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VIDEO: Yamaha “R World” Teaser for October 13 Reveal

Yamaha R World 2

Yamaha has released another “R World” teaser video for a yet-to-be-announced sportbike model, which will be revealed on October 13 at the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) in Orlando, Florida. Watch the first “R World” video The 30-second video, which shows a rider in leathers flogging a sportbike on a race track to the soundtrack of a high-revving engine, flashes ...

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BMW Updates its S 1000 Lineup for 2017 | First Look Review

2017 BMW S 1000 R, S 1000 RR and S 1000 XR

Since it debuted for 2010, BMW’s S 1000 in-line four-cylinder platform has developed a reputation for serious horsepower, cutting-edge electronics and premium features. Read our 2010 BMW S 1000 RR review review The S 1000 lineup includes three models—the S 1000 RR supersport, the S 1000 R roadster and the S 1000 XR adventure sport. Read our 2015 BMW S ...

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2018 Suzuki GSX-S750 and GSX-S750Z | First Look Review

Suzuki has updated its GSX-S750 and GSX-S750Z naked sportbikes for 2018, making them Euro4 compliant and adding traction control and optional ABS.

Thanks to Europe’s stringent Euro4 regulations that take effect for 2017, California riders can now own Suzuki’s GSX-S750 naked bike. When it was introduced for 2016, it was offered only as a 49-state model because it didn’t comply with California emissions laws. Here’s the deal: Like all vehicle manufacturers interested in tapping the lucrative European market, Suzuki had to update ...

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Aprilia Updates RSV4 and Tuono for 2017 | First Look Review

2017 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory

Aprilia has updated its RSV4 sportbike and Tuono V4 1100 streetfighter models for 2017. They are now Euro4 compliant and feature improved suspension and brakes (including cornering ABS) as well as an updated Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) electronics package. The new APRC suite of electronic rider aids includes the following: ATC (Aprilia Traction Control) is adjustable on the fly ...

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2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000/ABS and GSX-R1000R ABS | First Look Review

2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 ABS

Suzuki is back as a serious contender in the sportbike game. The all-new GSX-R1000 for 2017 confirms that. Factor in Suzuki’s commitment to MotoGP and Superbike racing, and it feels like old times for Suzuki’s loyal contingent of sportbike riders everywhere. Three models will be offered—GSX-R1000, GSX-R1000 ABS and GSX-R1000R ABS—featuring an all-new engine and chassis. Much of the technology ...

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2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP | First Look Review

2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP

Honda’s flagship sportbike, the CBR1000RR SP, has undergone a major redesign for 2017, resulting in 10 more horsepower, a 33-pound weight reduction and a 14-percent improvement in power-to-weight. The new model also honors the 25th anniversary of the liter-class CBR line, which was introduced in 1992 with the first CBR900RR and evolved over the years according to a holistic “Total ...

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Ducati Brings Back the SuperSport for 2017 | First Look Review

2017 Ducati SuperSport S

The SuperSport name is an important part of Ducati’s history. As a tribute to the 750cc prototype that won the 1972 Imola 200, Ducati unveiled the 750 SuperSport Desmo at the Milan motorcycle show in November 1973, and the model went into production the following year. It was the first Ducati production motorcycle powered by an L-twin with the desmodromic ...

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2017 CSC RZ3 Streetfighter – First Look Review

The 2017 CSC RZ3 streetfighter is the fourth Zongshen-built 250cc model in CSC's lineup.

After successfully launching several 250cc motorcycles, including the RX3 Adventure, CSC Motorcycles will introduce another 250cc model manufactured by China’s Zongshen. Said to be built to CSC specifications, the new RZ3 is a streetfighter with minimal bodywork and upright handlebars. If you squint a bit, you may see some similarities with Triumph’s Street Triple, especially with the red frame and ...

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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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1986 Yamaha FZX700S Fazer – Road Test Review


(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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