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The 2012 Yamaha Roadliner S doesn’t come with a whole lot of changes compared to the previous models, and that might be a good thing. It still has that unmistakable neo-streamline design that gives it a completely distinctive look. Add a long and low aluminum frame that provides great looks and light handling with one of the biggest engines on the market, and you have a bike that’s definitely worth your hard-earned money. Speaking about a few features of the bike, the sculpted seat provides an excellent place to sit on long rides. The Roadliner S also gets plenty of chrome treatment, including the chrome switchgear, front brake and clutch master cylinders and levers, the belt guard, fork and fork covers, handlebar clamps, a shifter, a front pulley cover, various engine covers, a rear fender stay, and polished wheels.

The Roadliner S will also be carrying a 1,854cc air-cooled, pushrod V-twin engine that produces great thrust at any speed. That’s added to a twin-bore downdraft electronic fuel injection, providing optimum engine efficiency and throttle response in the widest possible range of conditions. Despite the monster engine, Roadliner S achieves an estimated fuel economy of 42 mpg with a fuel tank that holds 4.5 gallons of gas.

Handling is also aces with the Roadliner S. We already talked about the lightweight aluminum frame, but the bike also has a light, controlled-Fill die-cast swingarm that complements the bike’s streamline style and reduces unsprung weight for great handling. Add 46mm fork tubes that serve up an excellent ride and a tucked-out-of-sight single shock with adjustable spring preload and there’s no mistaking what the Roadliner S has to offer.

Find out more about the full specs of the Yamaha Roadliner S after the jump.

Class leading performance, a lightweight aluminum chassis, and today’s most popular quick detachable casual touring amenities. All that and more is what awaits you with the 2012 Yamaha Stratoliner S . With just about every bike manufacturer promising you these things, very few actually live up to it. The Stratoliner S does so with flying colors.

The Stratoliner S takes V-twin performance and character to the next level, setting the standards by which all casual touring machines are judged. The bike comes with all the necessary amenities, including a lockable quick release windshield, a passenger backrest, and lockable sidebags that have been covered in leather. The bike also gets plenty of chrome, highlighted by the switchgear, chrome master and clutch cylinders and levers, chrome wheels, chrome belt guard, chrome engine covers, and chrome front end. Yes, there’s a chrome overload with the Stratoliner S. Just the way we like it.

All that shiny chrome notwithstanding, the Stratoliner S is also a picture of aggression and superb handling. The bike is powered by a 1854cc air-cooled, pushrod 48-degree V-twin engine that produces great thrust at any speed. The bike’s twin-bore downdraft electronic fuel injection system provides optimum engine efficiency and throttle response in the widest possible range of conditions. At 3,300 rpm, the bike can hit 75 mph with maximum torque reached at only 2,500 rpm, giving us a clear idea of the bike’s unbridled power.

In terms of handling, the Stratoliner S also comes ready for action, thanks in large part to a long and low aluminum frame provides great looks and light handling unlike any other full-size cruiser. To go with the frame, the bike also carries 46mm fork tubes and a tucked-out-of-sight single shock with adjustable spring preload out back that provides a smooth ride under varying loads.

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Long distance, open-road touring could be a hassle for just about anybody that doesn’t have the patience for it. That’s why it’s imperative to have a bike that can make you feel comfortable, no matter the distance.

That’s what the Yamaha Royal Star Venture S is for. The bike comes fully loaded with everything serious riders need for their long and arduous travels. There’s plenty of lockable storage in the form of a 15-gallon trunk and a pair of color-matched 9.3-gallon sidebags, adding up to 33.6 gallons of total space that you can use to keep everything safe and dry wherever you go. Moreover, the bike has ergonomically designed bucket-type seats with plush, wraparound passenger backrest for unbeatable long-range comfort. As far as entertainment is concerned, the 2012 Royal Star Venture S has you covered in the form of a four-speaker sound system with a Star-branded iPod touch, a CB radio, intercom system, and AM/FM radio.

