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2016 Yamaha FJR1300 / FJR1300ES – First Look Review

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Yamaha’s smooth, fast, comfortable FJR1300 open-class sport tourer enters its 14th model year in the U.S. and gets a minor update for 2016. Before getting into the details, let’s take a brief look at the FJR’s evolution. Successor to the FJ1100 and FJ1200, which were in Yamaha’s lineup from the mid ‘80s through the mid ‘90s, the FJR1300—the tuning-fork company’s ...

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2016 Yamaha XSR900 – First Look Review

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Piggybacking on the success of its FZ-09 naked sportbike and FJ-09 sport tourer, Yamaha has announced a third model, the XSR900, powered by the same liquid-cooled, 847cc Crossplane Crankshaft Concept in-line triple, one of the most exciting engines we’ve experienced in recent years. Read our 2015 Yamaha FJ-09 review Read our 2015 Yamaha FJ-09 vs 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT ...

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Yamaha and Star Motorcycles Announce More 2016 Models

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Following the June announcement of several early-release 2016 Yamaha and Star Motorcycles models, including the FZ-07, FZ-09, Bolt and Bolt R-Spec, Yamaha and Star have announced nearly all of their remaining 2016 cruiser, sport and adventure touring lineup. Read about early-release 2016 Yamaha and Star Motorcycles models 2016 Star Motorcycles Most Star Motorcycles cruiser models return for 2016 with the ...

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Yamaha Motor Company Turns 60

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Torakusu Yamaha built his first reed organ in 1887 and established Nippon Gakki Co., Ltd. (Japan Musical Instrument Company), what would become Yamaha Corporation, in 1897. Fifty-eight years later, in 1955, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. was founded and built its first motorcycle, the YA-1, a 125cc two-stroke single affectionately known as Akatombo, or the Red Dragonfly. The YA-1 won several ...

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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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2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 – First Ride Review

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Photography by Brian J. Nelson Those interested in a new small-displacement street bike have a wide range of options to choose from. There are cruisers, sportbikes, standards, supermotos and dual-sports from Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Star, Suzuki and Yamaha—more than 20 different models under 400cc, and that’s before adding in scooters and street-legal enduros. Competition among pint-sized sportbikes has heated up ...

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Yamaha Sportbike Demos are Coming to a Trackday Near You

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Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., and Yamaha Champions Riding School (YCRS) have announced the launch of on-track sportbike demos at numerous trackday events across the country. Yamaha Champions Sportbike Demos will be offered at no charge to riders participating at select trackday events. The demos will feature the complete line of Yamaha sportbikes, including the all-new 2015 YZF-R1 and YZF-R3, as ...

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