• Top Speed Motorcycle Buying Guide for the 2019 Yamaha Lineup

What Yamaha Has Available for 2019

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Yamaha Corporation has a hand in a multitude of industries to include musical instruments and mixing equipment, electronics, outboard motors, personal watercraft, off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, and of course, motorcycle production. It is from the former that the marque draws its iconic symbol comprised of a trio of tuning forks, which in turn lends it the nickname “The Tuning Fork Company.” As one of the Japanese “Big Four,” Yamaha is involved in two-wheeled racing, and is competitive within the global motorcycle market.

Yamaha History

Top Speed Motorcycle Buying Guide for the 2019 Yamaha Lineup
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Yamaha started out life as the Nippon Gakki Co. Ltd back in 1887 building pianos and reed organs. After World War II, the marque repurposed its wartime airplane-propeller machinery to produce inexpensive efficient transportation for the war-ravaged islands. Its first effort produced the YA-1 (Aka-tombo, or “Red Dragonfly”) which was a motorcycle proper, not a powered bicycle or scooter. By 1955, the motorcycle division was successful enough to be self-supporting, and was thus split off as the Yamaha Motor Company, Ltd. The brand has since grown to become the second largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world based on sales metrics.

Yamaha Terminology

2017 - 2020 Yamaha YZF-R6
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Crossplane Crankshaft: Derives its name from the fact that each successive crankshaft throw is 90-degrees out from the adjacent crankpins so that overall, the conrod journals are in two planes crossed at 90-degrees. Inertial forces are reduced by linking the pistons in pairs so their forces are self-canceling, and as a result, the engine can develop full revs more quickly and with less bottom-end stress.

Deltabox Chassis: Frame design built around the premise that a Delta (triangle) is stiffer than a square. Diagonal outer spars connect the steering head to the swingarm pivot sans any kind of central backbone to leave room for the upper regions of the engine and the large airbox to reduce the overall height of the assembly.

Yamaha Ride Control: The YRC bundles Yamaha’s engine management systems together with input from the Inertial Measurement Unit to include the Launch-, Lift-, Traction- and Slide-Control Systems to give you complete control over the bike’s personality. Data from the IMU is used to make the Traction Control and ABS features “lean-sensitive” so they moderate their levels of intervention based on the calculated traction.

Y-TRAC: A smartphone/tablet app that monitors all the pertinent racing metrics and records it for wireless transfer to your mobile device for easy analysis. It’s rather like watching a fight tape after the event.

D-Mode: Selectable Drive Mode that delivers a trio of power curves so the rider can dial in delivery to match a variety of conditions.

YCC-T: Yamaha Chip-Controlled Throttle feature that modulates throttle, ignition timing and fuel delivery to reconcile the difference between demand at the grip and what the engine can smoothly deliver.

YCC-I: Yamaha Chip-Controlled Intake. An electronically controlled, variable-length intake tract system that helps to broaden the torque band.

EXUP: Exhaust Ultimate Power Valve that helps broaden the powerband further by delivering variable exhaust backpressure via input from a hot-oxygen sensor.

Ram Air Intake: A port in the fairing that funnels pressurized air from the entry to the intake tract for a boost to volumetric efficiency sans turbo or compressor/supercharger. It’s mainly useful at speeds upwards of 100 mph.

Yamaha Motorcycle Models

Yamaha Dual Sport:

2016 - 2021 Yamaha TW200
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The dual sport segment combines off-road prowess with street-legal equipment to produce a multi-surface machine with a definite bias for the brown. Long suspension strokes and generous ground clearance join with headlights, taillights, turn-signals, and mirrors to accomplish that goal with stealth-knobbies to make the final connection to trail and/or tarmac. At the bottom of the range Yamaha offers the 196 cc TW200 for the entry-level market. In the mid-range is the XT250 with a 249 cc lump, and at the top of the foodchain is the 250 cc WR250R made for advanced riders.

TW200 $4599 196 cc
WR250R $6,699 250 cc
XT250 $5,199 249 cc

Yamaha Supersport:

2018 - 2021 Yamaha YZF-R1 / R1M
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Yamaha’s supersport lineup toes the genre line with near-complete body enclosures and an aggressive nose-down/tail-up stance. The line starts out with the entry-level YZF-R3 that limits its electronic safety equipment to ABS and runs with a relatively small, 321 cc powerplant but delivers sharp sporty handling. Next up is the YZF-R6 with its 599 cc lump and electronics suite that boasts the YCC-T, traction control and D-Modes features. At the top of the range is a spread of R1 variants that bring MotoGP tech to the streets with Yamaha’s 998 cc Crossplane Concept crankshaft and varying levels of top-shelf electronics.