Then there’s the powerful 1,294cc liquid-cooled 70˚ V-four DOHC, 4-valve per cylinder engine that produces 97 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 89 lb/ft of torque mated to a five-speed, wide-ratio transmission. Add that to the bike’s outstanding chassis and suspension set-up - a high-integrity, single-backbone frame with solid engine mounting and 29-degree caster angle and an air-adjustable telescopic front fork and link-type rear suspension - and you have a bike that’s fit for just about any road it travels on.

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The 2012 Yamaha V-Max is the kind of bike that should be on top of everybody’s wish list. It’s not so much the fact that it’s an awesome ride in itself, but the bike’s combination of advanced sportbike technology and forward thinking style makes it a definite must-have.

Sure, some people have had mixed reactions as far as the bike’s design is concerned, but make no mistake about it, when it comes to pure, torque-bending performance, the V-Max is in a class of its own.

Crank the throttle and you’ll be unleashing a 1,679cc, 65-degree, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected four-valves-per-cylinder, DOHC engine that pumps out 174 horsepower, enough to literally make you drive the seat off of your pants. On top of that, the V-Max also has both the Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I) technology and the Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) technology, providing the kind of smooth and crisp response riders have long looked for.

As far as its design, the V-Max’s looks remain relatively unchanged since its major redesign in 2009. About the only changes you’ll see is that it comes with a new color, Matte Black, as well as new side-cover finishes that match the bike’s distinctive intake cover, and gray stitching on the seat cover.

The bike also features a lightweight aluminum chassis - weight is reduced to 683 lbs because of it - that puts the engine low and forward for mass centralization, resulting in a machine designed to handle just about any road surface. Likewise, the suspension system - cartridge-damper-type front forks that have substantial 52mm inner tubes with oxidized titanium coating and a link-type Monocross rear suspension - allows the bike to handle particularly well, even for the high standards of a tried-and-true muscle bike.

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Yamaha ’s Super Ténéré sportsbike is the kind of two-wheeled bike that is built for adventure. Featuring an all-new, exceptionally compact 1199cc parallel twin engine with a unique 270° crank for excellent torque and traction, the Ténéré is the perfect example of Yamaha’s upstanding engineering.

Where the pavement ends the adventure begins for the all new 2012 Super Ténéré. With its heritage going back to the famous Paris to Dakar rally, the Super Ténéré is the perfect machine to experience all facets motorcycling has to offer. More than its impressive performance capabilities, the Super Ténéré also possesses a clever combination of sturdy handling, attention-grabbing looks, and a plethora of the company’s new technologies.

Whether riding across town or crossing a continent, Yamaha designed the Ténéré to be the kind of bike that provides rider comfort and convenience while also keeping it real as far as its performance capabilities are concerned. The end result is a sportsbike that catches the allure of both casual riders and enthusiasts alike. It almost seems as if the bike was built for one specific purpose: customer satisfaction.

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Riding a motorcycle is just like anything we do when we’re trying to learn it; you start off with basic equipment and gradually move on to more sophisticated ones when you’ve gained enough experience.

So it doesn’t make any sense if you try to jump into the big, bad cruisers of the world. You have to start simple with a bike like the Yamaha TT-R230 . Powered by a reliable, electric-start, 223cc air-cooled, SOHC four-stroke engine that puts out smooth, widespread power perfectly suited for all kinds of trails and riders, the TT-R230 is an ideal intro bike for riders looking at breaking into trail riding. The powertrain is then mated to a smooth-shifting, six-speed transmission with heavy-duty clutch geared for maximum versatility and usable power delivery.

In terms of its design, the bike comes with a steel, diamond-type-design frame that provides great handling and strength. Likewise, a 36mm front fork with 9.5" of wheel travel makes for a sturdy set-up to go with an aluminum box-section swingarm featuring snail-type chain adjusters for quick and easy chain adjustments. As for the brakes, the TT-R230 carries a 220mm front disc and 230mm rear drum brakes that give powerful stopping power, especially in uneven trails. A competition-style flat seat/tank junction provides great rider mobility while the electric start feature makes getting started a complete push-button exercise. The bike’s gripper sit has been designed to be comfortable, allowing for easier ride movement while a 2.1-gallon capacity allows for ideal range to enjoy the thrills of the outdoors. The TT-R230 also has large, folding, cleated foot pegs for excellent footing in all outdoor conditions and durable fork boots that have excellent fork seal and stanchion tube protection.

