2012 Yamaha Beginner Dirt Bike First Looks

June 10, 2011
Matt Davidson
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2012 Yamaha PW50
The PW50 along with the TT-R50E will return in 2012 in Yamaha’s beginner lineup.

Yamaha has recently announced its new lineup of 2012 TT-Rs and PW50s. The model line has been absent for nearly two years, but in 2012 they’re returning to showrooms near you. Known for its low seat-height, electric starting and automatic clutches, both the TT-R50E and TT-R110E make great beginner bikes.
Designed for younger riders, the PW50 contains a simple shaft drive and automatic transmission along with an oil injection system. Yamaha also offers the TT-R50E and the TT-R110E for novices who still want low seat-height and an automatic transmission. Finally, the TT-R series is rounded out by the TT-R125LE and TT-R230 models. The biggest in its lineup, both models carry some advanced features such as a manual clutch and front disc brakes, but still maintain the convenience of an electric starter.

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2012 Yamaha XT250 and TW200 First Look
Yamaha is also returning with more options for dual-sport enthusiast next year. On paved roads or off the beaten path, both models offer stability and ease of operation for a variety of skill levels.

2012 Yamaha TW200
The 2012 TW200 will be available starting in July of 2012 at a price of $4490.

The XT250 is equipped with long-travel suspension and 11.2 inches of ground clearance. The model includes a 31.9-inch seat height and electric starter, with a 245mm disc up front and a 203mm rear disc brake in the back. The double-cradle steel frame is lighter than previous versions, with Yamaha citing improved handling as a result. The 2012 model also includes a digital LCD panel with green background and frame-mounted passenger foot pegs for two-up capability. The XT250 has a claimed fuel economy of 73 mpg with a 2.4-gallon tank, and will be available to the public beginning in July of 2012 with an MSRP of $5090.

One of the most eye-catching in Yamaha’s lineup is the Yamaha TW200. It returns in 2012 with its fat rear tire and low seat height, providing extreme stability as one of the most user-friendly bikes available. Like the XT250, the TW200 is equipped with an electric starter and utilizes a 196cc air-cooled four-stroke engine. The bike offers low to mid-range power while on road or off, and instrumentation includes speedometer, odometer and a resettable trip meter. Capable of 78 mpg, the TW200 will be available to the public beginning in July of 2012 with an MSRP of $4490.