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2012 Yamaha R1 - first impressions

Michael Neeves, 12 October 2011 09:56

We're in Spain riding the 2012 Yamaha R1 at the Valencia MotoGP circuit. Aside from a few very minor tweaks the main change to the Yamaha is its new six-stage traction control. We've just done our first session and the TC is on max. It's so intrusive you can hold the throttle to the stop out of every corner, not ...

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Editor’s Picks: Yamaha FZS1000 Fazer

MCN, 07 October 2011 16:07

A comfortable streetbike with an R1 engine, the FZS1000 Fazer could have been a sportsbike destroyer, but it’s actually a soft, easygoing machine with plenty of punch. Arguable the ultimate all-rounder the big Fazer does everything well. Yamaha's engineers lopped the high rev peak power off the R1 engine for the Fazer, but rather than bolstering torque they managed to ...

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Video: 'Born from MotoGP' Ben Spies on the 2012 R1

MCN, 26 September 2011 12:37

In an attempt to link the 2012 Yamaha R1, which now features six-stage traction control, to MotoGP, this video shows Ben Spies loading up a day-van and heading to a trackday. The revised YZF-R1, with limited-edition 50th anniversary paint, revised front lights and 'MotoGP inspired top yoke', helps Spies to cut through the pack before advising fellow trackday attendees that ...

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Staff bikes: Yamaha Super Tenere - Here we go again

Michael Guy, 26 September 2011 11:44

Having clocked 4500 miles on the big Super Tenere so far this year, life is good. It's not the sharpest-handling or most exciting big adventure bike out there, but as an all-round package it's certainly grown on me. The chassis is incredibly well balanced and combined, the engine civilised, it's comfortable and easy to ride, which is ultimately what a ...

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New colours for 2012 Yamaha range

Andy Downes, 14 September 2011 17:39

Along with the new Yamaha YZF-R1 the firm is releasing a series of new colours including a World Grand Prix 50th Anniversary range and a new Series Grey colour option. The R1 is the only model in the Yamaha 2012 range with any significant changes. It gains a six-way adjustable traction control system and a small list of other changes. ...

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2012 Yamaha WR450F announced

Phil West, 14 September 2011 17:33

Yamaha’s range-topping enduro machine, the WR450F, gets a significant makeover for 2012, including a revised engine, uprated frame, new bodywork plus a raft of detail changes. The single-cylinder, 449cc, five-valve powertrain gets a reworked fuel-injection system intended to give ’more responsive and adaptable performance’, while a new ‘bilateral’ aluminium beam frame is almost 250-size in a bid to give quicker ...

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New 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 gets traction control

Andy Downes, 14 September 2011 10:39

This is the new 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 which has six-stage traction control and a mid-life redesign. Images have leaked a few hours before Yamaha’s official announcement later today and MCN will bring full details later on this afternoon. The R1 is still instantly recognisable; Yamaha is holding back on a radical redesign for at least another two years according to ...

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Staff bikes: Yamaha Super Tenere: Saddling up the beast

Michael Guy, 29 July 2011 12:58

With a few big trips planned in the next couple of months it was time to get the Super Tenere ready for action. I'm heading to the Nurburgring at the start of September for the World Superbike round and because I'm going to be working I've got plenty of kit to take with me. With adventure bike riding big business ...

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‘King Kenny’s R1’ up for grabs!

James Capell, 21 July 2011 15:15

A special, one-off Yamaha R1 which is to be ridden by GP legend 'King' Kenny Roberts at the US MotoGP this weekend is to be auctioned off for charity. Fans of the three times 500cc world champion will be able to bid for the bike, which features a special ‘Yamaha 50th anniversary’ red/white paintscheme and a selection of Yamaha performance ...

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‘Super Ten better than sex’ according to TV’s Adrian Chiles

Phil West, 05 July 2011 16:47

Daybreak TV presenter Adrian Chiles has been singing the praises of Yamaha’s XT1200Z Super Tenere after trying one out recently. Find a Yamaha Super Tenere for sale The sometime sports presenter, although claiming he’s “not a bike-buff”, rode the bike from Yamaha’s HQ in Weybridge, Surrey, into West London and said afterwards: “I knew as soon as I clambered aboard ...

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