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2022 YZ Range

Yamaha Motor New Zealand is pleased to announce the expansion of Yamaha’s benchmark-setting two-stroke motocross lineup for 2022.

By providing the fun and exhilaration of lightweight, powerful two-strokes to the next generation, Yamaha aims to continue to play an integral role in developing young riders and building future champions.

The 2022 two-stroke YZs are highlighted by a new version of the race-bred YZ125. This marks the first full model change for the revered junior race model in more than 15 years and positions it back at the top of the 125cc two-stroke class by offering a blend of race-winning performance and real-world usability.

Features include a powerful new 125cc two-stroke engine, improved suspension, updated brakes, enhanced ergonomics, and new modern YZ styling. Yamaha’s flagship YZ250 two-stroke receives a number of enhancements and both models will also be available in Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition colours.

Other notable changes to Yamaha’s lineup of race-ready two strokes include an improved YZ85/LW model. Yamaha’s four-stroke MX models YZ250F and YZ450F receive lightened rear wheel and drivetrain assemblies to further improve their class leading handling.

And the MY22 YZ65 entry-level racer remains unchanged from MY21 except for updated Team Yamaha Blue embedded graphics with a RRP incl GST of $7,199.

Pricing correct at time of publication 9th July 2021.

New 2022 YZ125

The new 2022 YZ125 represents an important evolution in Yamaha’s two-stroke lineage. As the first full model change to the iconic model in more than 15 years, Yamaha engineers put considerable thought into developing a motorcycle that would be both dominant on the racetrack and user-friendly for developing riders looking to bridge the gap between recreation riding and competitive motocross. The result is a significantly improved YZ125.

The liquid-cooled 125cc two-stroke engine has been thoroughly reworked to produce more power. Every functional part of the 2022 YZ125 engine is new, including the cylinder body, cylinder head, piston, piston pin, connecting rod, crankcase and expansion chamber.

It all adds up to increased power across the mid- to high-rpm range. Enhancing fuelling and power delivery, a new high-precision Hitachi Astemo Keihin PWK38S carburettor with throttle position sensor and 3D-map-controlled CDI unit provide clean, crisp throttle response and superior rideability. A new intake design with VForce4 carbon reed valve leads to a more efficient draw of air into the engine for an improved feeling of power in the low rpm range.

To match increased engine performance, an updated lightweight braking system features larger front pistons, a more rigid caliper, a redesigned 270mm front rotor with a 30% increase in pad contact area and higher friction pad material, all combining to provide exceptional braking power and feel.

A redesigned rear rotor maintains the same braking power while dropping outer diameter from 245mm to 240mm, reducing unsprung weight without compromising performance. Taking the YZ125's category-defining suspension and handling characteristics to a new level, front and rear suspension damping has been revised to further improve bump absorption and cornering performance. Best-in-class KYB suspension includes an inverted front fork, now with new fork internals for more precise damping.

A new flatter seat and more narrow fuel tank design, along with smoothly integrated body panels and slimmer radiator shroud width all combine to enable greater freedom of movement forward and back, allowing the rider to easily shift body weight for increased control and confidence.

YZ125 will be available in Team Yamaha Blue or Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition with premium embedded graphics to ensure outstanding durability and scratch resistance.

RRP INCL GST  $11,399 for Team Yamaha Blue and $11,499 for Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition.

Pricing correct at time of publication 9th July 2021.


2022 YZ125 features and benefits summary

• Redesigned liquid-cooled Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS) 125cc two-stroke engine boasts more power in the mid- to high-range for increased usability over the previous model
• New high-precision Hitachi Astemo Keihin PWK38S carburettor features throttle position sensor and 3D-map-controlled CDI unit resulting in crisp throttle response and superior rideability
• New straight intake design improves feeling of power in the low rpm range
• New shorter, lighter muffler
• High performance brake setup features more rigid front caliper, larger front pistons and redesigned rotors with increased pad contact area for exceptional stopping power and feel, along with less unsprung weight
• Improved rider ergonomics with a narrower tank, flatter seat and slimmer radiator shrouds offering greater freedom of movement
• Fully adjustable KYB inverted front fork now includes a leaf spring in the mid-speed valve for increased performance and comfort
• Revised fully adjustable KYB rear shock features reduced-friction Kashima Coat internals
• Race-proven, highly developed forged aluminium semi-double cradle frame
• Removable aluminium rear subframe constructed of square-section tubing for reduced weight
• Lightweight finely tuned chassis for nimble handling, more control and less rider fatigue
• Revised six-speed, close-ratio transmission has wider transmission gear tooth width and new, optimised gear ratios for maximum performance
• New lightweight rear sprocket design
• New lightweight chain
• High-capacity radiator features a 10-row core with blacked-out louvres to deliver maximum cooling and aggressive looks
• Lightweight aluminium handlebar with two-position adjustable handlebar clamp
• Adjustable clutch lever with cable adjuster
• New premium graphics are now embedded for improved durability and scratch resistance
• Race-developed Bridgestone Battlecross X20 tyres

