2016 Yamaha YZ Models First Look

Adam Booth | June 4, 2015

2016 YZ450F
The YZ450F is back in 2016, featuring some cool improvements and additions that strive to make the already awesome YZ450F even better. Starting at the engine, new intake and exhaust cam profiles, combined with ECU setting boost combustion efficiency and improve the engine’s ease of use in the low- to mid-rpm range. Adjustments were made in the exhaust pipe diameter in its various sections to improve exhaust pulse effect that contributes to high rpm power output, while a new muffler bracket reduces weight. The water pump now employs a new six-hole impeller with increased seal durability for long-term reliability. Of course the GYTR Power Tuner lets owners adjust air/fuel mixture and ignition timing maps to match engine performance characteristics to the rider and track conditions in a matter of seconds with the push of a few buttons, as well as monitor engine diagnostic codes. Revisions to the clutch boss and shift stopper arm provide smooth clutch engagement feel and more precise shifting action when the gate drops.

Yamaha’s aluminum Bilateral Beam frame features a new forged section at the swingarm pivot and 2mm thicker motor mounts to further improve the rigidity balance for more front-end feel, cornering traction and lightweight handling. The footpegs are now 5mm lower. The fully KYB spring-type fork with speed sensitive damping and KYB shock feature refinements to the damping settings while the rear spring rate has dropped one rate. New triple clamps reduce trail with a 25mm (formerly 23mm) fork offset. A larger 270mm front brake rotor coupled with new pad material offers improved stopping power and controllability. The new launch control system (LCS) uses high-precision ECU calculations to optimize power output, providing ideal acceleration off the gate, especially on hard track surfaces. The YZ450F will be available in dealerships in late June.

2016 Yamaha YZ450F

2016 YZ450F Specs:
Engine Type: 449cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke; 4 titanium valves
Bore x Stroke: 97.0mm × 60.8mm
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Fuel Delivery: Keihin 44mm
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission Constant-mesh 5-speed, multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive: Chain
Suspension Front : KYB Speed-Sensitive System inverted fork; fully adjustable, 12.2in travel
Suspension Rear: KYB monoshock; fully adjustable, 12.4in travel
Brakes Front/Rear: 270mm/245mm
Tires Front/Rear: 80/100-21, 120/80-19 Dunlop MX52
Seat Height: 38.0 in
Wheelbase: 58.3 in
Ground Clearance: 13.0 in
Price: $8590 (60th Anniversary Yellow $8690)

2016 Yamaha YZ250F Anniversary Edition

2016 YZ250F
A new, lightweight, forged, two-ring piston headlines the improvements to the 2016 YZ250F. The piston features a flat crown surface with additional strengthening ribs and a shorter, more durable piston pin with diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating. Revised piston oil jets direct oil underneath the new piston, which helps promote cooling and contributes to more stable engine performance. Optimized crankshaft and counterbalancer designs provide a revised balance ratio, predictive power delivery, and reduced vibration.

In addition, revisions to the YZ250F clutch boss and shift-stopper arm provide smoother clutch engagement feel and more precise shifting action. New ECU settings result in a smoother transition as the rider reaches the rev limiter, while new brake pad material and a larger 270mm front brake rotor deliver improved stopping power and control for aggressive corner entries. The KYB spring-type fork with speed sensitive damping features revised valving for improved suspension feel and balance in each section of a corner, from entrance to exit. The KYB rear shock also features settings optimized for ideal damping characteristics. The YZ250F will retail for $7590 in Team Yamaha Blue/White and $7690 in Limited-Edition 60th Anniversary Yellow.

2016 Yamaha YZ250X

2016 YZ250X
This is the all-new 2016 YZ250X, an off-road racer conceived, engineered, and built specifically for Cross Country and Hare Scrambles competition. If it looks like the motocross YZ250 it should, it is almost identical but the YZ250X has been optimized for the unique demands of GNCC and Hare Scrambles racing, retaining the 249cc two-stroke engine. The YZ250X has a revised compression ratio, new exhaust port timing and a new Yamaha Power Valve System with broader opening timing for smoother power combined with a new model-specific CDI unit. A new wide-ratio, five-speed transmission differs from the motocross version.

The lightweight YZ250-spec frame is a carefully engineered combination of aluminum castings, forgings, and extrusions that provide the perfect balance of rigidity and flex, and a fully adjustable, speed-sensitive, KYB suspension has been tuned specifically for the needs of cross-country racers. The YZ250X’s aggressive bodywork is based on the YZ250 motocrosser, but features updated styling from the front fender to the rear brake protector. The bike also comes standard with an aluminum, tapered handlebar, YZ-F-style foot pegs, a gripper seat, Excel rims with Dunlop tires, and a whole host of GNCC-specific features, including an 18-inch rear wheel, sealed O-ring chain, narrow expansion chamber, a convenient side stand, and a fuel tank petcock with reserve position.

