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2015 - 2017 Yamaha FZ-07

2015 - 2017 Yamaha FZ-07
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  • Yamaha FZ-07
  • Year:
    2015- 2017
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  • Engine:
    Liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke: 8 valves
  • Displacement:
    689 cc
  • Top Speed:
    120 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    7199
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Yamaha presses its advance into the mid-size sportbike market with a two-prong attack in the form of the FZ-07. Naked and simple, this smallest FZ sibling brings a good balance of features to the table, and it can serve as an entry-level bike of sorts. Before anyone gets their knickers in a twist, “entry-level” isn’t always synonymous with “kiddie bike.” Sometimes it refers to a bike that can serve as a first bike and go on to become an everyday commuter, and much like its full-fairing cousin, the FZ6R, this naked sport fills that niche. Since cowling bikes and naked bikes attract different sorts of buyers, this ride represents the Ying to the FZ6R’s Yang in order to try and dominate the mid-size sport market. Today I’m going to take a look and see what Yammy has in store for us with this naked threat.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha FZ-07.

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2017 Yamaha FZ-09

2017 Yamaha FZ-09

The FZ-09 Comes Out Swinging With New Features And Styling

Up until now, the FZ-09 has been widely regarded as having fallen short of its potential. The suspension was insufficient, throttle too abrupt and a lack of electronic goodies made it a little too simple for the price and current competition. Yamaha saw the error of its ways and set about the business of correcting past mistakes with a significant re-design for 2017 that improves in all the most-criticized areas on its predecessor. The MY17 FZ-09 sports improved throttle-response mapping along with traction control and ABS, so improvement was definitely made in the electronic gadgetry department. But, does this newest version meet popular demand and expectation? I wanted to explore that and I’ll share my findings with you.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha FZ-09.

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Yamaha Issues Recall On FZ-09, FJ-09 and XSR900

Yamaha Issues Recall On FZ-09, FJ-09 and XSR900

I’ve often heard it repeated that troubles come in threes, and that certainly seems to be the case with this latest round of recalls from the Tuning Fork Company. Apparently, up to 22,433 FZ-09, FJ-09 and XSR900 bikes within the 2015-17 model years may have a potential problem that causes the handlebar clamp to loosen and allow the bars to pivot within the clamp. Needless to say, this is bad, m’kay? It turns out that a pair of mistakes including improper painting and poor application of Loctite is to blame.

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2015 - 2017 Yamaha FZ-07

2015 - 2017 Yamaha FZ-07

Yamaha presses its advance into the mid-size sportbike market with a two-prong attack in the form of the FZ-07. Naked and simple, this smallest FZ sibling brings a good balance of features to the table, and it can serve as an entry-level bike of sorts. Before anyone gets their knickers in a twist, “entry-level” isn’t always synonymous with “kiddie bike.” Sometimes it refers to a bike that can serve as a first bike and go on to become an everyday commuter, and much like its full-fairing cousin, the FZ6R, this naked sport fills that niche. Since cowling bikes and naked bikes attract different sorts of buyers, this ride represents the Ying to the FZ6R’s Yang in order to try and dominate the mid-size sport market. Today I’m going to take a look and see what Yammy has in store for us with this naked threat.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha FZ-07.

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2015 - 2017 Yamaha FZ6R

2015 - 2017 Yamaha FZ6R

Everybody that rides gets a first bike, yet not every rider can find something in the entry-level market that suits their needs. Some folks have no interest in progressing through the higher displacements, and are looking for more of an all-in-one package that can serve as a trainer with room to grow into a commuter or funtime weekend bike. Yamaha fills this particular niche with its FZ6R in an effort to grab a slice of that pie while engendering some brand loyalty just in case the customer does decide to upgrade one day. It’s a tricky thing to balance user friendliness and enough performance to prevent boredom, but that’s exactly what the Tuning Fork Company tries to do here. Let’s dive in and see what the factory has in store for us.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha FZ6R.

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2017 Yamaha FZ-10

2017 Yamaha FZ-10

After a year of feverish speculation and rumor-mongering, U.S. sportbike fans finally get a crack at Yamaha’s top-of-the-line, stripped superbike; the FZ-10.