New 2022 YZ85 and YZ85LW


As an important entry into the world of competitive motocross, the YZ85 has long been the mini race bike of choice for future champions. Light, nimble and fun with a top shelf suspension, it serves up big-bike spec in a small bike package.

Along with its proven liquid-cooled YPVS-equipped 85cc powerplant, fully adjustable suspension and large diameter brakes, the new 2022 YZ85 boasts numerous enhancements to expand its overall performance.

Rider ergonomics have been improved by way of a new, narrower tank design, flatter seat, new side covers and slimmer, symmetrical radiator shrouds. This enables greater freedom of movement for smooth shifting of body weight and better machine control.

Along with the new bodywork, a sharp, new premium graphics scheme inspired by its YZ125 sibling highlights its distinctive race-bred YZ DNA. The redesigned seat and rear bodywork also enable an updated rear-positioned straight-through intake for an improved feeling of power in the low rpm range.

For demanding junior racers, the new YZ85 has been enhanced in several key chassis areas to optimise strength and rigidity, including revisions to the main frame, swingarm and rear wheel axle. The aluminium swingarm was redesigned to enhance balance between longitudinal and torsional rigidity for improved handling stability. A new removable rear subframe constructed from lightweight, high-strength aluminium reduces weight. The rear brake master cylinder now has a built-in sub-reservoir providing more linear brake response and increased control.

For 2022, the YZ85LW (Large Wheel) model takes the race-winning YZ85 formula and enhances off-road capability even more with the addition of a larger 19-inch front wheel and 16-inch rear wheel wrapped in high performance Dunlop MX3S tyres.

A longer swingarm accommodates the larger rear wheel and increases handling stability. The YZ85LW is designed to be the ideal transition between the standard YZ85 and the full size YZ125, perfect for those advanced 85cc riders looking for a big bike feel.

RRP including GST $8,099 for YZ85 and $8,599 for YZ85LW.

Pricing correct at time of publication 9th July 2021.


2022 YZ85/LW features and benefit summary

• Improved rider ergonomics with a narrower tank, flatter seat and slimmer, symmetrical shrouds offering greater freedom of movement
• New straight intake design improves feeling of power in the low rpm range
• New removable lightweight aluminium rear subframe is 570g lighter than previous steel frame
• Aluminium swingarm designed to improve longitudinal and torsional rigidity for better handling
• New rear brake master cylinder design with built-in sub-reservoir provides more linear brake response
• New premium graphics are now embedded for improved durability and scratch resistance
• New lightweight handlebar is 40g lighter than previous model
• Four-position handlebar mounts adjust to suit rider preference
• Advanced 85cc two-stroke engine features the Yamaha Power Valve System for broad power delivery
• Crankcase design features a spacer-style reed valve intake for improved air/gas flow
• Hitachi Astemo Keihin PWK28 flat-slide carburettor offers seamless throttle response
• Race-proven KYB inverted cartridge fork and KYB rear shock are fully adjustable
• Big 220mm and 190mm wave-rotor disc brakes offer precise control and one-finger stopping power
• Transmission features oversized gears for enhanced engagement and smoother shifts
• Blue lightweight rims are stylish, durable, reduce unsprung weight and come wrapped in high performance Dunlop MX3S tyres
• High-capacity lightweight radiator has large cores for efficiency and new blacked-out louvres for a more aggressive look

YZ85 & YZ85LW Gallery


2022 YZ250


Yamaha’s race-tested YZ250 two-stroke is already known for its fast, powerful engine, plush suspension, class-leading handling and rider friendly character. With significant updates for 2022, it’s now even better. 

Beginning with improved rider ergonomics, a more narrow fuel tank, flatter seat, slimmer radiator shrouds and new side covers all contribute to greater freedom of movement front to back and easier weight transfer. 

