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Bought a new Yamaha R1?

The new crossplane Yamaha R1 sportsbike has blitzed MCN track and road tests, but many riders, including our test team, report that it takes time to ‘get’ its unique power delivery. Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 first impressions Now the first batch of bikes is on the street, we’d like to know what you think. “The power’s deceptive because it’s almost a twin,” ...

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  • New bikes
  • 25 March 2009

Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 roadtest teaser

The 2009 Yamaha R1 is like no in-line-four cylinder sportsbike ever produced. It’s simply sensational. The Yamaha R1’s ultra-short-stroke engine has a cross-plane crankshaft, with its crank pins set at 90° and has irregular firing intervals, which is technology lifted directly from Valentino Rossi’s factory YZR-M1. Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 tested MCN road tester Adam Child gives us a sneak preview ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 10 February 2009

New Yamaha XJ6 in dealers now

Yamaha’s new, eagerly awaited budget middleweight roadster, the Yamaha XJ6, will be arriving in UK dealers any day – and MCN will be testing it on Saturday! This new, unfaired, 600cc liquid-cooled four will be available in limited quantities initially at authorised Yamaha dealers, priced at £4499.00 (not including road fund and first registration fee). Check motorcyclenews.com on Saturday, and Motorcycle ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 14 January 2009

Video: Valentino Rossi on 2009 YZF-R1

Check out this advert for the new ‘cross plane crank’ 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 featuring Valentino Rossi. Rossi has already appeared in Yamaha adverts in the past including the 2007 R1 and last year’s revised R6. Colin Edwards has already appeared in one promotional video to publicise the new litre sports bike, and now Rossi has also been tied in as ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 18 December 2008

First Yamaha V-maxs hit dealer floors

Yamaha dealer Flitwick Motorcycles have taken delivery of the first three V-Maxs in the UK, with owners hoping to pick up their new 197bhp £16,000 machines very soon. Flitwick’s Saul Towers said: “They are the first three V-Maxs we have sold and arrived early today. We are busily putting them together with the first to hit the street later today! ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 11 December 2008

Milan Show: Yamaha XJ6 unveiled

Yamaha has just launched the new XJ6 at a press conference ahead of the opening of the Milan show tomorrow. The new motorcycle shares most of its components with the XJ6 Diversion launched in October – the novice-focussed  chassis and FZ6 Fazer-derived 600cc liquid-cooled inline-four engine are identical to the half-faired machine. The main difference is the fairing has been ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 03 November 2008

Hear the 2009 Yamaha R1 running

MCN was on hand to witness the covers being pulled off the 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Amsterdam yesterday (September 8), and Yamaha fired the bike up to demonstrate the big-bang, cross-plane crank motor's distinctive new sound. Listen to the audio file here Our reporter recorded the bike - unfortunately we weren't allowed any video equipment, but even on this low-quality ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 09 September 2008

2009 Yamaha WR125X and WR125R new for 2009

Yamaha will look to bolster its sales in the 125 market with the introduction of two new models to line-up alongside the YZF-R125, the WR125X supermoto and WR125R enduro. View Yamaha motorcycles for sale The new motorcycles follow along the same lines as the popular Yamaha YZF-R125 with full-sized chassis designs and the same 124.7cc liquid-cooled four stroke engine. The new models will ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 08 September 2008

2009 Yamaha XJ6 Diversion - First official pictures

These are the first official images of the new-for-2009 Yamaha XJ6 Diversion with an inline-four-cylinder engine, similar to the original Yamaha XJ600 Diversion. See all Yamaha XJ600 Diversions for sale The 600cc engine is newly developed by Yamaha and has a power output of around 78bhp with an even spread of torque throughout the rev range. The XJ6 Diversion will ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 08 September 2008

2009 Yamaha minor changes

In addition to the brand new models from Yamaha such as the Yamaha XJ6 Diversion, Yamaha R1, Yamaha WR125X/WR125R and the Yamaha XVS950A Midnight Star the majority of Yamaha’s models will receive a fresh lick of paint. The Yamaha FJR1300A will feature a new modified clutch mechanism which reduces load at the clutch lever, giving the clutch a lighter feel. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 08 September 2008

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