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Yamaha Motorcycles began making motorized vehicles in 1955, and their extensive knowledge in the piano making field help Yamaha to make lightweight and sturdy parts for their bikes, which help them gain a nice in the motorcycle market. Motorcyclist Magazine cover Yamaha Motorcycles with the latest updates, reviews, and news from our Yamaha experts.

  1. Enter the 2014 Star Virtual Bike Show

    Star Motorcycles release: Cypress, CA March 14, 2014 Star Motorcycles is looking for owners who have embraced our motto, “we build it, you make it your own” and taken their Star Motorcycle to the next level. Does this sound like you? If so, the 2014 Star Virtual Bike Show is ...    Read more

  2. Lorenzo Sets Fastest Lap Time As MotoGP Tire Testing Concludes at Phillip Island

    In the absence of injured World Champion Marc Marquez, recovering from a broken leg in Spain, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo dominated the Australian MotoGP test by posting the top time over the three days with a 1’29.068 which came on the second to last lap. The final day at Phillip ...    Read more

  3. Yamaha Recalls 2009-13 YZF-R1 And 2012-13 Super Tenere For Potential Headlight Malfunction

    Report filed with the NHTSA: Report Receipt Date: FEB 10, 2014 NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V044000 Component(s): headlight, bulb, socket Potential Number of Units Affected: 24,000 Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor USA SUMMARY: Yamaha Motor Corporation USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2009-2013 YZFR1 motorcycles manufactured October 2008 through August 2013 and 2012-2013 XTZ12 (Super Tenere) motorcycles manufactured ...    Read more

  4. Featured Letter: What Everyone Should Do After Attempting Their First 5K

    I wanted to share my story about what I think everyone should do after attempting to run their first 5K. My daughter was kind enough to help out with the photo. I'm currently on week 5, day 1 of my couch-to-5K program and doing great! I've been struggling with lung ...    Read more

  5. 2014 Yamaha Super Tenere ES

    Whether it’s company strategy to gauge consumer response in other markets first or simply a necessity of tooling up for US-bound machines, Yamaha USA has not yet released any official announcement of adventure touring models for the 2014 model year. According to a source at Yamaha, we’ll get official word ...    Read more

  6. 1971 Yamaha RT1B Transmission Replacement

    Shortly after writing about how remarkably reliable Godzilla, my 1971 Yamaha RT1B 360 was, the old girl developed a persistent, chest-rattling cough. I fancy myself something of a motorcycle-whisperer, so I count hunches as valid trouble-shooting methods. Paranormal signs indicated a spark issue. I never liked Godzilla’s ignition system. After a ...    Read more

  7. 2013 Yamaha SR400 Anniversary Edition

    Yamaha’s SR500, a modern incarnation of the legendary British singles of old, debuted in the U.S. in 1978, but slunk off the stage a few years later, thanks to the riding public’s apathy toward a slow, vibey bike that required a master’s degree in kickology to start. But back in ...    Read more

  8. Yamaha MotoGP Rider Cal Crutchlow | MC Interview

    MC: So, Kenny Roberts, Wayne Rainey, Eddie Lawson: There has been a lot of American success in GP racing, but right now there's sort of a lull. There's Ben has enjoyed some longevity, but now all the talk is Bradley Smith and Danny Kent. What do you make of ...    Read more

  9. Yamaha Crossplane Triple

    Yamaha didn’t release any notable new models at the 2012 Intermot Motorcycle Fair, but the company did create lots of buzz—and plenty of questions—with its crossplane triple engine concept. Yamaha shared zero information about the concept beyond some vague mumbo-jumbo about the Japanese philosophy of Jinki Kanno (“…a sense of ...    Read more

  10. Giving Thanks

    Photo by Andrew Wheeler - AutoMotoPhoto. Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Valentino Rossi is the winningest rider in the modern era and arguably the brightest genius roadracing has ever seen. As fans, it has pained us to watch him struggle against the torrential current of MotoGP development ...    Read more

  11. V Star 250 Education

    Now that my beloved V Star 250 has been returned to the Yamaha mother ship, I find myself reflecting on the time spent with the baby cruiser and the fun we had. Not least of which, I might add, was competing in a "slow race" (photo above), where, believe it ...    Read more