Changes to the seat and bodywork have also enabled a new, straighter intake design, allowing a more efficient intake path to the engine for a better feeling of power in the low rpm range.

The YZ250's already renowned suspension and handling performance takes another step forward with revised front and rear suspension damping to enhance bump absorption and cornering agility. 

An updated brake setup includes a more rigid front caliper, larger front pistons, a redesigned 270mm front rotor with a 30% increase in pad contact area and higher friction pad material, all combining to provide exceptional braking power and feel. 

A redesigned rear rotor maintains the same braking power while dropping outer diameter from 245mm to 240mm, further reducing unsprung weight.

Wrapping up the package, a premium new Yamaha Blue and dark blue embedded graphics scheme provides outstanding durability and scratch resistance while accentuating the YZ's racing pedigree. The 2022 YZ250 will also be available in Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition colour scheme.

The 2022 YZ250 retains the fast and fun liquid-cooled YPVS-equipped 249cc two-stroke powerplant, the compact chassis, highly developed lightweight aluminium frame, and the intuitive handling character and usability that’s made it a favourite among competitive motocross racers and recreational riders alike.

RRP including GST $13,099 for Team Yamaha Blue and $13,199 for Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition.

Pricing correct at time of publication 9th July 2021.


2022 YZ250 features and benefits summary
• Improved rider ergonomics with a narrow tank, flatter seat and slimmer radiator shrouds offering greater freedom of movement
• Advanced liquid-cooled YPVS-equipped 249cc two-stroke engine is lightweight, compact and fun, with a wide, hard-hitting powerband
• New straight intake design improves feeling of power in the low rpm range
• Advanced Hitachi Astemo Keihin PWK38S carburettor with power jet and throttle position sensor provides extra-crisp throttle response
• High performance brake setup features larger front pistons, more rigid caliper and redesigned rotors with increased pad contact area for exceptional stopping power and feel, along with less unsprung weight
• Fully adjustable KYB fork features the Speed-Sensitive System for precise handling and superb shock absorption 
• Revised fully adjustable KYB rear shock features reduced-friction Kashima Coat internals
• Race-proven, highly developed forged aluminium semi-double cradle frame
• Removable aluminium rear subframe constructed of square-section tubing for reduced weight
• Finely tuned lightweight chassis and advanced suspension endow the YZ250 with class-leading handling
• Smooth-shifting, five-speed, close-ratio transmission ensures confident gear changes in all conditions
• New lightweight rear sprocket design
• New lightweight chain
• High-capacity radiator features a 10-row core with blacked-out louvres to deliver maximum cooling and aggressive looks
• Lightweight aluminium handlebar with two-position adjustable handlebar clamp
• Adjustable clutch lever with works-style cable adjuster
• Premium new graphics are now embedded for improved durability and scratch resistance
• Race-developed Dunlop Geomax MX33 tyres


New 2022 YZ250F

Fresh off dominating the 2021 Supercross season, the new 2022 Yamaha YZ250F sees a handful of key updates to make the benchmark-setting motocrosser even better.

A new 2.15-inch wide rear rim pairs with a premium 110-width Dunlop Geomax MX33 tyre for a wider footprint, increased traction and better bump absorption under hard acceleration and cornering. In a first on a Yamaha off-road competition model, a new three-cross spoke pattern on the rear wheel further improves impact absorption and overall feel.

The rear wheel hub has been re-engineered to be thinner and lighter while still retaining strength. Together with a new lightweight rear sprocket design and new lightweight drive chain, unsprung weight and driveline inertia is reduced for more responsive handling.

The YZ250F's class-leading suspension takes another step forward with revised suspension settings aimed at striking the perfect balance between the wider rear tyre and lightened rear wheel assembly.

Also new for 2022, an updated premium graphics scheme features aggressive Yamaha Blue and dark blue embedded graphics, providing excellent durability and scratch resistance. Blacked-out radiator louvres further add to the aggressive new look.

Updates add to the long list of race-ready features that make the YZ250F a consistent top pick in the ultra-competitive 250cc class.

RRP including GST $13,999 and $14,099 for Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition.

Pricing correct at time of publication 9th July 2021.


