Yamaha PW80 Full Review – What Kids Dirt Bike to Buy

If you’re wondering what dirt bike to get your kid our guides may just help. We have searched the internet many times looking for the best bikes for our kids and have created this site to share all our experiences. In this article we will give our review for the Yamaha PW80 

The PW80 is a great starter bike for a kid that’s just getting into riding, maybe around the age of 7 to 11 years old. With a fuel capacity of 1.3 gallons, you’ll get plenty of fuel to keep a younger rider going and it’s not going to be overly aggressive 

We all know there’s a lot of great smaller bikes out there that are awesome for youth riders and kids that are just learning to ride and also really great play bikes for adults. 

There’s a lot of great bikes out there that are awesome for youth riders from their very first bike when they’re first starting to ride all the way up until their teen years in this post we discuss the PW80.

You might be interested We’ve wrote a few more reviews on bikes we would consider or have tested. check all the reviews out here here

What Is A Yamaha PW80? 
What Age And Size Is A PW80 For? 
How Much Is A PW80? 
Tips And Tricks For The Yamaha PW80
Frequently Asked Questions

What Is A Yamaha PW80? 

Yamaha made this bike from 1983 up to 2006 and it’s one of those youth bikes that’s just proven to be very reliable. It’s an 80cc, two-stroke, air-cooled, kick start bike. They start right up and one of the big features about these that people like so much is the low maintenance. 

They’re oil injected so you don’t have to mix any fuel and maintenance wise it really doesn’t take much at all to keep these in good running condition. The fuel capacity is 1.3 gallons, so you’ll get plenty of fuel in here for a younger rider and the power on these is a real smooth delivery. It’s not going to be overly aggressive therefore a great bike for a kid that is just starting out. 

What Age And Size Is A PW80 For? 

YAMAHA TTR-110E26.4″

The PW80 is best suited for children between the age range of  7 – 10 years old, under 40 kg and when they are 4 foot 3 inches and above.

One question that a lot of people ask is what size rider or what age group is the PW80 going to be ideal for? To help we’ve created a quick comparison chart above.

As you can see the PW80 is a little bit taller than a TTR-50, it’s about the same height as a TTR-90 and a little bit shorter than a TTR-110 but to give you a better idea of that we used a couple of my kids who are different ages and different sizes. 

With my two little helpers I’ll try to describe for you what size and what age is going to be a really good fit for the PW80. The first of my kids is my daughter Emily. She is 10 years old and she’s 4 feet 7 inches tall.

When Emily gets on the bike her feet are touching the ground comfortably and now when she puts her feet on the foot pegs it’s obvious, she’s going to be a little bit at the larger end for a bike this size. 

So if you are considering this bike just remember at four foot seven inches they are for me a little on the larger end and sooner rather than later they are probably going to want to go up to a bigger bike like maybe a TTR 110.  

Next, I tested with another of my daughters, Olivia. She is eight years old and 4 foot 3 inches tall. Once she hoped on I could see that she was able to get both toes on the ground but she’s reaching for it, so she’s going to be a little on the smaller side for this bike. 

The nice thing about this bike for Olivia though is that she’s going to be able to grow into it for a good couple of years, so definitely a bike that she’d be able to have. When she put her feet on the foot pegs, the bike definitely looked more her size compared to what I just saw with Emily. 

Thanks to my girls I can comfortably say that at four foot three we have the small side and four foot seven is okay for now but will very soon grow out of it. Anywhere in between will be the sweet spot.

How Much Is A PW80?  

We searched the internet to see what sort of price you could expect to find a PW80 for. We recently paid $950 for ours and I think we grabbed ourselves a real bargain. These are the three we found after a quick initial search

2006$12993 years warranty. Commercial Seller
2001$900No warranty, Private Seller
2004$750eBay, Private Seller

All were in reasonable condition and prove that if you search you can pick up a real bargain. Later in this article I will discuss how you can make the secondhand bike look almost new.

Tips And Tricks For The Yamaha PW80 

In this section I will talk about a couple of tips and insights that are going to help you out, both for getting the bike running better and also cosmetically.  

First thing I’d say you need to look at is with the exhaust. Where the exhaust connects to the cylinder, it has a washer or a restrictor plate there. We recommend taking that off. To do this you’ll need to take the exhaust off, it’s very simple to do and you will see a washer plate right at the end of the exhaust held on with glue. You can literally just peel it off and then reinstall the exhaust. That’s going to make a big difference in letting the bike breathe and help it run a little better. 

