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2015 - 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3

2015 - 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3
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  • Yamaha YZF-R3
  • Year:
    2015- 2018
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    Liquid-cooled 2-cylinder DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
  • Displacement:
    321 cc
  • Top Speed:
    112 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    4999
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Sport Trainer or Fun Commuter?

The Tuning Fork Company makes a solid effort for a slice of the entry-level sportbike market with its YZF-R3. Yamaha had its work cut out for it ’cause this all-important market is hotly contested by nearly every other streetbike manufacturer in the world and the pressure is on to get brand-loyalty instilled in the incoming riders. Engine displacement breaks the 300 cc mark with 40-plus horsepower and 20-plus pounds of torque, and at only 368 pounds wet, this is plenty of power for some cheap thrills on the road. The rest of the bike seems well put together at a glance, but today I am going to dig into the guts of the thing and see what all Yamaha has in store for us and how well it stacks up against similar models on the market right now.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha YZF-R3.

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2015 - 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3

2015 - 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3

Sport Trainer or Fun Commuter?

The Tuning Fork Company makes a solid effort for a slice of the entry-level sportbike market with its YZF-R3. Yamaha had its work cut out for it ’cause this all-important market is hotly contested by nearly every other streetbike manufacturer in the world and the pressure is on to get brand-loyalty instilled in the incoming riders. Engine displacement breaks the 300 cc mark with 40-plus horsepower and 20-plus pounds of torque, and at only 368 pounds wet, this is plenty of power for some cheap thrills on the road. The rest of the bike seems well put together at a glance, but today I am going to dig into the guts of the thing and see what all Yamaha has in store for us and how well it stacks up against similar models on the market right now.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha YZF-R3.

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2017 - 2018 Yamaha YZF-R6

2017 - 2018 Yamaha YZF-R6

Next Incarnation of Race-Tastic Goodness

If you’ve ever wanted to own a bona fide racing machine but didn’t have the money or vanity to go for one of the $100K-plus literbikes on the market right now, I’ve got good news for you; Yamaha updated its mid-size [YZF->mot1937-R6 in MY17, and it can be had without selling a kidney or your firstborn. At just over the $12K mark, the R6 claims over 120 horsepower with a host of features to help riders manage the tremendous forces this thoroughbred generates. The 600 cc-ish bracket has been getting a little stale as of late between competition from the liter category and the burgeoning interest in the 300 cc bikes, so the updated version of a proven mid-size racetrack champ is exciting news indeed. I’ve been really looking forward to dissecting this blue rocket, so join me whilst I partake of what Yamaha has to offer.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha YZF-R6.

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Yamaha Recalls 2017 YZFR3 For VIN SNAFU

Yamaha Recalls 2017 YZFR3 For VIN SNAFU

A Little Documentation Mix-Up Could Potentially Be Trouble

Of all the reasons for a manufacturer to issue a recall, this is one of the most benign, though the potential is there for future safety concerns. Some 2017 Yamaha YZFR3 motorcycles destined for the U.S. market were given a Canadian Motor Vehicle Certification Label and as a result, fail to comply with proper certification requirements. The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on these bikes doesn’t match the VIN on the Vehicle Certification Label. This may seem, at first glance, to be no big deal, but the concern is that without proper labeling, owners might miss future recalls that could include safety-related concerns.

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2015 - 2016 Yamaha YZF-R6

2015 - 2016 Yamaha YZF-R6

600 cc With A Need For Speed

Yamaha introduced us to its 600 cc supersport, the YZF-R6, way back in 1998. Fast forward to 2015 and we find the R6 still at it with even more of what made it popular in the first place. The Tuning Fork Company’s 2015-16 R6 brings over 120 horsepower to the table with an edgy, racetrack power delivery that will definitely appeal to the fiery-eyed pegdraggers and race fans out there while keeping things in perspective for legal street use. If you’re into the closed-circuit stuff, the R6 is good for that as well; evidenced by Supersport and Superstock championship runs that Yammy had in ’15. Fans of the family will remember that the R6 ran the first production 600 cc engine to break the 100-horsepower mark back in ’01, and Yamaha hasn’t let up on the pressure to keep the R6 competitive and popular in an increasingly crowded street/race sector since.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha YZF-R6.

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2016 - 2017 Yamaha YZF-R1 / YZF-R1S / YZF-R1M

2016 - 2017 Yamaha YZF-R1 / YZF-R1S / YZF-R1M

The YZF-R1 family brings MotoGP styling and performance normally only experienced by the privileged few to the streets for consumption by the “everyman.” Blessed with DNA from the purpose-built YZR-M1 (Mission One) racebike, the R1 range comes with varying levels of race-tastic features, though all three siblings could be considered as racy as one could possibly need outside a closed-circuit course. An on-board gyro enables a number of digital rider aids, such as the bank-sensitive traction control, slide control, ABS and more. Yamaha used its four-cylinder, Crossplane Concept engine to power the R1 family, the same mill as the FZ-10/MT-10, just in a more track-oriented package. Sales in recent years have begun to shift away from the supersports as buyers began to favor naked/streetfighter bikes, and this M1-based trifecta represents a significant push into a waning market. Are they trying to reinvigorate the class, or just trying to grab what is left of that slice of the market? Time will tell, meanwhile let’s check out what Yamaha did to bait the table.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha YZF-R1, YZF-R1S, and YZF- R1M.

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Double Recall On Yamaha YZF-R3

Double Recall On Yamaha YZF-R3

One thing’s for sure when you go riding; no matter what the weather is, you and your bike are going to get too much of it. That’s a cause for concern on certain MY15-16 Yamaha YZF-R3s, as it turns out. Two recalls are of major importance so owners have a double-whammy ahead of them in the form of a faulty ignition switch and a fuel leak.

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2015 Yamaha YZF-R1M

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1M

Ever wish you could own a Yamaha Factory Racing M1? Your wish pretty much just came true.

YZF-R1M race motorcycle is a special version of the all new R1, and comes with even higher factory specification - enabling every racer and track rider to discover their true potential.

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Yamaha Issues Recall Of YZF-R3 Because Of Defective Upper Triple Clamp

Yamaha Issues Recall Of YZF-R3 Because Of Defective Upper Triple Clamp

Yamaha has been making headlines left and right over the past few days, but this latest one is probably the one news item it didn’t want to happen. Unfortunately, any motorcycle company that needs to recall one of its bikes is put in this position, whether it likes it or not. Such is the case with Yamaha now that word has come out that a handful of its YZF-R3 sports bikes are being recalled due to defective upper triple clamps that have the possibility of cracking while the bike is moving.

The good news is that only 16 units of the R3 are affected by this recall, all of which were built between January 1, 2015 and August 31, 2015. The bad news is that the 16 owners who caught this run of luck are being advised not to ride their bikes until the issue has been addressed. A fractured upper triple clamp is serious business, especially if it’s not replaced properly. Riders won’t notice it when the bike is idle, but once it gets going, the defective clamps could crack at any moment’s notice, leading to a complete loss of steering and worse, a crash.

The company has already taken the measure of filing this recall with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration so affected customers should expect notifications to come from Yamaha in the coming days. The company has said that these defective clamps will be replaced with new versions at no cost to the R3 owner. For more information, owners of the R3 shouldn’t hesitate on calling the NHTSA for more information regarding this particular recall.

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Yamaha Announces New Wave Of YZF-R1M Track Bikes

Yamaha Announces New Wave Of YZF-R1M Track Bikes

Yamaha has announced that the limited edition Yamaha YZF-R1M is getting a run of new models for 2016. The Japanese motorcycle brand made the announcement to satisfy the high demand for the track version of the R1 after the first wave of 500 units were immediately scooped up as soon as orders were taken for the bike.

