Yamaha hasn’t given them a reason. There is no doubt
that two-stroke sales are brisk, but in Yamaha’s case, it is
the sale of used YZs, not new bikes. Not so for KTM. The
old KTMs look old and don’t have the latest parts. That is
an important aspect of new bike sales—you gotta create
demand for new bikes by adding newness.
( 3) Reputation. Yamaha gets the respect of two-stroke
aficionados for still making two-strokes, but they lose
face by just going through the motions. Without R&D,
advertising or marketing, Yamaha could probably drop
the YZ125 and YZ250 from their product lines without
protest from the marketplace. That’s a sad scenario.
Q: WHAT ARE THE PERTINENT SPECS ON
THE 2014 YAMAHA YZ125?
A: The technical specs are as follows:
Bore and stroke: 54mm by 54.5mm.
Carburetor: 38mm Mikuni TMX.
Frame: Cast, forged and extruded plug-and-play
Head angle: 25 degrees ( 65 degrees).
Brakes: 250 (front), 245mm (rear); Nissin master
Clutch: Six-spring, cast-aluminum basket with
aluminum drive plates.
Q: WHY SHOULD ANYONE CARE ABOUT
A: Although no one in the motorcycle industry
seems to recognize the fact, the sport has become
top-heavy with expensive four-strokes that cost more
than the average family can afford to spend on an
entry-level motorcycle. We need low-cost 125cc two-strokes for the health of the sport. They are the
perfect bikes for inexperienced riders to start on. Not
just because they are $1200 cheaper than a four-stroke,
but because they are lighter, easier to work on and can
be rebuilt for a couple hundred dollars. When the sport
turned its back on affordable 125cc two-strokes, it turned
its back on its future. As with all sports, the higher the
cost of entry, the lower the number of aspirants.
Q: IS THE 2014 YZ125 FASTER THAN THE
2014 YZ125 2014 Yamaha YZ125: You don’t need Doc Brown’s Delorean to go
back in time. The 2014
Yamaha YZ125 is a time
machine. Designed a
decade ago, it could use
a little sprucing up.