YZF-R1 $16,699 998 cc
YZF-R1M $22,999 998 cc
YZF-R3 $4,999 321 cc
YZF-R6 $12,199 599 cc

Yamaha HyperNaked:

2018 - 2020 Yamaha MT-09
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Yamaha’s MT line brings sportbike performance to the table with minimal body panels that let it compete in the naked market. Recently renamed for the U.S. market from “FZ” to match the rest of the world, the line starts out with the 689 cc MT-07 that rolls with ABS as the only electronic perk. The 847 cc MT-09 rocks more in the way of higher electronics, and the powerful MT-10 draws from the top shelf for its ride-control components.

MT-07 $7,599 689 cc
MT-09 $8,999 847 cc
MT-10 $12,999 998 cc

Yamaha Sport Heritage:

2018 - 2022 Yamaha XSR700 Wallpaper quality
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2018 Yamaha XSR700

The sport-heritage line is a mixed bag of models with an entry-level model V Star 250 that pays homage to the standard/UJMs of the ’60s and ’70s. Yamaha’s XSR700 and XSR900 fill out the Neo-Retro line with a fresh take on the classic roadster/café look and a 689 cc and 847 cc mill, respectively. The Bolt and Bolt R-Spec deliver a slice of Americana with some very Sportster-like looks that are further reinforced by their 942 cc V-twin powerplants. At the top of the totem pole we find the VMAX power/sport-cruiser with its powerful 1,679 cc, 65-degree V-four lump and low-slung good looks.

Bolt $7,999 942 cc
Bolt-R-Spec $8,399 942 cc
XSR700 $8,499 689 cc
XSR900 $9,499 847 cc
V Star 250 $4,349 249 cc
VMAX $17,999 1,679 cc

Yamaha Transcontinental Touring:

2018 - 2020 Yamaha Star Venture
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The Star Venture delivers long-range comfort with a heavy build and host of electronic ride-quality features on top of a torquey 1,854 cc V-twin. Built to compete against Harley-Davidson tourbikes and the ubiquitous Gold Wing, it sports a full front fairing and windshield for weather protection, dry storage in a pair of bags and top case and oodles of pilot- and passenger-related comfort items. The Star Eluder is a somewhat stripped-down version that drops the top-case and chops the windshield height for more of a boulevard-bruiser/bagger look.

Star Eluder $22,499 1,854 cc
Star Venture $24,999 1,854 cc

Yamaha Adventure Touring:

2016 - 2021 Yamaha Super Ténéré / Super Ténéré ES
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Currently, the Super Ténéré ES is the only adventure-touring model in the lineup this year having already dropped the non-ES model out of the lineup. It brings a go-anywhere attitude with long-stroke, electronically-adjustable suspension components and a powerful, 1,199 cc engine. Laden with Yamaha’s ride-quality systems, it comes built to square off against rally-ready models such as the Africa Twin and Multistrada. It also performs well as an urban commuter for riders looking for an alternative to the sport-commute models.

Super Ténéré ES $16,199 1,199 cc

Yamaha Sport Touring:

2019 - 2020 Yamaha Tracer 900 / Tracer 900 GT
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The sport-touring line starts with the sleek Tracer 900 and Tracer 900 GT, the latter of which comes stock with hard-side panniers for a bit of secure/dry storage. At the top of the food chain is the FJR1300ES and FJR1300A that really put the “sport” in sport-touring with a 1,298 cc four-banger and top shelf engine electronics that include a choice between manual- and electronically-adjusted suspension members. Plus, the FJR models come with stock panniers as part of the standard equipment package to make them tour-ready right out of the box.

Last but not least is the Niken family made unique by its front suspension. Paired forks give the model its name – literally “Two Swords” – and deliver trike-like stability with two-wheel handling as its able to bank into the turns. Like the Tracer, it comes in a sleek version and a GT variant with stock panniers.

FJR1300A $16,399 1,298 cc
FJR1300ES $17,999 1,298 cc
Niken $15,999 847 cc
Niken GT $17,299 847 cc
Tracer 900 $10,699 847 cc
Tracer 900 GT $21,999 847 cc

Yamaha Scooters:

2018 - 2022 Yamaha XMAX
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Yamaha shuns the classic Italian-style scooter models to focus on a more modern look. At the bottom of the range, the Zuma 50F and 50FX button up the entry level with sporty looks and a 49 cc thumper. The Zuma family has a big brother in the Zuma 125 (125 cc) that carries itself with the same panache.