Fans in Canada and Europe will recognize this bike as their beloved MT-10 relabeled for the American market, and I take it as a sure sign that the market is finally starting to swing away from the full-plastic, racetrack look, and toward a more stripped down and street-friendly panache. Join me while I delve into the 2017 FZ-10 and find out what all the fuss has been about.

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2016 Yamaha FZ-09

2016 Yamaha FZ-09

Back in 2014, Yamaha Motor Corp. released its new FZ-09 naked sportbike to replace the popular FZ8. The factory blessed it with several improvements over its predecessor, to include less mass, more power and a narrower waist; features that proved popular with the sportbike community. Yamaha released its 2016 model to carry that torch into a new year.

Lean, aggressive and nimble are my immediate impressions based on the overall looks of the bike. In typical “naked” fashion, Yamaha shunned excessive body-paneling, leaving very little mystery as to what it has going on under the hood, as it were. So without further ado, let’s take a look at what makes this particular model so likeable.

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Yamaha Issues Huge Recall Shortly After Being Named Most Reliable Brand

Yamaha Issues Huge Recall Shortly After Being Named Most Reliable Brand

Yamaha has issued a massive recall involving a handful of 2015 models, including the FJ-09, FZ-09, FZ6R, Super Tenere, Super Tenere ES and YZF-R6. It’s an ironic turn of events days after a Consumer Reports survey revealed that Americans found Yamaha as the most reliable motorcycle brand in the market.

But such is the nature of the beast that is the recall and in this particular instance, the recall was warranted because of problems related to the bikes’ transmission.

According to Yamaha, the root of the problem lies in the shift cam segment stopper that can be found on the transmission shift shaft. Based on the image provided by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the inner edge of this particular component is sharp where it bends when it’s supposed to be rounded with a smooth radius. The physical defect could lead to the stopper cracking when its subjected to continued stress brought about by constant use of the affected bikes. When this happens, the transmission could fail entirely, leading to the possibility of a bike losing its capacity to shift gears seamlessly. That’s a bad predicament to be in especially when a rider is riding the bike at high speeds. Lose the ability to shift and the bike could jerk violently, leading to a rider possibly getting thrown of his bike.

Understandably, Yamaha is advising owners of affected models not to ride their bikes until the problems are addressed. The company’s dealerships have been alerted to replace the entire shift shaft assembly of the 4,900 models affected in the US.

All affected models were produced from Sept. 1 to Nov. 17, 2014, so if you’re bikes fall on these dates, you might need to contact Yamaha to make sure that your bikes are on the up-and-up.

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Yamaha Schedules Track Day Demos For Its New Sportsbikes

Yamaha Schedules Track Day Demos For Its New Sportsbikes

Ever fancied yourself riding any one of Yamaha’s latest thoroughbreds? Well, you’re in luck because Yamaha USA, in collaboration with Yamaha Champions Riding School (YCRS), will afford that opportunity through a series of on-track sport bike demonstrations at various trackday events across the country.

The Yamaha Champions Sportbike Demos will become an integral part of trackway events hosted by Yamaha this year. Not only will riders get the opportunity to come face-to-face with the House of Iwata’s latest sportsbike toys, but they’ll also be given the chance to take these beauties out for a spin on paced laps in a closed-course track behind instructors from YCRS, ensuring the safest riding environment possible for both bike and rider.

Among the sports bikes Yamaha will make available for these events include the 2015 YZF-R1, YZF-R3, YZF R-6, FZ-1, FZ-09, and FZ-07. In other words, all the Yamaha sports bikes riders have been dying to take for a spin. And the best part? Riders participating at these trackday events will get to whip these pocket rockets around at no charge. For free, I tell you!

I know that you’re probably asking yourselves where will these trackway events happen? Well, according to Yamaha, the New Jersey Motorsports Park will get first dibs at these demos, followed by other tracks that may include the Pittsburgh International Race Complex, the Virginia International Raceway, Road Atlanta, NCBike in North Carolina, and the Dominion Raceway, again in Virginia.

If you live in the West Coast, the demos are scheduled to take place from October 2015 to March 2016 at the Inde Motorsports Ranch in Arizona, the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in California, and Arizona Motorsports Park.

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2014 Yamaha FZ8

2014 Yamaha FZ8

The Yamaha FZ8 feels the gap between the 600 cc and 1000 cc motorcycles and is powered by a sporty liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, forward-inclined parallel 4-cylinder engine with a displacement of 779cc.