2022 YZ250F features and benefits
• Advanced four-stroke engine featuring high-spec piston, aggressive cam profiles and reversed cylinder head layout
• Industry-leading Yamaha Power Tuner app allows instant fuelling and ignition timing changes on your smartphone
• Two-mode adjustable engine mapping allows rider to select between two tuneable engine maps at the push of a button
• Aluminium bilateral beam frame centralises mass and provides an ideal balance between cornering compliance and straight-line stability
• New lightweight rear hub, rear sprocket and drive chain reduce unsprung weight and driveline inertia for more agile handling
• Rigid front caliper, large-diameter pistons and large 270mm front brake rotor and 240mm rear rotor work with aggressive pad material for exceptional stopping power and braking control
• New 2.15-inch wide rear rim and 110-width Dunlop Geomax MX33 tyre for increased traction and improved bump absorption
• Fully adjustable KYB coil spring-type fork with speed-sensitive damping and linkage-type KYB shock offer best-in-class suspension performance
• Revised suspension settings strike the perfect balance between the wider rear tyre and lightened rear wheel assembly for increased stability and improved bump reaction
• New three-cross-spoke pattern on the rear wheel further improves impact absorption and overall feel
• Convenient push-button electric start
• Sleek air cleaner cover provides tool-free access to the air filter
• Large-diameter clutch to boost reliability under high-heat conditions
• Lightweight aluminium tapered handlebar
• Four-position adjustable handlebar mounts
• Compact bodywork including a narrow fuel tank and comfortable knee grip
• Available in Team Yamaha Blue or Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition with embedded graphics for excellent durability and scratch resistance


New 2022 YZ450F

For the new 2022 YZ450F, Yamaha builds on the already class-leading performance of its flagship motocross machine by reducing unsprung weight through the adoption of a lighter rear wheel assembly and drive train parts, for more responsive handling.

Updates for 2022 begin with a new, redesigned rear wheel hub. The cast aluminium hub has been engineered to be thinner and lighter while maintaining strength. It combines with a redesigned lightweight rear sprocket and new lightweight drive chain to reduce unsprung weight and driveline inertia. The YZ450F also receives the newly introduced three-cross spoke pattern on the rear wheel for improved impact absorption and overall feel.

New, revised suspension settings take full advantage of the lightened rear wheel assembly, increasing stability on corner entry/exit, improving bump reaction and further enhancing best-in-class suspension performance.

Finally, a sharp new Yamaha Blue and dark blue graphics scheme adds a modern, aggressive style and features premium embedded graphics for excellent durability and scratch resistance.

Other features including the compact, powerful liquid-cooled 450cc four-stroke engine, finely tuned lightweight aluminium bilateral beam frame and high performance braking system all carry over from the class-leading 2021 YZ450F. Along with a host of advanced technical features the new YZ450F continues as the most complete, most well-balanced, most capable bike in the 450 class.

RRP including GST $15,099 for Team Yamaha Blue and $15,199 for Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition.

Pricing correct at time of publication 9th July 2021.


2022 YZ450F features and benefits
• Featuring a distinct rearward-slanted cylinder design, the compact, torquey liquid-cooled 450cc four-stroke engine provides a broad, usable powerband and exceptional controllability
• Industry-leading Yamaha Power Tuner app allows instant fuelling and ignition timing changes on your smartphone for ultimate track-side tuning
• Two-mode adjustable engine mapping allows rider to select between two tuneable engine maps at the push of a button
• Aluminium bilateral beam frame is designed to optimise overall rigidity balance for excellent handling, especially in fast, bumpy conditions
• The rigid front caliper, compact rear caliper work with aggressive pad compounds and increased rotor contact area to provide exceptional brake feel and control
• New lightweight rear hub, rear sprocket and drive chain reduce unsprung weight, driveline inertia and contribute to more agile handling
• Fully adjustable KYB coil spring-type fork with speed-sensitive damping and linkage-type KYB shock offer best-in-class suspension performance
• Revised suspension settings take full advantage of the lightened rear wheel assembly to increase stability on corner entry/exit and improve bump reaction
• New three-cross-spoke pattern on the rear wheel further improves impact absorption and overall feel
• Innovative Launch Control System optimises engine output for quicker, smoother race starts every time
• Convenient push-button electric start provides effortless restarts
• Lightweight aluminium tapered handlebar
• Rubber-mounted four-position adjustable handlebar mounts reduce vibration
• Compact bodywork including a narrow fuel tank and flat seat for better control
• Available in Team Yamaha Blue or Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition with embedded graphics for excellent durability and scratch resistance
• Race-developed Dunlop Geomax MX33 tyres