The Yamaha TT-R lineup isn’t just for the young uns, with the 125 and 230 models able to deliver off-road performance for adults as well.
Family fun for everyone is what Yamaha’s 2008 TT-R lineup is all about. MotoUSA got an opportunity to sample the entire TT-R spectrum at Milestone MX Park in Riverside, California, and with six models to choose from (two of which are new), there’s something for every member of the family.
TT-R50E – (MSRP: $1199)
Handling the needs of your smallest family members is the TT-R50E. The most petite TT-R offers Junior a low 21.8-inch seat height and is powered by an easy-to-control 49cc, air-cooled 4-stroke engine. To simplify the riding experience a precise three-speed transmission featuring an automatic centrifugal clutch eliminates the traditional handlebar-mounted clutch lever and allows the little one to focus on the task at hand. Ten-inch wire spoke hoops are stopped by simple mechanical drum brakes front and rear. A USFS-approved spark arrestor insures that junior will be able to tag along on those weekend getaways. Probably the best feature of Yamaha’s smallest TT-R is the electric start, which makes starting the fiddy almost too easy, especially after crashing (not that we would know about that). And worry not, pit bike enthusiasts, Yamaha has a host of GYTR parts including an 84cc big bore kit that effectively doubles horsepower over stock. You can check out all the hop-up options at Yamaha’s Build-Your-Own webpage.
This is what the TT-R lineup is all about, getting Junior in the off-road saddle. A three-speed transmission and centrifugal clutch complimenting an electric start on the TT-R50E helps to ease the learning pains.
TT-R110E – (MSRP: $1849)
Replacing the TT-R90 is the all-new TT-R110E. The newest Yammie playbike entry is powered by an 110cc, air-cooled, SOHC 4-stroke. The theory behind bumping the displacement to 110 was part of a design to accommodate a greater range of riders. Don’t believe us? Take a look at the photos and you’ll see an equal number of pint-sized kids and 200-pound adults having a ball on the new Blue. Unlike other machines in its class, this one features a four-speed transmission mated to an easy-to-use automatic clutch.
The chassis has been updated and now features a die-cast aluminum top clamp with built-in handle crown – making handlebar swaps a less costly exercise. The new 31mm Showa fork is stiffer and delivers 4.5-inches of travel (up 5mm). Behind, a firmer gas-charged rear shock moves 4.3-inches (up 15mm) and connects to a reinforced swingarm. The 110 also features streamlined YZ-inspired styling and graphics that make you feel like you’re on a smaller version of what the AMA big boy’s pilot through the sky. A 14-inch front wheel and 12-rear help raise seat height to 26.4-inches, yet still provides tall 7.1-inches of ground clearance. And of course, starting the new 110 is easy as pushing a button.
Yamaha has a full slate of the entertaining TT-R machines. There can be something for everyone in this crew.
TT-R125E/L/LE – (MSRP: $2599/2699/2899)
Yamaha’s TT-R125 has long-been a benchmark in cheap, low-speed entertainment. For 2008 the 125 is back in three unique variations – so pay attention. All three machines are powered by the same smooth, 124cc, air-cooled, SOHC 4-stroke engine. A versatile five-speed transmission and traditional cable-actuated clutch all come standard. The new 31mm Showa front fork has 7.1-inches of travel while out back the gas-charged rear shock sports 6.3-inches of travel for the E model and 6.6-inches in the L/LE. A new flatter seat featuring firmer seat foam supports the riders rear-end, and allows longer more comfortable motors for both big and small.
The TT-R125E base model is designed for smaller riders with its 17-inch front and 14-inch rear wheels, low 30.5-inch seat height, slightly softer suspension settings and mechanically operated drum brakes – which all equate to a bike that can slap big smiles on smaller riders. Handlebar-mounted electric start also comes standard.
The TT-R125L is the next step up. The L is kick-start only and features a 198mm hydraulic front disc brake. Larger 19-inch front and 16-inch rear wheels hoist seat height up to 31.7 inches and slightly stiffer suspension settings allow for greater bottoming resistance for larger riders.
Lastly there is the TT-R125LE. The LE is the top-of-the-line 125 model and has the same wheels and seat height as the L model but gets electric start, front and rear suspension preload adjustability and even stiffer suspension settings from the L model. A larger 220mm hydraulic front disc brake and an aluminum swingarm complete the list of changes.
Riding the 125s is guaranteed to induce smiles no matter what size or skill level rider you are. We were comfortable on the smallest E-model, but really enjoyed bombing around on the LE model due to its incredible braking prowess and (relatively) heavy-duty suspension that made leaping from jump to jump nearly as comfortable as a full-size YZ-F.
The minis are fun even if you aren’t in the recommended age range, which is why the TT-R50E has a host of aftermarket options to make it more amenable to the big kids out there.
TT-R230 – (MSRP: $3499)
Last but not least is the TT-R230. The largest model in the TT-R line up and is back with new graphics for ’08. A smooth, torquey 223cc, air-cooled SOHC engine powers the largest Yamaha playbike, and together with the six-speed transmission and front hydraulic disc brake, compared to the other models, this TT-R feels like a full-sized off-road bike in the performance sector. A set of 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels adorn the 230 and bump ground clearance to 11.6 inches. And yes, this one also comes with electric start.
Yamaha’s new TT-R playbikes are way too fun! They’re affordable, look great and have gobs of performance for their category of rider. Best yet, there is a Yamaha TT-R that can accommodate riders of any size and skill level, and a full-catalog of genuine GYTR go-fast goodies is available. Yamaha is making it easier and more appealing to start making your Red-riding friends see Blue.
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