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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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New Yamaha YZF-R15: no compromise on the hugger

Guy Procter, 21 April 2011 15:31

New Yamaha? In this economic climate? And a ‘super sport urban bike’ at that? Yep, you read it right (Looking for a 125? Find a Yamaha YZF-R125 for sale). Unfortunately, the svelte new R6-alike 150cc machine isn’t destined for a showroom near you, unless you live in Pune, Hyderabad or Mumbai. It’s an India-only evolution of the original YZF-R15, the ...

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Free Akrapovic pipes and 0% finance on Yamaha YZF-R1

Andy Downes, 17 March 2011 09:27

Yamaha is offering interest free credit over three years on new YZF-R1s and a set of Akrapovic silencers worth £1000 for a limited period.The offer is only valid on 2009 and 2010 models but does go someway to making up for the 25% surge in price of the crossplane crankshaft R1 since it was launched in 2009 which now lists ...

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Yamaha FZ8R breaks cover

MCN, 25 February 2011 17:31

This picture proves that an uprated Yamaha FZ8R is due in 2012 - although it probably won't go on sale in Britain. It was taken by a photographer from motoblog.fr - apparently during an official visit to Yamaha France's HQ. It boasts uprated fork internals, an Ohlins rear shock, a performance exhaust (thought to be produced by Laser) and revised ...

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WSB – sponsor livery or not? What do you think?

Phil West, 16 February 2011 16:42

With the news that Yamaha’s factory World Superbike team will this year, because of the lack of a title sponsor, run in Yamaha corporate colours, an interesting situation has arisen. Namely this year, for the first time in ages, we’re faced with watching WSB racers which will actually look almost exactly like the road bikes they’re based on. Above is ...

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Yamaha sales steady despite big price hikes

Andy Downes, 26 January 2011 15:42

Yamaha's price hikes shocked dealers and customers alike last year, but new sales figures show the company still managed reasonable sales despite prices on some models rising by 34% in the last 18 months.    A constant stream of finance deals and incentives to dealers have seen sales of the R1, R6, YZF-R125 and Diversion remain in good shape. The ...

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