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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 »

2006 Honda 599, Kawasaki Ninja 650R, Suzuki SV650S and Yamaha FZ6 Motorcycle Comparison

Middleweight motorcycle comparison — Four motorcycles

Mark Tuttle Jr.
January 1, 2007

[This 2006 Honda 599, Kawasaki Ninja 650R, Suzuki SV650S and Yamaha FZ6 Motorcycle Comparison was originally published in the April 2006 issue of Rider magazine] Photography by Rich Cox/Slide Action These middleweight motorcycles sure look nice as a pack... Look at the middleweight motorcycle class and... Read more »

2006 Yamaha Roadliner S Road Test

Star Power: 2006 Yamaha Roadliner S.

Bill Stermer
January 1, 2007

Open any magazine that covers the hyperactive world of customized cruisers (such as our sister publication Cruising Rider), and you’ll see a healthy percentage of customs based on Yamaha’s Road Star line. With its big-inch, traditional-looking, pushrod, air-cooled V-twin engine and just-right... Read more »

Retrospectove: Yamaha XV920 Virago: 1982-1983

1982 Yamaha XV920 Virago.

Clement Salvadori
February 21, 2006

(This Retrospective article was published in the February 2006 issue of Rider Magazine.) STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY CLEMENT SALVADORI It had to happen. Some Japanese manufacturer was going to come out with a V-twin cruiser. The first efforts, though, were a bit strange to students of cruiser aesthetics.... Read more »

2005 Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe Road Test

2005 Royal Star

Ken Freund
July 30, 2004

With the cruiser market on fire and buyers gobbling up bikes almost as fast as they can be made, Yamaha has been scrambling for new models to add to its lineup. For 2005 the tuning-fork folks are rolling out the Royal Star Tour Deluxe, which can be converted from touring to cruiser duty. It’s based... Read more »

2004 Honda 599 vs 2004 Suzuki SV650 vs 2004 Yamaha FZ6 Motorcycle Comparison

Rider Contributor
February 3, 2004

When many of us started riding, there were just two kinds of motorized two-wheelers: scooters and motorcycles. Heck, even the line between street and off-road machines was pretty blurry. Things changed a little after the Japanese began selling motorcycles in this country, but it was still quite a while... Read more »

2003 Yamaha FJR1300 Road Test

2003 Yamaha FJR1300.

Mark Tuttle Jr.
July 10, 2002

[This 2003 Yamaha FJR1300 Road Test was originally published in the August 2002 issue of Rider magazine] Shortly after I started working here at Rider, the first sport tour I went on with the staff was a shootout of the all-new 1984 Kawasaki Ninja 900, Suzuki GS1150 and Yamaha FJ1100. Rider nicknamed... Read more »

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