Despite quickly selling out, demand for the YZF-R1M remained strong enough to persuade Yamaha to build more units of the $22,000 track bike. The interest is well justified considering that the bike is regarded as the company’s crown jewel. It’s one of the most technologically advanced superbikes in the market with features like theY-Trac System, a software that lets riders connect their Android devices with the bike’s Ride Control (YRC) system, giving them access to a wide range of data about the bike, including engine RPM, throttle position, front/rear wheel speed, gear position, lean angle, pitch (front-to-back), front/rear brake pressure, engine coolant temperature, ambient air temperature, fuel usage and acceleration.

The company didn’t divulge the exact number of bikes that will be produced in its second go-round. It also didn’t say how many it will be allocating in the US and European markets, opting only to say that orders will be taken beginning on October 1, 2015.

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Yamaha Announces Return To World Superbike Championship In 2016

Yamaha Announces Return To World Superbike Championship In 2016

After months of rampant speculation, Yamaha has officially confirmed its plan to return to the World Superbike Championship in time for the 2016 racing season. Yamaha Racing Europe announced that it would be partnering with Crescent Racing, which will be in charge of running day-to-day operations of the team as Yamaha takes the lead in the racing platform and strategy. Pata Honda’s Sylvain Guintoli and Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Alex Lowes will finish the current season with their respective WSBK teams before switching over to the Yamaha Crescent Racing team for next season.

The company’s return to the World Superbike Championship is long overdue. The series has remained prosperous with the likes of Aprilia, BMW, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, and Suzuki all competing in the series, but Yamaha’s absence since placing second in the 2011 season has left a big void in the WSBK. Yamaha Racing didn’t dive into the specifics of its decision to return, but any fan of motorcycle racing can see that the YZF-R1’s performance in other racing classes this season, including winning the 8 Hours of Suzuka in July 2015, is one of the biggest reasons why the team is now ready to return to the WSBK. Even the bike’s MotoGP version, the YZF-M1, has been shredding the competition in the top-class, propelling riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo into the top two spots in the 2015 MotoGP standings.

The team now hopes that it can build on the momentum it has created this year in other racing classes and unleash everything it has learned in the World Superbike Championship in 2016.

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Termignoni's New Exhaust Adds More Power To The Yamaha YZF-R1

Termignoni’s New Exhaust Adds More Power To The Yamaha YZF-R1

The Yamaha YZF-R1 is already a supremely powerful bike, capable of producing 200 horsepower without even breaking a sweat. But just because the superbike already packs plenty of muscle, that doesn’t mean it can’t do away with a little extra juice. That juice comes by way of exhaust developer Termignoni, the same company that already builds silencers that are prevalently used in top-class motorcycle racing, including MotoGP.

Owners of the Yamaha YZF-R1 should be excited about this new product, not only because it provides an extra dash of power for their superbikes, but more importantly, it does so without compromising the bike’s overall performance capabilities.

Far too often, certain compromises have to be made when adding an exhaust system that includes a catalytic converter. That converter is pretty heavy and riders often struggle with the idea of adding that bulkiness to the bike’s weight.

Fortunately, Termignoni’s new exhaust has no use for a catalyzer, specifically the titanium slip-on can that’s being offered for the YZF-R1. The exhaust manufacturer even uses its enterprising cuNb titanium alloy to create this product, the same material used in creating exhaust cans that are used specifically for racing purposes. Strength and temperature formability are two important characteristics of the cuNb titanium alloy, making it one of the most durable exhaust cans in the market today.

It also doesn’t add any excess weight since it doesn’t use a catalyzer. That’s also important for a bike like the YZF-R1, which has the capacity to see its output improve to 204 horsepower at 13,500 rpm. That may not seem like enough to write songs about, but it’s still more juices to squeeze out of the superbike.

The carbon and titanium cans cost $782 while the non-catalytic version comes out at $583. That’s a fair price for what you’re going to get out of it.

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A Look At Valentino Rossi's Yamaha YZF-M1 60th Anniversary Bike

A Look At Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha YZF-M1 60th Anniversary Bike

Yamaha and Valentino Rossi were one of the star attractions at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Japanese motorcycle company and its star racing rider were, after all, celebrating the former’s 60th anniversary, which explains why Rossi showed up at Goodwood in a yellow track suit and a Yamaha YZF-M1 sporting the same yellow livery.

It was a jarring sight for those familiar with Rossi’s unmistakable blue track suit and blue bike, but rest assured, the nine-time MotoGP champion isn’t trading away his familiar blue garb for another Yamaha-sponsored team. The yellow livery was simply used to commemorate Yamaha’s 60th anniversary, which would make even more sense if you remember that the company used the same colors on its 50th anniversary bike back in 2005.

There were no mechanical changes made to the 60th anniversary bike so don’t expect to see any flames coming out of its exhaust. The bike differentiates itself from Rossi’s own MotoGP M1 solely on its colors, although if I do say so myself, that yellow looks just as good on the M1 as Movistar’s blue team colors.

It’s also not a coincidence that the two bikes - the 2005 title-winning bike and the 2015 bike that’s currently leading the championship standings - also have another similarity between them: both were ridden by Rossi and in the case of the latter, is still being ridden in the current MotoGP season.

Should Rossi hold on to his championship lead, the two anniversary bikes will have another thing in common: they’ll both be world championship-winning bikes.

Continue reading to read more about Valentino Rossi’s chances to win his 10th world title this season.

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Dane Westby's #00 Yamaha YZF-R6 Finds New Home At The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Dane Westby’s #00 Yamaha YZF-R6 Finds New Home At The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama has taken ownership of Dane Westby’s #00 Yamaha YZF-R6 race bike after being donated by Westby’s father, Tryg, the owner of the Yamalube/Westby racing team.

The decision to donate the bike to the Barber museum comes three months after the younger Westby, known by many in the motorcycle racing scene as the “Wolverine”, lost his life in a tragic street bike crash. There’s also a lot of sentimentality with that particular bike since it’s the exact racing bike that Westby rode on his way to winning both AMA Pro Racing Daytona SportBike races at the Barber Motorsports Park in 2014.

Now that it has a new home at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, Westby’s fans who, like me, felt cheated in the manner by which he lost his life, can now visit the museum to pay homage to a racer who was in the peak of his racing powers before his untimely passing.

Westby’s bike will join more than 1,400 motorcycles and automobiles that are all on display at the Barber museum. Most of the items in the museum’s collection have their own stories to tell and Wesley’s bike is the latest one to join in the fold.

The museum even has a specific segment for race bikes ridden by some of the best motorcycle riders in history. That’s an apt place to put Westby’s #00 Yamaha YZF-R6. He may not have had the kind of career that can be compared to the likes of Jarno Saarinen, Yvon DuHamel, and Colin Edwards, all of whom have their bikes in the museum, but for what it’s worth, his contributions to the sport is right on par with the best of the lot.

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Video: Yamaha Launches New Custom Bike Project, Dubs It "Faster Sons"

Video: Yamaha Launches New Custom Bike Project, Dubs It "Faster Sons"

Yamaha is no stranger to partaking in custom bike-building projects, having recently - and successfully, might I add - launched the Yard Built project. The success of the Yard Built project has compelled Yamaha to establish a new custom bike-building project. It’s called “Faster Sons,” and as the name implies, it’s a project that wants to showcase the depths of customization the company can dive into with its modern machinery.

You can say that it’s a dawn of a new age in the motorcycle industry wherein custom bikes are becoming more and more popular than they’ve ever been. Yamaha isn’t the only company capitalizing on this dynamic shift. BMW launched the R nineT Custom Contest and the same goes for Harley-Davidson’s Battle of the Kings.

Yamaha’s Faster Sons custom project is similar in concept to Yard Built. The only exception is its plant to customize newer models like the MT-07 and give it a retro-infused vice that’s apt for modern times. The first model treated to this custom build is the aforementioned MT-07, of which Japanese designer and builder Shinya Kimura had a hand in designing.

The result is nothing short of impressive. Even with the modern stylings attributed to the MT-07, Kimura was still able to infuse design elements from aircrafts that were flown back in the second World War.

