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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 »

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 »

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