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Collection: Yamaha Electric Bikes

Yamaha has been motorized since the beginning. Unlike many bike brands, which began manufacturing acoustic bikes before expanding into e-bikes. The Yamaha Motor Company has been manufacturing motorcycles in Japan since 1955.

  • In fact, they’ve been in operation since 1886, making them one of the oldest companies still operating in the world.
  • In 1989, Yamaha created the first-ever prototype for a pedal-assist electric bicycle (see image below). It continues to be a pioneer in e-bike technology, manufacturing their own high-quality bikes and providing other bike brands with some of the best e-bike motors in the business.
  • In 2016, after the release of their YPJ-C model in Japan, Yamaha reached 2 million bicycles sold in Japan and around the world world.
  • Yamaha is headquartered in Shizuoka, Japan, where it has operated from day one. However, Yamaha is truly an international brand, with factories all over the globe.

Are Yamaha ebikes Any Good?

Yamaha Bicycles is not only one of Japan’s most recognizable motor brands but one of Japan’s best representatives on the global stage of e-bike manufacturing.

  • Anything Japan-made already has a connotation of high-quality and Yamaha’s e-bikes certainly has earned it.
  • Their models may be more expensive, but that’s because they are superior in terms of incorporated tech, battery life, comfort, and smooth motor assistance.
  • This brand offers high-performance bikes in the road, mountain, and gravel categories, with up to six top-notch models available.
  • With options like that, any rider is sure to find a high-quality bike that suits their riding style.

Does Yamaha Make Mountain Bikes?

While Yamaha has been in the e-bike game as long as there’s been an e-bike game, they didn’t dive into eMTBs until 2020 with the YDX Moro and Moro Pro. They might be the new kids on the eMTB block, but these aggressive bikes are not to be underestimated.

  • Both the YDX Moro and Moro Pro come equipped with the sleek new PW-X drive system and PW-X2 control switch that maintains the ergonomic and tactile feel found on other Yamaha e-bikes while adding a push assist button.
  • The Dual-Twin frame might sound redundant, but combining hydroforming and forging techniques, to provide precise handling, protection and a low center of gravity full suspension frame is anything but overkill.
  • Yamaha now also offers the YDX Torc, a 27.5 hardtail mountain bike powered by the all-new PW-X Drive System.

Are Yamaha E-Bike Motors Reliable?

If you told us that Yamaha meant “reliable in Japanese we would absolutely believe you. (Actually, it means mountain blade, how sick is that?!). Yamaha is practically synonymous with reliability.

  • While some brands dive deep into one kind of product (say…eMTBs), Yamaha has taken the plunge on motors. They are one of the top-selling motor brands not only for e-bikes but also for motorcycles, boats, cars, helicopters, and even wheelchairs. This intense FOCUS means that they know motors inside and out and can guarantee a high-quality and reliable product.
  • They’ve been THE major player in the small engine sector for more than 65 years. That should make anyone feel comfortable on a bike powered by a Yamaha motor.
  • Not only are Yamaha motors strong at low cadences and have excellent climbing assist (so steep hills will never cause you problems), they are specifically designed so that you won’t lose power at high cadences.

Why We Love Yamaha Electric Bikes

The Yamaha electric bike lineup combines an incredibly reliable, powerful, and smooth eBike system with high-quality builds that allow you to tackle epic days in the saddle mountain biking or getting you around town.

  • For eMTB riders, you can choose from the YDX Torc, the YDX Moro, and YDX Moro Pro.
  • As a kid, it was all about cotton candy, the giant lollipop, and taffy. Now, the stickiness you crave is for more traction on the trail. The low center of gravity and always-active suspension of the YDX-MORO will keep your tread firmly planted corner after corner after corner.
  • The emotional connection between rider and bike is only as strong as the physical connection between the bike and the ground. Travel when you need it. Power when you want it. Technology when you like it.
  • With a suspension that is optimized to evenly spread grip between the front and rear of the bike for greater traction on the trail and a buttery smooth feel when riding over anything that trails can throw at you, all-mountain has become every-mountain.

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Trade BRAAPs for Zaps with the Honda CR Electric Dirt Bike

This post was created in conjunction with our sister site, GritShift. Specializing in electric dirt bikes from Sur Ron, Segway, Talaria, and more, GritShift’s in-house RD team designs and builds quality components in addition to stocking riding gear and complete e-bikes for the electric future. Check us out at GritShift.com.

