2015 BUYER’S GUIDE
Yamaha’s YZ85 has the honor of being the 85 with
the lowest price. It hasn’t changed in years, but it is still
competitive with the other Japanese 85s, and, in fact, it
still has a presence in amateur racing. If racing isn’t on
the agenda, the YZ is an excellent bike that requires very
little attention from dad.
Cobra is an amazing American success story. This
is a U.S. company that took on the Asian giants and
went on to dominate youth racing. The CX65 has an
electronic power-valve motor with a Pro Circuit pipe
and V-Force reed valve. The air filter is huge, the
clutch is hydraulic, the suspension is sophisticated,
and the disc brakes are strong.
The 50cc racing classes are overwhelmingly orange.
The KTM 50SX is a serious racer with a tiny case-reed
motor, hydraulic brakes and an aggressive centrifugal
clutch. This year KTM is also offering the high-end
50SXS for an additional $1200. It will have an FMF
exhaust, a piggyback WP shock, upgraded brakes and
a long list of cool cosmetic twists. o
At one time, Kawasaki dominated the 65 class in racing. Now, Kawasaki dabbles in 65-class racing, but the
real calling of the KX65 is in teaching young riders the
ways of the big-bike world. The 65 is a scaled-down
motorcycle with a six-speed gearbox and a real, manual
clutch. It’s small and light, letting young kids concentrate
on riding without being intimidated.
COBRA CX50 SR
This is the King Cobra that gave several generations of
motocross stars their start. Cobra has been making this
machine specifically for racing since 1993, improving and
pushing the boundaries all the time. The 2015 version has
improvements in the clutch, fork and rear wheel.
Youth racing is wall-to-wall KTMs in this class, with
occasional guest appearances by Cobra and Kawasaki.
The case-reed KTM engine is powerful and compact.
It has a hydraulic clutch and a six-speed gearbox. The
65SXS is a limited-edition version with premium parts,
including an exhaust and cosmetics that will sell for an