Next up is the 155 cc SMAX sporting a tall vented windshield with business-class looks and 32 liters of dry storage under the seat, but it’s the 292 cc XMAX that claims the top of the totem pole with an adjustable handlebar and windshield on top of even more storage, though it sacrifices most of the step-through to a structural tunnel. Across the board, the scooter range runs with the genre-typical swing-mount drive system that uses the engine and CVT gearbox as stressed units in place of a swingarm.

SMAX $3,699 155 cc
XMAX $5,599 292 cc
Zuma 50F $2,599 49 cc
Zuma 50FX $2,599 49 cc
Zuma 125 $3,399 125 cc

Further Reading

Yamaha Bolt

2016 - 2020 Yamaha Bolt
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See our review of the Yamaha Bolt.

Yamaha Bolt R-Spec/ Bolt C-Spec

2016 - 2022 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec / Bolt C-Spec
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See our review of the Yamaha Bolt R-Spec/ Bolt C-Spec.

Yamaha FJR1300A / FJR1300ES

2015 - 2022 Yamaha FJR1300
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See our review of the Yamaha FJR1300A / FJR1300ES.

Yamaha MT-07

2018 - 2020 Yamaha MT-07
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See our review of the Yamaha MT-07.

Yamaha MT-09

2018 - 2020 Yamaha MT-09
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See our review of the Yamaha MT-09.

Yamaha MT-10

2018 - 2021 Yamaha MT-10
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See our review of the Yamaha MT-10.

Yamaha Niken

2019 Yamaha Niken
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See our review of the Yamaha Niken.

Yamaha Niken GT

2019 Yamaha Niken GT
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See our review of the Yamaha Niken GT.

Yamaha SMAX

2016 - 2020 Yamaha SMAX
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See our review of the Yamaha SMAX.

Yamaha Star Eluder

2018 Yamaha Star Eluder—How Does It Stack Up To The Competition?
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See our review of the Yamaha Star Eluder.

Yamaha Star Venture

2018 - 2020 Yamaha Star Venture
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See our review of the Yamaha Star Venture.

Yamaha Super Ténéré/ Super Ténéré ES

2016 - 2021 Yamaha Super Ténéré / Super Ténéré ES
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See our review of the Yamaha Super Ténéré /Super Ténéré ES.

Yamaha Tracer 900 / 900 GT

2019 - 2020 Yamaha Tracer 900 / Tracer 900 GT
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See our review of the Yamaha Tracer 900 / Tracer 900 GT.

Yamaha TW200

2016 - 2021 Yamaha TW200
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See our review of the Yamaha TW200.

Yamaha V Star 250

2015 - 2022 Yamaha V Star 250
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See our review of the Yamaha V Star 250.

Yamaha VMAX

2016 - 2020 Yamaha VMAX
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See our review of the Yamaha VMAX.

Yamaha WR250R

2015 - 2020 Yamaha WR250R
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See our review of the Yamaha WR250R.

Yamaha XMAX

2018 - 2022 Yamaha XMAX
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See our review of the Yamaha XMAX.

Yamaha XSR700

2018 - 2022 Yamaha XSR700
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See our review of the Yamaha XSR700.

Yamaha XSR900

2016 - 2021 Yamaha XSR900
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See our review of the Yamaha XSR900.

Yamaha XT250

2015 - 2021 Yamaha XT250
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See our review of the Yamaha XT250.

Yamaha YZF-R1/R1M

2018 - 2021 Yamaha YZF-R1 / R1M
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See our review of the Yamaha YZF-R1 / R1M.

Yamaha YZF-R3

2019 - 2022 Yamaha YZF-R3
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See our review of the Yamaha YZF-R3.

Yamaha YZF-R6

2017 - 2020 Yamaha YZF-R6
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See our review of the Yamaha YZF-R6.

Yamaha Zuma 50F / 50FX

2016 - 2018 Yamaha Zuma 50F / Zuma 50FX
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See our review of the Yamaha Zuma 50F / 50 FX.

Yamaha Zuma 125

2016 - 2021 Yamaha Zuma 125
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See our review of the Yamaha Zuma 125.


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Allyn Hinton
Allyn Hinton
Writer and Associate Motorcycle Editor - allyn@topspeed.com
If it had moving parts, it had Allyn's interest from a very early age. At age 11 when bicycles were too simple to hold her interest any longer, her father found her taking apart the lawn mower. When he asked why she was doing it, she replied, “I need to see how it works.” That curiosity and mechanical drive served her well over the next 40 years as she pursued careers in both the automotive and motorcycle industries. Having shared her love of motorcycles with her now husband, biker TJ Hinton, Allyn brings that love and knowledge to TopSpeed as writer and associate motorcycle editor.  Read full bio
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