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2016 Yamaha FJR1300 / FJR1300ES – First Look Review

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Yamaha’s smooth, fast, comfortable FJR1300 open-class sport tourer enters its 14th model year in the U.S. and gets a minor update for 2016. Before getting into the details, let’s take a brief look at the FJR’s evolution. Successor to the FJ1100 and FJ1200, which were in Yamaha’s lineup from the mid ‘80s through the mid ‘90s, the FJR1300—the tuning-fork company’s ...

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2016 Yamaha XSR900 – First Look Review

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Piggybacking on the success of its FZ-09 naked sportbike and FJ-09 sport tourer, Yamaha has announced a third model, the XSR900, powered by the same liquid-cooled, 847cc Crossplane Crankshaft Concept in-line triple, one of the most exciting engines we’ve experienced in recent years. Read our 2015 Yamaha FJ-09 review Read our 2015 Yamaha FJ-09 vs 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT ...

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Yamaha and Star Motorcycles Announce More 2016 Models

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Following the June announcement of several early-release 2016 Yamaha and Star Motorcycles models, including the FZ-07, FZ-09, Bolt and Bolt R-Spec, Yamaha and Star have announced nearly all of their remaining 2016 cruiser, sport and adventure touring lineup. Read about early-release 2016 Yamaha and Star Motorcycles models 2016 Star Motorcycles Most Star Motorcycles cruiser models return for 2016 with the ...

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Long-Term Rides: 2015 Yamaha FJ-09

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First Report (2,847 miles) // MSRP $10,490 Yamaha’s latest sport/adventure crossover bike, the FJ-09, offers a lot of fun and competence at a reasonable price. While it finished third in our comparison test with the Kawasaki Versys 1000LT and Suzuki V-Strom 1000, those bikes are a bit larger and more moolah. The FJ-09 is quick and comfortable, but was hampered ...

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2016 Yamaha Dual-Sports — First Look

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Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., introduced several more of their 2016 motorcycles yesterday, including dual-sport models. The balance of the 2016 Yamaha motorcycle line-up will be introduced later this fall. The TW200 is known for its unique terrain-conquering tires, low seat height, electric starting, and on-/off-road capabilities. For 2016, the TW200 remains one of the most distinctive-looking dual-purpose motorcycles in the ...

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2016 Yamaha and Star Motorcycles Early Releases

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Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., today introduced the 2016 FZ-07 and FZ-09, the first two models in its 2016 line-up of sportbikes, and Star Motorcycles debuted the 2016 Bolt and Bolt R-Spec, its first two 2016 cruisers. The FZ-07 features a 689cc, crossplane-concept, liquid-cooled, inline, twin-cylinder, DOHC, 8-valve engine with fuel injection, which provides outstanding low- to mid-range torque with very ...

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2015 Yamaha FJ-09 Review

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Yamaha made a big splash when it introduced the FZ-09 for 2014. The naked sportbike offered cool styling, hot performance and excellent value, with a rip-snortin’ 847cc in-line triple that made 110 horsepower and 63 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheel in a package that weighed only 413 pounds fully fueled, all for just $7,990 ($8,190 in 2015). As ...

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Comparison: 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT, 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS, 2015 Yamaha FJ-09

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Adventure-styled motorcycles have proliferated in recent years, with many new or extensively updated models introduced by European and Japanese manufacturers. Some are true all-terrain machines, with 19- or 21-inch front wheels to roll over obstacles, sturdy guards and bash plates to protect vital components, and dual-sport tires that cling to virtually any surface. Others embrace the popular look and creature ...

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2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 – First Ride Review

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Photography by Brian J. Nelson Those interested in a new small-displacement street bike have a wide range of options to choose from. There are cruisers, sportbikes, standards, supermotos and dual-sports from Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Star, Suzuki and Yamaha—more than 20 different models under 400cc, and that’s before adding in scooters and street-legal enduros. Competition among pint-sized sportbikes has heated up ...

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