DirtDaze Rally to Offer Most Adventure Bike Demos in the U.S.

May 22, 2017 View Comments by

DirtDaze will feature the most adventure bike demo rides of any event in the U.S. Suzuki, Ducati, Beta, Zero, and AJP will be onsite offering demos on pavement and single-track routes. BMW, Yamaha, and Honda will offer off-site demos on pavement. This year’s event is June 7-10, 2017. The rally, held on 53 private acres, offers great adventure […]

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2017 Yamaha FZ-10: Activate Your Fazer

Apr 10, 2017 View Comments by

Yamaha’s FZ1 has had a good run since 2001, but it has been replaced by the FZ-10 this year. Still, with a YZF-R1-based engine at the center, the most notable change is a visual one. This doesn’t look like your dad’s FZ1. Welcome to the future, FZ-10. During a sweltering summer day, I tested the […]

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2016 Yamaha XSR900: Two Wheels, Three Cylinders, High Fives!

Nov 29, 2016 View Comments by

With its latest XSR900 model, Yamaha has spawned an exciting sibling from the FZ-09, one with a neo-retro look that’ll make you nostalgic for the ‘70s.

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Yamaha FZ-03 Coming for 2016?

Aug 30, 2015 View Comments by

New Naked R3- In the July/August ’15 issue we reviewed Yamaha’s YZF-R3 sportbike and found a lot to like about the small machine. However, as touring motorcyclists, we’re almost always more interested in naked machines as they tend to be more comfortable and practical for long distance riding than their sportier cousins. Recently photos appeared […]

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Yamaha Comes to the Killington Classic

Aug 15, 2015 View Comments by

-Test Ride the Latest from Team Blue The Killington Classic is just around the corner (August 27-30) and you won’t want to miss Vermont’s number one motorcycle rally or the state’s beautiful fall weather and motorcycle roads. But, if you’ve been thinking about buying a new Yamaha sometime soon, you have one more reason to […]

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Yamaha’s “My Bolt Style” Video Contest

Jun 13, 2015 View Comments by

Make a Video and You Could Win a Bolt! – If you think the Star Bolt is the best thing on two wheels, you might be able to turn that passion into a new ride. Yamaha is looking for enthusiastic owners and fans to create short (two and a half minutes or less) videos showcasing […]

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2015 Yamaha TMAX: A Sporty Scooter?

Feb 23, 2015 View Comments by

Yamaha calls the all new 2015 TMAX the “sportbike of scooters”—a title we’ll withhold judgment on until we get a chance to ride it—though a glance at the spec sheet seems promising. The TMAX is powered by a completely new 530cc liquid cooled and fuel injected twin, which according to Yamaha is optimized for both […]

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Yamaha Celebrates Racing Champs, Supports Kids in Need

Jan 06, 2015 View Comments by

Yamaha Motor Corp. USA has had a good 2014. The company has introduced a number of new and updated models to the U.S. market to strong sales and rave reviews as well as achieving much success on the racetrack. At Yamaha USA’s annual Star Touring And Riding event, the company celebrated by inducting 11 current […]

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2015 Yamaha FJ-09: The FZ Gets Civilized

Nov 09, 2014 View Comments by

Last year the motorcycling world was set ablaze by the mid-size, budget priced Yamaha FZ-09 naked bike. Powered by a potent 847cc inline-triple with a MSRP under $8k, the FZ certainly offers a lot of bang for the buck. Building on that success, Yamaha just unveiled a new touring bike based on the FZ called […]

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Yamaha Announces FZ-07

Jun 13, 2014 View Comments by

We were excited about Yamaha’s affordable and sporty new naked bike, the FZ-09, when it was announced last summer. With a powerful new inline triple and a MSRP under $8k, the FZ was a compelling bargain. But Yamaha isn’t stopping there. The Japanese company has recently announced the FZ-07, the 09’s little brother. A 689cc […]

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Motorcycle Sport Touring Association to Give Away FZ-09

Apr 30, 2014 View Comments by

Growing out of a small Honda Sabre and Magna owners club, the Motorcycle Sport Touring Association has become a multi-brand organization for sport touring enthusiasts. The club, which espouses safety, fun, camaraderie, and riding skill improvement, holds a National Rally every year. 2014’s event will take place in Rapid City, SD, June 8th through 11th. […]

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Yamaha Rolls Out New Models

Apr 13, 2014 View Comments by

Yamaha has updated its Super Ténéré adventure touring model, spawned a range topping “ES” version of it, and added the SR400 retro-style model. The big news for touring enthusiasts is Yamaha’s addition of a premium 2014 Super Ténéré ES model, which adds electronic suspension controls and various other upgrades. The ES model employs KYB suspension […]

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2015 Yamaha SR400

Mar 16, 2014 View Comments by

Don’t let the model year on the “newest” Yamaha fool you; there’s nothing modern about this motorcycle. Power comes from a 399cc air-cooled single cylinder engine that requires a kick to get it going. That’s right, there’s no electric start at all (though it is fuel injected). With a fully fuelled weight of only 384 […]

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Yamaha Super Ténéré Gets Updates for 2014

Mar 12, 2014 View Comments by

Since its introduction to the U.S. market in 2012, the Yamaha Super Ténéré has gone basically unchanged. This year, however, a series of thoughtful updates as well as a new ES model keep the Super Ten a relevant option in the highly competitive large displacement adventure category. Highlighting the changes are revisions to the Ténéré’s […]

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Consumer Reports on Motorcycle Reliability

Feb 21, 2014 View Comments by

They’ve reported on everything from cars to TVs to baby strollers and now they’ve turned their attention to motorcycles. Last year Consumer Reports conducted a massive customer satisfaction survey of the owners of the top five OEMs in the U.S.: Honda, Yamaha, Harley-Davidson, BMW, and Kawasaki. The report (focusing on bikes model year 2009 through […]

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