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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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Yamaha to Offer Factory Demos at Killington Classic 2015

Yamaha will bring a tractor trailer full of factory Star motorcycles to the Killington Classic Motorcycle Rally for Labor Day Weekend. Demos will run Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. ­to 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to­ 3 p.m. “We’re excited to welcome Star Motorcycles back to the Killington Classic line­up for the second year,” says Christian Dutcher, Killington Classic ...

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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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Yamaha Announces #GetOutAndRide Photo Contest

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Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., announced a new #GetOutAndRide MotoGP Photo Contest. The #GetOutAndRide Photo Contest includes six Grand Prizes, which include a trip for two to the 2015 Red Bull Indy MotoGP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (August 6-10, 2015, in Indianapolis, Indiana), plus an opportunity to meet Yamaha MotoGP stars Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, and enjoy a pit/garage tour ...

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Yamaha Launches Online 'Meter Simulator' for YZF-R1 and R1M Models

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Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., has launched an all-new online “Meter Simulator” to the R1 and R1M sections of its website. The meter simulator showcases the electronics and adjustability of the new 2015 YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M motorcycles. “The R1 and R1M are two of the world’s most technologically advanced motorcycles, and the new meter simulator allows enthusiasts and future owners to ...

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New for 2015: Big Bangs for the Buck

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The 2015 crop of new bikes is a big one, with lots of all-new or significantly updated models. We’ve covered the new stuff from EBR, Harley, Honda, Indian and Victory in previous issues. Here’s a brief overview of what’s coming down the pike from BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki, Star, Suzuki and Zero. Unless otherwise noted, pricing is TBD. BMW The R ...

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