Fire it up and it will crank out a maximum power of 78.1 KW (106.2PS) at 10,000 rpm and 82.0 Nm (8.4 Kg-M) of torque at 8,000 rpm. The engine is fueled by a 17 liters fuel tank and its power is kept under control by a constant mesh six speed transmission.

For enhanced performances the engine includes first class components such as ceramic-composite-coated cylinders, forged aluminum pistons, and an optimized crankshaft.

As far as ergonomics are concerned, the motorcycle features a slim seat, low handle bars and perfectly placed footpegs which combine to delivers a comfortable, upright riding position.

The bike can be yours for no less than €8.593.

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2014 Yamaha FZ6R

2014 Yamaha FZ6R

Meet the 2014 Yamaha FZ6R. The motorcycle didn’t receive any major upgrades, but continues to be a sporty all-rounder offered at a pretty attractive $7,790 price.

Yamaha retains the full aggressive nature of the FZ6R, continuing to offer a great mix of comfort, power and agility.

The 2014 Yamaha FZ6R features a light, diamond shaped frame that hosts a 600 cc, liquid cooled 4 stroke, DOHC 16 valves, fuel injected engine. The unit’s maximum output is achieved at 10,000 rpm while the torque is available at its peak at 9000 rpm. The engine is linked to a 4-into-2-into-1 midship exhaust that offers a tasty exhaust note and includes 3-way catalytic converter technology to reduce exhaust emissions.

The stopping power is kept in check by 298 mm front and 245 mm rear hydraulic disc brakes front that feature semi-metallic pads.

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2014 Yamaha FZ1

2014 Yamaha FZ1

Practical and comfortable, yet agile and fast, the 2014 Yamaha FZ1 is ready for fun every time you fire it up.

The motorcycle weighs only 487 lb and is powered by a liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder; DOHC, 20 Valves engine with a displacement 998cc. The engine is fed by a 4.8 gallons fuel tank and delivers a fuel economy of 35 mpg.

The bike is built on a cast aluminum frame that uses the engine as a stressed member, thus improving the overall rigidity, keeping the weight at a low level and improving the handling.

As far as suspensions are concerned, the 2014 Yamaha FZ1 is equipped with fully adjustable 43 mm inverted forks and rear single shock with adjustable preload and rebound damping (Tunable for sport touring or urban assault).

The 2014 Yamaha FZ1 is offered with a base price of $10.790.

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2012 Yamaha FZ8 WGP 50th Anniversary

2012 Yamaha FZ8 WGP 50th Anniversary

With a razor sharp design, a serious dose of aggressivity and a strong engine, the Yamaha FZ8 WGP looks eager to burn some rubber on the race track.

This angry looking naked was developed using technology borrowed from the advanced YZF-R supersport model. Power comes from a high-tech 779cc engine which delivers an earth shaking torque rated at 8.4 kg-m available at its peak at 8,000 rpm. The engine is mounted on a lightweight Deltabox frame specially developed to respect the supersport standards.

As far as ergonomics go, the Yamaha FZ8 WGP features specially-designed footrest/handlebar/seat layout which offers a pretty comfortable and upright riding position. Moreover the 17 litre fuel tank features a slim rear section further improving the rider’s comfort. The bike is painted in Yamaha’s latest WGP 50th Anniversary colour scheme – white red and black.

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2013 Yamaha FZ8

2013 Yamaha FZ8

The new Yamaha FZ8 replaces the old and affordable FZS600 workhorse, but it keeps the same rugged character as its old sibling. However, the new FZ8 features increased performances a cast alloy frame and… a higher price tag.

The bike was designed with European riders in mind and it needs to face a strong opponent, namely the Kawasaki Z750 which for the moment is the segment leader.

Unfortunately the Yamaha FZ8 doesn’t have what it needs to beat its strong compatriot, but this doesn’t mean that is a bad motorcycle. For the starters, is less aggressive than the Kawasaki, but that’s not always a bad thing, as it can be used without problems by nearly anybody who wants to have some fun. The second disadvantage is the £7.920 price tag which is slightly bigger than what you usually find in this segment including the Kawasaki Z750.

