Yamaha motorcycles

The Yamaha Grizzly 550 FI Auto 4x4 EPS is the ultimate utility ATV that has garnered its share of awards, and certainly more than lives up to the hype.

The Grizzly 550 FI Auto 4x4 EPS carries the same specs as that of the standard 550 FI Auto 4x4 version, with the notable exception being that it carries Electric Power Steering. This assist feature lightens steering for superior comfort and terrainability. In terms of performance, the ATV is powered by a 558cc 4-stroke SOHC 4-valve liquid-cooled engine that is mated to Yamaha’s own fully automatic Ultramatic transmission, the most advanced drive system in the ATV market.

Rugged steel cargo racks with special, extra-durable wrinkle paint finish can pack a combined total of 286 pounds while a center-mounted, heavy-duty trailer hitch comes standard and can tow more than 1300 pounds. The ATV also has a trick digital instrument panel that boasts of a multifunction LCD display with speedometer, odometer, dual tripmeter, hour meter that counts the engine’s running hours, 4WD status, transmission position, clock, and fuel gauges. Dual 35-watt multireflector halogen bulb headlights with high/low beams provide the kind of illumination that makes nighttime work or play a breeze.

As far as handling is concerned, the ATV has a full-size chassis that provides the same high level of comfort enjoyed by Grizzly 700 riders. Front and rear lower A-arm guards offer excellent protection, and feature the company’s WideArc front A-arms that are 5’ wider for outstanding ground clearance.

Whether you opt for the "standard" Grizzly 550 FI Auto 4x4 or the one with the EPS version, one thing remains clear: you win either way.

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Now that winter is fast approaching, snowmobiles are starting to become en vogue again. So what better way to spend your upcoming bonuses than to splurge on a snowmobile that offers you fun times streaking in the snow.

That’s where the Yamaha Venture Lite comes in. Powered by the Sport Performance Genesis 2-cylinder engine, the Venture Lite offers silky smooth power that can be best enjoyed as a solo rider or with a passenger on board.

More than just its impressive powertrain, the Venture Lite also comes packed with plenty of amenities. It’s got a tall windshield, heated passenger grips, and a cargo rack, among other things, providing you with plenty of bang for your hard-earned buck. The seat was designed to be comfortable for more than just one rider and comes with a forward front pilot configuration that allows excellent positioning when you’re sitting upright and ready to roll. There’s also a raised lip at the back to help keep you stationed properly while a slightly elevated passenger level that tapers slightly into a winged backrest. A passenger footrest platform and handgrips are also part of the package, as is a digital gauge that sits centered so you quickly can read the large digital numerals as they flash your miles per hour.

Going back to the snowmobile’s Sport Performance Genesis 2-cylinder engine, it’s not so much the power that makes the Venture Lite stand out. Relative to it’s size, the snowmobile’s modern high-revving 4-stroke engine delivers upwards of 30 percent more power than its competition while also boasting of a sophisticated electronic fuel injection system. To ensure superior handling, the Venture Lite was also fitted with quite basic KYB gas cell shock absorbers, and a rear suspension that features a simple flip lever to vary torsion spring rates for enhancing ride comfort.

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Yamaha’s Venture line of snowmobiles are known in the industry for being one of the most popular models in the market today. It can be used for a variety of purposes and its versatility is one of the reasons why the Venture is so popular.

The Yamaha RS Venture comes with natural black colors that mean serious business, but if you’re not a fan of black, you can also choose your favorite color to dress up your snowmobile. The snowmobile also offers spacious accommodations for both the rider and the passenger, featuring raised passenger seating and a plush adjustable backrest. Hand warmers with individual settings for driver and passenger are also part of the package.

The Yamaha RS Venture is powered by an impressive 4-stroke Genesis 973cc engine that works well on a variety of conditions. It doesn’t boast the all-world performance of the more powerful Nytro model, but it does give you the comforts of rider-friendliness usually associated with the Venture line, while also treating you to substantial amounts of power and smoother instant on-starting EFI technology. The throttle of the RS Venture is ultra-responsive, providing the kind of smooth ride that riders always look for in a snowmobile.

The 2012 Venture also offers a rigid chassis that comes courtesy of Yamaha engineering’s Deltabox frame. This chassis was constructed to accept the mid-performance character of this Genesis engine. The front and rear suspensions work with the chassis to provide smooth travel over various quality trails while the double A-arm front end works with 36mm high pressure shocks to control upwards of nine-inches of travel. Meanwhile, the ProComfort rear suspension gives the rider and passenger upwards of 12.4-inches of on-trail bump absorption from the gas shock controlled parallel skid rail.

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It’s not the most eye pleasing ATV you can find in the market, but as far as versatility, value, and reliable performance are concerned, the Yamaha Rhino 700 FI Auto hods a back seat to no one.

True it’s name, the Rhino has all the tools that will provide you with an amazingly high level of comfort and ease, thanks to its powerful engine, Ultramatic transmission and long-travel four-wheel independent suspension.

The design of the Rhino isn’t going to win any styling contests, but it will give you a utilitarian purpose that very few all-utility ATVs can compete with. The Rhino has thick bucket seats and a long-travel suspension system that work together to provide the smoothest ride in the industry. For the 2012 model, the Rhino also gets a new steering heel with an adjustable seat, fully adjustable piggyback shocks, one-piece cast aluminum wheels, an injection-molded sun top, a Baja-inspired front carry bar, dealer-installed LED tail lights, a custom shift knob and black bed rails.

More than all the accessories, the Rhino also boasts a powerful 686cc liquid/oil-cooled, four-stroke engine that provides excellent power-to-weight ratio. The engine is then mated to a fully automatic Ultramatic
transmission with dual-range (Hi/Lo) drive and reverse, considered by people as is the most advanced drive system in the market today. As a Yamaha ATV, the Rhino also boasts of the company’s industry-exclusive three-position On-Command In/Out 4WD feature that allows riders to switch between 2WD, limited-slip 4WD and fully locked differential 4WD—
all with the simple push of a button.

There’s no question that the Yamaha Rhino boasts of all-world reliability and durability, one that continues to set the standard for versatility, value and reliable performance among all ATVs on the market today.

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.

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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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