The MT-07 is merely the first in a series of custom bike projects that will fall under Yamaha’s Faster Sons program. With Yamaha offering a full roster of models, it’s going to be interesting what model the Faster Sons program sets its sights on next. If it’s ok to make a suggestion, might I include the YZF-R1 into the mix?

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Yamaha Offering MotoGP-Inspired Liveries For The R15 And R25 Bikes In Indonesia

Yamaha Offering MotoGP-Inspired Liveries For The R15 And R25 Bikes In Indonesia

Yamaha is giving its customers a chance to dress up their R15 and R25 sportsbikes with special edition MotoGP liveries inspired by the racing colors of the Movistar Yamaha and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 bikes. The only catch is that this new offering is available only in Indonesia, which means that once again, customers in the US are effectively shut out of the good stuff.

It’s not that surprising to see Indonesian riders get dibs on these special edition MotoGP liveries. If you’ve ever been to the country, you’ll know that it’s a hotbed for motorcycle riders, even though a majority of the bikes there are of the small-displacement variety.

Still there’s a significant market in Indonesia for motorcycle riders and Yamaha is taking full advantage of said market with the introduction of these special edition liveries. Both the R15 and the R25 will be offered in the same Yamaha factory livery that Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo currently uses in the 2015 MotoGP season.

The familiar green Movistar M can be prominently displayed on the bikes either in black or green colors while the unmistakable yellow Stanley stamp on the Tech3 satellite bikes are also available for purchase. More importantly, Yamaha’s also opening up the option to have the rider numbers of Rossi, Lorenzo, Smith, and Espargaro on both the R15 and the R25 bikes.

There’s a lot to like about these special edition MotoGP liveries that Yamaha is bringing to the Indonesian market. It’s just too bad that the rest of the world, including the US, is getting shut out of this cool option.

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Video: Yamaha Details The Evolution Of The YZF-R1

Video: Yamaha Details The Evolution Of The YZF-R1

The Yamaha YZF-R1 has been around for five generations and with the acclaim it has achieved for the House of Iwata, the R1 has become synonymous with Yamaha’s ethos of constantly pursuing excellence to the highest degree. So with the latest R1 just hitting the market, Yamaha/www.topspeed.com/motorcycles/motorcycle-reviews/yamaha/index167.html decided to bring back the five project leaders, each of whom are largely responsible for the design and development of the five different versions of the R1.

Kunihiko Miwa is one of the five project leaders and he deserves a special place in our hearts for bringing the first YZF-R1 in the market back in 1998. Six years later in 2004, it was Yoshikazu Koike’s turn to elevate the R1’s status relative to its competitors. Then, in 2007, Mokoto Shimamoto took the helm as the project leader for the third-generation YZF-R1M, followed by Toyoshi Nishida in 2009 for the fourth-generation model. It was during Nishida’s time as the project leader for the YZF-R1 that Yamaha finally decided to infuse the bike with its very one MotoGP-inspired engine.

The fourth generation YZF-R1 is considered as arguably the most successful generation of any R1 bike, at least until the latest iteration, the 2015 model, showed up. Hideki Fujiwara is the project leader for the current generation of the YZF-R1 and in his own words, the newest version of the YZF-R1 is filled with technology derived and developed for use in MotoGP.

In the seven years that it has been around, the Yamaha YZF-R1 has become one of the most popular superbikes in the market today. A big part of the credit goes to Yamaha for pursuing to make the most out of these models, but also to the project managers of each successsful generation of the superbike. Without the creative minds of these people, the YZF-R1 may not have existed in the first place.

We oewe them our gratitude and an two minutes of our time to watch the video.

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Two Brothers Racing Unveils New Silencer For The Yamaha YZF-R1M

Two Brothers Racing Unveils New Silencer For The Yamaha YZF-R1M

High-performance exhaust manufacturer Twin Brothers Racing knows its way around superbikes. That much nobody will dispute. So it comes as no surprise that the company famous for its gnarly exhausts has come up with a new slip-on exhaust that can give more power to the Yamaha YZF-R1M while also shaving off a little bit of weight on the superbike.

It does seem a little excessive for a powerful, track-focused bike to get even more power, but there’s a big segment of motorcycle riders that embrace this kind of aftermarket work. Can you imagine the YZF-R1M becoming lighter and even more powerful than it already is? Oh, the possibilities!

The new product is called the S1R silencer and the whole process behind its creation is incredibly meticulous. According to TBR, it’s made out of carbon fiber and was made with a high temp aerospace grade epoxy resin. The carbon fabric, in particular is made with a 33 million modulus carbon tow, which is then impregnated with the high temperature resin under extreme conditions, allowing the fabric to consistently receive the exact resin content. Once that process is done, the item is sent to an autoclave so to help consolidate the material and remove foreign substances, including air trapped in the laminate.

The end product is a sleek and saucy silencer that weighs just 4.5 lbs, a little over a quarter of the YZF-R1M’s 17.5 stock silencer. The loss of the catalyst converter is largely responsible for dramatic weight savings, but the addition of O2 sensor ports more than makes up for its absence.

On the performance end, the S1R silencer adds 3.4 horsepower more to the YZF-R1M, bringing the bike’s total output to an impressive 172.3 horsepower. It’s a subtle increase, but when you combine it with the weight loss, you’re going to feel an immediate difference in the super bike’s power and handling. And for just $600, I’d say that’s a pretty good deal.

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Yamaha YZF-R1 Gets New Exhaust System From Akrapovic

Yamaha YZF-R1 Gets New Exhaust System From Akrapovic

The 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 is already getting plenty of adulation as one of the best superbikes in the market today. Naturally, aftermarket companies are frantically trying to get in on that action. Fortunately, that’s not a problem Akrapovic because of its long and successful partnership with Yamaha. Still, anytime a bike like the YZF-R1 hits the market, the Slovenian exhaust builder will be there, waiting in the wings with a new high-performance carbon fiber exhaust system for the superbike.

The new Akrapovic R1 exhaust comes in two different options: Racing Line or Evolution Line. It’s probably easier to describe each option in terms of the material Akrapovic line used. The Racing Line is basically built entirely from stainless steel, including the interior chamber. This cuts the exhaust’s weight by eight pounds. That might not seem much, but for a bike like the YZF-R1, any cut in weight goes a long way in making it more nimble around the track.

Meanwhile, the R1 Evolution Line takes it a step further by using titanium in place of stainless steel, shaving an impressive 11.5 pounds off of the exhaust’s overall weight.

Both units do come with a carbon fiber outer sleeve and removable noise inserts with Lambda probe connectors. Likewise, installation shouldn’t be a problem because both versions come with the installation kits that can be followed pretty easily.

Once the R1 exhaust has been fully installed, Akrapovic says that the YZF-R1 will receive an extra 3.6 horsepower and 1.8 pound-feet of torque, bringing up its output to an impressive 186.7 horsepower at an incredible 13,700 rpm and 80.5 pound-feet of torque at 10,350 rpm.

Akrapovic hasn’t released the pricing details of the two R1 exhaust lines, but if you’re interested to know how much damage it’s going to have on your wallets, you can do so by contacting your nearest Yamaha or Akrapovic dealership.

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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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Is Yamaha Pressuring Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo To Race At The 8 Hours Of Suzuka?

Is Yamaha Pressuring Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo To Race At The 8 Hours Of Suzuka?

The 8 Hours of Suzuka is a pretty big deal for Japanese motorcycle brands and every year, the country’s Big 4 take extra lengths to ensure that their teams have an impressive showing at the event. This year is no different as Honda has already tabbed Casey Stoner to race for one of its factory-supported teams at the event on July 26, 2015. Turns out, Yamaha also has its own plans to field a star-studded line-up at the event featuring its own MotoGP riders, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.

It’s no secret that Yamaha is particularly serious about winning this year’s 8 Hours of Suzuka race because it wants to parlay the acclaim of winning the event with its 60th anniversary celebrations. Having Rossi and Lorenzo, two of the best riders in the world, competing for the team will go a long way in achieving that. But the real question is this: are Rossi and Lorenzo willing to do it?

