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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. Down & Dirty OUTTAKES

    Our Down & Dirty torture test of four big ADV bikes in the August 2014 Motorcyclist (click HERE for Down & Dirty) gave you 10 pages of gritty ride reviews, hard test data, specs, off-the-record commentary and a careful selection of the best photos from the shoot. In order to ...    Read more

  2. Suzuki Team Testing With MotoGP Field Today

    Randy de Puniet of the Suzuki Test Team joined the full-time riders on track as the Japanese factory continue to develop their MotoGP project ahead of a planned return next year. Suzuki will be testing alongside the current field to gauge their progress, with De Puniet having undertaken extensive tests ...    Read more

  3. It’s Official: 2015 Yamaha FZ-07

    A couple of issues back we featured Yamaha’s Euro-only MT-07 (see First Ride, June, MC). We try not to get too excited about bikes we’ll never see on our shores, but we had a hunch Yamaha would bring the FZ-09’s little brother to the US market. Our suspicions have ...    Read more

  4. More Triples Coming Soon? | Rumor Mill

    We were frankly surprised to see just two new models from Yamaha this spring—one (the Super Ténéré) an update of an existing bike and the other (the SR400) an existing bike borrowed from another market. Because of this, we’re betting on an additional mid-year release of more early 2015 models. ...    Read more

  5. Motorcyclist Magazine & Edelweiss Bike Travel Announce New European Roadster Adventure

    Ever wish you could live the glamorous rock star life of a Motorcyclist magazine editor? Would you sell an internal organ to get an in-depth tour of a famous motorcycle factory and see how motorcycles are built?  We have the perfect solution! Motorcyclist magazine and Edelweiss Bike ...    Read more

  6. Lorenzo In Front After Argentina MotoGP FP1

    As the Gran Premio Red Bull de la Republica Argentina weekend got underway, Movistar Yamaha Team rider Jorge Lorenzo set down a 1’42.804 marker in the final minutes of FP1 with Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) and Alvaro Baustista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) respectively 0.481s and 0.833s behind him. Also in the ...    Read more

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

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