The new Yamaha YZ65 is the first new two-stroke to come out of Japan in years. It’s clearly aimed at the KTM, Husqvarna and Cobra 65s in high-end amateur racing. It’s very fast and has suspension set up for aggressive riding. This isn’t a bike for a true beginner and the price reflects that. The MSRP of the YZ65 will be $4599, which is around $500 less expensive than the KTM and Husqvarna models in that class, but $1000 more than the Kawasaki. The full test will appear in the July, 2018 print edition of Dirt Bike.

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