The 2016 YZ250X will be available in Team Yamaha Blue/White and will retail for $7390. It will arrive at Yamaha dealerships nationwide beginning in late August.

2016 YZ250X
Engine Type: 249cc liquid-cooled 2-stroke; reed-valve inducted
Bore x Stroke: 66.4mm × 72.0mm
Compression Ratio: 7.9~9.4:1
Fuel Delivery: Keihin PWK38S
Ignition: CDI
Transmission: Constant mesh 5-speed, multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive: Chain
Suspension Front: KYB Speed-Sensitive System inverted fork; fully adjustable, 11.8in travel
Suspension Rear: KYB Monoshock; fully adjustable, 12.4in travel
Brakes Front/Rear: 250mm/245mm
Tires Front/Rear: 90/90-21, 110/100-18 Dunlop AT81
Seat Height: 38.2 in
Wheelbase: 58.5 in
Ground Clearance: 14.2 in
Wet Weight: 229 lb
Price: $7390

2016 Yamaha YZ125 two-stroke

2016 YZ250, YZ125 and YZ85 Two-Stroke Motocrossers
Praise has to be given to Yamaha for continuing to produce and sell two-stroke motocross bikes. For 2016 the YZ250, YZ125 and YZ85 return with gold-colored chains and black wheels to give the bikes true factory-racing style. The 2016 YZ85, YZ125, and YZ250 will each be available in Team Yamaha Blue/White. TheYZ85 will retail for $4090, the YZ125 for $6390, and the YZ250 for $7290. All three bikes will be available in dealerships beginning in late August.

2016 YZ250
Engine Type: 249cc liquid-cooled 2-stroke; reed-valve inducted
Bore x Stroke: 66.4mm x 72.0mm
Compression Ratio: 8.9~10.6:1
Fuel Delivery: Keihin PWK38S
Ignition: CDI
Transmission: Constant-mesh 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive: Chain
Suspension Front: KYB Speed-Sensitive System inverted fork; fully adjustable, 11.8 in travel
Suspension Rear: KYB monoshock; fully adjustable, 12.4 in travel
Brakes Front/Rear: 250mm/245mm
Tires Front/Rear: 80/100-21, 110/90-19 MX52 Dunlop
Seat Height: 39.1 in
Wheelbase: 58.3 in
Ground Clearance: 14.4 in
Fuel Capacity: 2.1 gal
Wet Weight: 227 lb
Price $7290

2016 YZ125
Engine Type: 124cc liquid-cooled 2-stroke; reed-valve inducted
Bore x Stroke: 54.0mm x 54.5mm
Compression Ratio: 8.6~10.7:1
Fuel Delivery: Mikuni TMX 38
Ignition: CDI
Transmission: Constant-mesh 6-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive: Chain
Suspension Front: KYB Speed-Sensitive System inverted fork; fully adjustable, 11.8 in travel
Suspension Rear: KYB monoshock; fully adjustable, 12.4 in travel
Brakes Front/Rear: 250mm/245mm
Tires Front/Rear: 80/100-21, 100/90-19 MX52 Dunlop®
Seat Height: 38.4 in
Wheelbase: 56.8 in
Ground Clearance: 14.4 in
Fuel Capacity: 2.1 gal
Wet Weight: 209 lb
Price $6390

2016 YZ85
Engine Type: 85cc liquid-cooled 2-stroke; reed-valve inducted
Bore x Stroke 47.5mm x 47.8mm
Compression Ratio: 8.1:1
Fuel Delivery: Keihin PWK 28
Ignition: CDI
Transmission: Constant-mesh 6-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive: Chain
Suspension Front: Inverted fork; fully adjustable, 10.8 in travel
Suspension Rear: Single shock; fully adjustable, 11.1 in travel
Brakes Front/Rear: 220mm/190mm
Tires Front/Rear: 70/100-17, 90/100-14 Dunlop®
Seat Height: 33.1 in
Wheelbase: 49.5 in
Ground Clearance: 13.0 in
Fuel Capacity: 1.3 gal
Wet Weight: 157 lb
Price $4090

Adam Booth

Off-road Editor | Articles | Enjoying single track in the mountains, hitting the motocross track or battling an EnduroCross track, if it’s on two wheels Boothy will have a smile on his face. Adam has served a mega ton of years in the off-road industry as a photographer, writer and popper of wheelies.