At the 2019 Tokyo Motorcycle Show, Honda released their CR Electric dirt bike concept. It’s taken several names since then, but a promising sign is that it hasn’t gone away yet.

In numerous YouTube videos, you can get a glimpse of the Honda CR Electric dirt bike in action, but we wanted to take a closer look at what to expect. Let’s see how the electric Honda dirt bike stacks up and the performance it offers.

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Honda CR Electric Dirt Bike

Before we dive into the specs, it makes sense for you to see it run. Here is one of the YouTube videos that show what this electrified dirt bike is capable of.

Future of Electric Dirt Bikes

While the electric dirt bike market isn’t overflowing with enthusiasts, there is a market for these bikes. Honda needs to get into the field while there isn’t a lot of competition to truly make their mark.

Over the next few years, we anticipate many other Japanese motorcycle manufacturers and some of the European ones as well will release their best try at an electric dirt bike. We will see Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki release their ideas very soon.

In fact, it wasn’t that long ago that The Big Four announced their plans to work together on producing an electric motorcycle battery. They also plan to collaborate on a standard charging system. With them working together, the consumer ends up winning.

Who will win our attention?

Who will be the first to win the consumer’s loyalty? Likely it will be whoever produces the best equipment first. A few years ago, Kawasaki filed a patent for a swappable battery pack for an electric Ninja. Even Harley is planning a light electric dirt bike according to those in the know.

These are all promising endeavors, but we’re convinced that the future of electric motorcycles will start in electric dirt bikes, not electric road bikes. Why? These bikes have to stand up to the rigors of off-roading: jumps, mud, water, and all manner of impacts with anything from rocks to sticks to other bikes.

Designing an electric powertrain that can withstand all those challenges and still compete with the best gas-powered dirt bikes is a huge challenge, and if an OEM can manage it, road bikes should be a comparative walk in the park.

It’s all up to the market, though. Will motocrossers and trail riders give up their BRAAPS for zaps?

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Would you ride an electric dirt bike?

What are your thoughts on the future of electric dirt bikes? Would you ride the Honda CR Electric concept or will you hold out for another option? Let us know your thoughts.

Already electrified?

If you already have an electric dirt bike, like a Sur Ron, Segway, or Talaria, why not make it street legal? Take your fun to the road with the help of Dirt Legal.

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Trade BRAAPs for Zaps with the Honda CR Electric Dirt Bike

This post was created in conjunction with our sister site, GritShift. Specializing in electric dirt bikes from Sur Ron, Segway, Talaria, and more, GritShift’s in-house RD team designs and builds quality components in addition to stocking riding gear and complete e-bikes for the electric future. Check us out at GritShift.com.

At the 2019 Tokyo Motorcycle Show, Honda released their CR Electric dirt bike concept. It’s taken several names since then, but a promising sign is that it hasn’t gone away yet.

In numerous YouTube videos, you can get a glimpse of the Honda CR Electric dirt bike in action, but we wanted to take a closer look at what to expect. Let’s see how the electric Honda dirt bike stacks up and the performance it offers.

Honda CR Electric Dirt Bike

Before we dive into the specs, it makes sense for you to see it run. Here is one of the YouTube videos that show what this electrified dirt bike is capable of.

Future of Electric Dirt Bikes

While the electric dirt bike market isn’t overflowing with enthusiasts, there is a market for these bikes. Honda needs to get into the field while there isn’t a lot of competition to truly make their mark.

Over the next few years, we anticipate many other Japanese motorcycle manufacturers and some of the European ones as well will release their best try at an electric dirt bike. We will see Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki release their ideas very soon.

In fact, it wasn’t that long ago that The Big Four announced their plans to work together on producing an electric motorcycle battery. They also plan to collaborate on a standard charging system. With them working together, the consumer ends up winning.

Who will win our attention?

Who will be the first to win the consumer’s loyalty? Likely it will be whoever produces the best equipment first. A few years ago, Kawasaki filed a patent for a swappable battery pack for an electric Ninja. Even Harley is planning a light electric dirt bike according to those in the know.

These are all promising endeavors, but we’re convinced that the future of electric motorcycles will start in electric dirt bikes, not electric road bikes. Why? These bikes have to stand up to the rigors of off-roading: jumps, mud, water, and all manner of impacts with anything from rocks to sticks to other bikes.

Designing an electric powertrain that can withstand all those challenges and still compete with the best gas-powered dirt bikes is a huge challenge, and if an OEM can manage it, road bikes should be a comparative walk in the park.

