2013 Yamaha PW Review


The Yamaha PW50 is a two-stroke off-road bike that made its debut way back in 1981. The PW50 was designed for kids who are just learning to ride off-road. In other words, the PW50 is designed to help beginning riders learn to handle the trails safely and confidently. Power output on the PW50 is mild and manageable. The bike was also designed with ease-of-handling for smaller riders in mind. The fact that the PW50 is such a good bike for beginning riders made it one of Yamaha’s most popular models for decades. Although production of the PW50 was temporarily suspended in 2010, after an absence of two years, the model returned to showrooms in 2012. As the PW50 was designed with younger riders in mind, it contains a simple shaft drive and automatic transmission as well as an oil injection system. The PW50’s low seat-height, easy-to-operate electric starting system, and automatic clutch make it the ideal choice for a beginner’s dirt bike. The 2013 Yamaha PW50 has a seat height of just 19.1 inches, an adjustable throttle, and a fully automatic transmission. If you’re looking for a good bike to introduce your kid to off-road riding, the PW50 is worth considering.

The 2013 Yamaha PW features a fully automatic transmission, which requires no shifting whatsoever. This simple twist-and-go capability makes it a good bike for young riders who are still learning. A peppy little 49cc two-stroke engine that’s torque-tuned to provide excitement without an intimidation factor powers the 2013 PW. The 49cc air-cooled, case-reed-inducted engine delivers power that’s predictable and ideal for easing an inexperienced rider into off-roading. Thanks to the PW’s single-speed automatic transmission, the rider simply needs to twist the throttle and go. This allows him or her to place greater concentration on the trail without being bogged down with shifting gears. The PW’s shaft drive system is practically maintenance-free and comes fully enclosed, which enhances its durability. There’s no need for fuel/oil premixing, thanks to the 2013 Yamaha PW50’s exclusive autolube oil injection system. Most kids who ride the PW50 will be able to touch the ground with both feet thanks to the bike’s 19.1-inch seat height. Meanwhile the bike’s 22mm telescopic front fork with 2.4 inches of travel helps to smooth out the bumps and keep the handling light and responsive. The PW50’s mag-style wheels mean you’ll never need to tighten or replace the spokes. Bumps on the trail are further smoothed over by the dual rear shocks with 2.0 inches of travel. Stopping power is smooth and predictable, thanks to the front and rear drum brakes. The PW50’s ten-inch front and rear knobby tires provide for excellent traction. The exhaust pipe is quiet and has a removable baffle. With a removable fender, seat, and side panel, maintenance is also relatively easy to perform.

The 2013 Yamaha PW50 boasts a thick seat that cushions the rider on rough trails while also maximizing their range of movement. Colors and graphics are inspired by Team Yamaha, while front and side number plates lend to an image that’s based on full-size off-road models. Footing is sure thanks to large, folding footpegs with rubber grips. The PW50’s adjustable throttle stop screw allows you to gradually increase the available speed to correspond with the skill level of a beginning rider. Yamaha designed the PW50 with learning in mind. Easy to operate, lightweight, and with a throttle limiter installed as standard equipment, the 2013 Yamaha PW50 is an ideal bike for parents looking to gently ease their kids into the world of off-road riding. The throttle limiter is as simple as the rest of the PW, consisting of a screw that’s placed on the throttle to determines how far the rider can twist it. As your child grows more comfortable and gains in confidence, it’s easy to turn the screw to enable more throttle response. The PW50’s engine was also designed to deliver power in a predictable manner to further increase confidence in younger riders who are still getting the hang of off-roading.

New For 2013

  • Having been revamped and reintroduced in 2012, there were few notable changes made to the 2013 Yamaha PW50.

2013 Yamaha PW Specs

  • Model: Yamaha PW50
  • Engine Type: 49cc air-cooled two-stroke; reed-valve inducted
  • Bore and Stroke: 40.0mm x 39.2mm
  • Compression ratio: 6.0:1
  • Valve Train: NA
  • Induction: VM12 carburetor
  • Ignition: CDI
  • Transmission: Wet centrifugal automatic
  • Final Drive: Shaft
  • Fuel Capacity: .53 gallon
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: NA
  • Brakes (Front): Drum
  • Brakes (Rear): Drum
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic fork; 2.4-in travel
  • Wheelbase: 33.7 in
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 19.1 in
  • Curb Weight: 86 lb.
  • Tires (Front): 2.50-10-4PR
  • Tires (Rear): 2.50-10-4PR


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Key Competitors For The 2013 Yamaha PW

  • Honda XR50F
  • Suzuki JR50
  • Kawasaki KDX50