That’s the million-dollar question at the moment. Unfortunately, we’re not even close to finding an answer because Rossi and Lorenzo are apparently apprehensive about racing at the event. Both reportedly declined when Yamaha first broached the offer, but now that Honda has Stoner in the field, the House of Iwata is facing the all-too real possibility of seeing its victory at Suzuka slip away from its hands.

So there’s talk that the company’s putting the full-court press on its two riders to race and while it’s unlikely that will get a definitive answer soon, look for this topic to be broached on more than one occasion at this weekend’s MotoGP race at the Circuit of the Americas.

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Yamaha YZF-R1M Sells Out In Europe

Yamaha YZF-R1M Sells Out In Europe

Ever had to live through trying to order an item only to be told that the item has sold out? That’s what interested buyers of the Yamaha YZF-R1M are feeling right now because the bike many believe is the unicorn superbike of the year has sold out throughout Europe. Good luck trying to score a YZF-R1M in that region; you’ll probably have better luck trying find the Heart of the Ocean in the bottom of the Atlantic than getting the special edition bike.

The speed by which racers and track riders scooped up the YZF-R1M isn’t that surprising considering that interest in the bike shot through the roof as soon as it was launched in Australia in January 2015. Yamaha even had to take special measures on the bike’s ordering system, launching an exclusive online registration that still didn’t do much to quell the demand for the bike. And so, after less than two months of being in the market, the YZF-R1M has officially reached “sold out” status in all 20 European countries that Yamaha has a presence in.

For those lucky enough to score a YZF-R1M, they get a bike that really lives up to its billing as the crown jewel of Yamaha. It has everything that its slightly less special brother, the YZF-R1, has, including state-of-the-art electronics, carbon fairings, and an advanced electronic suspension system. Would-be owners of the YZF-R1M will get all of that to go with an opportunity to Yamaha’s top racing staff led by former MotoGP racer Colin Edwards at the upcoming Yamaha Racing Experience events in July.

I know what you’re thinking: if you missed out on the Yamaha YZF-R1M, you’re probably pulling your hair right now. That or you’re cursing under your breath. Either way, we feel your pain. We really do.

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Yamaha Releases Y-TRAC System App For 2015 YZF-R1M

Yamaha Releases Y-TRAC System App For 2015 YZF-R1M

As if owning a Yamaha YZF-R1M isn’t reason enough to jump for joy, Yamaha USA has announced the launch of a new app that could redefine the way owners ride the YZF-R1M. Basically, the app, called Y-TRAC System, allows riders to connect their Android devices with the YZF-R1M’s Ride Control (YRC) system, opening up a new world of information about the bike’s performance that everyday riders normally aren’t privy to.

This type of information can normally be seen on a factory race team’s pitbox so you can understand why Yamaha is promoting it with so much fervor. With the Y-TRAC System, riders will now have access to a wide range of data from their YZF-R1M bikes, including engine RPM, throttle position, front/rear wheel speed, gear position, lean angle, pitch (front-to-back), front/rear brake pressure, engine coolant temperature, ambient air temperature, fuel usage and acceleration. Talk about comprehensive, right?

Should an owner be the type who loves to geek over the data being recorded to the app, he or she can even download the info to the app where they can analyze whatever data they deem important to them. Oh, it doesn’t end there, either. Supposing an owner finds something on the bike that needs to be tweaked, he or she can change the YZF-R1M’s settings from within the app and upload it back to the bike.

I don’t think owners of the YZF-R1M are going to need any more prodding to download the Y-TRAC application. It’s already available for downloading at the Google Play Store. Don’t worry, Apple users. Your turn will come this summer when the app becomes available on iTunes.

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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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Video: Yamaha Road To Austin Part 4

The inaugural MotoAmerica series is fast approaching and as we count down the days to the season-opening race in Austin, Texas on April 10, 2015, teams that will participate in the race are doing the same, albeit in a very different and admittedly more pressure-packed manner.

But Yamaha is taking a different approach on the proceedings, documenting its preparation for MotoAmerica through a web series fittingly called “Road to Austin.” We’re now at episode 4 of this series and as expected, Yamaha has made steady gains in its work tuning and refining the YZF-R1 as it prepares to do battle with its competitors in the series.

The fourth episode follows immediately after the previous installment. Factory Yamaha riders Josh Hayes and Cameron Beaubier both play starring roles as they continue to put in one lap after another with the YZF-R1 with the sole purpose of extracting as much information about the bike so that engineers can do the necessary work to ensure that the two riders will have a bike that can compete for the first ever MotoAmerica series championships.

The men and women of Yamaha Racing sure are putting in a lot of work to make that happen. As it should because there aren’t a lot of distinctions more worthy of praise and adulation as being named the first title winner of MotoAmerica. Heck, we even get to see Hayes testing out the YZF-R1’s Launch Control System. Lord knows that system’s going to play an important role in getting an early jump on every race.

Check out the video and stay tuned for more episodes of Yamaha’s “Road to Austin” web series. Chances are, we’re going to see a lot more of them as the days approach towards the start of MotoAmerica.

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Yamaha Set To Return To World Superbike Championship

Yamaha Set To Return To World Superbike Championship

The World Superbike Championship is competed by some of the most esteemed motorcycle brands in the world. Aprilia is the current champion, but it has no shortage of competitors coming from the likes of BMW, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, and Suzuki.

Conspicuous by its absence is Yamaha, which isn’t all that surprising considering that Yamaha hasn’t competed in the World Superbike series in quite some time. But alas, all that is about to change now that the company has announced that it’s planning to make a triumphant return to the series in 2016.

Granted, Yamaha isn’t coming back to the WSBK with its own team. Instead, the company is likely to find a privately-owned racing team that it can partner with, or in this case, support for WSBK. Such a framework is actually common place in the series, quite different from the top-class MotoGP where full-factory teams are the name of the game.

But because of financial constraints, the game is played a little differently in WSBK. Private racing teams enter the series with the motorcycle brands serving as partners instead of owning the actual teams. In this case, Yamaha already has the YZF-R1 machines at its disposal. These new superbikes have proven themselves to be quite the contenders on the race track.

It would be fitting, really, if we see these bikes head to the World Superbike series. That alone would make the competition that much more intriguing. Now about that private racing team. It’s still unclear who that is or where Yamaha’s going to find it, but rest assured, if the Japanese firm wants to compete in the series and mitigate the costs of doing so, it’s going to need to find a partner that can split the costs of racing with it.

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Yamaha Releases YZF-R1/R1M Meter Simulator

Yamaha Releases YZF-R1/R1M Meter Simulator

Not a lot of us will be fortunate enough to own a Yamaha YZF-R1. You can also forget about the YZF-R1M. That, too, is a pipe dream for a lot of folks. But just because we can’t own the actual bikes, it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy them…in some other way. This is where Yamaha’s new Meter Simulator app comes into the picture. It’s designed specifically for the purpose of allowing enthusiasts to understand how the electronic components inside these two superbikes work.

It’s a nifty little web-based application that gives us an idea on the inner workings of these two bikes. It’s an especially useful way to comprehend the level of technology Yamaha stuffed into the the YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M. I’ll venture a guess that it’s going to take a lot of us a while to even begin to comprehend how all the electronic and technological details on both bikes. The Meter Simulator app hopes to make it easier for all of use, even if it’s as far as we’re going to get to actually owning a piece of the bike.

Having said that, there are those who are able to afford the YZF-R1 and/or the YZF-R1M. The Meter Simulator can also be a handy tool to get acclimated to the two bikes before they reach their dealerships in the near future. As far as educational experiences are concerned, the Meter Simulator will go a long way in providing that.

