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Retrospective: Yamaha YM2C Big Bear 305 Scrambler: 1967

Yamaha YM2C Big Bear 305 Scrambler

Clement Salvadori
November 9, 2011

In the early ’60s the Big Bear race was a pretty serious event, running across California’s Mojave Desert and up to Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains. The idea that this beautiful, highly chromed street-scrambler had any possibility of winning against high-strung Euro-bikes like Maico,... 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 »

2011 Yamaha Motorcycles

2011 Yamaha XTZ1200 Super Ténéré

Rider Contributor
September 1, 2010

2011 Yamaha XTZ1200 Super Ténéré Yamaha has been inundated with requests to bring the XTZ1200 Super Ténéré adventure-tourer to the U.S. Named after a challenging Sahara Desert stage of the Paris-Dakar Rally, it will arrive next spring as a 2012 model. Powered by a 1199cc parallel twin with a 270-degree... Read more »

2010 Star Stratoliner Deluxe Road Test

2010 Star Stratoliner Deluxe

Rider Contributor
April 30, 2010

photography by Riles & Nelson If you’re into cruisers and have kept your eyes open, you may have noticed that baggers—cruisers with saddlebags (and often fairings, too)—are replacing radical customs as the latest trend. According to Yamaha, it’s because riders have found radical bikes too... Read more »

2009 Yamaha R1 Road Test

2009 Yamaha R1

Greg Drevenstedt
November 16, 2009

Whizbang technology from Yamaha’s M1 MotoGP racebike trickled down to the masses in 2009 when the R1 sportbike became the first production motorcycle to use a crossplane crankshaft. Each crankpin is offset 90 degrees from the next, which produces an uneven firing interval that dramatically changes... Read more »

2009 Yamaha FJR1300A/AE Tour Road Test

2009 Yamaha FJR1300A and AE models

Rider Magazine
July 17, 2009

photography by the author, Rick Oxton and Paul Drevenstedt [This 2009 Yamaha FJR1300A/AE Tour Road Test was originally published in the September 2009 issue of Rider] FJR Tour, 4:40 a.m.—Blink, blink…up early, picking up Paul, coffee & doughnuts from Russell’s, driving to LAX. (Posted on... Read more »

2009 Yamaha FZ6R Road Test

2009 Yamaha FZ6R

Rider Magazine
March 17, 2009

[This 2009 Yamaha FZ6R Road Test originally appeared in the May 2009 issue of Rider magazine] Looks can be deceiving. The 2009 Yamaha FZ6R is styled like a supersport, and is even classified as such on Yamaha’s website, but its relaxed ergonomics and user-friendliness make it more a riposte to... Read more »

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