The Yamaha TT-R230 is a solid trail bike aimed at entry to mid-level riders or smaller framed people. It runs a two valve single overhead cam four stroke engine displacing 223 cubic centimetres
Hopping on the bike the first thing you'll notice is the low-ish seat height, at 870mm you'll be sitting 45mm lower than on a TTR-250.The controls are the standard basic controls you'd expect to find and include a push button electric start.
Because of the likelihood of this bike been used in the twists and turns of the trails rather than going flat out in a straight line, Yamaha have had room to play with the steering angles. In doing so this bike is really easy to handle and is quick to turn without a lot of effort.
There's a six speed gearbox with a fairly low first gear which again suits the beginner and intermediate riders and is perfect for getting through the rough stuff.
The suspension isn't adjustable; however the factory settings on the new linkage-mounted rear shock and 36mm front fork suited the bike and had no problems dealing the fairly rough terrain we put it through.
This really would be a great entry level bike, it's light and easy to chuck around. It is solely for off road riding as it can't be modified for road registration without a lot of work and cost.
For more information visit your local Yamaha dealer or visit www.yamaha-motor.co.nz
Review by Stephen Ross
Engine type: Four-stroke two-valve single
Bore & Stroke: 70.0 x 58.0mm
Compression: 9.5: 1
Lubrication: Wet sump
Transmission: Six speed
Final drive: Chain
Fuel tank: 8.0 litre
Seat Height: 870mm
Dry weight: 107kg
Suspension Front: Telescopic fork; 239mm travel
Suspension Rear: Monocross; 221mm travel
Brakes Front: Disc - 220mm
Brakes Rear: Drum - 130mm
Tyres Front: 80/100 - 21
Tyres Rear: 100/100 - 18