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Yamaha Unveils 2015 YZF-R3: Goes Big With 321cc Parallel Twin!
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Was it Mike Metzger who coined the phrase “Go big or go home”? Regardless, that seems to be Yamaha’s attitude as it enters the small displacement sportbike category with an all-new R3 featuring a 321 cc parallel twin engine that will likely top the category in terms of power and flexibility. Priced at $4,990, the […]

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First Ride: 2015 Yamaha YZ250F
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Our first impression of Yamahas refined YZ250F. Yamaha, not a company known to rest on its laurels, didn’t completely ignore its 2015 Yamaha YZ250F after giving it a major rebuild for the 2014 model year, the year it finally received fuel-injection and, like the YZ450F, Yamaha’s unique reversed cylinder configuration. And Yamaha hit the bull’s-eye […]

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2015 Yamaha SR400! Old School!
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The SR400 makes a comeback! When Yamaha decided to bring back its SR400 for 2015 it wanted to do so with more than just with its name. It wanted to bring it back. As it was. Well, with a few 21st century upgrades. Thus the SR400 returns for 2015 basically unchanged from the 1970s original. […]

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FIRST LOOK! 2015 YAMAHA YZ450F ($8590)
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NEW FOR 2015 Black wheels Gold chain (blue model) 1/4 turn fasteners on the air box New fork internal settings New motor mount shape/material New Dunlop MX52 tires Only manufacturer with 2 color options Available June $8,490 (tentative)  2015 YZ450F FEATURES & BENEFITS NEW! Stiffer fork springs, new valving and a new fork outer tube […]

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UFO Yellow YZ125/YZ250 Restyle Kit
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WHAT IS IT? Do you remember the Bob Hannah Yamaha plastics kit from One Industries? It turned your YZ250F or YZ450F into a yellow and black YZ a la the Bob Hannah era. It is gone, but UFO has come out with a totally new yellow plastics kit for the YZ125 and YZ250 two-strokes (to […]

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Yamaha’s Exquisite Electric Motorcycles Will Soon Hit the Streets
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Tesla Motors proved electric cars can be sexy, and Yamaha is out to show electric motorcycles can be, too, with a pair of gorgeous machines it will build… soon.

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Yamaha to Offer Full Slate Of Activities During Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas
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Cypress, CA – April 4, 2014 – Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is pleased to announce its complete schedule of customer-focused activities for the April 11-13 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, TX. Many of the activities during the weekend will take place in the Yamaha Display, which […]

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2014 Yamaha FZ-09: MD Ride Review (Bike Review)
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The 2014 Yamaha FZ-09 promises a lot when you look at the specification sheet. 414 pounds wet, an in-line triple displacing 847 cc, and crank horsepower and torque that easily trumps Triumph’s universally praised Street Triple. At the press launch (look back at our press launch report for all of the technical details of the […]

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Yamaha Gets Ready to Leverage Its New Triple! (Video vs Triumph)
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Yamaha’s 847cc triple currently resides in the production FZ-09, which we tested at the press launch a few months ago. We have just finished a longer term evaluation of the FZ-09, which we will post shortly. The engine in the FZ-09 is a gem … just an inexpensive air/fuel ratio adjustment away from perfection. With […]

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Yamaha Goes Old School With 2015 SR400 (Bike Reports)
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Talk about old school. How about a bike being sold as a 2015 model that lacks an electric start button? That’s right, the 2015 Yamaha SR400 is not only a retro looking air-cooled single, you have to kick it to life! Weighing only 384 pounds, the SR400 is powered by a 399 cc air-cooled single […]

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Yamaha recalls YZFR1 and XTZ12 model motorcycles – The headlight may malfunction
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Yamaha Motor Corporation USA is recalling 24,000 model year 2009-2013 YZFR1 motorcycles manufactured October 2008, through August 2013, and 2012-2013 XTZ12 motorcycles manufactured October 2011, through August 2013. Use of the headlight may generate enough heat to cause the bulb connections to expand, resulting in arcing in the headlight bulb socket which could cause the […]

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Yamaha U.S. Mourns The Loss Of  Former Team Rider Tommy Aquino (Industry Press Releases)
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Cypress, CA – February 3, 2014 – Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is deeply saddened by the passing of former Yamaha U.S. road racer Tommy Aquino, who died yesterday in a training accident while riding on a motocross track in southern California. Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., said, “All of […]

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2014 Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP by Lorenzo, Rossi launched at Jakarta
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2014 Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP by Lorenzo & Rossi launched at Jakarta (Indonesia) photo compilation.

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Yamaha U.S.A. Raise $100,500 for Feed the Children Charity Day
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With support from some of its most famous motorcycle racers, Yamaha U.S.A. presented a $100,500 check to Feed the Children for its Seventh Annual Feed The Children Charity Day.

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