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2017 Yamaha SCR950 – First Ride Review

2017 Yamaha SCR950

Americans use their motorcycles mostly for recreation, not primary transportation. Sure, there’s a dedicated minority who use their motorcycles for commuting and grocery getting, but the majority of us ride on weekends as an escape from the daily grind. And since they’re recreational vehicles, we’re more likely to choose motorcycles for sentimental reasons rather than practical ones. We buy lawnmowers ...

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The 39 Best Bikes for Smaller Riders (and Budgets)

KTM 390 Duke

You don’t need pavement-buckling torque and shoulder-wrenching power to have fun on two wheels. Among the growing number of female riders (go, girls!), younger folks wanting a fun and economical way to commute to work or school, older riders looking for something smaller and easier to manage, and regular Joes just wanting something fun to ride, demand for smaller machines has prompted ...

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2017 Yamaha FZ-10 – First Ride Review

2017 Yamaha FZ-10 in Armor Gray

I just finished riding the Tail of the Dragon in Tennessee, officially known as U.S. Route 129, for the first time and I’m told that I missed some spectacular scenery. See, I was riding Yamaha’s 2017 FZ-10, and given its propensity for speed, my eyes were focused on the road ahead the entire 11 miles and 318 turns. My own ...

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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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1986 Yamaha FZX700S Fazer – Road Test Review

Fazer-spread

(Note: This article was originally published in the June, 1986 issue of Rider magazine.) Given the task of developing a completely new genre for the 1986 American market, the motorcycle designers at Yamaha must have spent many a sleepless night before settling on the Fazer. No less than six categories of motorcycle already exist, and just about any “new” design can ...

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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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