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Yamaha Motor Company Limited, a division of Japanese conglomerate Yamaha Corporation, has been producing motorized vehicles since 1955. Yamaha currently produces motorcycles, motorbikes, ATVs, boats, marine engines, automobile engines, personal watercraft and snowmobiles. Under the Yamaha brand, it produces sportbikes (YZF-R1, FZ1, FZ8 and others), sport tourers (FJR1300A), adventure tourers (Super Ténéré), dual-sports (WR250X, XT250 and others), dirt bikes (YZ450F, WR450F and others) and scooters (Tmax, Zuma and others). In the U.S., cruisers produced by Yamaha have been sold under the Star Motorcycles brand since 2006, including the Royal Star, Roadliner, Stratoliner, Vmax, Raider, Stryker and others. Yamaha motorcycle reviews and road tests explain why the brand has won Rider‚s Motorcycle of the Year four times: in 2006 with the FZ1, in 2003 with the FJR1300, in 1996 with the Royal Star Tour Classic and in 1993 with the GTS1000.

2015 Yamaha R3 – First Look Review

Greg Drevenstedt
October 16, 2014

2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 in Team Yamaha Blue/Matte Silver Entry-level sportbikes have been coming on strong lately, with the recent release of the all-new KTM RC390, the updated-for-2015 Honda CBR300R and the Kawasaki Ninja 300, which received a major revamp for 2013. Now Yamaha is getting into the game, as... Read more »

2015 Yamaha SR400 – First Ride Review

2015 Yamaha SR400

Greg Drevenstedt
September 12, 2014

The old-is-new-again 2015 Yamaha SR400 is powered by an air-cooled, fuel-injected, kickstart-only single-cylinder engine. 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... Read more »

Retrospective: Yamaha YG-T Trailmaster 80: 1964-1969

1968 Yamaha YG5-T Trailmaster 80

Clement Salvadori
August 6, 2014

Year/Model: 1968 Yamaha YG5-T Trailmaster 80; Owner: Eric Foor, Morro Bay, California 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... Read more »

Adventure Shootout: BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, KTM 1190 Adventure, Yamaha Super Ténéré ES

These three big, capable adventure tourers offer enough power, comfort and features for any journey.

Greg Drevenstedt
August 6, 2014

These three big, capable adventure tourers offer enough power, comfort and features for any journey. (Photos by Rich Cox) Although they represent a small minority of motorcycle sales, large-displacement adventure tourers have surged in popularity recently. Buyers are drawn to their one-bike-does-it-all... Read more »

2014 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES Review

2014 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES

Greg Drevenstedt
August 6, 2014

With a name and styling inspired by its Dakar Rally-winning machines from the ‘90s, Yamaha’s Super Ténéré is available in standard and ES (electronic suspension) versions. (Photos by Rich Cox) Named after a dune-filled region of the Sahara, Yamaha’s Super Ténéré rumbled onto the adventure-touring... Read more »

2015 Yamaha FZ-07 First Ride Review

Yamaha FZ-07_4

Mark Tuttle
July 3, 2014

The Yamaha FZ-07 joins the FZ-09 in offering a lot of value at a low price. 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... Read more »

2015 Yamaha FZ-07 – First Look

2015 Yamaha FZ-07 in Rapid Red

Rider Magazine Staff
June 6, 2014

2015 Yamaha FZ-07 in Rapid Red 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... Read more »

2014 Yamaha Super Ténéré/ES and 2015 Yamaha SR400 – First Look Review

2015 Yamaha SR400

Rider Staff
March 6, 2014

2014 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES Yamaha entered the burgeoning adventure touring market in a big way in 2012 with its 1,199cc parallel-twin powered Super Ténéré, featuring standard engine modes, traction control and linked ABS. For 2014, updates to the engine promise modest increases in horsepower and... Read more »

2014 Yamaha FJR1300ES—Road Test

Yamaha FJR1300ES

Greg Drevenstedt
February 3, 2014

The new FJR1300ES adds electronic suspension to the FJR’s extensive list of updates for 2013, which improved styling, power, handling, wind protection and more. (Photos by Rich Cox) Feeling snubbed for missing out on the all-new Yamaha FJR1300 sport tourer, which debuted in Europe for 2001, Americans... Read more »

2014 Yamaha FZ-09 Road Test

Yamaha FZ-09

Greg Drevenstedt
January 2, 2014

With a potent blend of hot performance and cool styling, the FZ-09 seems destined for cult-bike popularity. Available colors include Rapid Red, Liquid Graphite and Blazing Orange. (Photos by Tom Riles) Just three years after its debut, the FZ8 has been axed from Yamaha’s lineup. Replacing it is the... Read more »

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Yamaha Motorcycles, Who Uses Them?

Yamaha motorcycle reviews address a full range of motorcycles, from cruisers (under the Star Motorcycles brand), sport tourers and sportbikes, to dirt bikes, dual-sports and scooters, as well as ATVs, boats, marine engines, automobile engines, personal watercraft and snowmobiles.


Yamaha Motorcycle Standouts

Yamaha motorcycle reviews The Yamaha V-Max, introduced in 1985 and produced with few changes until 2008, is a power cruiser with a 1,197cc V-4 engine derived from the Venture. It became famous after multiple Yamaha motorcycle guides, reviews and road tests praised it for its V-Boost system, which opens butterfly valves at 8,000 rpm to give a rush of acceleration. The original bike had poor handling, but with a slight variation of the name, the VMax was completely redesigned for 2009 with a 1,679cc V-4, modern engine technology (YCC-I and YCC-T) and components, and much better handling. The FJR1300, which replaced the FJ1100 and FJ1200 open-class sportbikes, was introduced in 2003 and set a new benchmark in terms of performance among sport tourers.

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