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2009 Yamaha Tmax Scooter Road Test

Yamaha’s new TMAX blurs the boundaries between motorcycles and scooters. And the fence posts along the way.

John L. Stein
December 12, 2008

When Yamaha introduced the boisterous new Vmax streetfighter last summer, another “Max” had already slipped into the market under the radar. Billed as a cross between a sportbike and a scooter, admittedly the 2009 Yamaha Tmax looks like neither fish nor fowl at first glance-but then again... Read more »

2009 Yamaha/Star Vmax Road Test

Star Vmax action right

Rider Magazine
October 14, 2008

photography by Riles & Nelson Aha! Now I get it. Just before the unveiling of the 2009 Yamaha/Star Vmax on the deck of the U.S.S. Midway, we listened to a riveting account of how aircraft were launched from the now-decommissioned carrier. A steam-powered catapult helped propel each plane from 0-170... Read more »

2008 Yamaha FJR1300A Road Test

Riding the 2008 Yamaha FJR1300A

Mark Tuttle
October 14, 2008

When Yamaha introduced the FJR13000 to the United States for 2003, for sport-touring riders it was a second coming of sorts. Gobs of smooth multicylinder power had the potential to rocket this comfortable, fully equipped mile eater past the competition, with 26,000-mile valve service intervals to boot.... Read more »

Rider’s 250-class Dual-Sport Motorcycle Comparison

250 Dual-Sport Comparison

Arden Kysely
September 15, 2008

photography by the author, James Norris, Roger Eggers and Kail Wathne [Rider's 250-class Dual-Sport Motorcycle Comparison including the 2008 HONDA CRF230L, 2009 KAWASAKI KLX250S and 2009 YAMAHA XT250 was originally published in the October 2008 issue of Rider magazine] 2008 HONDA CRF230L, 2009 KAWASAKI... Read more »

Retrospective: Yamaha FZ750 Genesis: 1985-1986, 1988

1988 Yamaha FZ750.

Clement Salvadori
June 25, 2008

(This Retrospective article was published in the June 2008 issue of Rider.) STORY AND PHOTOS BY CLEMENT SALVADORI It was the early 1980s when the Japanese really got their sporting act together with liquid-cooled engines, single-shock suspensions, and frames that could handle the power in the corners. Yamaha... Read more »

Retrospective: Yamaha XJ900R Seca: 1983

1983 Yamaha XJ900RK Seca.

Clement Salvadori
April 25, 2008

(This Retrospective article was published in the April 2008 issue of Rider.) STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY CLEMENT SALVADORI This was a good bike at a good price, as $3,700 (MSRP) would roll this 900 Seca out the dealer’s door. The performance was not too shabby, with an 11-second quarter-mile and a chassis... Read more »

2007 Yamaha FZ6 Road Test

Not only is the FZ6 aimed at the new rider, but budget-conscious riders looking for a thrill can get a kick out of the bike as well.

Troy Siahaan
July 3, 2007

(this review of the 2007 Yamaha FZ6 was originally published in the July 2007 issue of Rider] Remember the days when bikes were inexpensive and could do a little bit of everything? Well, there’s good news-the middleweight standard motorcycle has made a comeback. In a market where most bikes are... Read more »

2007 Yamaha V Star 1300 Tourer Road Test

The big change is that the new bike is liquid-cooled, making it the first such Yamaha cruiser in a decade.

Troy Siahaan
February 5, 2007

I must have a screw loose. I told some friends that I would meet them near the local twisties for a breakfast ride. They all ride sportbikes and assumed that I would be riding one as well. Imagine their surprise when I made my entrance on Yamaha’s new V Star 1300 Tourer. I was greeted by laughter... Read more »

2006 Yamaha Road Star Midnight Warrior Road Test

Low handlebar, big-inch V-twin, belt drive, radial tires, great brakes: They all come together in the Warrior.

Bill Stermer
January 5, 2007

We hear it more all the time. “I’ve been riding sportbikes for years, and now that I’m getting older I want to slow down a bit. I’d like to just cruise, but on the other hand I’m not sure a cruiser would satisfy me if it had too many performance limitations. What would you... 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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