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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Review: MadStad Windshield System

Jan 12, 2014 View Comments by

Yamaha’s first-generation FZ-1 (FZS-1000 or Fazer 1000 in other markets), sold from 2001 through 2005 in the U.S., is a quick and affordable street bike that is surprisingly comfortable. There’s one problem though, the tiny windscreen barely provides any wind protection at all to the rider. Fortunately, MadStad offers several taller windshield sizes to fit […]

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First Glance: Yamaha FZ-09 (with video)

Nov 14, 2013 View Comments by

When it was announced earlier this year the Yamaha FZ-09 promised high performance at an extremely reasonable price. We were finally able to get a closer look at this stunning new naked bike a few weeks ago at the AIMExpo in Orlando. Yamaha’s GM of Communications, Bob Starr, gave us a rundown of the FZ’s […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Top Five Big Adventure Bikes for 2014

Nov 02, 2013 View Comments by

The large displacement adventure bike category has been a bright spot for the motorcycle industry over the past few years. The segment has seen sales growth that bucks the trend across the rest of the motorcycle landscape. This has resulted in a plethora of choices for the buyer. But which bike is best? We’ve ranked […]

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Just Ride

Oct 15, 2013 View Comments by

It’s 7:00 a.m. and we’re heading down Route 9 in eastern Kentucky. There’s a morning chill in the air, fifty-something degrees, tempered by the raised windshield and heated grips of the Kawasaki Concours 14 and the closed vents of the Aerostich. Sandy’s on my six with his FJR. Directly ahead of us is a scene […]

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2014 Yamaha FJR 1300ES

Sep 10, 2013 View Comments by

Slowly but surely the venerable FJR is climbing the technological ladder that’s usually dominated by European machines. For 2014 Yamaha’s sport-touring bike gets electronically adjustable suspension as well as this lovely candy red color. The new suspension offers quickly switchable preload settings for single rider, single rider with luggage, two-up, and two-up with luggage. There […]

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Classic and Contemporary Japanese Motorcycles Up for Auction

Aug 28, 2013 View Comments by

If you’ve got a thing for Japanese motorcycles and happen to be spending October in England, you’ll be excited to learn that Dutch entrepreneur and motorcycle collector Michael Buttinger will be offering his collection of nearly 100 Japanese motorcycles for auction at Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale. The auction will take place on October 20th and […]

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New Yamaha FZ-09 Shakes Up the Naked Bike World

Jun 18, 2013 View Comments by

Look out Triumph, Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki … okay, let’s just say any OEM with a naked bike in their stable has now been put on notice. Yamaha has recently carved out a new rung on the ladder with the FZ-09. The bike, which will replace the FZ-8, is powered by an all-new 847cc triple. The […]

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Project Bike: 2005 Yamaha FJR 1300

Apr 10, 2013 View Comments by

Finishing Touches Before we started to put these accessories on the FJR, it already had a long list of items bolted, screwed, taped, and even velcroed to it: a Cee Baileys windshield, Moko frame sliders, RAM mounts, a Vista Cruise throttle lock, an ancient (but still effective) Autocom system, Wild Bill highway pegs, nighttime LEDs […]

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New Bolt and Bolt R-Spec from Star Motorcycles

Mar 12, 2013 View Comments by

Yamaha’s Star sub-brand boasts a full stable of cruisers, baggers, and touring bikes and that lineup just got a little bigger with the addition of the new Bolt and Bolt R-Spec. The new bike is basically a budget priced entry-level cruiser that, according to Star, is “a modern interpretation of old-school bobbers.” The new model […]

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Too Cool for School

Jan 13, 2013 View Comments by

I’m sure I’ve mentioned in prior posts that my first bike was a 1981 Yamaha Maxim. The Maxim was impressive in its day, with narrow cruiser styling draped over a Japanese 4-cylinder. Mine was flat black with gold lettering and a missing air box, my brother found it for me for $400 back in ’98. […]

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2013 Yamaha FZ8 & 2013 Yamaha FJR1300A

Oct 04, 2012 View Comments by

Yamaha’s liquid-cooled, 16-valve, inline-four, 779cc FZ8, which was brought to the U.S. market for 2011, filled the gap between the 600cc and 1,000cc range. It looks very much like its 998cc big brother, the FZ1, sans fairing, and is praised for its upright seating position, lots of torque in low- to midrange-rpm, and top-notch cornering […]

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Streetfighter vs. Street Fighter

Jul 07, 2012 View Comments by

Having Honda’s 2012 CB 1000 R around the RoadRUNNER offices has been a hoot. Designed after the urban streetfighter machines, this factory-built bruiser has been a true joy to flog both around town and on backroads. In recent years, streetfighters have come into their own as home built, or more accurately, “recreated” machines that have […]

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