At least, Yamaha added a few upgrades for 2013 to make its bike more appealing to buyers. The modifications include new muffler shape, rebound damping adjustability, rebound and compression damping adjustability added to forks and dual-textured seat material.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Yamaha FZ8.

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2013 Yamaha FZ1

2013 Yamaha FZ1

The Yamaha FZ1 received its last major upgrade back in 2006. Since then, the bike was slightly modified but the manufacturer has never gone too far and chose to make only small upgrades and generally kept the structure unchanged. Thereby, the Yamaha FZ1 remained a traditional sport bike which comes without the bells and whistles of it more upscale counterparts, but it rewards you a pure riding experience.

The bike is propelled by a capable 998cc DOHC 20-valve engine which is especially tuned for adequate mid-range punch and generous top-end power. The engine features fuel injection with computer-controlled sub-throttle valves and a closed-deck cylinder. There is also a race-inspired curved radiator with twin ring-style fans to keep everything cool.

As far as stopping power goes the bike features 320mm front discs squeezed by monoblock four-piston calipers up front and a single 245mm rear disc.

Hit the jump for more information on the Yamaha FZ1.

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2012 Yamaha FZS

2012 Yamaha FZS

Very rarely do you see a bike like the Yamaha FZS get described as "macho," but all that notwithstanding, this one does come with sporty good looks and an eye-catching design. Put one and one together and you have a product that just speaks to you.

The first great design from the FZS comes from the lower naked part of the bike, particularly in the chain and engine, which have no covers. From there, you can take a good look at the bike’s Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) console, which comes with a plethora of high-tech features, including a digital speedometer, a tachometer, a trip meter, a fuel gauge, and other indicators. While the LCD dashboard is similar to what Yamaha FZ-16 has, one noticeable difference between the two is that the FZS looks a lot bigger, thanks in part to its front fairing. Moreover, the logo of Yamaha has been pasted on the airscoops while the bike logo is done the same on the tank.

Finally, the Yamaha FZS is powered by 150cc engine that produces in excess of 14 horsepower and 13.6 Nm (10 lb-ft) of torque.

Find out more about the Yamaha FZS after the jump.

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2012 Yamaha FZ16

2012 Yamaha FZ16

The Yamaha FZ16 was launched with the tagline of Lord of the Street and is claimed to be the finest bike among the FZ series bikes in India due to its distinctive looks and performance.

At the heart of this Yamaha FZ16, you’ll find a 153cc air-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, single-cylinder, 2-valve, powerplant that gives a maximum power of 14 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and churns out 14 Nm of top torque at 6,000 rpm. The engine continues with the use of a five-speed gearbox. However, it has only electric start option along with CDI ignition. The Yamaha FZ 16 is then complemented with rear monocross suspension, a 1335mm of wheelbase, and front hydraulic single disc brakes.

As far as the engine set-up is concerned, the Yamaha FZ16 comes with a naked body type complemented with a stylish fuel tank with 12 liters of fuel capacity, a distinctive mask, sharp tail view, and a mid-ship silencer. It also has a multi-reflector headlamp, big size radial tires, and a full digital LCD instrument panel.

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2012 Yamaha FZ1

2012 Yamaha FZ1

The 2012 Yamaha FZ1 is coming back with nothing more than a face-lift, but that doesn’t appear to be a problem for fans of the bike, especially considering that it already has impressive performance numbers.

As the largest naked sportbike in Yamaha’s current lineup, the FZ1 has a lot of expectations to meet up to. Fortunately, it’s got a lot going for it that shouldn’t be a problem as far as meeting and exceeding these expectations.

For starters, the FZ1 retains its sculpted bodywork which is indicative of the half-cowl fairing design featuring an aggressive eye-catching naked
bike profile. The FZ1 also offers a two-piece seat that serves up great comfort while passenger grab-rails provide passenger comfort and maintain an aggressive appearance. A dual 12V 60/55-watt multireflector headlight features a sleek, profile for superb aerodynamics and great visibility. Lastly, the bike also has a high-tech instrument display that features an analog tachometer, digital speedometer, a dual trip meter, and an odometer, among other things.

Inside the FZ1’s chassis lies a powerful 998cc DOHC 20-valve engine - it’s an earlier version of the R1’s 998cc motor - that’s been tuned for tremendous mid-range bite and massive top-end power. The bike comes with a fuel injection system that has computer-controlled sub-throttle valves, providing precise fuel and air mixture for superb power delivery across the entire rev range. Handling is also a breeze for the FZ1, thanks in large part to its fully-adjustable suspension, allowing the rider to tune the test the limits of the FZ1’s versatility without having to worry about compromising its performance capabilities.

