FIRST LOOK – YAMAHA’S 2015 TT-R230
Yamaha’s 2015 TT-R230 electric starting mini thumper might just prove a top choice for beginner and intermediate riders…
OK, so Yamaha are not exactly aiming their TT-R230 are those focused on serious enduro riding – their 2015 YZ250FX is for that – but for the newcomers and casual Sunday trail riders among us then this mini-thumper might just be right up their street. Plus with a 21/18″ wheel set you fit a set of mooses.
YZ-inspired handling and looks and a stout 223cc air-cooled SOHC four-stroke producing predictable and broadband of power make the TT-R230 a great choice for beginner and intermediate riders.
Competition-style flat seat/tank junction offer great rider mobility.
Electric start makes getting started a simple pushbutton exercise.
A low seat height on top of a long-travel suspension with 11.6 inches of ground clearance make this a serious trail bike that’s also accessible to wide range of riders.
Steel, diamond-type-design frame means great handling and strength.
Super-reliable, electric start, 223cc air-cooled, SOHC four-stroke puts out smooth, widespread power perfectly suited for all kinds of trails and riders.
Smooth-shifting, six-speed transmission with heavy-duty clutch geared for maximum versatility and usable power delivery.
CDI magneto ignition system is ultra-reliable and nearly maintenance-free.
YZ-type air filter for easy maintenance and maximum airflow.
Lightweight exhaust with quiet muffler and USFS-approved spark arrestor.
Automatic cam chain tensioner means minimal maintenance and longer engine life.
Steel frame with compact wheelbase and low seat height combines accessibility to new or shorter riders with superb manoeuvrability and super-responsive handling.
Linkage-mounted adjustable rear shock serves up 8.7 inches of smooth, progressive rear wheel travel for great bump absorption and handling.
36mm front fork with 9.4 inches of wheel travel provides plush, confidence-inspiring control over rough terrain.
11.6 inches of ground clearance should be enough to deal with almost any trail.
Aluminium box-section swingarm features snail-type chain adjusters for quick and easy chain adjustments.
Front 220mm disc and 130mm rear drum brakes for powerful, confident stops.
Full-size 21-inch front and 18-inch rear aluminium wheels keep unsprung weight down, while knobby tires provide motocross-spec grip.
Long gripper seat is low, comfortable, and allows easy rider movement.
Team Yamaha-inspired colours, graphics and front and side number plates create distinctive styling.
Sleek fuel tank with 2.1-gallon capacity for good range and excellent freedom of movement.
Large, folding, cleated foot pegs provide excellent footing, even in wet or muddy conditions.
Durable fork boots provide excellent fork seal and stanchion tube protection.