engine Type 85cc liquid-cooled 2-stroke; reed-valve inducted
Bore x Stroke 47.5mm x 47.8mm
Compression Ratio 8.1:1
Fuel Delivery Keihin® PWK 28
Ignition CDI
Transmission Constant-mesh 6-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive Chain
Suspension / Front Inverted fork; fully adjustable, 10.8-in travel
Suspension / Rear Single shock; fully adjustable, 11.1-in travel
Brakes / Front Hydraulic single disc, 220mm
Brakes / Rear Hydraulic single disc, 190mm
Tires / Front 70/100-17 Dunlop®
Tires / Rear 90/100-14 Dunlop®
L x W x H 71.7 in x 29.9 in x 44.3 in
Seat Height 33.1 in
Wheelbase 49.5 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 26.2°
Trail 3.5 in
Maximum Ground
13.0 in
Fuel Capacity 1.3 gal
Wet Weight*** 157 lb
Warranty 30 Day (Limited Factory Warranty)
Color Team Yamaha Blue



2017 Yamaha YZ85 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $5099 CDN

2-stroke, liquid-cooled,crankcase reed-valve,single
Bore and Stroke
47.5 x 47.8mm
Compression Ratio
Fuel Delivery
Keihin PWK28
Ignition / Starting
CDI / Kick
Final Drive
Suspension (Front)
Adjustable 36mm inverted fork / 275mm (10.8″) wheel travel
Suspension (Rear)
Fully adjustable link Monocross / 282mm (11.1″) wheel travel
Brakes (Front)
220mm disc / twin piston
Brakes (Rear)
190mm disc / single piston
Tires (Front)
Tires (Rear)
1,820mm (71.7″)
760mm (29.9″)
1,125mm (44.3″)
1,255mm (49.4″)
Ground Clearance
330mm (13″)
Seat Height
840mm (33.1″)
Fuel Capacity
5 litres (1.1 imp. gallons)
Wet Weight
71kg (157 lb)
Yamaha Racing Blue


2017 Yamaha YZ85 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See Dealer for Pricing in GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine type Single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 2-stroke, reed valve
Displacement 84.7cc
Bore x stroke 47.5 mm x 47.8 mm
Compression ratio 8.1 : 1
Maximum power –
Maximum Torque –
Lubrication system Premix
Clutch Type Wet, multiple-disc coil spring
Carburettor Keihin PWK28/1
Ignition system CDI
Starter system Kick
Transmission system Constant Mesh, 6-speed
Final transmission Chain
Frame Semi double cradle
Front suspension system Upside-down telescopic fork
Front travel 275 mm
Caster Angle 27º
Trail 106 mm
Rear suspension system Swingarm, (link suspension)
Rear Travel 282 / 287* mm
Front brake Single Disc, Ø 220 mm
Rear brake Single Disc, Ø 190 mm
Front tyre 70/100-17 40M / 70/100-19 42M
Rear tyre 90/100-14 49M / 90/100-16 52M
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 5.0 litres
Oil tank capacity 0.5 litres
Remark *YZ85LW only

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