For what it’s worth, whether or not you do end up buying either one of the two bikes, the Meter Simulator App provides a rich educational experience on what it’s going to take to tame the YZF-R1 and the YZF-R1M. The way Yamaha built these two bikes, it’s going to take as much education as you can get to fully enjoy all of their state-of-the-art capabilities.

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Yamaha Unveils YZF-R1 Endurance World Championship Bikes

Yamaha Unveils YZF-R1 Endurance World Championship Bikes

The Yamaha YZF-R1 is getting a whole lot of press time recently as the 2015 racing season draws closer and closer. That’s what happens when you have a bike that’s already being touted as a serious contender in whatever racing series it joins. Such is the case in the Endurance World Championship where the YZF-R1 will be well-represented by a handful of teams competing in the series.

Recently, Yamaha Racing pulled the covers off of the bikes competing in the EWC, and as expected, the liveries of the machines are nothing short of breathtaking. Taking top honors is the GMT94 Michelin Racing team, which brought the EWC title back to the House of Iwata after a seemingly dynastic run by Suzuki in the past few seasons. This year, the team returns to defend its title with riders David Checa, Kenny Foray, and Mathieu Gines. With the R1 at their disposal, it’s won’t be a stretch to think that Yamaha’s got the horse to ride to another title this season.

If the GMT94 Michelin Racing team isn’t worrying about Suzuki this season, then it just might have to look over its shoulder to the Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART), which is not only bringing their own version of the R1 to the series, but will also have a field of riders that are no slouches themselves. Just checking the combined racing pedigree of Ivan Silva, Max Neukirchner, and Broc Parkes could make competitors squeamish. Neukirchner and Parkes, in particular, even have MotoGP experience so you know that these two will be riding this season with intentions of winning the world championship.

The 2015 Endurance World Championship will have its season-opening race with the 24 Hours of Le Mans on April 18 and 19, 2015.

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Valentino Rossi Has No Plans To Move To WSBK

Valentino Rossi Has No Plans To Move To WSBK

There once was a point in time when motor racing icon Valentino Rossi was contemplating a move to the World Superbike Championship once his time at MotoGP was up. The plan was for the Doctor to make that transition, spend a few seasons in the series, and then hang up his racing boots. But plans don’t always go as people would hope and this one is a perfect example of what might have been had Rossi switched series.

Unfortunately, that’s not happening anymore because the six-time MotoGP world champion isn’t keen on making the jump anymore. During a recent press event for personal sponsor, Danes, Rossi made it clear what his plans are for the remaining years of his career, telling everybody that his preference now is to “concentrate on the premier class (MotoGP), stay as long as possible, and then retire.”

I know some people who had hoped to see Rossi race in the WSBK will be disappointed to here this, but it really makes a lot of sense when you consider that MotoGP is really where he turned himself into a hotshot prospect into a global icon who is considered as the best ever in what he does.

If he can add a seventh MotoGP title to his name and do it five years after winning his last title, it would really cement his status as the greatest MotoGP rider in history.

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Video: Take A Ride On The New Yamaha YZF-R1

Video: Take A Ride On The New Yamaha YZF-R1

The Yamaha YZF-R1 is being heralded as the superbike of the next generation. The usual cadre of hyperbole attached to this motorcycle comes with good reason, too, because the R1 is a bucket-full of awesome and then some. One of the bike’s proudest claims to fame is its advanced technology, something Yamaha developed to ensure that the R1 lives up to its billing as the most technologically advanced production superbike in the market today.

The video here showing the YZF-R1 putting in some laps around Yamaha’s own Sportsland Sugo circuit in Japan shows exactly what the bike is capable of. You probably won’t be able to notice it if you’re just watching the bike navigate around the track, but the way it does highlights a bevy of the bike’s technologies, including Traction Control, Slide Control, Lift Control, Quickshifter, and the Unified Brake System. All these play their roles in ensuring that the rider can control the bike through all his movements without having to worry about spilling into the track.

You can also take a close look at the digital instrument panel to see how fast this bike is going and of course, turn the volume up to hear its full, unbridled power. There’s noting quite like watching a bike reach speeds close to 170 mph and then spew that kind of throaty roar.

The Yamaha YZF-R1 seems to do it effortlessly, adding even more weight to its argument of being one of the best superbikes in the world today.

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FIM Gives Homologation To Yamaha YZF-R1M

FIM Gives Homologation To Yamaha YZF-R1M

We all expected it to happen at some point, but now it’s official. The Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme (FIM) has released a list of new bikes that it has homologated and yes, the Yamaha YZF-R1M is one of them. That means that the YZF-R1M will now be allowed to compete in the Superbike & Superstock 1000 classes of racing series all over the world. Pop open the bubbly, fellas!

Here’s some more good news: the YZF-R1M isn’t the only bike that has been added to lists of homologated bikes. It’s sibling, the YZF-R1, also made the list. Other new superbikes from other manufacturers also made the cut, including two Aprilias (the RSV4 RR and RSV4 RF), a Ducati (the 1199 Panigale R), a BMW (the S1000RR), and an MV Agusta (the F4 RR).

With all due respect to the other superbikes on this list, the YZF-R1M is probably the most technologically advanced of the lot, having been designed with a pretty extensive list of electronic features that not a lot of bikes have right now. It also doesn’t hurt that the YZF-R1M is quite literally a new generation machine, making it a real barn-burner in every sense of the word.

Now that it’s allowed to be used in the Superbike & Superstock 1000 classes, it’s going to be really interesting to see how the YZF-R1M can compete with the rest of the field. From what I’ve seen, though, a lot of superbikes will definitely have their hands full trying to keep pace with Yamaha’s new racing toy.

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Akrapovic Releases New Exhaust Silencer For The Yamaha YZF-R1

Akrapovic Releases New Exhaust Silencer For The Yamaha YZF-R1

You would think that the Yamaha YZF-R1 is already powerful enough on its own that it doesn’t need any kind of hand-wringing from aftermarket companies anymore. You’d be wrong, though, because noted exhaust specialist Akrapovic has come out with a new product specifically for the YZF-R1 that’s designed to turn it into a hummingbird with all of its performance credentials still intact.

Akrapovic’s new Slip-On exhaust silencer accomplishes that, enabling riders to enjoy the full benefits of the component without compromising the bike’s power. It’s straight out of MotoGP, too, because the silencer is inspired by the same ones used by Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo on their own YZR-M1 racers. It’s short, compact, and has the physical characteristics of a tried-and-true silencer, right down to the carbon fiber heat shield that looks eerily similar to the ones used in MotoGP.

More importantly, you don’t need an actual pit crew to install the silencer. As its name suggests, the piece can be slipped on to the exhaust using only a few tools you can find in your own shed. Every bolt and mounting tool needed to put it in place is supplied by Akrapovic and it doesn’t even need an ECU remap for riders to enjoy the full breadth of its capabilities.

As if there’s more reason to enjoy the YZF-R1 and squeeze out more power and performance out of it, Akrapovic has the answer for anybody looking to get a piece of this ride and enjoy more out of it.

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Movistar Yamaha Reveals Team Livery On YZR-M1 Ahead of 2015 MotoGP Season

Movistar Yamaha Reveals Team Livery On YZR-M1 Ahead of 2015 MotoGP Season

With the 2015 MotoGP season set to kick off in Malaysia on February 4, 2015, teams are already gearing up to take the fight to the Repsol Honda team and two-time defending champion Marc Marquez. One team that has set its sights on toppling the incumbents is Movistar Yamaha. Recently, the team officially launched its intention to return to the top of the mountain by revealing the new livery for the Yamaha YZR-M1.

The unveiling is important for a number of reasons. For one, Movistar Yamaha was pretty much the only team that challenged Honda last season. Its riders, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, finished second and third in the overall standings. Don’t think for one second that they’re entering the new season with the plan of sitting back and letting Marquez win his third straight MotoGP title.

