Sjaak Lucassen is a motorcycle adventurer who in March 2001 began a trip around the world that would end five years later. Sponsored by Clymer, he traveled through Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, North America and South America passing through the Amazon, Congo, China, Thailand, Sturgis as well as the Black Hills and more.
Definitely, the most impressive part about the ambitious rider’s achievement is the fact that it didn’t rode a BMW GS or a Kawasaki KLR, but the notorious Yamaha YZF-R1, a supersports motorcycle which, by its nature, has nothing to do with off-road traveling, desert and deep water crossing. So the bike was heavily modified for a challenge faced once in a lifetime, but it still remains an R1. For details regarding modifications and more, go to Sjaak Lucassen’s website.
Yamaha Motors have announced they are working to improve the fuel efficiency of their motorcycle engines with 20 per cent compared to the present models. Apparently, they plan to revise various engine components and develop an entirely new fuel injection system in order to improve fuel economy that much and, we suppose, not lose any power and torque in the process.
Stricter and stricter environmental legislation will have Yamaha mounting their first such engine – a 125cc one – from a series of many on bikes destined to Southeast Asia. Yamaha will then undergo the same procedure for large displacement engines that will power bikes planed to be sold in US and Europe.
Yamaha is so keen on implementing the new economic engines as fast as possible that they have gathered the minds and experience of approximately 100 engineers from their large-bike development. With such mobilization, results aren’t expected to be late and the benefits are obvious for everyone.
GP Motorsports builds motorcycle replicas with such accuracy that even the original designers would have troubles spotting the difference if there wasn’t for some minor details included willfully. Take this M1-replica that they’ve built out of a 2008 Yamaha R1 for example. The only details that set it apart from the original thing are the “R1” logo on the fairing and filler panels below the tank.
There isn’t much left of the original bike. In fact they only needed R1’s frame on which they started to add unique components such as the forks which have been taking straight off Carlos Checa’s 2003 GP bike. There is an Öhlins TTX shock and an R7 triple clamp, just to start your interest. Racefit have crafted the custom exhaust and Dymags provided the 16.5" carbon rims.
Featuring Superbike-spec, this replica costs approximately $65,000, but if customers can live without the racing engine and TTX suspensions, the price will be dramatically reduced to around $17,000 and you’ll get the same reaction from people with enormously less costs.
The pictures speak for themselves…literally!
2009 is a very important year for ‘The Yamaha World Superbike Team’ as it now entirely belongs to the Yamaha Motor Europe operations. The new racing livery for 2009 shows the team’s new sponsors and ‘war paint’ for the new season starting at Phillip Island. The new R1’s will be ridden by two riders that need no presentation: Ben Spies gets to ride the bike with the number 19 and Tom Sykes, the one with the number 66.
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According to a video created by people with a well developed sense of observation, the all-new BMW S1000RR clearly resembles the 2008 Yamaha YZF-R6. They based this comparison on the recently released first picture of the German bike and side view shot of the Japanese one and we must face the facts. “Several” elements such as the swingarm , heel guard, seat, tail, passenger pegs, fuel tank, windscreen, upper side fairing and front cowling are very similar.
BMW hasn’t yet given a replica to the discrediting video and we reckon they’ll keep it that way.
Teaching your kid how to trail ride has never been easier than on the Yamaha PW50 as this bike has the know-how to put in value qualities you didn’t even knew junior had. Designed for short kids situated at the bottom of the learning graphic, it is the most inviting offerings out there.
As long as kids are still allowed to ride motorcycles (you’ve probably red the news in which the Massachusetts Senate are proposing a bill that will forbid anyone under the age of 14 to ride a dirtbike), you’ll be hearing about these bikes from us.
Being among the most important motorcycles in Yamaha’s off-road lineup, the 2009 TT-R50 deserves our complete attention.
If you’re a beginner and look for the most appropriate Yamaha dirt bike, one that is properly sized and will still be fun and exciting after developing your skills, there are few chances you won’t find yourself wondering if should or should not buy the 2009 TT-R110E. Hopefully, this article will help.
In 2009 Yamaha keeps both kids and adults riding hard on those trails with the two most notorious Yamaha 125cc dirt bikes ever, the TT-R125E and TT-R125LE. There is no wonder they’re beloved as fun, excitement and ease of use are there three most important features. How’s that for a new bike?