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.
As you can probably remember, we have already wrote about a WrenchMonkees Yamaha SR 500 that caught our attention and it turns out that motorcycle number five in their list of customs is yet another such model. This one looks like a rather civilized approach towards the 1970s bike and stands out mainly thanks to its Mag type BMX wheels and a much more attractive custom paint.
Of course, the back end of this motorcycle is entirely new and in accordance with the WrenchMonkees style as you can see by looking at the rear frame and fender as well as to the seat. The lights all around the bike belong to WM as well.
The heart of the original bike was revived and given a tune-up and a heat resistant layer of paint. There are also modern components such as the Brembo front brake caliper and Brembo 320mm disc, but why don’t you check out the specs for more details.
This Sunday at the Estroil MotoGP round, Yamaha will be presenting their new FIAT Punto Evo graphics created by Aldo Drudi, FIAT’s reference designer, both for the Yamaha M1 bikes and the rider leathers. FIAT, Yamaha’s main MotoGP sponsor has recently launched the brand new Punto Evo model and the new liveries are made clean and pure by the predominant white color, in perfect accordance with the car’s Euro 5 engines. The initial layout wasn’t significantly modified, but the machines now stand aesthetically better and riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo are also enthusiastic about their new racing looks. Read the press release and check out more photos after the break.
MotoGP star Valentino Rossi gives fans the opportunity to see him in intimate postures on his new website www.valentinorossi.com. Whether he is sleeping, relaxing with the cows or even wearing boxer shorts on his head after doing the laundry, Valentino shows how MotoGP riders have to enjoy every second of their free time so that they can give even the impossible out on the racing track.
The site was also created to offer news, videos and photos (including behind-the-scenes) of Valentino Rossi from every GP round, so it should keep fans pretty hooked up.
This old Yamaha SR 500 saw an unexpected revival after getting in the hands of the guys at WrenchMonkees in Denmark. Although we’ve seen this motorcycle model being transformed into a café racer, a chopper and even a scrambler not just once, the custom motorcycle builder decided that there’s nothing wrong with the class and only gave it a meaner custom look using a few tricks that they had in their sleeves. For instance, the WM rearframe, seat and fender as well as the rear light all indicate the attempt to make this thing one-of-a-kind and this is just the rear end that we’re talking about. Up front, there’s a stylish and very small WM fender as well as a headlight that stays in tone with the clean look of the bike.
Although apart from the K&N filter, the approximately 40 hp entirely rebuilt engine is the same as on the original bike only that on the WrenchMonkees Yamaha SR 500 it breaths out through a megatron muffler with heat wrap. Also, the battery was eliminated, so the single-cylinder is started by kick only. Riding a unique motorcycle nowadays means plenty of benefits that the old timers didn’t had: the Brembo front disc and caliper, not to mention the ABM steelbraided brakehose.
The WM heat resistant custom paint and all the hidden wiring is what riders who order these things look for and this bike sure can brag about that. In the end, you don’t need to look at it twice to understand that this SR 500 can be ridden on a variety of surfaces such as asphalt, dirt, gravel, but we’d rather take it to the beach and call it The Motorcycle Beach Buggy.