As far as the livery itself is concerned, Movistar Yamaha opted to carry over a lot of the design details from last year’s M1 bike. The paint scheme is largely similar to last year’s model and the presence of the team’s sponsors continue to take up ample real estate space throughout the machine, specifically title sponsor Movistar, whose logo now appears larger and more prominent on the bike’s fairing. The similar “M” logo belonging to fellow sponsor Monster Energy still gets the same space just below the Movistar logo while new sponsors, including Abarth, Descentet, and Cromax, now have their logos represented in the new YZR-M1.

Rossi and Lorenzo’s respective YZR-M1 machines look about as ready to compete as any bike that has been unveiled ahead of the 2015 MotoGP season. Only time will tell if Movistar Yamaha has the thoroughbred to challenge Honda and Marquez this season. But at the very least, the team does have a bike that’s going to pop out on TV.

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Video: Cameron Beaubier Learns His Way Around the Yamaha YZF-R1

Video: Cameron Beaubier Learns His Way Around the Yamaha YZF-R1

By now, a lot of us have probably circled April 10, 2015 on our calendars. For those who still don’t know, that’s the day the inaugural MotoAmerica Road Racing Series takes place at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. From the looks of things, teams competing in the new series are already knee-deep in preparations, including the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha team and its star rider, four-time AMA Superbike World Champion Josh Hayes.

While Hayes gets all the attention, understandably so, his teammate, Cameron Beaubier, is no slouch on the racing seat either. Beaubier doesn’t have the credentials of Hayes, but he still has a long list of accolades to call his own, including his 2013 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike title, to go with three AMA Pro SuperBike wins, seven podiums, and two poles in his rookie season last year.

As the team gears up for the start of the 2015 season, Yamaha took the all-too predictable road of introducing a documentary about the team’s preparations leading up to the season-opening race in Austin, Texas this April. This episode is particularly intriguing because it’s the first time Beaubier gets to ride the Yamaha YZF-R1.

Give the video a nice, long look and listen to what Beaubier has to say about his new ride after taking it for a private testing session at the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. If his thoughts on the bike are any indication of Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s status leading up to the season, the team should be poised to repeat the success it had in recent years.

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230hp for the new generation of the Yamaha YZF-R1?

230hp for the new generation of the Yamaha YZF-R1?

Yamaha prepared a big surprise for the fans of supersport bikes, as it will completely revamp its iconic YZF-R1 model. The new motorcycle will go head on with rivals such as the Aprilia RSV4, the Ducati 1199 Panigale S and the BMW HP4.

The upgraded version of the Yamaha YZF-R1 will make its official debut at the EICMA 2014 in November and promises to set new standards in the world of superbikes being fitted with an upgraded engine and a comprehensive list of fresh technologies.

For the moment, the details about the new model remain limited to only a few spy shots and some rumors. Word on the street says that the new Yamaha YZF-R1 will be available in two versions namely an aggressive race oriented model which could boost up to 230 hp and a more serene version which is aimed for a more domestic ride.

As far as style is concerned, the new Yamaha YZF-R1 won’t benefit of any mind-blowing upgrades so its already cool body won’t suffer major makeovers.

Stay tuned for more details!

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2014 Yamaha YZF-R125

2014 Yamaha YZF-R125

If you mix speed with first class handling abilities and you also throw in some badboy attitude, you’ll certainly get the perfect recipe for any sports bike. Needles to say, the Yamaha YZF-R125 has it all and even more.

Even if it is one of the smallest sport bike designed by Yamaha, the YZF-R15 is backed up by the latest technologies developed by the Japanese manufacturer and every part of the bike was designed to help you stay in control at high speeds.

Talking about technology, the Yamaha YZF-R15 is fitted with upside down front forks, aluminium swinging arm, a multifunction LCD instrument panel and high tech brakes.

The motorcycle is propelled by a 124.7 cc, single cylinder, liquid-Cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valves engine which cranks out 11.0 KW (15.0PS) at 9,000 rpm and 12.4 Nm (1.25 Kg-M) of torque at 8,000 rpm.

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2014 Yamaha YZF450R

2014 Yamaha YZF450R

The Yamaha YZF450R has received a series of upgrades for 2014. Among them you’ll find a few engine upgrades including a new ECU, more power and stronger mid-range performance. There is also a lighter clutch and a new throttle body assembly and muffler shape.

Yamaha’s engineers have decided to redesign the ATV’s suspensions too. Therefore the YZF450R comes with new front and rear shock absorbers.

Apart from the technical upgrades, the 2014 model year also comes with an all-new bodywork, new side shrouds and new heel guards.

The ATV rides on new Maxxis tires that feature a new design for improved traction. The wheels are powered by a 449 cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC titanium 5-Valve engine which is mated to a 5-Speed Manual Clutch.

The Yamaha YFZ450R is offered with a starting price of $8,799 and is available since July 2013.

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2014 Yamaha YZF-R6

2014 Yamaha YZF-R6

There is no secret that the Yamaha YZF-R6 is considered by many one of the most capable middleweight bikes from the streets and competes with success against models like the Honda CBR600 or Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R.

With the 2014 model year the YZF-R6 continues to keep its place among the best bikes in the 600cc class. Unfortunately there aren’t any major upgrades for the new model year, but this isn’t as bad as it sounds, as the bike has all it needs to remain on top of the food chain.

With features such as chip-controlled intake and throttle, dual fuel injectors per cylinder and the state of the art slipper clutch, the 2014 Yamaha YZF-R6 is ready to impress you with a unique riding experience.

The motorcycle’s skeleton is represented by a Deltabox aluminum frame and a magnesium subframe that were carefully forged to offer a perfect compromise between lightness and rigidity.

To be able to offers top notch performances in terms of ride and handling, the motorcycle also needed a set of spot-tuned suspensions. Therefore, both the front and rear suspensions are 4-way adjustable with preload, high-speed compression, low-speed compression and rebound damping.

Power comes from Yamaha’s liquid-cooled, 599cc, inline 4-cylinder; DOHC engine with 16 titanium valves.

The 2014 Yamaha YZF-R6 will be launched in showrooms in October 2013 with a base price of $10,990.

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2014 Yamaha YZF-R1

2014 Yamaha YZF-R1

Yamaha revealed the 2014 version of its YZF-R1 champion. The motorcycle continues to deliver first class performances as is equipped with a comprehensive list of high end technologies.

One of the most impressive technologies that can be found under the YZF-R1’s skin is the seven-level Traction Control system which is coupled with a three level D-Mode electronic throttle response control.

The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a light yet stiff aluminum frame that was carefully forged to be a perfect match for the sporty character of the YZF-R1. Moreover, the rear frame is lightweigt Controlled-Fill die-cast magnesium, contributing to the optimum mass centralization.

As far as suspensions are concerned, the Yamaha YZF-R1 is packed with a front, fully adjustable 43mm inverted fork and a rear 4-way adjustable single shock.

At the heart of the Yamaha YZF-R1 lies a 998cc, liquid-cooled 4-Stroke DOHC 16 Valves engine which is kept in leash by a six speed transmission with six speed multiplate slipper clutch.

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2013 Yamaha YZF-R125

2013 Yamaha YZF-R125

Meet the 2013 Yamaha YZF-R125, a sporty motorcycle especially developed for those who love speed.

In terms of style, the Yamaha YZF-R125 is certainly one of the best looking models in its class featuring an aerodynamic design with sharp lines and angular shapes. We especially like the dynamic design of the headlight and the futuristic look of the fuel tank.

Yamaha’s engineers have also spent a lot of time to reward the YZS-R125’s rider with perfect ergonomics. Thereby, once on board, you are bet by a comfy saddle, and an ergonomically designed handle bar with modern dials.

In term of power, the Yamaha YZF-R125 is equipped with a liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 4-valve, single cylinder, SOHC engine paired with a constant mesh transmission. The engine delivers a maximum output of 11.0 kW (15.0PS) at 9,000 rpm and 12.24 Nm (1.25 kg-m) of torque at 8,000 rpm.

