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2016 Yamaha FJR1300ES – Road Test Review

Although the FJR1300ES tips the scales at 670 pounds fully fueled, it feels nicely balanced and responds well to steering inputs. Among the FJR’s many options for adjustability are windscreen height, handlebar position, seat height and width of the the black lower fairing panels.

What do a state park, an international border crossing, a dirt road and a coastal highway have in common? Together they make up the four corners of California. Linking them together in a big loop covers 2,600 miles, which I shoehorned into a little more than three days, averaging 800 miles a day, for a challenging test of man and ...

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2017 Yamaha FZ-10 – First Look Review

2017 Yamaha FZ-10 in Armor Gray

  When the original FZ-1 was introduced back in 2001, it offered most of the ground-breaking YZF-R1’s liter-class sportbike performance in a more comfortable, less expensive package. Over the years the FZ-1 was updated and refined—a complete overhaul for 2006 earned it Rider’s Motorcycle of the Year award—but recently it had gotten long in the tooth and slipped quietly from ...

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2017 Yamaha SCR950 – First Look Review

2017 Yamaha SCR950

When Yamaha introduced the “neo-retro” XSR900 for 2016, which combines old-school styling with the modern, crossplane triple of the FZ-09, it launched the XSR as part of a new category that Yamaha calls “Sport Heritage.” Other models in this category include the VMax muscle cruiser, the café-racer styled Bolt C-Spec and the ‘70s throwback, kickstart-only SR400. Read our 2016 Yamaha ...

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2017 Yamaha/Star Bolt and Bolt R-Spec – First Look Review

2017 Yamaha Star Bolt in Raven

Introduced as “performance bobbers” for 2014, the Bolt and Bolt R-Spec became best-sellers in Yamaha’s Star cruiser line. (Quick note: Yamaha and Star Motorcycles were treated as separate brands from 2005-2016, but Star is now considered one of several lines under the Yamaha umbrella, which includes Supersport, Supersport Touring, Sport, Adventure Touring/Dual Sport, Cruiser/Touring and Sport Heritage.) Read our review ...

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2016 Yamaha XSR900 – First Ride Review

2016 Yamaha XSR900

Without a doubt, one of the most exciting engines to come along in the last couple of years is Yamaha’s 847cc in-line triple. Churning out more than 100 rear-wheel horsepower, it packs a punch and the “crossplane concept” design, with offset crankpins and even firing intervals, infuses it with a feisty blend of sound, feel and torque. The potent, versatile ...

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Long-Term Rides: 2015 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES

2015 Yamaha Super Tenere ES

February 2016 Report 6,602 Miles / MSRP $16,190 In addition to our Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT and Yamaha FJ-09 long-term test bikes, we’ve been racking up miles on another Yamaha, the Super Ténéré ES adventure tourer. Its liquid-cooled, 1,199cc parallel twin uses a 270-degree crank and an uneven firing interval to give it the feel of a big single, and ...

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2016 Yamaha FJR1300A/FJR1300ES – First Ride Review

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“14 years of refinement” doesn’t exactly sound like an earth-shattering tagline, but that’s what Yamaha led with at its press briefing for the new 2016 FJR1300A and ES models in Phoenix, Arizona. To be fair, that’s a fitting description: the FJR1300A (read about the ES in the accompanying sidebar below) doesn’t boast any major redesigns, but instead receives a barrage ...

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Yamaha Announces More 2016 Models and Pricing

2016 Yamaha FZ-07 in Armor Gray

Since last fall, Yamaha has announced many new, updated and returning models as part of its 2016 lineup, including cruisers under the Star Motorcycles brand. Read about 2016 Star Motorcycles, the new 2016 YZF-R1S and returning 2016 street and adventure models 2016 Yamaha FJR1300A / FJR1300ES Pricing Last November, Yamaha announced updates for 2016 to its FJR1300A (standard) and FJR1300ES ...

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Retrospective: Yamaha XJ600S Seca II 600cc: 1992-1998

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Sometimes we motorcyclists like to think our sport is relatively immune to the ups and downs of the world’s financial markets…but it ain’t so. Never doubt the marketer’s ability to adjust prices according to events far beyond the comprehension of most mortals. Back in the late 1980s, the motorcycle OEM bean counters, especially those in Japan where the nation was ...

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