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2012 Yamaha FZ8

2012 Yamaha FZ8

Bikers love a motorcycle that speaks to their tastes. More often than not, they enjoy a ride that comes with aggressive looks and a sporty character. In so many words, that’s what you’ll get with the Yamaha FZ8. The bike’s "mass-forward" styling is accentuated by an aggressive headlight design while an FZ1-style instrument cluster features a great looking tachometer with a white face.

It’s not enough that the bike looks good, which it does, but it also has to come with real-world performance that sports bikes of this caliber are capable. Other bikes will offer you entry-level performance to get you acclimated to the seats, but the FZ8 is different. This is one bike that has naked sportsbike grit with matching power and bucket’s worth of attitude. The FZ8’s muscular stance speaks to the aggression of the machine while a comfortable and upright riding position matches up with a compact design that contributes to the bike’s first-rate handling. In so many words, this bike excels in just about every road it travels.

More than just its stunning good looks, the FZ8 is powered by a 779cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, inline 4-cylinder, 4-valve engine that delivers smooth power delivery and gobs of torque in the low to mid rpm range. Likewise, a cast aluminum frame and a lightweight Controlled-Fill aluminum swingarm provides the ideal rigidity balance for outstanding
cornering performance.

Suffice to say, the Yamaha FZ8 is a bike that oozes confidence. It packs plenty of attitude and adrenaline with all of Yamaha’s renowned build and finish quality, resulting in a street sports machine that screams performance riding anytime and anywhere.

Find out more about the full specs of the Yamaha FZ8 after the jump.

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2012 Yamaha FZ6R

2012 Yamaha FZ6R

For every earth-shattering sportsbike on the market, there’s an entry level version that won’t give you the hardcore performance you’re looking for, but will provide the kind of real-world riding that everybody just falls head over heels for.

The 2012 Yamaha FZ6R is the latter one of those bikes and it has a special feel that makes you comfortable the minute you swing a leg over the seat. It is a sports bike that does not make any earth shattering claims; just a machine that will leave you smiling after each and every ride.

The FZ6R comes with features that make it easy for beginner riders to get started, including a low seat height, a beautiful diamond-steel frame, a sleek fairing, and a Yamaha R6 style exhaust, among other things. The bike also has a built-in lap timer that’s controlled by a right-handlebar switch; there’s also a multi-function digital and analog instrumentation that includes a programmable shift light; a digital speedometer; an analog tachometer; dual tripmeters with miles-on-reserve function; an odometer; water temp gauge; and lights for neutral, high beam, low fuel and turn signals.

The bike is powered by a 599cc DOHC 16-valve, liquid-cooled titanium-valved four-cylinder engine with a compression ratio of 13.1:1, providing great response for a bike of its stature. On top of that, it’ also one of the first Yamaha bikes to come with a Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle
system for flawless response under all conditions and a Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake for excellent cylinder filling and a broader powerband.

To give the FZ6R the kind of performance handling a bike of this quality requires, Yamaha used a Deltabox aluminum frame that incorporates GP thinking in terms of engine positioning and rigidity for the ultimate
in 600-class handling.

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2011 Yamaha FZ8

2011 Yamaha FZ8

The Yamaha FZ8 has been built to offer the perfect compromise for riders who feel that a 600cc bike is too small, but a 1,000cc bike is too big.

The bike really is the best of both worlds, providing a carefully optimized crankshaft to deliver the perfect power curve and torquey performance character for this category while also including new top-end components that are usually reserved for its more powerful counterparts.

The FZ8’s mass-forward naked-bike styling also lends a look of a bike that’s less about flash and more about its performance and handling capabilities. Anybody that has ever ridden a 600cc bike and found it a little lacking in ’oomph’ will love the FZ8. Similarly, those people that find a 1,000cc to be an overkill will be delighted with this Yamaha sportsbike.

You add these two markets together and this sportsbike is the quintessential machine hitting two markets in one awesome package.

Find out more about the Yamaha FZ8 after the jump.

