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Dirt and Trail August 2018

August 2018 issue of SA's only offroad and adventure magazine

C O V E R S T O R Y

C O V E R S T O R Y Here’s a recap on the new machine: • Upgraded Engine: The 85cc liquid-cooled, two-stroke engine now features the Yamaha Power Valve System for broad, tractable power across the rev range without losing peak power at high rpm. Redesigned from the ground up, the new YZ85 has been built with a new YPVS power valve-equipped engine, complete with revised intake, exhaust and gearbox. The gearbox increases the width of selected gears to provide enhanced gear engagement and smoother shifts. The Light, single radiator has large cores and louvers, and the water pump features a cast aluminum (vs. resin) impeller for better cooling efficiency. • New Airbox: The airbox design ensures excellent air cleaning performance and easy maintenance. • Suspension: The 36mm KYB inverted cartridge fork features 10.8 inches of travel with compression and rebound damping adjustability with low-friction outer tubes and internals. The rear suspension features fully adjustable Kayaba link-type shock with 282mm of travel and race tested compression valving. The progressive linkage-type design improves bottoming resistance. Updated settings improved bump absorption and bottoming resistance. • New Swingarm: The redesigned swingarm features a new composite chain guide as well as updated chain adjusters for easier maintenance. The compact rear subframe is removable to allow easy maintenance. • Upgraded Wheels and Brakes: 17-inch front and 14-inch rear rims. 220mm and 190mm disc brakes. Dunlop MX3S knobbies. • New Adjustable Rider Ergonomics: New four-position adjustable handlebar mounts and taper-style handlebars allows the rider to tune the handlebar position to suit their size and preferences. • Brakes: For 2019, a new front brake line and wave-style brake discs. 220mm front disc and 190mm rear disc. • Wheels: The 17-inch front and 14-inch rear. Many of the new YZ85 parts are interchangeable with the smaller YZ65 that we reviewed an issue or two ago, making the step up even less hassle for your young gun’s mechanic and sponsor – also known as dad. Nice touch! “THE YZ FEELS REALLY WELL BALANCED IN THE AIR, IT DOES NOT DIP ON THE JUMPS.” which they described the ride experience and how the bikes felt. They have moved up the ranks – through the 50cc and 65cc classes with Hayden winning the 65cc championship in 2016. Garrick has had frequent podiums with a 5th place overall in nationals and a 3rd in regionals last year. He also races off-road on his 85. We chatted to the boys separately – when Hayden came in after a moto, Garrick jumped onto the bike and took off – then we sat and quizzed him. Garrick came back in and we chatted to him. The boys had no idea what the other had said – and what was fascinating is the fact that both said basically the same thing. ‘Strue I tell you! Here’s what our riders said: · The bike feels light, narrow and comfortable. Signifi cantly narrower than our bikes. · The bars feel a bit narrow, but you get used to them very quickly. · Garrick felt that the seat was a bit dipped up front – it feels like you are sitting in the bike. He prefers a fl atter seat. Hayden had no complaints. · Kickstarting is very simple. · The softest clutch we’ve ever felt – lighter than a hydraulic unit. · Compared to our bikes, the YZ85 revs really well – it does not run out of revs at the top. · It feels fast. · The YZ feels really well balanced in the air, it does not dip on the jumps. 20 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE AUGUST 2018

What is bLU cRU? bLU cRU is a nationwide membership programme for all Yamaha YZ, WR, and FX customers. Membership is free for anyone who buys a new YZ, WR or FX model. Benefits include: •A bLU cRU Yamaha t-shirt, hoodie, and decals • Yamalube care pack • Discount on spare parts •Preferential showroom and workshop support • Trackside support at club and regional racing events Yamaha YZ65 R59 950 2019 Yamaha YZ85 R64 950 New 2019 Yamaha YZ85 Yamaha’s total commitment to all sectors of the motocross market is reinforced with the launch of the all-new YZ85, the most advanced youth MX bike in its class. Powered by a liquid-cooled 2-stroke engine that features Yamaha’s torque boosting Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS) technology - and equipped with newly developed suspension systems - this sharp looking race bike delivers more performance and more control for young riders. www.yamaha.co.za · +27 11 259 7600 · Facebook: Yamaha Southern Africa · Instagram: @yamahasouthafrica · YouTube: YamahaMoto_SA

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