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2012 Yamaha YZF-R6 WGP 50th Anniversary

2012 Yamaha YZF-R6 WGP 50th Anniversary

The Yamaha YZF-R6 is now available with a special paint job (red white and black) developed to mark the company’s WGP 50 years anniversary. The color scheme is based on the famous ‘speedblock’ design that was made famous by Yamaha’s Grand Prix race bikes in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

The Yamaha YZF-R6 is built using a compact ‘mass-forward’ body scheme and a lightweight aluminum die-cast Deltabox frame which strengthens the major sections around the centre of gravity offering a top notch handling.

The bike is propelled by a 599cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, forward-inclined parallel 4-cylinder, 4-valve engine combined with a highly advanced electronic intake (YCC-I) and throttle (YCC-T).

To keep the bike’s performances to a superlative level Yamaha equipped it with a slipper clutch, perfected on its racing bikes. This feature allows the R6’s rider to achieve smoother downshifting for more effective corner entry.

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2013 Yamaha YZF-R6

2013 Yamaha YZF-R6

Not many people truly understand what a super sport motorcycle can do to the adrenaline levels in your body. It’s true, that rush of blood mixed with dopamine and excitement can’t be offered by many motorcycles, but there is one of them able to do even more than that.

The name is Yamaha YZF-R6, a Japanese demon on two wheels born on the realm of World Super Sport Racing Program. Even if the 2007 version was a nearly perfect motorcycle, Yamaha decided to improve it even more and we’re glad to notice that the result is nothing short of excellent. A few technical tweaks, some design touches and a slightly increase performance help the YZF-R6 stay in front of the 600 cc pack.

Powered by a compact, lightweight 599cc DOHC 16-valve, liquid-cooled titanium-valved four-cylinder engine mated on a magnesium subframe the new Yamaha YZF-R6 is waiting for you to burn some rubber.

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2012 Yamaha YZF-R125 WGP 50th Anniversary

2012 Yamaha YZF-R125 WGP 50th Anniversary

Just look at the Yamaha YZF-R125 and tell us that you’re not falling in love with it. Now, dress it up in exclusive WGP 50th Anniversary colors and you have a machine that’s certainly worth your time and money.

First, the full-sized race-developed Deltabox frame of the bike brings a superior and comfortable riding position. The uncompromisingly-styled R-series body frame looks fast even when the bike’s standing still.

In addition to that, the bike also features dynamic acceleration and a thrilling ride, thanks to a 125cc sporty liquid-cooled engine that has been complemented with a free-revving short-stroke cylinder and an efficient 4-valve head.

When you want the best, the Yamaha YZF-R125 is as good a choice as you can make. It not only offers the best riding experience, but it also comes dressed to look the part of a road warrior sports bike.

Find out more about the Yamaha YZF-R125 WGP 50th Anniversary after the jump.

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2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 WGP 50th Anniversary

2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 WGP 50th Anniversary

The Yamaha YZF-R1 WGP 50th Anniversary bike comes with an elite new color scheme derived from Yamaha’s Assen TT-winning MotoGP bike. The WGP 50th Anniversary R1 commemorates Yamaha’s notable Grand Prix inheritance.

With the MotoGP- expanded TCS, R1 riders can now modify the performance characteristics of the 998cc in-line 4-cylinder engine in order to get more thrilling cornering on the road and reduce lap times on the circuit. On top of that, the bike also features a new front cowl for optimized high-speed performance. Stylistically, the bike has been garbed in the famous red, white, and black factory-bike color scheme of the WGP R1.

Finally, the YZF-R1 WGP 50th Anniversary’s race-bred technology and race-bred style is incomparable to anything else you can find in Yamaha’s model line-up. Nothing comes close to the look or feel of the new 50th Anniversary R1, proving that there’s some serious claim to the bike’s stature as one of the finest models in its segment today.

Find out more about the Yamaha YZFG-R1 WGP 50th Anniversary after the jump.

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2012 Yamaha YZF-R15

2012 Yamaha YZF-R15

If you said that the Yamaha YZF R15 is the best looking bike in India, you wouldn’t be entirely wrong. Taken from the DNA of the global Yamaha YZF R1 series, the YZF R15 looks the part of a beast on two wheels. The front portion of the bike is exactly fully-covered while the rear portion continues to be naked.

The cowl on the bike looks stylish with two eyes serving the purpose of twin headlamps. Furthermore, the windscreen on the top of the cowl also looks impressive while the black rear view mirrors are accompanied by the large airscoops. A nice long shape and a sparking body color really catch our attention.

The bike’s design was also done to provide enough space for the rider and contribute a lot to the looks of the machine. The only visible part of the engine’s exterior can be seen from the side view while the other parts are covered in front fairing. Enough space for seating is left for one person. On the other hand, the nice rear grab bars are placed at the top of the rear portion.

The YZF-R15 also comes with five spoke alloy wheels and a nice shaped muffler. The latter is also painted black while the rear end is in white. Both disc brakes at the tires not only ensures good braking, but also guarantees a good looking bike that you can take out on the road with pride.

Find out more about the Yamaha YZF-R15 after the jump.

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Video: Porsche 911 GT3 RS vs Yamaha YZF R1 on ice

Video: Porsche 911 GT3 RS vs Yamaha YZF R1 on ice

This may look like a strange competition, but it’s not the first time someone has chosen to pit a sports car against a sports bike. We have actually seen these types of races plenty of times before, but this race starts a very exquisite sports car: a Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

The idea came from French motorcycle publication, Moto Journal, who ran the Porsche up against a Yamaha R1. The race is kind of unfair considering the GT3 RS can hit a top speed of 193 mph, whereas the YZF R1 can only top out at 160 mph, but the video is still entertaining enough to give a view. Who knows, there may even be some surprises to see.

After viewing, let us know what you think by hitting us up in the comments section below.

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2012 Yamaha YZF-R6

2012 Yamaha YZF-R6

The new Yamaha YZF-R6 has the looks to match any sports bike on the market, but more than its personable profile, the bike also has the performance to back it up. It’s no secret that the sports bike market is one of the most competitive in the industry, and automakers need to mind their p’s and q’s to ensure that their product delivers the goods.

For Yamaha, the challenge was to make a bike that’s light, powerful, and boasts of technological features that ensure that the YZF-R6 becomes the sports bike of choice for the market.

In terms of design, the bike carries plenty of features that riders would want on their bikes, including an aggressive and sporty design that underlies the bike’s long and storied history; a built-in lap timer that’s controlled by a right-handlebar switch; and a multi-function digital and analog instrumentation that features a programmable shift light, a digital speedometer, an analog tachometer, dual tripmeters with miles-on-reserve function, an odometer, a water temp gauge, and lights for neutral, high beam, low fuel and turn signals. Finally, Yamaha used a casting technique for the bike’s five-spoke 17-inch wheels that make the rims not only light and strong, but also wickedly cool.

Inside the YZF-R6’s MotoGP-inspired Deltabox aluminum frame lies a powerful 599cc DOHC 16-valve, liquid-cooled titanium-valved four-cylinder engine that’s considered as the most advanced production 600cc engine on the market. The YZF-R6 is also distinguished as being the first production motorcycle with the Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle system, ensuring flawless engine response under all conditions.

In a market that features plenty of other options, the Yamaha YZF-R6 is as good a choice as you can make.

Find out more about the Yamaha YZF-R6 after the jump.

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2012 Yamaha YZF-R1

2012 Yamaha YZF-R1

Yamaha has been on quite a roll lately, hasn’t it? After scoring their second AMA Pro Racing American SuperBike Championship in many years, Yamaha wants to build on that momentum by introducing the new YZF-R1.

The model already comes with plenty of MotoGP technology so it’s worth pointing out that with the 2012 model comes all sorts of new updates and innovations that are derived from the company’s rich racing heritage. All bets are off as to how awesome the bike is going to be.

Even better is that the YZF-R1 will also spawn a special World GP 50th Anniversary Edition that will celebrate the company’s aforementioned racing heritage. Only 2000 of these special edition models will be sold and they will come in the company’s race-winning Pearl White/Rapid Red livery with plenty of other unique additions reserved only for the special edition model.

