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Rider Comparo – 2016 Honda VFR1200X vs. 2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer XRt vs. 2016 Yamaha Super Ténéré

This trio of 1,200cc, shaft-driven, 600-plus-pound adventure bikes can take you almost anywhere you want to go, within reason. (Photos: Kevin Wing)

Over the past decade, adventure tourers have matured into a diverse segment of the motorcycle market. These days you can buy one or more models from nearly every major manufacturer, with the American OEMs being notable exceptions. Calling them “adventure” tourers suggests they’re ready for the backcountry, like two-wheeled Jeeps. But, except for dedicated dual-sports, only a select few are ...

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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

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(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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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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2016 Yamaha FJR1300A/FJR1300ES – First Ride Review

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“14 years of refinement” doesn’t exactly sound like an earth-shattering tagline, but that’s what Yamaha led with at its press briefing for the new 2016 FJR1300A and ES models in Phoenix, Arizona. To be fair, that’s a fitting description: the FJR1300A (read about the ES in the accompanying sidebar below) doesn’t boast any major redesigns, but instead receives a barrage ...

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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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