Novice riders are quick to jump into the biggest and baddest bike they could find, determined to disprove the notion of the learning curve. Not exactly the smartest thing to do so we’ll spare you all the bruises and suggest you take something that you can use as a start-up: the Yamaha TT-R50E. It won’t give you all the performance capabilities of its more powerful brethren, but what it does provide is a great bike for learning the ways of an off-road bike.
Powering the bike is a modest 49cc air-cooled, SOHC powerplant that puts out smooth, reliable four-stroke power perfect for kids and small kids. The three-speed transmission with an automatic centrifugal clutch allows for easy shifting that even newbies can learn without a hitch. This goes well with a convenient electric starter for effortless starting to go with a compact-design case to keep overall engine width down to 296mm, for a narrow feel and great handling.
For the 2012 model year, the Yamaha Off-Road TT-R50E will come with a key-type ignition switch that deters unauthorized riding, a throttle stop screw that lets adult supervision restrict speed while novices are learning the proverbial ropes, a standard sidestand that tucks up out of the way when not in use, and a handy choke lever that’s located just right in front of the main switch.
Find out more about the Yamaha TT-R50E’s specs after the jump.