Over the years, countless riders have started out on the YZ85, with many of them going on to achieve off road success at national and international level. Just like the YZ125 and YZ250 2-strokes, the YZ85 offers a combination of highly responsive engine performance with light and agile handling, making it a leading choice among younger riders who are taking the very first steps in their racing career. Currently, Yamaha mounted riders occupy the first two positions in the highly competitive South West region of the European EMX85 Championship.

The 2015 YZ85 gets a total body makeover and is equipped with a new front fender, air scoops, side covers and seat cover to give a lean and professional image. The new ‘Speed Block’ graphics and a bold new YZ logo emphasise the contemporary lines of the latest model, and bring the 2015 YZ85’s looks in line with the rest of the YZ and YZ-F family. In addition to the refreshed YZ-family image, the 2015 YZ85 also benefits from technical changes to the compact and lightweight, liquid-cooled power plant. The proven 85cc 2-stroke engine is already known for its strong yet un-intimidating power characteristics and for 2015 Yamaha’s engineers have made detailed changes to the intake and exhaust port A modified cylinder gives increased performance together with improved usability, further reinforcing the widely acclaimed characteristics that have helped to make the YZ85 such a successful and popular race bike with new riders. The 2015 model is also equipped with an easy to use clutch adjuster mechanism, allowing riders to set the clutch lever play to suit their own requirements.



YZ85 Technical Highlights

 Newly designed lean and contemporary bodywork


 New graphics with harmonised YZ logo and ‘Speed Block’

 Revised intake and exhaust timing for greater usability and



 Handlebar-mounted clutch adjuster


Existing highlights:

85cc liquid cooled 2-stroke engine

6-speed transmission

28mm carburettor with good throttle response

Upside down front forks with 275mm wheel travel

Lightweight tubular semi-double cradle frame with excellent rigidity


Detachable subframe

Long swingarm

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