Yamaha’s 2022 YZ range revealed

YAMAHA Australia has announced the expansion of its benchmark-setting two-stroke YZ motocross line-up for 2022, with the new models providing the fun and exhilaration of lightweight, powerful two-strokes to the next generation.

The bike maker aims to continue to play an integral role in developing young riders and building future champions. The 2022 two-stroke YZ models are highlighted by a new version of the race-bred YZ125.

This marks the first full model change for the revered junior race model in more than 15 years and positions it back at the top of the 125cc two-stroke class by offering a blend of race-winning performance and real-world usability.

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Features on the new YZ models include a powerful new 125cc two-stroke engine, improved suspension, updated brakes, enhanced ergonomics, and new modern YZ styling.

The new 2022 YZ125 represents an important evolution in Yamaha’s two-stroke lineage. As it is the first full model change to the iconic model in more than 15 years. The result is a significantly improved YZ125.

2022 YZ 125 Monster Energy Edition
2022 YZ125 Monster Energy Edition

The liquid-cooled 125cc two-stroke engine has been thoroughly reworked to produce more power. Every functional part of the 2022 YZ125 engine is new, including the cylinder body, cylinder head, piston, piston pin, connecting rod, crankcase and expansion chamber.

It all adds up to increased power across the mid to high-rpm range.

Enhancing fuel and power delivery, a new high-precision Hitachi Astemo Keihin PWK38S carburettor with throttle position sensor and 3D-map-controlled CDI unit provide clean, crisp throttle response and superior rideability.

To match increased engine performance, an updated lightweight braking system features
larger front pistons, a more rigid calliper, a redesigned 270mm front rotor with a 30 per cent increase in pad contact area and higher friction pad material.

Yamaha’s 2022 YZ125 will be available in Team Yamaha Blue or Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition with premium embedded graphics to ensure outstanding durability and scratch resistance.

Other notable changes to Yamaha’s line-up of race-ready two strokes include an improved YZ85LW (large wheel) model. As an important entry into the world of competitive motocross, the YZ85 has long been the mini race bike of choice for future champions.

2022 Yamaha YZ85LW
2022 Yamaha YZ85LW

2022 Yamaha YZ85LWLight, nimble and fun with a top shelf suspension, it serves up big-bike spec in a small bike package. Rider ergonomics have been improved by way of a new, narrower tank design, flatter seat, new side covers and slimmer, symmetrical radiator shrouds.

For 2022, it takes the race-winning YZ85 formula and enhances off-road capability even more with the addition of a larger 19-inch front wheel and 16-inch rear wheel wrapped in high performance Dunlop MX3S tyres.

A longer swingarm accommodates the larger rear wheel and increases handling stability. The YZ85LW is designed to be the ideal transition between the standard YZ85 and the full size YZ125, perfect for those advanced 85cc riders looking for a big bike feel.

Yamaha’s four-stroke YZ250F and YZ450F receive a lightened rear wheel and drivetrain assemblies to further improve their class leading handling. The flagship YZ250 two-stroke receives a number of enhancements as well.

The race-tested YZ250 two-stroke is already known for its fast, powerful engine,
plush suspension, class-leading handling and rider friendly character. With significant updates for 2022, it’s now even better.

2022 Yamaha YZ250F
2022 Yamaha YZ250F

Beginning with improved rider ergonomics, this YZ model scores a narrower fuel tank, flatter seat, slimmer radiator shrouds and new side covers all contribute to greater freedom of movement front to back and easier weight transfer.

An updated brake setup includes a more rigid front calliper, larger front pistons, a redesigned 270mm front rotor with a 30 per cent increase in pad contact area and higher friction pad material, all combining to provide exceptional braking power and feel.

A redesigned rear rotor maintains the same braking power while dropping outer diameter
from 245mm to 240mm, further reducing un-sprung weight. The F variant also features a handful of key updates.

A new 2.15-inch wide rear rim pairs with a premium 110-width Dunlop Geomax MX33 tyre for a wider footprint, increased traction and better bump absorption under hard acceleration and cornering.

In a first for a Yamaha off-road competition model, a new three-cross spoke pattern on the rear wheel further improves impact absorption and overall feel. The rear wheel hub has also been re-engineered to be thinner and lighter while still retaining strength.

2022 Yamaha YZ450F
2022 Yamaha YZ450F

Also new for 2022, an updated premium graphics scheme features aggressive Yamaha
Blue and dark blue embedded graphics, providing excellent durability and scratch
resistance. Blacked-out radiator louvres further add to the aggressive new look.

For the new 2022 YZ 450F, Yamaha builds on the already class-leading performance of its flagship motocross machine by reducing un-sprung weight through the adoption of a lighter rear wheel assembly and drive train parts, for more responsive handling.

Updates for 2022 begin with a new, redesigned rear wheel hub. The cast aluminium hub has been engineered to be thinner and lighter while maintaining strength. It combines with a redesigned lightweight rear sprocket and new lightweight drive chain.

The YZ 450F also receives the newly introduced three-cross spoke pattern on the rear wheel for improved impact absorption and overall feel. New revised suspension settings take full advantage of the lightened rear wheel assembly, increasing stability.

Finally, a sharp new Yamaha Blue and dark blue graphics scheme adds a modern, aggressive style and features premium embedded graphics for excellent durability and scratch resistance.

For further information, including pricing and to arrange a test ride, please contact your local Yamaha dealer.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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