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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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2015 Yamaha SR400 – First Ride Review

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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

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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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