  12. New 250 Sportbike from Yamaha?

    The 250cc class, once the preferred entry point for new riders, almost died off years ago except for a few hardy survivors like Kawasaki’s 250 Ninja. But now that Honda’s CBR250R has joined the quarter-liter party,  and the Ninja got a displacement bump to 300cc, suddenly everyone wants a big ...    Read more

  13. Riding a Superbike – A Day With the Graves YZF-R1

    As the new guy (yes, still), I hardly expected to get the good gigs until I'd served my tour of fetching people coffee and washing bikes. The boss threw me a bone last month though, sending me to NOLA Motorsports Park to ride Josh Hayes' three-time champion Graves R1. Having ...    Read more

  14. Yamaha AG200 – A Motorcycle That Saves Lives

    WORDS: Jake Fuchs PHOTOS: Riders For Health Most of us would agree that motorcycles make us feel better. Flying unencumbered over the road on the backs of our bikes elevates the soul as well as the body. Whacking open the throttle and tearing through the air can’t help but put a ...    Read more

  15. Coincidence in Time

    I have friends who love vintage motorcycles, and by that I mean anything with points ignition, drum brakes, and valves you can adjust with a screwdriver and a pair of pliers, or maybe just a hammer. I also have friends who adore current machinery. If the warranty has expired, it’s ...    Read more

  16. Week 1 with the V Star 250

    The photo above is of a Yamaha V Star 250 key (left) as it compares to a CBR250 key. Suffice it to say it takes a confident and secure man to ride around on the Wee Star. Fortunately I have no reason to be ashamed, and no reason to treat ...    Read more

  17. 2013 Yamaha FZ8 | First Look

    WORDS: Marc Cook PHOTOS: Yamaha As a larger-than-average middleweight naked bike, the Yamaha FZ8 has been a success, competing with 600s and beating them with good, old-fashioned displacement. For 2013, the 779cc naked, based largely on the FZ1, gets select updates to improve its sporting capabilities and to remedy ...    Read more

  18. 2013 Yamaha FJR1300A | First Look

    WORDS: Marc Cook PHOTOS: Yamaha Sport-touring enthusiasts have quite a year to look forward to, with new product coming from Europe and a substantially revised Yamaha FJR1300, now with an A suffix. Yamaha elected to leave the core of the FJR1300 alone, so the chassis largely carries over as does the 1298cc ...    Read more

  19. A Yamaha V Star 250 for the New Guy

    As the latest addition to the MC staff, I'm bound to get some extra jabs sent my way. Mr Editor initially threatened me with the prospect of riding a scooter, but soon found out that I like scooters. Baby cruisers on the other hand, not on my wish list. And ...    Read more

  20. Yamaha Factory Racing Reveal Special Race-Blu Livery in Misano

    Race-Blu’ livery also available on YZF-R series production bikes for 2013! The Yamaha Factory Racing Team will run a special ‘Race-Blu’ livery for the Misano and Aragon Grand Prix race weekends. The unique livery, designed by Italian designer Aldo Drudi, features a contrasting combination of Yamaha Blue and matt grey bodywork, ...    Read more

  21. Yamaha Factory Racing Press Statement

    It is with great pleasure that Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd confirms the signing of Valentino Rossi to ride for the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team for 2013 and 2014. Valentino Rossi first joined Yamaha in 2004 and achieved four MotoGP World Champion titles with the Yamaha YZR-M1 in 2004 and 2005 ...    Read more


    Yamaha recently announced the first of its 2013 models, and there are no fewer than 13 of them, seven of which are streetable. The Star cruiser brand is bringing back the 649cc V Star Custom after a year off, but not much has changed. The engineers’ new calculations show a 0.1-mile-per-gallon ...    Read more

  23. Phenomenal Monster Energy Yamaha intro video now online

    Monster Energy Yamaha are raring to go for the launch of the 2012 FIM Motocross World Championship this coming weekend and have completed work on a fantastic new video that can be seen by clicking this link . The images shot by award-winning videographer Mikey Neale perfectly highlight the speed, ability ...    Read more

  24. Yamaha Factory Racing Gear Up for Qatar

    This Sunday sees the long awaited and hugely anticipated season opening race of the 2012 MotoGP Championship at the Losail circuit in Qatar. Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies will line up on the grid under the spectacular floodlights alongside their rivals for the first true test ...    Read more

  25. Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team launch at Jerez

    The Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team has launched their 2012 campaign today in Jerez, Spain prior to the three day testing program with a presentation for the gathered press. You are now able to browse and download the new team launch images in the ...    Read more

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