Photo Credit: Rado Bartovic @dirtniron
The YZ85LW is a true dream bike for any young rider and Timmy is excited to keep progressing on this great looking machine. Decal Works hit a home run with these custom graphics.
Rado & Timmy made a cool video on this bike. Check it out here.
The new 2023 YZ85 LW is a large wheel version of the already popular YZ85 which was updated in 2019. This past year, my son Timothy was getting comfortable on aa older Yamaha TTR125, working on the clutch, gear shifting and all that good stuff. He has just now turned twelve-years-old and we understand that he needs a serious or “real” dirt bike if he wants to improve his skills/speed to enter local youth races as well. This new YZ85LW has proven to be the answer we were looking for. It is still an 85cc but the larger wheels allows for a taller rider to feel more comfortable and to work towards being ready sooner for a full size YZ125 in the future.
When I committed to buying my son (who has good grades and makes good choices) the YZ85, I thought why not make it a bit custom. It was slightly used, so Jay Clark helped me make it better than new by doing a mini-project build with it. I wanted to make it special for my son and surprise him with this build. His favorite Yamaha rider is Christian Craig #28, so we picked that number and worked on custom graphics with Decals MX. We got a custom matching seat cover from Motoseat, replaced the stock drivetrain with durable ProX parts, Rekluse Torque Drive, IMS foot pegs and tires from Dunlop (MX12 rear for the sandy GHR and Cahuilla tracks we ride). Race Tech freshened up the suspension.
Rekluse TorqueDrive is not just for the big bikes. FMF Fatty is durable as long as you don’t drop it in the truck.
For the engine mods we kept it very simple with a V-Force Reed Cage and a new Wiseco top end kit installed. We did have some issues with the stock jetting but after trying out the JD Jetting kit we ended up with a 45 Pilot, 148 Main, Blue Needle in 3rd position and we seem to have no issues with fouling plugs or bogs. The FMF pipe and silencer really woke this little ripper up, especially on the bottom.
Wiseco is all about 2-Strokes.
The bike turned out great! Looking and running really well the the best was seeing my son’s face when he first saw the bike and taking it for a first ride was worth everything! As a beginner rider this bike has really helped Timmy progress and improve his riding over the past few months. He will be riding this bike for a bit longer while his skills improve and he is more prepared for that YZ125 dream bike.
The FMF shorty has got that great sound and we have a Turbine Core for the trails.
ODI has big size “mini” bars with their V2 Lock-On grips.
V-Force Reed Cage with JD Jetting is clean.
Works Connection Elite Perch is the standard for cable clutches.
ProX has recently added chains and sprockets to their line up.
Wiseco Performance Products
Racer Elite Piston
CV4 High Temperature Radiator cap
Pro X Racing Parts
Rear sprocket alloy
TorqueDrive Clutch Plate kit
Jet kit 45 Pilot, 148 Main, Blue Needle in 3rd position
V-Force Reed Cage
Factory Fatty exhaust
Klotz Synthetic Lubricants
R-50 Two-Stroke Pre-Mix & Chemicals
Two-Stage Air Filter
Semi-Custom Graphics kit
Preprinted number plates backgrounds
Custom Seat Cover
Hour Meter and Mount
Front Brake Rotating bar mount
Brake Reservoir cap Front
Elite Clutch Perch Assy
Pro Launch Holeshot Device
Oil Filler plug
MX V2 Lock On Grips
Podium CFT Bars -Champ Bend
Suspension set up
Full plastic kit