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2011 Yamaha FZ6R

2011 Yamaha FZ6R

Any seasoned rider will tell you that diving into a hardcore bike isn’t the proper way to get acclimated to motorcycles. You need to get your feet wet first. You need a bike that will show you the ropes while also provide the kind of excitement and thrills that only a true sports bike can provide.

The innovative Yamaha FZ6R is one of those bikes and it offers features that make it easy for beginning riders to get started. There are no boastful expectations with the FZ6R; it’s simply a bike that will give you everything you need to get started.

While other bikes will promise torque-twisting performance, the FZ6R doesn’t make such claims. It’s a ride that does complete justice to the term ’sports bike’, inspiring the kind of rider confidence that has made it one of the most popular sports bikes on the market today.

No frills. No flair. No flash. Just the way the Yamaha FZ6R likes it.

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2011 Yamaha FZ1

2011 Yamaha FZ1

Famous for building some of the world’s most powerful sportsbikes, Yamaha has never been one to sit on their laurels. That’s why they’ve built the new Yamaha FZ1, a cutting edge sportsbike that features state-of-the-art engine and chassis design combined with an all-world design profile.

A lot has been mentioned about the FZ1, not the least of which is that it combines an aggressive and powerful design with impressive real-world performance capabilities, making everyday rides a treat.

There’s a reason why the FZ1 is considered as one of the best sportsbikes in the world and it’s got the makings of a hot-seller in the market, something that Yamaha has come to be known for. The FZ1 isn’t for the weak-of-heart, either. It’s a man’s bike in every sense of the word and quite frankly, is still one of the best values, not just among Yamaha’s current line-up, but in the entire market altogether.

Find out more about the Yamaha FZ1 after the jump.

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Yamaha Unveils Its Lineup For 2011

Yamaha Unveils Its Lineup For 2011

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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2011 Yamaha FZ8

2011 Yamaha FZ8

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.

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Video: Treat Every Yamaha as it Was Yours

Video: Treat Every Yamaha as it Was Yours

Check this out! It is a funny Yamaha commercial from Italy, where they advise riders to “Treat Every Yamaha as it Was Yours.” That guy sure does so with that FZ8 despite the fact that he actually rides a Super Ténéré.

What do you think of this for a Yamaha way to promote two of their latest motorcycles on the European market?

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2010 Yamaha FZ8 / ABS

2010 Yamaha FZ8 / ABS

We just reviewed the all-new Yamaha Fazer8 and got jealous that those lucky Europeans are getting it. Now it’s time for the 2010 Yamaha FZ8 to enter the scene and we’re starting to get angry about this entire situation. Why should only riders from the old continent enjoy the aggressive, naked looks and 800cc middleweight performance in a package claimed adequate for various riding necessities from city commuting and weekend journeys to burning rubber in an old and abandoned factory?

Life just isn’t fair.

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2010 Yamaha Fazer8 / ABS

2010 Yamaha Fazer8 / ABS

Earlier this year we announced the unveiling of an all-new motorcycle joining Yamaha’s supersport family, the Fazer8 as it will be called in Europe, its targeted continent. A middleweight model powered by a 799cc inline-four engine, the 2010 Yamaha Fazer8 has come to replace the FZ6 model and it does it in the characteristic style of the series, meaning you get a half fairing and the bike finds itself positioned on the thin line between track-gained performance and a comfortable riding position.

We feel sorry for the discontinued FZ6 – which we happen to like a lot – but can’t wait to take the FZ8 for a spin. Meanwhile, let’s see what this new bike is all about.

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2010 Yamaha FZ6R

2010 Yamaha FZ6R

Last year, Yamaha introduced their all-new FZ6R supersport-inspired motorcycle and this is now one of their most representative middleweight 2010 models. Built with comfort and rider excitement in mind, this is still one of Yamaha’s latest addition to the supersport lineup, an all-new every day motorcycle that gives the impression of being designed for the track. But those are purely design aspects. The fact is that the FZ6R is an unbeatable package of performance, comfort and style at a very affordable price.

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2010 Yamaha FZ1

2010 Yamaha FZ1

Yamaha has adopted a rather cautious strategy for 2010 and the FZ1 is definitely one of their sports motorcycles to show that very clearly as it comes with revised ECU mapping and new colors. Yet, they plan on successfully selling it for being “an upright R1” and that couldn’t recommend this model more.

