The Yamaha PW50 is a go-to learner bike. Simplicity, durability, affordability, and approachability make the PW50 ideal for both children and their parents. Its adjustable throttle-stop screw allows for parental control of the machine’s speed as kids familiarize themselves with riding. The two-stroke simplicity helps keep the bike light, and premixing fuel and oil isn’t necessary since it is equipped with an autolube oil injection system. In their youth, Supercross and motocross legends like Chad Reed, James Stewart, and Ricky Carmichael have spent time aboard the pint-size motorcycle. Even Editor-In-Chief Mark Hoyer’s son started riding one when he was 3 years old.
It was touted as a Best Used Dirt Bike by past Cycle World editors, and the EIC himself even states that it is one of the great kids’ bikes of all time. Competition for young riders include the Honda CRF50F and Yamaha’s own TT-R50E.
No major changes aside from new graphics. Price remains the same at $1,499.