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Bikers love a motorcycle that speaks to their tastes. More often than not, they enjoy a ride that comes with aggressive looks and a sporty character. In so many words, that’s what you’ll get with the Yamaha FZ8 . The bike’s "mass-forward" styling is accentuated by an aggressive headlight design while an FZ1-style instrument cluster features a great looking tachometer with a white face.

It’s not enough that the bike looks good, which it does, but it also has to come with real-world performance that sports bikes of this caliber are capable. Other bikes will offer you entry-level performance to get you acclimated to the seats, but the FZ8 is different. This is one bike that has naked sportsbike grit with matching power and bucket’s worth of attitude. The FZ8’s muscular stance speaks to the aggression of the machine while a comfortable and upright riding position matches up with a compact design that contributes to the bike’s first-rate handling. In so many words, this bike excels in just about every road it travels.

More than just its stunning good looks, the FZ8 is powered by a 779cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, inline 4-cylinder, 4-valve engine that delivers smooth power delivery and gobs of torque in the low to mid rpm range. Likewise, a cast aluminum frame and a lightweight Controlled-Fill aluminum swingarm provides the ideal rigidity balance for outstanding
cornering performance.

Suffice to say, the Yamaha FZ8 is a bike that oozes confidence. It packs plenty of attitude and adrenaline with all of Yamaha’s renowned build and finish quality, resulting in a street sports machine that screams performance riding anytime and anywhere.

Find out more about the full specs of the Yamaha FZ8 after the jump.

For every earth-shattering sportsbike on the market, there’s an entry level version that won’t give you the hardcore performance you’re looking for, but will provide the kind of real-world riding that everybody just falls head over heels for.

The 2012 Yamaha FZ6R is the latter one of those bikes and it has a special feel that makes you comfortable the minute you swing a leg over the seat. It is a sports bike that does not make any earth shattering claims; just a machine that will leave you smiling after each and every ride.

The FZ6R comes with features that make it easy for beginner riders to get started, including a low seat height, a beautiful diamond-steel frame, a sleek fairing, and a Yamaha R6 style exhaust, among other things. The bike also has a built-in lap timer that’s controlled by a right-handlebar switch; there’s also a multi-function digital and analog instrumentation that includes a programmable shift light; a digital speedometer; an analog tachometer; dual tripmeters with miles-on-reserve function; an odometer; water temp gauge; and lights for neutral, high beam, low fuel and turn signals.

The bike is powered by a 599cc DOHC 16-valve, liquid-cooled titanium-valved four-cylinder engine with a compression ratio of 13.1:1, providing great response for a bike of its stature. On top of that, it’ also one of the first Yamaha bikes to come with a Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle
system for flawless response under all conditions and a Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake for excellent cylinder filling and a broader powerband.

To give the FZ6R the kind of performance handling a bike of this quality requires, Yamaha used a Deltabox aluminum frame that incorporates GP thinking in terms of engine positioning and rigidity for the ultimate
in 600-class handling.

Get full specs on the Yamaha FZ6R after the jump.

The 2012 Yamaha Raider SCL is being prepared as a limited edition model that will only carry 500 units, and with good reason. The bikes are made with the highest quality material, complete with special elements including specially developed wheels by Performance Machine, among other things.

So why would you take the time and effort to bruise your elbows just to get a piece of the Raider SCL? Because you’ll be only one of 500 that has a chance to own one.

To get you up to speed with what you’re in store for with the Raider SCL, each of the bikes will come with a six-layer paint finish with a high-metallic Blazing Orange paint and a numbered, limited edition aluminum tank badge. The bike’s seats are made from finely crafted genuine leather with an embossed SCL logo and orange color matched stitching. There’s also a chrome belt guard, stainless mesh throttle cables and clutch/brake lines, and custom 5-spoke chrome wheels co-developed by Star and Performance Machine. And just to remind everybody of the bike’s exclusivity, the SCL comes with an exclusive metal badge with a hologram that has been placed on top of the fuel tank as a constant reminder to its owner that only 500 of these unique machines exist.

At the heart of the beast is a powerful 1,854cc air-cooled, OHV with 4 valves per cylinder, pushrod 48-degree V-twin engine that pumps out max torque at just 2,500 rpm and max power at 4,500 rpm for powerful,
relaxed cruising. As far as handling goes, the bike carries an all-aluminum cast frame that’s light, rigid, and tuned for light, athletic handling.

All told, there’s a reason why the Yamaha Star Raider SCL is a special edition. Everything about it is more than just your average cruiser.

Get the full specs on the Yamaha Star Raider SCL after the jump.

Yamaha has been on quite a roll lately, hasn’t it? After scoring their second AMA Pro Racing American SuperBike Championship in many years, Yamaha wants to build on that momentum by introducing the new YZF-R1 .

The model already comes with plenty of MotoGP technology so it’s worth pointing out that with the 2012 model comes all sorts of new updates and innovations that are derived from the company’s rich racing heritage. All bets are off as to how awesome the bike is going to be.

Even better is that the YZF-R1 will also spawn a special World GP 50th Anniversary Edition that will celebrate the company’s aforementioned racing heritage. Only 2000 of these special edition models will be sold and they will come in the company’s race-winning Pearl White/Rapid Red livery with plenty of other unique additions reserved only for the special edition model.

There’s plenty to like about the Yamaha YZF-R1, and there’s no reason for anybody to turn their backs against it, especially when a special edition model is staring right at you at the dealerships.

Find out more about the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 after the jump.

The Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe is one of the most powerful and stylish bikes on the market and the 2012 model comes packed with plenty of new features.

Comfort, convenience and style. Three words that best describe the 2012 Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe casual full dress tourer. The bike’s sleek neo-classic styling lines are only the beginning; it also has a hard fairing with an aggressive mini windshield and color-matched hard saddlebags, plus a handlebar-mounted, audio-controller that allows you to ante up on the volume of your plugged-in iPod. There’s also a a pair of large, color-matched, locking hard sidebags, making the bike an ideal companion for those short and long trips. For the 2012 model, the new features include a Garmin Zumo 665 GPS that comes with plenty of features, including navigation, Bluetooth, Sirius/XM satellite radio capability, real-time weather and traffic, road condition, and warning, among other things.

In terms of performance, the 2012 Stratoliner Deluxe is powered by a 1,854cc air-cooled, pushrod V-twin engine producing great thrust at any speed. The engine also has a twin-bore downdraft electronic fuel injection that provides optimum engine efficiency and throttle response in the widest possible range of conditions. As far as the chassis and suspension are concerned, the bike features a long and low aluminum frame that features light handling unlike any other full-size cruiser. The suspension set-up utilizes 46mm fork tubes to serve up an excellent ride and a sweet appearance, as well as a tucked-out-of-sight single shock with adjustable spring preload that provides a smooth ride.

Find out more about the full specs of the Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe after the jump.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Find out more about the full specs of the Yamaha V-Max after the jump.

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.

Find out more about the Yamaha Super Ténéré after the jump.


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