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Yamaha biker dilemma: FJR1300 vs FZ1 vs XV1600 = human clones

Yamaha biker dilemma: FJR1300 vs FZ1 vs XV1600 = human clones

This is a very funny video for Yamaha directed by Mark Toia. It shows a fan of the Japanese brand having troubles deciding himself between three different models, the FJR1300, FZ1 and XV1600 and the guy eventually has himself cloned for the sake of riding the three bikes at the same time. Hmm, I guess I never thought at it that way.

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Yamaha reveals first full picture of 2010 FZ8

Yamaha reveals first full picture of 2010 FZ8

After teasing us with pictures showing only the noses of both the 2010 FZ8 and FZ8 Fazer models and the motorcycle press getting their hands on more than just a few leaked pictures yesterday, Yamaha has decided to release a single full picture of the all-new FZ8.

Looking at it, it’s easy to see that the model supposed to replace the FZ6 is actually derived from this last’s bigger brother, the FZ1. Considering that the 1000cc bike produces 150hp, the new middleweight one should brag about around 120hp. We can only be certain of that this summer, when Yamaha will unveil the naked FZ8 and the half-faired Fazer 800.

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Revealed: 2010 Yamaha FZ8 Fazer

Revealed: 2010 Yamaha FZ8 Fazer

Yamaha has today made public the first picture of the all-new 2010 FZ8 Fazer. The Japanese maker will be taking the wraps off their new middleweight half-faired supersport in May this year and wave good bye to the FZ6 Fazer.

2010 Yamaha FZ8

They’re following the same teasing procedure as with the FZ8 naked, which will replace the FZ6 naked in Europe, but at least that first teaser picture made us really think we’re dealing with a completely new bike, while this one is a pure reminder of the model it replaces.

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2010 Yamaha FZ8 rendering

2010 Yamaha FZ8 rendering

We’re all aware of the fact that Yamaha will launch a brand new naked motorcycle in 2010, but apart from the fact that it will be called FZ8 and comes to fill in the “gap” between the notorious FZ6 and FZ1, there’s little known about the bike. No doubt, the engine will be a 16-valve inline four so starting from there and Yamaha’s teaser French magazine Motorevue have let their pencils run wild on the drawing board and came up with this very plausible assumption for the 2010 Yamaha FZ8. Looking at it, we’re just sorry the new “middleweight naked” won’t come to the United States any time soon, at least not without a half fairing.

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2010 Yamaha sports models and maxi scooter announced

2010 Yamaha sports models and maxi scooter announced

This week, Yamaha announced four 2010 sports models and a maxi scooter, all which feature revised ECUs and new color schemes.

2010 Yamaha R6

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!

2010 Yamaha XJ6 F Diversion

Those lucky Europeans get a redesigned 2010 Yamaha XJ6 Diversion F in blue and black. ABS is added as an option.

2010 Yamaha Fazer

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.

2010 Yamaha TMax

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.

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Urban Motorcycle Camouflage

Urban Motorcycle Camouflage

If my guess is right, the motorcycle crying behind all that fur is a Yamaha FZR. What I cannot guess is why anyone would ever want to do something like this to a fully-faired motorcycle. Most likely a female motorcycle rider is trying to bring “the fluff factor” in the attention of the motorcycle press or this is simply some strange form of urban camouflage. Still, this is like wearing your overcoat during the summer.

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2011 Yamaha FZ1 engine to feature cross-plane crank

2011 Yamaha FZ1 engine to feature cross-plane crank

According to French motorcycle magazine Motorevue, Yamaha is preparing R1’s cross-plane crank engine for the 2011 FZ1. Together with it, upgraded suspension, six-pot brakes and a new R1-inspired half-fairing will make the line between supersport and sport-touring even thinner.

Ever since the 2006 revamp, when the FZ1 go fuel-injection for its “previous generation” R1 engine, the bike carried on being produced without any significant upgrades and it seems that the need was felt for some new technology. While we have nothing against that, looking at this very plausible rendering made by the friends at Motorevue, we can’t help noticing the dramatically sportier riding position, which is in total contradiction with FZ1’s reputation.

Expect to see the new Yamaha FZ1 at 2010 bike shows around the world.

