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2017 Yamaha FZ-09 | First Ride Review

The "bang-for-the-buck" king is better than ever, with a host of upgrades that improve performance and rideability, and sharp, aggressive new styling befitting its sporting nature. (Photos by Garth Milan and Triumph Motorcycles)

When the FZ-09 first hit the market in October 2013 (as a 2014 model), it was universally lauded as one of the best “bang-for-the-buck” bikes out there. The bike’s $7,990 price certainly didn’t hurt. But it was the FZ-09’s character-filled Crossplane Concept-inspired in-line triple that won most of us over—including Senior Editor Drevenstedt (read his Road Test Review of the ...

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2016 Yamaha YZF-R3 | Rider Tour Test

2016 Yamaha YZF-R3

From cliffs high above the Pacific Ocean to the salty mist near the water’s edge, California’s Route 1 along the Big Sur coast seduces two-wheeled travelers with sensuous curves in a stunning setting. If you’re lucky enough to enjoy the road without traffic, the experience is guaranteed a top spot on your best rides list. I rode it on a ...

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109 New or Updated Motorcycles for 2017 and 2018

Triumph Street Scrambler

Talk about an embarrassment of riches! More than 100 street motorcycles are all-new or significantly updated for the 2017 or 2018 model years. This bumper crop includes bikes from 16 manufacturers in 8 different countries, and the variety in terms of displacement, style, technology and performance is staggering. Here they are, in alphabetical order. 2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 Major overhaul ...

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Long-Term Rides: 2016 Yamaha FJR1300ES

2016 Yamaha FJR1300ES

10,525 miles, MSRP $17,990 Since its U.S. introduction for 2003, Yamaha’s FJR1300 has become a sport-touring icon. With its big, 1,298cc in-line four smoothly generating more than 125 horsepower and nearly 90 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheel, this velvet hammer is a favorite of go-fast enthusiasts, solo or two-up touring fanatics and endurance riders (FJRs are often top finishers in the Iron Butt Rally). Having ...

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2017 Yamaha FZ-09 | First Look Review

2017 Yamaha FZ-09 in Candy Red

Yamaha unveiled two new 2017 models at the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) in Orlando, Florida—an update to its popular FZ-09 and an all-new YZF-R6 supersport. See and read about the 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 Calling its new FZ-09 “version 2.0,” Yamaha gave the affordable, sporty naked bike more aggressive bodywork with dual LED headlights similar to the FZ-10, new radiator ...

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2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 | First Look Review (VIDEO)

2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 in Team Yamaha Blue

After teasing a new supersport model reveal with two “R World” videos, Yamaha’s global unveil of its all-new 2017 YZF-R6 took place at the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) in Orlando, Florida, on October 13, 2016. Watch the video below to see it in action. A chip off the R1 block, the middleweight R6 has new, more aerodynamic bodywork with ...

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VIDEO: Yamaha “R World” Teaser for October 13 Reveal

Yamaha R World 2

Yamaha has released another “R World” teaser video for a yet-to-be-announced sportbike model, which will be revealed on October 13 at the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) in Orlando, Florida. Watch the first “R World” video The 30-second video, which shows a rider in leathers flogging a sportbike on a race track to the soundtrack of a high-revving engine, flashes ...

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Rider Comparo – 2016 Honda VFR1200X vs. 2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer XRt vs. 2016 Yamaha Super Ténéré

This trio of 1,200cc, shaft-driven, 600-plus-pound adventure bikes can take you almost anywhere you want to go, within reason. (Photos: Kevin Wing)

Over the past decade, adventure tourers have matured into a diverse segment of the motorcycle market. These days you can buy one or more models from nearly every major manufacturer, with the American OEMs being notable exceptions. Calling them “adventure” tourers suggests they’re ready for the backcountry, like two-wheeled Jeeps. But, except for dedicated dual-sports, only a select few are ...

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Yamaha Releases Teaser “R World” Video for New Model

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Yamaha has released a teaser video for a yet-to-be-announced new model. The 30-second video is titled “R World,” and seems to be alluding to a new 2017 YZF-R6. The R6 received a few upgrades in 2010, but hasn’t had a thorough redesign since 2008, so the time is right for an updated model, potentially with a Crossplane crank engine and a ...

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