Yamaha motorcycles

The new Yamaha YZF-R6 has the looks to match any sports bike on the market, but more than its personable profile, the bike also has the performance to back it up. It’s no secret that the sports bike market is one of the most competitive in the industry, and automakers need to mind their p’s and q’s to ensure that their product delivers the goods.

For Yamaha , the challenge was to make a bike that’s light, powerful, and boasts of technological features that ensure that the YZF-R6 becomes the sports bike of choice for the market.

In terms of design, the bike carries plenty of features that riders would want on their bikes, including an aggressive and sporty design that underlies the bike’s long and storied history; a built-in lap timer that’s controlled by a right-handlebar switch; and a multi-function digital and analog instrumentation that features a programmable shift light, a digital speedometer, an analog tachometer, dual tripmeters with miles-on-reserve function, an odometer, a water temp gauge, and lights for neutral, high beam, low fuel and turn signals. Finally, Yamaha used a casting technique for the bike’s five-spoke 17-inch wheels that make the rims not only light and strong, but also wickedly cool.

Inside the YZF-R6’s MotoGP-inspired Deltabox aluminum frame lies a powerful 599cc DOHC 16-valve, liquid-cooled titanium-valved four-cylinder engine that’s considered as the most advanced production 600cc engine on the market. The YZF-R6 is also distinguished as being the first production motorcycle with the Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle system, ensuring flawless engine response under all conditions.

In a market that features plenty of other options, the Yamaha YZF-R6 is as good a choice as you can make.

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The 2012 Yamaha FZ1 is coming back with nothing more than a face-lift, but that doesn’t appear to be a problem for fans of the bike, especially considering that it already has impressive performance numbers.

As the largest naked sportbike in Yamaha ’s current lineup, the FZ1 has a lot of expectations to meet up to. Fortunately, it’s got a lot going for it that shouldn’t be a problem as far as meeting and exceeding these expectations.

For starters, the FZ1 retains its sculpted bodywork which is indicative of the half-cowl fairing design featuring an aggressive eye-catching naked
bike profile. The FZ1 also offers a two-piece seat that serves up great comfort while passenger grab-rails provide passenger comfort and maintain an aggressive appearance. A dual 12V 60/55-watt multireflector headlight features a sleek, profile for superb aerodynamics and great visibility. Lastly, the bike also has a high-tech instrument display that features an analog tachometer, digital speedometer, a dual trip meter, and an odometer, among other things.

Inside the FZ1’s chassis lies a powerful 998cc DOHC 20-valve engine - it’s an earlier version of the R1’s 998cc motor - that’s been tuned for tremendous mid-range bite and massive top-end power. The bike comes with a fuel injection system that has computer-controlled sub-throttle valves, providing precise fuel and air mixture for superb power delivery across the entire rev range. Handling is also a breeze for the FZ1, thanks in large part to its fully-adjustable suspension, allowing the rider to tune the test the limits of the FZ1’s versatility without having to worry about compromising its performance capabilities.

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The Yamaha Zuma is a peculiar kind of scooter because it’s smaller than a bike yet a little meatier than what you’d call a traditional scooter. Yet despite lacking what can be described as a specific niche, the Zuma still enjoys a tremendous following, thanks in large part to the many upgrades Yamaha has provided.

The Zuma employs a unique combination of fun and practicality wrapped in one affordable package. It won’t wow you in terms of looks, but as far as usefulness is concerned, it’s got plenty of items that riders will love. The first is a new, plush seat that can comfortably sit two people and plenty of locking storage beneath it. It also has a wide front apron and floorboards that enhance the Zuma’s sporty profile, as well as a new headlight system that features dual bulbs with housings mounted atop the apron, ensuring great visibility for the rider. More space can be found on the rear cargo rack, while an electronic fuel gauge lets the rider easily keep track of gas level. Finally, the Zuma also has an easy-to-read instrument panel that features a turn signal, as well as high-beam and low-oil indicator lights.

In terms of performance, the Zuma is powered by a rather feisty 49cc, air-cooled two-stroke engine with a fully automatic transmission and pushbutton electric starting, making for a convenient ride anywhere. The scooter’s simple powertrain also allows it to achieve an estimated - and impressive - 123 mpg fuel return. As far as the suspension is concerned, the Zuma’s tiny telescopic fork and single rear shock work very well for a bike of its built. The overall lightness and agility of the Zuma makes it a fun ride, even if you won’t be pushing past any speed limits.

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Sometimes, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to be able to judge an ATV’s capabilities. The 2012 Yamaha Raptor 700R SE is one of those vehicles that just fits the mold. All you need to do is know that this one packs a wallop for an engine and you’re all set.

