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2011 Yamaha YZ125 First Ride Photo Gallery

We test the updated 2011 Yamaha YZ125 at Milestone MX to rekindle our love affair with small-bore two-stroke motocross bikes. Check out photos of the YZ125 and read the full details in our 2011 Yamaha YZ125 First Ride review.

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Yamaha equips the YZ125 with ProTaper handlebars.
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A 245mm wave rotor handles braking out back.
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The YZ gets a new exhaust silencer which helps
it stay at 96 decibels.
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The 38mm Mikuni carburetor gets some internal tweaks to make the bike run properly with the new exhaust by allowing more fuel. A needle change equals a half-clip richer and the main jet jumps to a 430 (from 410).
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As an important stepping stone from youth machines to full-size dirt bikes, the YZ is a smart move for someone looking to ease into the world of high-powered motocrossers.
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Maintaining a 125 is far less expensive than a 250F and the MSRP of $6250 is significantly lower as well.
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The rider triangle is confortable despite our larger testers who appreciate the lofty 39.3-inch seat height.
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Yamaha’s aluminum chassis is easy to grip and takes little input to throw around.
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It’s pretty easy to keep the right wrist tipped back, but the little YZ requires an active left hand and foot to keep it driving forward.
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Manhandling a 125 is nothing like a 250F, and even when it’s on the pipe the bike never yanks it ProTaper handlebars out of the rider’s grip.
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Keeping the motor singing is a thrill in its own right, but the thrills just get bigger when it’s time to pitch the 125 into a corner.
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Big jump landings were the roughest, but the Kayabas were especially good on braking bumps.
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All or our riders found that
the bike has plenty of power to get over jumps.
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It has amazing stability through the rough sections and also felt light and flickable in all the corners and on the face of jumps.
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Even though the YZ takes a lot of effort to ride, it’s still easier to put in longer motos than any other big bike.
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The brakes are adequate for such a light machine.
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The 48mm Kayaba fork and shock were both a little soft for our testers, but they still handled everything with ease.
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Handling on the YZ125 is a strong point. Our testers had the confidence to throw it around and take any line through the turns at Milestone MX.
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