Another thing you want to be mindful of and take note of is the carburetor. We’ve actually seen a lot of riders talking about how they have a lot of gas that spills out of the overflow hose on the side. If that’s happening to you with this bike you just want to take the carburetor off and lower the float a little bit. Doing that should help fix the problem. 

Above are the two main things you want to look for as far as the bike running better but cosmetically in hard parts there’s some things that we would recommend you do to.  

The first thing being the shift lever. The stock shift lever on the PW80 is not foldable. That means typically if your kid has a tip over or crash it’s easily bent or can break altogether. We would swap this out for the tusk folding shift lever. That way it’ll fold over if they ever do crash or tip over and prevent that from breaking.  You can view the one we bought here at Amazon for $25.00

Another hard part that we would recommend changing would be the foot pegs. The stock foot pegs on the PW80’s aren’t that big and don’t give that much grip. For a rider that’s just starting out who’s going to be sitting most of the time, the stock foot pegs should be alright. 

For riders as they progress, who are starting to stand up and learn new techniques, I would definitely recommend putting bigger foot pegs on. We would recommend the IMS Superstock pegs on this bike.

We got our foot pegs from amazon costing $66. You can see these here

Something else you may want to look into as well is the front brake lever. On the bike we’re working with we are using the Tusk brake lever. These are really inexpensive and if it were up to me I would just tell you to go grab a couple extra because just like with that shift lever, if a crash or a tip over these are usually the first parts to go, so it’s never a bad idea to have a couple extra with you.  They sell for $13.00 on amazon

With our PW80 that we picked up secondhand for a great price, we put a OEM plastic kit on it to give it a fresh newer look. They’re inexpensive and it’s makes our kids think they’ve got a brand-new motorcycle. 

On top of that we added an attacks graphics kit. Attack did a great job on ours and I don’t think anything gets a younger rider more excited than having a custom graphics kit with their name and favourite number on. 

We also added a couple of little bling parts to our bike, just to make the bike look that little bit cooler. We replaced the oil fill cap with a customized anodized blue one and for the rims we added some red valve stems.  You can find a wide range of PW80 accesories here on amazon.

As well as that we put new grips on ours and we also added a crossbar pad. Then lastly to finish it off we put on some Dunlop MX52 intermediate hard train tires. The stock tires on the secondhand bike we bought were okay, but they were pretty worn out.  

Putting a new set of tires on there is going to do a couple things for your younger rider. Firstly they’re going to hook up and grip better so it will give them more confidence. They’re also going to help them be safer while riding, so you won’t have to worry as much about them losing control or breaking traction when they’re out there having a good time. 

You can pick them up from $75.00 here on amazon.


How much HP does a PW80 have? 

The Yamaha PW80 has 41.97 HP (31.3 KW) at 5500RPM. It has torque readings of 4.43 ft/lbs (6.0 Nm) at 5000RPM 

How many gears does a Yamaha PW80 have? 

The PW80 transmission is a three-speed with ratio’s of 3.250 / 1.812 / 1.294. The Primary speed reduction ratio is 3.143 and the secondary speed reduction ratio is 2.133 

How fast does a 80cc Yamaha dirt bike go? 

Average speeds on an 80cc dirt bike are 45-50 mph and a lot of riders don’t exceed 35 mph. On a smooth track or going downhill it’s possible to reach speeds up to 60-85 but it’s somewhat unlikely and it typically doesn’t last long. 

Is a Yamaha PW80 2 stroke or 4 stroke? 

The engine on the Yamaha PW80 runs on unleaded fuel only and is a single-cylinder two-stroke. The fuel tank has a capacity of 1.29 U.S. gallons, not including a 0.29-gallon reserve. It has a manual transmission operated by a foot switch on the left side of the bike. 

Does a PW80 have a clutch? 

The PW80 features an automatic centrifugal clutch. Making it ideal for younger riders between the ages of 7-11

How do you tell what year my PW80 is? 

You can locate the serial number or VIN on the dirt bike head, motor or on the title. Check to see if the number has dashes or spaces. If it has dashes or spaces it is a pre-1981 dirt bike. 

You can Compare a serial number to a serial number table online to determain which year it is. 

How do you start a PW80 cold?

That’s it, that’s our bike overview for the Yamaha PW80 Zinger. If you have any questions please comment below and I would also love to hear your thoughts if you have a PW80, what did you love about it or maybe you have some other insights you’d like to share that may help other people out whom are looking to pick one of these bikes up. 

To pick up any of the parts that we talked about for this bike, click on the links above and don’t forget to check out our other kids’ dirt bike reviews here

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