There’s plenty to like about the Yamaha YZF-R1, and there’s no reason for anybody to turn their backs against it, especially when a special edition model is staring right at you at the dealerships.

Find out more about the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 after the jump.

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2011 Yamaha YZF-R1

2011 Yamaha YZF-R1

Award-winning bikes are universally lauded for a reason: they live up to the hype surrounding them and are far better than what a lot of people think. One bike that falls into that category is the Yamaha YZF-R1.

Named the 2009 Motorcycle of the Year by Motorcyclist Magazine, the Yamaha YZR-F1 is the embodiment of a class-leading bike that offers the kind of technology usually reserved for its race-spec brethren.

But that’s why this superbike is what it is: it’s got a MotoGP-inspired engine and chassis technology to go with an up-standard and luxurious design. It’s also the only commercial motorcycle to carry a crossplane crankshaft, which is a technology pioneered by Yamaha for their MotoGP race bikes.

The fact that a production motorcycle is carrying race-specs is a telling sign that the YZF-R1 was built for the most hardened enthusiasts on the market.

Find out more about the Yamaha YZF-R1 after the jump.

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2011 Yamaha YZF-R6

2011 Yamaha YZF-R6

Sometimes, we wake up on any given day with a sudden urge to part ways with as much of our disposable income as we could. Don’t deny it; you’ve probably been in that same boat at one point or another.

So suppose that day suddenly comes and you just had a dream of riding along the highway with a sportsbike, we suggest that you turn that dream into a reality and cash in on a Yamaha YZF-R6.

Yamaha is touting the bike as most ’exciting bike to ride on the track and the most fun sport bike to ride on winding roads.’ That alone should say something about the YZF-R6. Add that to the fact that Yamaha engineers tweaked the mid range performance last year and you have a bike that’s oozing in confidence, agility, performance, and, most importantly, fun.

The YZF-R6 showcases the latest in Yamaha’s sport bike technologies, including a screaming, 15,000-rpm plus fuel injected four cylinder engine in a taut chassis that lets it snap from upright to full lean instantly.

Find out more about the Yamaha YZF-R6 after the jump.

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2011 Yamaha YZ450F

2011 Yamaha YZ450F

An award-winning bike that offers no compromises; that’s what the Yamaha YZ450F offers - and a whole lot more.

Fresh off of improvements across the board, the new YZ450F will come with a host of beefy upgrades, including new design elements, improved powertrain, and overall better handling.

These changes fit right in with the lofty standards set by the models predecessor, the 2010 YZ450F, which won a plethora of awards including Dirt Rider Magazine’s “Bike of the Year”, Cycle World’s “Best Motocrosser”, and Motorcycle Magazine’s “Best Dirtbike of 2010.”

Yet despite all of its accolades, Yamaha still saw fit to give the YZ450F improvements, further proving that a great bike should not be satisfied with itself. Whenever there’s a time that awards come, they should not be looked as validation for greatness, but motivation to maintain their status as the best.

For their part, Yamaha has the right frame of mind with the YZ450F. It’s a good enough bike to merit some distinctions, but at the end of the day, ’good enough’ should never be associated with status quo.

Find out more about the Yamaha YZ450F after the jump.

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2011 Yamaha YZ250F

2011 Yamaha YZ250F

Sometimes, you can never have enough of a good thing, and in Yamaha’s case, that good thing comes in the form of the YZ motocross bike. The model range has produced some quality pieces over the years, but none more so than the much-lauded YZ250F.

Among the many endearing traits of the YZ250F, the bike is also significant for being the 1st four-stroke 250 motocross bike on the market, the 1st to win an international race, the 1st to win an AMA Supercross, and the 1st to take an AMA U.S. Supercross Championship® title, as well as the first to win an AMA National race.

That’s a lot of firsts.

The 2011 Yamaha YZ250F builds on all of its past accomplishments and takes every nook and cranny to a whole new level, ensuring that it remains a favorite among motocross riders the world over.

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2011 Yamaha YZF-R1

2011 Yamaha YZF-R1

Yamaha has revealed the official details on the 2011 YZF-R1, the only production motorcycle with a crossplane crankshaft. The 2011 YZF-R1 is powered by a 998cc, DOHC, 4-valve, in-line 4 engine developing 182 hp at 12500 rpm and 115.5 Nm (85 lb.ft.) of torque at 10,000 rpm, and delivering a fuel consumption of 40mpg (5.88 l/100km).

The engine features forged aluminum pistons that take maximum advantage of the power characteristics. Titanium intake valves are lightweight. A forced-air intake system is adopted to increase intake efficiency by using the natural airflow during riding to pressurize the air in the air box. This contributes to outstanding power delivery characteristics in the high-speed range, while the design also helps to minimize intake noise.

For 2011, the side fairing is smooth for a sleek appearance. And, instead of the usual four-bulb headlight design, the R1 has only two projector-type bulbs mounted closer to the nose of the bike. This positions ram air ducts closer in for a more compact, smooth look. In addition, the rounded lenses are unique to the supersport industry.

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2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 MotoGP replicas by Yamaha France

2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 MotoGP replicas by Yamaha France

For the upcoming Le Mans MotoGP race, Yamaha France has released just four different race replicas of their four MotoGP riders. So the Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo replicas feature the Fiat-Yamaha color scheme, while those of Ben Spies and Colin Edwards received the Monster Tech3 Yamaha paintjobs.

But there’s actually much more to these bikes than just paint; there’s a small race kit, which includes:

Bike seat cover with the official team colors bearing the number of pilot Pair of YEC racing levers Replica helmet of the MotoGP rider whose race replica you’ve chosen (which can be signed by that rider was well) Official Yamaha team shirt, 2 paddock passes paddock at Le Mans for the Moto GP weekend “Wild card” track day with Yamaha instructors Certificate of authenticity and a plaque attached to specific authentication framework makes these machines truly unique.

Most importantly, the four Yamaha GP riders are the ones handing in the keys and that has probably the most to do with the fact that only the Colin Edwards replica is still available despite the €16,990 price tag, $1,000 more than what Europeans would pay for a standard R1.

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2010 Yamaha YZF-R6

2010 Yamaha YZF-R6

Faced with the task of calling the YZF-R6 a 2010 model year, Yamaha proceeded to find ways of setting the bike apart from the current selling one both visually and technically, but we have to say that you shouldn’t expect major changes from any point of view. The truth is that Yamaha already had a 2009 Daytona 200 winner on their hands, so they focused on little tweaks to make it even more special.

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2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 / LE

2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 / LE

Yamaha’s 2010 motorcycle lineup includes their unchanged MotoGP-derived YZF-R1 and a Limited Edition YZF-R1 Valentino Rossi replica. This last comes in an exciting Valentino Rossi/Fiat Yamaha livery with the number "46" and "The Doctor" logos, as well as with the MotoGP star’s signature on the fuel tank.

Valentino Rossi added the 2009 MotoGP Championship to his long list of wins and this Limited Edition bike is a tribute to the Fiat Yamaha Team rider. The race replica bike is now available at a starting MSRP of $14,500. Those who satisfy with the standard model, which is available in Raven, Pearl White and Team Yamaha Blue/White, will be happy to find that the bike has an MSRP of $13,290. Hit the jump to see what Yamaha and the motorcycle press have to say about the YZF-R1.

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Video: crashed Yamaha R6 burns entirely on Mulholland

Video: crashed Yamaha R6 burns entirely on Mulholland

Apparently, the rider of this Yamaha R6 was riding on LA’s Mulholland highway, also known as “the Snake,” this past weekend when he crashed as a result of a highside and the bike immediately caught fire. First attempts to extinguish the fire were in vain, so the owner simply watched his bike burning until it remained only frame and engine. Now that’s a sad moment for any biker out there. Let’s just hope that his insurance covers that.

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