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2010 Yamaha FZ6 rendered

2010 Yamaha FZ6 rendered

The word is out that Yamaha is planning to set the 2010 FZ6 naked further apart from the much similar XJ6 model and this sharper, sportier concept shows how the Japanese manufacturer might achieve that.

This Yamaha FZ6 concept is based on the modern R6 (note the minuscule pillion seat) and will most likely be powered by a significantly more powerful, new generation engine. Let’s hope it does.

What do you think about this rendering? Does it look plausible?

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2009 Yamaha FZ6

2009 Yamaha FZ6

Yamaha has a vast super sport offering especially in the middleweight class and the 2009 FZ6 completes their lineup with bold half-faired style and YZF-like performance, but without the fatiguing riding position that always puts its fingerprint on a rider’s lower back and wrists. Following a natural evolution and enjoying immense popularity among those who require everything from a road bike, the Yamaha FZ6 is truly worth our attention.

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2009 Yamaha FZ1

2009 Yamaha FZ1

Yamaha’s ultimate street brawler, the FZ1, brings 998cc of fuel-injected previous generation R1 power to the fray, in a light-and-strong aluminum frame. So can you ask for more? Definitely no, but the unmatchable design and low price are also benefits that make sure you don’t leave your local dealer without Yami’s most versatile sports motorcycle.

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Yamaha FZ1 Abarth Assetto Corse

Yamaha FZ1 Abarth Assetto Corse

Karl Abarth was born in Viena on the 15th of November 1908 and moved to Italy in 1931 where he became an auto designer and five-time European motorcycling champion.

He also established Abarth & C. in 1949 where he manufactured racing cars and performance exhaust systems, some of them being present on the market to this day, the best way to distinguish an Abarth product being the scorpion logo.

Given the tight connection between Abarth and Fiat, who bought Abarth & C. in 1971, and also the successful collaboration between Fiat and Yamaha, the celebration of 100 years from the birth of the great designer is made through a special edition FZ1 Abarth Assetto Corse.

Yamaha Italy has presented the FZ1 within a special exhibit dedicated to Karl Abarth and the bike stands out due to the Ohlins suspensions package, Marchesini rims and sleek tires, Brembo brakes, Akrapovic titan exhaust system as well as the multitude of Rizoma pieces. Also, the Red and White color scheme and Abarth style graphics enhance the performance look of this naked, leaving us wondering if it is ever going to be produced in a limited edition as the bike in the pictures is only a prototype.

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Yamaha FZ1 and FZ1 FAZER to debut on the Japanese market

Yamaha FZ1 and FZ1 FAZER to debut on the Japanese market

On February 28, 2008, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. will release on the Japanese market the new sports model “FZ1” (without cowling) and its tourer variation model “FZ1 FAZER” with a semi-cowl and a number of touring features. Both of these models mount a lightweight, compact high-performance 1000cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke DOHC, in-line-4, 5-valve engine inherited from Yamaha’s proud supersport flagship, the YZF-R1 (2004 European model spec).
Based on the popular European models FZ1 and FZ1 FAZER, (...)

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2007 Yamaha FZ6

2007 Yamaha FZ6

While maintaining the basic structure of the popular existing mid-class sports model "FZ6-S Fazer"(with cowling), the new "FZ6" has been designed with greater running performance, new body parts and environmental performance that clears EU3 standards to achieve a higher level of overall product performance.

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1987 - 1996 Yamaha FZR1000

1987 - 1996 Yamaha FZR1000

This is the motorcycle that created the heritage for the next generations of Yamaha super sport bikes, YZF 1000 Thunderace and YZF R1. The bike developed into a legend in the early 90’s and it is still loved and ridden today.

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2007 Yamaha FZ1

2007 Yamaha FZ1

The FZ1 is the real deal, a pure streetbike built to cut it on the city streets, a muscular powerhouse that knows where it’s going.

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2007 my Top Speed

Top Speed

ONE BIKE FOR ALL REASONS One motorcycle that can do the work of many: That’s the FZ6’s mission statement and for 2007 we gave it more of the things that make it a great multifunction tool. For 2007, revised fuel-injection mapping means excellent, smooth throttle response and seamless thrust across the powerband. A new aluminum swingarm with redesigned flex characteristics puts power to the pavement while it enhances the light, nimble handling the 410-pound bike is known for. Shiny new paint (...)

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