It’s hard to argue against a 686cc Yamaha fuel-injected engine, especially if it’s considered as the most powerful powertrain fitted into a Yamaha Yamaha ATV. Dual counter-balancers and a 44mm throttle body get fuel into the thumping engine, making for a far smoother ride than most ATVs. On top of that, the Raptor 700R also has a Yamaha Fuel Injection (YFI) system that provides excellent engine performance in a wide range of conditions, as well as a competition-spec dry-sump lubrication system that boosts usable horsepower and keeps overall engine size more compact.

More than just its superb performance traits, the Raptor 700R SE also paints a pretty stellar picture. It’s not pretty, but it catches your attention. The low-slung, aggressive styling is a definite head-turner, as is the number of design features that make this ATV a useful off-road companion. It has a long, YZ-style seat that allows maximum rider comfort, a thumb throttle lever, a large-capacity, 2.9-gallon fuel tank, multireflector 30-watt Krypton headlights, an LED taillight, and a digital meter with all the information a rider needs for his adventures. Since this model is characterized as a special edition, the bike was outfitted with some nifty add-ons, including Pro Armor Nerf Bars, a Pro Armor Bumper and Radiator Cover, and special graphics and colors.

As an off-road conqueror, the Raptor 700R also comes with upstanding handling capabilities, highlighted by a state-of-the-art chassis featuring a steel front section with an aluminum rear section and detachable subframe to create a super-strong structure and the ideal wheelbase for light, quick, super-accurate steering.

Find out more about the Yamaha Raptor 700R SE after the jump.

The Zuma scooter is finally returning into the loving arms of Yamaha after years of being built by outside vendors. But now that Yamaha is finally taking back construction of the Zuma, you can expect it to be as awesome - maybe even better - than the previous models.

The scooter’s construction, comprised of plastic bodywork, a tube-steel chassis, and plenty of unique new details, including an under-seat storage compartment that comes with a cavernous 5.2-gallon capacity, enough room to fit a full-sized helmet. On top of that, the Zuma 125 also has an easy-to-read analog speedometer that’s flanked by a
fuel gauge and indicator lights; two bright halogen headlights with the left side providing a 55W low beam and the right side providing 60W of high beam luminosity; and a pair of beefy 12" tires that were designed to provide tremendous grip and handling on any kind of road surface with matching 220mm hydraulic front disc and rear drum brakes for serious stopping power.

Despite being regarded as a scooter, the Zuma 125 comes with a pretty capable 125cc 4-stroke engine mated to a fully automatic C.V. transmission with push-button electric starting capabilities, making the Zuma a super-convenient and reliable mode of transportation. An electric fuel-injection cranks out tremendous amounts of power, giving the Zuma 125 a new level of high-tech performance very few scooters in the market can rival.

In addition to its design and performance capabilities, the Zuma 125 handles remarkably well for a scooter, thanks to a steel-tube frame that has a step-through design. The bike also comes with a telescopic fork that features beefy outer tubes for strength and slider shrouds to help protect the 27mm inner tubes from debris.

All told, the Yamaha Zuma 125 is a pretty good choice for a versatile scooter that leaves nothing on the table.

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Just like its twin brother, the Off-Road TT-R230 , the 2012 TT-R230 is a serious trail bike that is accessible to a wide range of riders, especially beginners. It’s got a Yamaha YZ-inspired design that features a low seat height, and a simple and easy-to-read instrumentation panel.

The bike also has a simple engine set-up that features a stout 223cc air-cooled, SOHC four-stroke engine that produces predictable, broadband power, making it the perfect choice for both beginner and intermediate riders.

As far as the chassis and suspension of the bike are concerned, the TT-R230 has a steel frame with a compact wheelbase and low seat height that combines accessibility to new or smaller riders while also being set up as having superb maneuverability and super-responsive handling. A 36mm front fork with 9.5" of wheel travel provides plush, confidence-inspiring control over rough terrain while the 11.6" of ground clearance should be enough to deal with almost any trail. Rounding out the set-up for the bike are 21" front aluminum wheels and 18" aluminum wheels with 220mm front disc brakes and 130mm rear drum brakes for powerful, confident stops.

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The 2012 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS Special Edition is the epitome of what a special edition ATV should be. Packed with plenty of features that bear credence to its ’Grizzly’ name, this special edition ATV is the personification of ’real world tough.’

In terms of design, the ATV retains the same imposing profile of the standard model with some unique bodywork thrown in, including the metallic sandstone paint finish, corresponding special graphics, and the cast aluminum wheels. On top of that, it also has dual 35-watt multireflector halogen bulb headlights with high/low beams that light up the night; rugged steel cargo racks that can pack a combined total of 286 pounds; and an LCD instrument display that contains all the important information a rider needs, including fuel injection, electronic power steering information, bar-type fuel gauge, speedometer, odometer, trip meter, clock, and a Diff. Lock indicator.

Inside the Grizzly 700’s fully independent long-travel four-wheel suspension lies one of the most powerful engines Yamaha has given an ATV: a 686cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine that comes with a fuel injection system that provides instantaneous cold starts and optimal performance in nearly every condition. In addition, it has a fully automatic Ultramatic transmission, the most advanced drive system in ATVs, as well as an Electric Power Steering system to lighten steering for superior comfort and terrain-ability.