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Yamaha ’s TT line of four-stroke bikes is the perfect family bike to take the kids out on those weekend trail trips. It doesn’t matter that it doesn’t come with the kind of performance capabilities that other bikes have, the TT-R125LE does provide the kind of overall fun that allows riders - whether they’re kids or adults - to enjoy every minute of the trip.

For the 2012 model, the Yamaha TT-R125LE features a long, gripper-style seat that aids seat-of-the-pants feel. The bike also comes with Team Yamaha-inspired colors, graphics and front and side number plates; a sleek and narrow fuel tank that helps create a big-bike look and feel; large, folding, cleated footpegs that provide excellent footing, even in wet or muddy conditions; and durable fork boots to ensure excellent fork seal and stanchion tube protection.

As far as its handling capabilities are concerned, the TT-R125LE has a rigid frame design that features a long wheelbase to accommodate bigger riders while maintaining quick, agile off-road handling. A 31mm telescopic front fork with 7.1" of travel comes with preload adjustability for confidence-inspiring control over rough terrain. Likewise, a single rear shock with 6.6" of travel and compression and rebound damping adjustability provide predictable handling for the aggressive rider.

In terms of performance, the TT-R125LE comes with a reasonable 124cc air-cooled SOHC four-stroke powerplant with a 20mm Mikuni carburetor that ensures crisp, dependable throttle response. The engine is mated to a five-speed transmission with a heavy-duty clutch that’s been geared for superior versatility.

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Young kids that are looking to break into the world of motor bikes shouldn’t be riding something that they still can’t handle. That’s why there’s plenty of room in this world for bikes like the Yamaha PW50. For the past 25 years, Yamaha has been front and center in mini-bike design and manufacturing, and they’re continuing that trend with the PW50.

Aimed at novice riders, the ’twist-and-go’ PW50 benefits from a range of safety features and rider-friendly designs that makes it the ideal choice for new bikers. With a low-maintenance technology backed up by Yamaha quality and reliability, this stylish mini-bike is so easy to own and maintain.

When it comes to kids’ mini-bikes, Yamaha is the clear leader. With the PW50’s rider-friendly design it’s easy to see why this 50cc 2-stroke is a firm favorite with kids that enjoy riding bikes and parents that are looking for a simple, comfortable, and safe bike to let their kids ride on.

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Trail-riding and off-road biking doesn’t have to come with a bike that’s exclusively suited for those kind of surfaces. If you’re looking for a bike that can provide everything you need for your off-road travels at a fraction of the cost that some other models would charge, the Yamaha XT250 is a worthy choice.

The minimalist design of the XT250 belies the impressive performance and handling characteristics of the bike considering it comes with an affordable price tag. The bike carries big, fat tires that deliver great traction and rider comfort over a wide range of terrain, making it one of the most all-purpose and user-friendly bikes on the market.

Unless you’re into the really extreme stuff, off-road riding doesn’t require a specialized bike that will cost you the moon-and-a-quarter. Though its not as flashy as some people would prefer, the dual-purpose XT250 is the perfect bike for the every-other-weekend off-road runs.

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Entry level bikes are important because they give upstart riders a chance to learn the ropes before they move on to the bigger and more powerful variety. The Yamaha TW200 is a bike that fits that description to a tee, a perfect introductory model to get newbies on the saddle.

It doesn’t come with world-beating performance numbers - the bike’s 196cc air-cooled SOHC 4-stroke 2-valve engine doesn’t scream power at all - but what it does offer is a basic feel of what off-road bikes are capable.

The TW200 is a well balanced dual-sport bike that is openly inviting new riders to hop on and take it for a ride. A lot of people will ride and move on to bigger and better bikes in the future, but before you get to that stage you still have to start somewhere.

That ’somewhere’ is the Yamaha TW200 and it’s a good bet that it’s ideally-suited for novice riders the world over.

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