Impossible to miss in Yamaha’s 2010 dual-sport lineup is the TW200, an easy to spot and recognize motorcycle due to its beefy tires. This bike carries on without change, showing that Yamaha can be as constant as it is fun. Being around for decades, the Yamaha TW200 has surely got the recipe right from the very beginnings, and this is just a happy career that we’re looking at.
Yamaha keeps on writing history with the XT250 as the bike carries on to 2010 with no significant changes. Even tough situated in the dual sport arena, the XT250 stands as many people’s idea of a trail bike and that says much about its off-road capabilities. A headlight and the mirrors make it street legal. Let’s see what more.
Now that the racing year is over with Valentino Rossi and Ben Spies as winners of the World MotoGP Championship, respectively the World Superbike Championship we can concentrate on the other very attractive side of the motorcycle racing championships dominated by Yamaha – Miss Yamaha Racing 2009. And what better way to do that than putting together a nice picture gallery and let you decide on which Miss Yamaha Racing from all the rounds you like the most.
The 2009 Tokyo Motor Show saw Yamaha unveiling no less than five world premieres among which the HV-X Hybrid motorcycle has drawn the most attention for being the modern interpretation of the Universal Japanese Motorcycle (UJM). This means it offers an upright riding position and relies on a versatile character in order to turn out being everything from a commuter to a canyon carver.
Disposing of a hybrid powerplant working closely together with a scooter-like automatic transmission, the Yamaha HV-X knows a thing or two about fuel efficiency, eco and user-friendliness, while its TMax 500 chassis is the best thing in between a motorcycle and a scooter that Yamaha could pull off. The thing is built like a veritable all-rounder and can work in full-electric and combined gas/electric modes, as shown by the video attached after the jump.
If Yamaha gets positive feedback regarding this model, they might just have it mass produced. So, what do you think about the new Yamaha HV-X Hybrid?
The past weekend’s race at Sepang in Malaysia was entirely dominated by Casey Stoner, who obtained his second consecutive win since returning in the championship. Second place was adjudicated by Dani Pedrosa, but the most important place in this equation is the third, obtained by Valentino Rossi and which brings the Italian MotoGP star the seventh world title in the premier class and the ninth world championship overall. Congratulations!
Race results are attached after the jump.
A Yamaha dealer in Australia – Coast Yamaha – has come up with a very funny commercial in order to motivate riders to stop playing and get their own real motorcycle. They use a pocket bike to create an optical illusion and so determine viewers at least to watch the video over and over again if not rushing to the respective dealer and choose their bike.
Yamaha has unveiled the Super Ténéré concept yesterday at the Tokyo Motor Show with the most diverse public reactions ever generated by the fact that the concept is nothing more than a mechanical skeletal wrapped up in cloth. It apparently recreates the look of Touareg desert nomads, but it also looks like a very detailed preview of what Yamaha plans on launching next year.
The Yamaha Super Ténéré 1200 production bike will be Japan’s first real opponent for the BMW R 1200 GS and it all comes down to the 1200cc parallel twin engine that will use a 270° crank in the attempt to replicate a V-twin’s firing order. Hmm, this is a lot of stuff indicated by a pair of wheels, some metal tubes and clothes.
Yamaha released five world premieres at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009 on October 21.
This Special Exhibition Model of the SR400 adopts a fuel-injected engine for outstanding environmental performance while maintaining its traditional lightweight, slim and compact design ideal plus the sense of pulse and the styling that have always defined the SR models. Also, a new retro-modern styled meter panel and newly designed side covers and Yamaha emblem add new touches of quality.
EC-f/EC-fs are electric commuter vehicles designed to make motorcycle riding easy and familiar for many people of all ages regardless of riding experience. They feature simplicity of operation that only an electric vehicle can provide, plus futuristic styling. Their ease of use, quietness and smoothness make riding a joy.
The EC-f features a color scheme accentuating its cleanness as a commuter vehicle, while the EC-fs coloring accentuate stylishness.
This week, Yamaha announced four 2010 sports models and a maxi scooter, all which feature revised ECUs and new color schemes.
First and foremost, the 2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 gets a new, longer exhaust, remapping of the ECU and these attractive new color schemes. The middleweight supersport model is now claimed to benefit of slightly more low-end torque and have a healthier mid-range pull. Nice and discrete move with this one!
Those lucky Europeans get a redesigned 2010 Yamaha XJ6 Diversion F in blue and black. ABS is added as an option.
The naked 2010 Yamaha FZ1 and the Fazer are now set for more low- and mid-range power delivery and both come in two-tone paintjobs.
Last, but definitely not least, the 2010 Yamaha TMax is now an even more stylish solution for urban commuters as it comes in white, with a two-tone seat and titanium-polished wheels.
Expect to read more about these Yamaha models on this page in the near future.
Turning a roadster into a racer might not be the easiest task, but it all comes down to the moment you start that engine and it speaks more aggressively to you than it ever did before. The bike in case here is a late 1970s Yamaha XS 500 now wearing the WrenchMonkees signature on it. This translates into an entirely rebuilt and custom painted engine to match the bodywork’s beautiful gray, WM stainless steel exhaust and muffler, which gives the bike its racy sound.
Light, compact and disposing of a fair amount of horsepower (approximately 45-50hp), the WrenchMonkees Yamaha XS 500 features Brembo brakes both front and rear, while the standard front suspension was kept and the stock swingarm now works closely together with two Gazi Gas rear shocks.
In the end, custom bikes are all about style and this one stands out mainly because of the WM tailunit and seat, while the clip-on’s, throttle grip and levers are all nice touches to have on a bike like this. We never thought a round metal plate behind a small headlight would look so good, but it does and shows attention to details and imagination along with it. We like it.