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

Yamaha Seca II

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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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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