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Retrospective: Yamaha YG-T Trailmaster 80: 1964-1969

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Lest we forget, it was the advent of rather small Japanese motorcycles that affected the two-wheeled revolution in the United States, quadrupling registrations between 1960 and 1969. And this Trailmaster 80 was part of that success, a very popular little item. Remember the old ad, “You meet the nicest people on a Honda”? The same could be said of Yamaha, ...

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Adventure Shootout: BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, KTM 1190 Adventure, Yamaha Super Ténéré ES

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Although they represent a small minority of motorcycle sales, large-displacement adventure tourers have surged in popularity recently. Buyers are drawn to their one-bike-does-it-all versatility, combining high-performance engines and components, long-distance comfort and amenities, and on-/off-road capability. Given the uptick, manufacturers have invested heavily in new and updated models, some of which are the first (and only) bikes in an OEM’s ...

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2014 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES Review

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Named after a dune-filled region of the Sahara, Yamaha’s Super Ténéré rumbled onto the adventure-touring scene for 2012 (Rider, February 2011). Its liquid-cooled, 1,199cc parallel twin uses a 270-degree crank and an uneven firing interval to give it the torquey feel of a big single. Power is sent to the rear wheel through a hydraulically actuated wet clutch and a ...

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2015 Yamaha FZ-07 – First Ride Review

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Yamaha runs a tight ship. Rather than offering a huge cross-section of new models to fulfill any need or desire, the tuning-fork company’s lineup has been focused on just two or three models per category. Supersport? YZF-R1 and YZF-R6. Sport Touring? FJR1300 and FJR1300ES. Adventure Touring? Super Ténéré and Super Ténéré ES. Not too surprising, considering the relatively slow growth ...

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2015 Yamaha FZ-07 – First Look Review

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Hot on the heels of its popular FZ-09, Yamaha will add a new FZ-07 to its lineup for 2015. Designed to appeal to experienced and entry-level riders alike, the FZ-07 is powered by an all-new, liquid-cooled 689cc parallel twin with a “Crossplane” 270-degree crankshaft that should give it some nice pulse feel as well as torquey performance. The twin makes ...

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2014 Yamaha Super Ténéré/ES and 2015 Yamaha SR400 – First Look Review

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Yamaha entered the burgeoning adventure touring market in a big way in 2012 with its 1,199cc parallel-twin powered Super Ténéré, featuring standard engine modes, traction control and linked ABS. For 2014, updates to the engine promise modest increases in horsepower and torque, but bigger improvements down low, more exciting character and smoother acceleration. Drive Mode settings have been revised to ...

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2014 Yamaha FJR1300ES – Road Test Review

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Feeling snubbed for missing out on the all-new Yamaha FJR1300 sport tourer, which debuted in Europe for 2001, Americans complained so loudly that Yamaha finally relented, bringing the bike to the U.S. for 2003. With its liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 1,298cc DOHC in-line four with 16 valves and a shaft drive cranking out 125 horsepower and 90 lb-ft of torque at the ...

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2014 Yamaha FZ-09 Road Test

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Just three years after its debut, the FZ8 has been axed from Yamaha’s lineup. Replacing it is the all-new, hyphenated FZ-09, another middleweight naked bike with a bigger engine (by 68cc) and a smaller price tag (by $900). At $7,990, the FZ-09 costs the same as Yamaha’s new-for-2013 Star Bolt cruiser, which has been selling like hotcakes. Before the FZ-09 ...

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2014 Yamaha FZ-09 – First Ride Review

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There must be something magic about $7,990 because Yamaha has introduced two all-new 2014 models priced $10 below eight grand. Yamaha unveiled the Star Bolt in March, followed by the FZ-09 sport standard in June. By all accounts, the Bolt has been selling like hotcakes and so many deposits have been put down on FZ-09s that Yamaha added a third ...

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