It’s all up to the market, though. Will motocrossers and trail riders give up their BRAAPS for zaps?

Would you ride an electric dirt bike?

What are your thoughts on the future of electric dirt bikes? Would you ride the Honda CR Electric concept or will you hold out for another option? Let us know your thoughts.

Already electrified?

If you already have an electric dirt bike, like a Sur Ron, Segway, or Talaria, why not make it street legal? Take your fun to the road with the help of Dirt Legal.

The Best Yamaha Kids Dirt Bike Based On Your Needs

Looking for the best Yamaha kids dirt bike but not sure where to start? Whether you’re a kid trying to buy your own bike or you’re a parent (grandparent) looking for the right dirt bike for a child, you’ve found the right article!

  • The different types of Yamaha bikes for kids
  • Why it’s important to choose the right one if you want to have fun stay safe
  • How to pick the best model based on your specific size and budget

What type of dirt bike is best for kids?

Before you even consider what size dirt bike, you need to figure out what type is best. There are two main types of Yamaha dirt bikes for kids – Trail bikes and motocross bikes.

If you (or your son or daughter) are new to dirt biking, then you need to start on a trail bike. Trail dirt bikes are smaller and less powerful, and they’re MUCH easier to ride.

What type of dirt bike to avoid for kids?

You don’t want your first dirt bike as a 4-year-old to be an MX race bike that’s going to get out of control really quickly. Motocross bikes are only for kids that have been riding for a while and are confident in the basic techniques so that they can safely control the power, whether on a track, on trails or in your backyard.

What size dirt bike is best?

Yamaha has several youth dirt bikes to choose from, with an age range from 3 years old on up. Ideally, I recommend you go to a dealer that has Yamaha motorcycles for kids and sit on multiple bikes to see what fits best.

You just need to be able to touch with one foot on the ground while sitting on the seat.

Going by my dirt bike size chart, this is a guide for the best size dirt bike for kids:

  • 3-7 years old: 50cc
  • 7-11 years old: 110cc
  • 10-15 years old: 125cc
  • 13-18 years old: 125-250cc

Small Yamaha dirt bikes for toddlers/little kids

Just need the smallest dirt bike for kids out there? Yamaha has you covered with the two best motorcycle options out there!

50cc Yamaha 2-stroke – the smallest dirt bike

Just want the smallest gas dirt bike available for your 3, 4 or 5 year old? Yamaha is genuinely known for getting thousands of kids on their first dirt bike with the PW50.

It’s an oil-injected 2 stroke dirt bike with a super low seat height (19 inches) and is very simple and easy to ride. The throttle is adjustable, so you as a parent can limit how far the throttle can be turned to limit the acceleration and max speed.

Training wheels can be added, but you might as well buy a quad. The biggest selling points are the low seat height so your son or daughter can touch the ground, its overall weight is well under 100lbs, low maintenance, and the smooth power makes it forgiving for a new rider.

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cc Yamaha 4-stroke dirt bike

If the PW50 is too small, or you simply don’t want a 2 stroke dirt bike, Yamaha’s TTR 50 is the next size up for their kids dirt bikes. The ‘E’ stands for electric start, so that takes away a little bit of frustration if you or your kid doesn’t like kick-starting it.That’s the biggest advantage the TTR 50 has vs the Honda CRF 50, which only has a kick-start.

It’s noticeably bigger and heavier, with a seat height of almost 22 inches and it weighs 126 lbs. It’s a good dirt bike for a 5 or 6 year old, depending on how tall your child is.

The 4 stroke engine is bulletproof if you keep oil in it and clean the air filter when it gets dirty. It has a 3-speed semi-auto transmission, so your son or daughter can get used to shifting gears without worrying about a clutch yet.

Yamaha dirt bike with training wheels

Yamaha doesn’t sell a mini bike or dirt bike with training wheels, but you can buy a training wheel kit from MotoSport for under 200.

It can give toddlers more confidence on a dirt bike if they can’t handle the weight and keep falling. But if you want my honest opinion, you shouldn’t have to use training wheels – that’s what a 4-wheeler is for.

If your kid isn’t ready for a Yamaha gas dirt bike, then you should start them on an electric balance bike. They’re lightweight and easy to handle, and it teaches you how to have proper throttle control and balance.

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Upgrading to the TTR110, it’s the next logical step up for kids’ trail dirt bikes. It has quite a bit more power than the 50cc but is still very mellow and forgiving.