The Grizzly 700 features a double-wishbone suspension on the front and rear with five-way preload-adjustable shocks, offering maximum control and comfort over rough terrain. The whole handlind set-up is finished by a set of responsive 25" Maxxis tires with four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes that serve up consistent, long-lasting braking power under all sorts of nasty conditions.

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Think of the ultimate bike that offers a marriage between brains and brawn and there’s a good chance that you’ll come up with one bike: the Yamaha V-Max.

The V-Max is really in a class all its own. The muscular looks combined with sporty handling and Yamaha’s latest electronic engine management technologies make for a bike that offers the ultimate riding experience.

The bike’s engine alone - a 1,679cc DOHC, liquid-cooled, 16-valve V4 engine - is reason enough to drool over. But this bike is more than just the powertain that makes it run, there are also plenty of elements that help in its overall awesomeness. It has steel valves that are used for excellent durability. There’s also a chain and gear camshaft drive system that’s responsible for increasing engine productivity. High-performance camshafts provide incredible engine performance while a centrifugal decompression device on the exhaust cam allows for seamless starting.

You’ll also get a Mikuni fuel injection system that uses four 48mm throttle bodies fitted with T.P.S. (Throttle Position Sensor) and numerous other sensors. An oxygen sensor has been fitted into the exhaust, providing excellent throttle response, great fuel economy, reduced emissions, stable idling, and no choke to fuss with during start up.

The V-Max also comes with a lightweight main Electronic Control Unit (ECU) that’s made up of three ECUs in total. One is the main 32-bit ECU that controls the ignition and fuel injection process, while a 2nd and 3rd integral ECU controls the Yamaha’s YCC-T & YCC-I systems. Then there’s the Air Induction System (AIS), which is responsible for injecting fresh air into the exhaust port area to fully combust any unburned fuel.

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It’s understandable that a lot of people are turned off by high-priced purchases. Given the state of the economy we’re in, saving as much money as you can has become a great priority.

Motorcycle brands like Yamaha know this, and they are certainly sensitive to the market’s capabilities. That’s why it has become important for them to release models that are not only economical when it comes to fuel, but also on the bank account.

One such model is the 2012 Yamaha YFZ450 , an all-utility vehicle that’s considered one of the best bargain buys on the market. It’s got great styling; it has an excellent chassis design; and it comes with an impressive 449cc 5-valve DOHC power-plant.

Among the new features of the 2012 YFZ450 model are a new pair of high quality, non-reservoir shocks made by KYB that have been tuned exclusively for the YFZ and designed to excel at handling a wide variety of riding situations. The bike also offers significantly more low and midrange performance compared with the previous model. Yet despite this, the 2012 model still carries the same power output, thanks to a few Yamaha modifications that include revised cam profile and timing and new ignition mapping.

As far as the chassis is concerned, the new YFZ450 has a lightweight, ultra-compact steel frame with an aluminum sub frame that gives the machine added flexibility. For the rear suspension, a highly tuned Showa piggyback shock returns on this newest model, with the only difference being found in the adjustability features.

Other new features attached to the YFZ450 include a new push-button ignition, tapered handlebars, and an efficient dual-hydraulic braking system in the front with two-piston caliper in the rear.

More details on the Yamaha YFZ 450 after the jump.

As with all special editions, the 2011 YFZ450R and Raptor 700R SE models were launched as platforms for the market to experience a portion of the sport ATV lifestyle. A year later, Yamaha is back with another special edition model of the YFZ450R, packed with a new look, as well as some new features.

The overall look of the YFZ450R SE is a lot more aggressive than the past model, thanks to black and red bodywork with a metallic vertebra graphic scheme. The fenders have also been modified and are held on by simple quick-release fasteners, making for easier maintenance. The 2012 also has a black GYTR grab bar that has been installed on the front, while the swingarm has been blackened with a gold drive chain offering a sharp contrast.

In terms of performance, the YFZ450R SE is powered by an impressive 449cc five-valve engine, offering superb power characteristics that are smooth and strong off the line. The engine is then mated to a five-speed manual transmission that offers plenty of drive options, while dual overhead cams rev quickly with a very linear power curve. The fuel injection is crisp, thanks in part to the the 42mm Mikuni throttle body while the thumb throttle has a nice, smooth feel that the pilot can modulate all day without fatigue.

As far as the chassis and suspension set-up is concerned, the ATV was fitted with 44mm Kayabas front shocks that allow 10" of wheel travel while the rear was given 46mm KYB shocks attached to an aluminum swingarm and straight axle with 11" of wheel travel, providing for super handling characteristics that makes this ATV a fun and enjoyable ride.

Find out more about the Yamaha YFZ450R SE after the jump.

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