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2015 Yamaha FZ-07 – First Ride Review

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Yamaha runs a tight ship. Rather than offering a huge cross-section of new models to fulfill any need or desire, the tuning-fork company’s lineup has been focused on just two or three models per category. Supersport? YZF-R1 and YZF-R6. Sport Touring? FJR1300 and FJR1300ES. Adventure Touring? Super Ténéré and Super Ténéré ES. Not too surprising, considering the relatively slow growth ...

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2015 Yamaha FZ-07 – First Look Review

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Hot on the heels of its popular FZ-09, Yamaha will add a new FZ-07 to its lineup for 2015. Designed to appeal to experienced and entry-level riders alike, the FZ-07 is powered by an all-new, liquid-cooled 689cc parallel twin with a “Crossplane” 270-degree crankshaft that should give it some nice pulse feel as well as torquey performance. The twin makes ...

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2014 Yamaha FJR1300ES – Road Test Review

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Feeling snubbed for missing out on the all-new Yamaha FJR1300 sport tourer, which debuted in Europe for 2001, Americans complained so loudly that Yamaha finally relented, bringing the bike to the U.S. for 2003. With its liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 1,298cc DOHC in-line four with 16 valves and a shaft drive cranking out 125 horsepower and 90 lb-ft of torque at the ...

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New Yamaha Champions Riding School

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Yamaha Motor Corporation is partnering again with the talented team that makes up the Yamaha Champions Riding School (YCRS). Working in conjunction with the world class New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) in Millville, New Jersey, lead instructors Nick Ienatsch and Ken Hill, along with heroes Scott Russell and Larry Pegram, will bring their unique philosophy to many new students. Students ...

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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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2014 Yamaha FZ-09 – First Ride Review

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There must be something magic about $7,990 because Yamaha has introduced two all-new 2014 models priced $10 below eight grand. Yamaha unveiled the Star Bolt in March, followed by the FZ-09 sport standard in June. By all accounts, the Bolt has been selling like hotcakes and so many deposits have been put down on FZ-09s that Yamaha added a third ...

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2014 Yamaha FZ-09 – First Look Review

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Last fall, at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany, Yamaha unveiled the Crossplane Concept in-line triple, promising that, “with its clean torque output, this advanced new, light, slim and compact 3-cylinder engine will shape Yamaha’s future motorcycle lineup.” The engine was displayed on a platform with a spider web of wires connecting it to an existing YZF-R1 crossplane in-line four, ...

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2013 Sport-Touring Comparison Test: BMW K1600GT, BMW R1200RT, Kawasaki Concours 14, Triumph Trophy, Yamaha FJR1300

2013 Sport-Touring Comparison Test: BMW K1600GT, BMW R1200RT, Kawasaki Concours 14, Triumph Trophy, Yamaha FJR1300

Sport touring, a hybrid category that blends the performance of sportbikes with the comfort of touring bikes, takes many forms. Some add a taller windscreen, bar risers and soft luggage to their GSX-R, while others bevel the pegs and scrape the belly pan on their Gold Wing. Between these two extremes are dedicated sport-touring motorcycles. In recent years, the space ...

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2013 Yamaha FJR1300 – Road Test Review

2013 Sport-Touring Comparison Test: BMW K1600GT, BMW R1200RT, Kawasaki Concours 14, Triumph Trophy, Yamaha FJR1300

Every bike in this comparison has roots that go back decades, from the BMW R100RT in the late ’70s, to the BMW K100RT, Kawasaki Concours ZG1000 and Yamaha FJ1100 in the ’80s, to the Triumph Trophy 1200 in the early ’90s. Engines, chassis, components, tires, technology and features have improved steadily, resulting in today’s amazing, state-of-the-art sport tourers. When the ...

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