The TTR110E also has an electric start and a 4-speed transmission but no clutch. If you have a 7-9 year old that’s ready to upgrade from a smaller bike, or they want a slightly bigger bike without a clutch, the TTR 110 is your best choice from Yamaha.

It’s also a great pit bike when your kid isn’t riding it, which means there are a few mods available.

5cc Yamaha

Moving on to the 125cc 4 stroke, the TTR125LE has been around for about 2 decades. There used to be 4 options for the TTR125, but Yamaha reduced it to just one size and option – the large wheel and electric start model.

I have taught many adults and teens how to ride a dirt bike with a clutch on a TTR125, and that’s because it’s easy to ride with a low seat height. It’s a great beginner and trail bike if your kid is 10-13 years old.

The clutch and 5-speed transmission are beginner-friendly with a very low first gear, but with enough top speed for most kids to get that adrenaline rush.

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The last and biggest kids’ dirt bike from Yamaha is the 230cc full-size trail bike. It’s not as tall as a full-on enduro or MX bike but it still has full-size wheels, making it ideal for trail riding as a teen or young adult.

There’s no backup kick-start on the TTR 230, but as long as you don’t drain the battery, the electric start is reliable. It has a 6-speed transmission, so it will handle cruising at 45-50mph on fire roads if you need to put on a few miles to connect trailheads.

It’s definitely bigger and heavier than the TTR125, so don’t put your kid on the 230 if they’re too short or too weak to lift the bike up. It doesn’t feel that heavy when riding, thanks to the low center of gravity, but it’s hard to pick up off the ground. To help prevent falling and crashing, it’s best to get the proper training to learn basic riding techniques.

Yamaha Motocross bikes for kids

I highly recommend NOT getting a motocross bike for your kid if this will be their first dirt bike. Why? Because

If they’re timid and you’re not sure if they’ll like dirt biking, then they’ll be sure to not like it after trying to control a snappy 2 stroke motocross bike around the yard or trails.

Even if they are motivated to ride, your son or daughter will struggle to learn proper riding techniques right away because they’re trying to keep the power under control.

With that said, Yamaha has three motocross bikes for kids, and they are: YZ65, YZ85, and YZ85LW

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Built to compete with the KX65, 65SX, and TC 65, Yamaha finally came out with their own 65cc 2-stroke kids MX bike. They had one back in the 1980s, but it’s been missing for over 30 years.

It’s completely new and built to be competitive right out of the box. It still doesn’t have quite the performance that the KTM 65 has, but it’s also several hundred dollars cheaper. The YZ65 is designed to be a compromise of performance, simplicity, and cost, with it leaning more toward performance. It’s a race bike for kids aged 9-11

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The YZ85 has been around since 2002. It hasn’t changed much as far as performance goes over the years, but why fix what still works great? It’s a great race bike if your kid is in the 12-15 year-old age range.

Yamaha 85 Big-wheel

If the small wheel YZ85 is a little too small, the YZ85LW is the next step up with bigger wheels and a longer wheelbase, making it slightly taller and more stable.

It still has the same 85cc 2 stroke engine, but the wheels, swingarm and suspension are different, making it fit a bigger 12-15 year old kid.

Yamaha dirt bike lineup for kids’ new

Yamaha has changed their off-road motorcycle lineup quite a few times over the years. The dirt bike models they make are based on the demand – the number and percentage of sales, so they remove a model if it’s not profitable for the company.

The new 2023 lineup for kid’s dirt bikes available from Yamaha:

Best cheap used Yamaha dirt bikes for kids

Maybe you don’t have the money to afford a new dirt bike but really want to get one for your kid. Starting on a used bike is the way to go if you know what to look for.Why?

They’re going to tip over and make that shiny bike dirty and scratched up. He or she may also be ready to upgrade to the next bike sooner than you think.Yep, that means another dirt bike could be in your near future!

With that said, here’s a list of the used Yamaha dirt bikes you can find for your son or daughter:

How to make dirt biking safe if you’re riding with your kids

Starting on the right dirt bike is the best way to make dirt biking fun and safe, but that’s just the beginning. If you don’t learn the basic techniques, then you’re going to struggle learning to balance, corner, or control the clutch, throttle, or the whole bike at times.

If you’re ready to take dirt biking seriously, then I want to help you get started the right way. Click or tap here to quickly learn the proper riding techniques.

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