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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.

Yamaha Announces 2013 Models

2013 Yamaha Super Ténéré in Matte Gray

Press Release
September 28, 2012

Yamaha Motor Corp U.S. recently launched additional models of its 2013 motorcycle product. In the SuperSport category, the 2013 YZF-R1 ($14,290) and YZF-R6 ($10,999) come back in a variety of new and exciting colors. The FZ1 ($10,790) and FZ6R ($7,790) also return for those who enjoy casual canyon carving... Read more »

Comparison: 2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer vs. 2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré

The Super Ténéré has dirt-worthy spoked wheels but a vulnerable undercarriage and its ABS can’t be easily turned off.

Greg Drevenstedt
September 5, 2012

The open-class adventure touring segment has grown from a class of one—the BMW R 1200 GS/Adventure—to a class of five in recent years, with the introduction of the Ducati Multistrada 1200, Moto Guzzi Stelvio, Yamaha Super Ténéré and Triumph Tiger Explorer. We compared the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure... Read more »

Yamaha Announces Activities Scheduled During Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., has a complete schedule of customer-focused activities for the July 27-29 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.

Press Release
June 27, 2012

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is pleased to announce its complete schedule of customer-focused activities for the July 27-29 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. Yamaha is celebrating its 7th consecutive year as a marketing partner of the event, and most... Read more »

No-Crash Course Yamaha Champions Riding School

YCRS limits enrollment to 20 students to ensure everyone gets what he/she needs. You'll get plenty of track time and plenty of coaching.

Greg Drevenstedt
May 6, 2012

(This Riding Around article was published in the May 2012 issue.) By Greg Drevenstedt • Photography by Jeremy Henrie I’ve got a confession to make. I crashed several test bikes during my first couple of years at Rider. Sure, I could B.S. you with tired clichés like, “If you don’t crash once... Read more »

2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 – First Ride

2012 Yamaha YZF-R1

Greg Drevenstedt
January 19, 2012

After debuting its crossplane crankshaft in 2009, Yamaha’s 2012 update of the YZF-R1 has focused on refinement, adding traction control, updating the look and celebrating the company’s Grand Prix racing heritage. Worldwide, 2,000 World GP 50th Anniversary Edition YZF-R1s, with anniversary... Read more »

2011 BMW R1200GS Adventure vs. 2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré Road Test

2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré and 2011 BMW R1200GS Adventure

Rider Magazine
January 6, 2012

photography by Kevin Wing This 2011 BMW R1200GS Adventure vs. 2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré Motorcycle Comparison was originally published in the January 2012 issue of Rider magazine] 2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré (left) and 2011 BMW R1200GS Adventure can do it all: touring, sport touring, dual-sporting,... Read more »

2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 – First Look

2012 World GP 50th Anniversary Edition Yamaha YZF-R1

Rider Magazine
September 14, 2011

2012 World GP 50th Anniversary Edition Yamaha YZF-R1 Consecutive AMA American Superbike Championships in 2010 and 2011, plus a World Superbike Championship in 2009, give the 998cc in-line four Yamaha YZF-R1 sportbike serious on-track bona fides. After successfully adopting its crossplane crankshaft in... Read more »

Yamaha Royal Star Venture/Hannigan Trike Conversion Road Test

Royal Star Venture/Hannigan Trike rear beauty

Rider Contributor
June 14, 2011

story and photography by James Parchman [This Yamaha Royal Star Venture/Hannigan Trike Conversion Ridden & Rated was originally published in the March 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Hannigan’s Venture trike conversion has slick twin-pipe roadster styling but the lockable trunk, topbox and upper... Read more »

2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré Road Test

2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré left side action

Rider Magazine
June 6, 2011

photography by Riles & Nelson [This 2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré Road Test was originally published as a Ridden & Rated in the February 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Big adventure bikes make great sport tourers thanks to powerful engines, pavement-eating suspension, comfortable ergonomics and... Read more »

2011 Yamaha FZ8 Road Test

2011 Yamaha FZ8 action left side

Greg Drevenstedt
January 24, 2011

Here we go again. Yet another motorcycle clearly designed for the European market (it’s been sold there for a year) offered to Americans as if it was our longed-for last meal. But the 2011 Yamaha FZ8, which is essentially an FZ1 with less displacement and the fairing knocked off, is more like reheated... 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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