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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


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


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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Yamaha Announces #GetOutAndRide Photo Contest


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


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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2015 Yamaha SR400 – First Ride Review


Photography by Tom Riles Turn the key and killswitch on, toe the shifter into neutral and pry out the kickstarter with your right boot heel. Kick the lever until you feel resistance as the single piston approaches top dead center. Pull the compression release on the left handlebar, let the lever return to the top, then give it a solid ...

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


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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2014 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES Review


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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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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Yamaha U.S. Employees Raise More Than $100,000 For Feed The Children Charity Day

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Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., presented world-renowned charity Feed the Children with a check for $100,500 as part of its Seventh Annual Feed The Children Charity Day. The record funds raised for Feed the Children this year came from employee donations plus two special promotions that contributed to the 2013 donation: a charity auction held during Yamaha’s dealer meeting this summer ...

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