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New Yamaha Race Blu paintjob

Andy Downes, 14 September 2012 11:35

This new Race Blu paintjob seen here on the Yamaha YZF-R1 is the highlight of a series of colour changes for many of the 2013 Yamahas with no mechanical changes at all. Race Blu, which comprises blue and matt grey bodywork with blue wheels and subtle white graphics was revealed by the MotoGP team at this weekend’s Misano round of ...

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Is this the coolest Yamaha T-Max on the planet?

Liam Marsden, 30 May 2012 10:42

Maxi scooters generally aren't the coolest looking vehicles on the road -their masses of plastic making them look like bulbous alien spaceships at best. This Yamaha T-Max is the creation of German custom builder Marcus Walz, who was asked to 'hyper-modify' the T-Max by Yamaha. Walz opted to strip the big scooter down to reduce weight, boost performance and make ...

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Yamaha Super Tenere Worldcrosser GS Adventure rival is go!

Andreas Exarheas, 15 December 2011 15:49

The Worldcrosser version of the XT1200Z Super Tenere, first shown as a concept bike at the Cologne Show last year, will go on sale next March, Yamaha has announced. Like BMW’s Adventure compared to the standard GS, the Worldcrosser is essentially a more rugged, off-road oriented version of the Super Ten, in a similar way BMW’s designed ‘for today’s globetrotting ...

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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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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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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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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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