Yamaha motorcycles

Yamaha has revealed the official details on the 2011 YZF-R1, the only production motorcycle with a crossplane crankshaft. The 2011 YZF-R1 is powered by a 998cc, DOHC, 4-valve, in-line 4 engine developing 182 hp at 12500 rpm and 115.5 Nm (85 lb.ft.) of torque at 10,000 rpm, and delivering a fuel consumption of 40mpg (5.88 l/100km).

The engine features forged aluminum pistons that take maximum advantage of the power characteristics. Titanium intake valves are lightweight. A forced-air intake system is adopted to increase intake efficiency by using the natural airflow during riding to pressurize the air in the air box. This contributes to outstanding power delivery characteristics in the high-speed range, while the design also helps to minimize intake noise.

For 2011, the side fairing is smooth for a sleek appearance. And, instead of the usual four-bulb headlight design, the R1 has only two projector-type bulbs mounted closer to the nose of the bike. This positions ram air ducts closer in for a more compact, smooth look. In addition, the rounded lenses are unique to the supersport industry.

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Okay, so not a lot of us get to see all terrain vehicles, or ATV’s, that often, as compared to motorbikes. But when you do get to see them on the streets, they are definitely going to be head turners. And this is more so the case if you get to watch them on the dirt track.

And some of the most striking ATV’s are perhaps those that come from the Yamaha Raptor line. These quad bikes have been around for quite some time now and are very popular for both off road and on road use. And with an all new line of vehicles for 2011, it seems that the company is bent on keeping its hold on the ATV market.

One of the new releases is the much awaited 2011 Yamaha Raptor 125. The Raptor 125 comes at the heels of the successful 2010 line, headlined by its bigger cousin, the Yamaha Raptor 700 . And, while not as large as the 700, the 2011 Raptor does pack a good amount of features to satisfy your thirst for this kind of ride.

Hit the jump for a peek into what’s being offered for the four wheeler.

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Fans of popular MotoGP racer Valentino Rossi might not get to see him in action at the last two rounds of the 2010 MotoGP season. Apparently, Rossi has to undergo surgery in order to treat a shoulder injury he received in an accident last April 15th while doing motocross training in Pesaro Italy. The injury came just four days after he won the the first race of the season in Qatar. Rossi still managed to race for the second round in Jerez, Spain, placing third overall. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo won first place in that round.

Unfortunately for Rossi, this accident wasn’t the only one that would end up affecting him during this racing season. Rossi ended up being involved in another accident just two months after the first one when he was practicing in Mugello for the Italian Grand Prix. He suffered a broken leg and subsequently missed that race and the next three races that followed. It was the first time in his career that he was not able to start for an event.

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When it comes to motorbikes, one of the most popular names to come up in everyone’s minds would probably be Yamaha . Indeed, the Japanese brand has, to a large extent, been closely associated with motorcycles (though, they are also known for their musical instruments). And it seems that Yamaha is bent on cementing on that one.

We say that because Yamaha has finally unveiled its lineup of bikes for next year. And looking at the list, it seems that this one is indeed a fierce roster. Here’s a quick peek at the new set of wheels that the company is offering for the new year. Go see for yourself which one’s going to be on your wish list.

Hit the jump to see some information on a couple of your future toys.

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Yamaha fans everywhere can rejoice as Colin Edwards will be joining the team again for the 2011 MotoGP season. Edwards has confirmed that he has resigned for a new one year contract with his team Monster Yamaha Tech 3 . The new contract is an extension of his current contract with the team.

The 36-year-old Edwards made the announcement after completing his 100th race at the Gran Premio A-Style de Aragon in Spain last Sunday. He joined the Yamaha team in 2008 and has since become one of the most prominent riders of the team. He had an outstanding stint with Yamaha last year, winning the top non factory rider award. Edwards started in the MotoGP circuit in 2003, riding for Aprilia .

Edwards is currently number 11 in the world rankings, with his best start at seventh position at Laguna Seca, Brno, and Misano. And despite having a disappointing 12th place finish in last Sunday’s race, he was still able to maintain his current position.

Hit the jump for the full story.

Source: MotoGP.com
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David Philippaerts of Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross Team will be unable to race for the incoming 64th Motocross of Nations due to an injury he sustained while showing off raging speed during the 2nd Moto race. Apparently, Philippaerts twisted his right knee and was unable to complete the race securing a third position in the FIM MX1-GP World Championship on the factory YZ450FM. The rider immediately went back to his home in Milan for a medical check-up that revealed that, although it was not serious enough to need surgery, his knee would require adequate rest for a period of twenty days before the 2008 world champion could begin light cycling routines.

On the other hand, luck comes to Gautier Paulin as Team Yamaha chose him to represent France in the MX1 category with a YZ450FM. "While I am sorry for Christophe this is an exciting news for me and I am proud to represent France as part of a strong team. There is not much time to prepare but we are working hard now to get ready on the bike and be as fast as possible for Thunder Valley”, Paulin said.

Hit the jump for the rest of the story.

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It’s time to make your 2-wheeled monster even cooler! Yamaha has released a slew of new motorcycle parts that are now available at your local Yamaha dealer. Dress up your VMAX 2009-2010 models with upgraded parts that will definitely add a certain amount of wow to your ride.

We do admit that theV-Max is an excellent bike, but as is true with every other motorcycle out there, a good bike can always be better. Yamaha’s understanding of this concept has lead them to provide VMAX wide wheels, new billet pieces, and a new cover, allowing the rider to bring an even higher quality look or a more head-turning body.

For motorcycle enthusiasts, maintaining and upgrading your greatest possessions is a must. Whatever the costs is, it doesn’t matter as long as you can provide your super bikes with the best and sufficient care.

Hit the jump for details on Yamaha’s new motorcycle parts.

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With the mission of producing an extensive number of outrageous motorbikes, the Yamaha Motor Company has recently delivered the press introduction of their newest sporty naked FZ8 bike that will be imported to the U.S. in 2011. The 2011 Yamaha FZ8 has outstanding features that are able to lure first-time riders and it’s digital display, comfortable lower seats, and highly-designed body attracts female riders.

The 2011 FZ8 is believed to be an improved version of the previous Yamaha bikes. It’s production was greatly inspired by its siblings; the FZ1 and FZ6. The three FZ models share a common chassis, swingarm, and a majority of engine components. Also, the FZ8 was created with a good bottom end and gearbox that were that much better than the 2008 R1. It has a faster engine performance that reduces the boredom brought on by the 1000cc FZ1, and a four-valve head design upgrading the FZ1 ’s five-valve.

Hit the jump for the rest of the review.

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For 2011, Yamaha has come up with a significantly improved workhorse in the form of the Grizzly 450 (which gets Electric Power Steering) and an all-new entry-level quad, the Raptor 125 (which is the ideal way to have fun in the dirt). The two machines complete the Japanese manufacturer’s four-wheel lineup, so click past the break to find out more about them in the official press release.

Source: prnewswire
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A simple look at this street tracker is enough for one to think this is a rather expensive project bike and, considering the work and dedication that went into it, there’s nothing wrong with thinking that. But the truth is that Ken Fontenot and the crew at Cycle Sports in Houston, Texas started from a 1975 XS650 rolling chassis that was rusting outside their shop for the past decade and a half. They’ve restored it and used other parts from around the shop to turn it into a fully-functional motorcycle worthy of the checker flag. In the end, the project took six months and under $1800 worth of parts to complete, so it is a winner from the start. Just click past the break for the official description.

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