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Rider Test: 2013 Yamaha FJR1300

A solo rider has to work pretty hard to find the limits of the FJR’s cornering clearance. New Bridgestone BT023 tires help a lot.

Mark Tuttle
November 27, 2012

When we broke the news that an updated Yamaha FJR1300 was on the way for 2013 in the December 2012 issue, the reader reaction was the usual mix of praise and grousing (mostly that the bike hasn’t been changed enough). What surprised us, though, is that almost everyone who wrote qualified their opinions... 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 »

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 »

Retrospective: Yamaha DT400 Enduro: 1975 – 1979

1975 Yamaha DT400 Enduro.

Clement Salvadori
February 18, 2010

Test riders loved this new big-bore 400cc enduro. Go just about anywhere, do just about anything and do it with zip! The DT1 250 had grown up, first to 360 size, and now 400, and had become an extremely seductive machine. Weighing less than 300 pounds, with equal amounts of horsepower and torque, the... Read more »

2008 Kawasaki Z1000, Triumph Speed Triple and Yamaha FZ1 Road Test Comparison

2008 Yamaha FZ1, 2008 Kawasaki Z1000 & 2008 Triumph Speed Triple

Greg Drevenstedt
November 5, 2008

In my past life I was a scientist-specifically, a demographer who studied trends in human mortality (depressing, I know). Although my number-crunching days are behind me, my research background still comes in handy. To put these bikes-Kawasaki Z1000, Triumph Speed Triple and Yamaha FZ1-on a level playing... Read more »

Retrospective: Yamaha RD350: 1973-1975

1974 Yamaha RD350.

Clement Salvadori
August 25, 2008

(This Retrospective article was published in the August 2008 issue of Rider.) STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY CLEMENT SALVADORI Nicknames can be good, flattering, positive…or quite the opposite. In the case of Yamaha’s RD series, the Chef Boy-Ar-Dee moniker—say it slow—was greeted with less than enthusiasm... Read more »

Retrospective: Yamaha TDM 850: 1992-1993

1992 Yamaha TDM 850.

Clement Salvadori
May 22, 2007

(This Retrospective article appeared in the May 2007 issue of Rider.) New Sports? What was a “New Sports” machine? In this case it seemed to be a “naked” bike partially clothed in a small fairing, which had a curious bicloptic headlight arrangement, the two bulbs side by side. Definitely unusual.... Read more »

2006 Yamaha FZ1 Road Test

Yamaha answered the call with a slew of changes, taking the FZ1 a full step deeper into the sporty realm while still leaving enough of the old bike’s charm that owners have come to love.

Ken Freund
January 5, 2007

A lot of water has passed under the proverbial bridge in the half decade since Yamaha’s first-generation FZ1 was introduced, and the world is a different place. When that groundbreaking 2001 model was launched, company officials later admitted, they were skeptical that customers would flock to... Read more »

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