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Cologne Show: New Yamaha XJR1300s unveiled

MCN, 29 September 2014 13:52

• 1251cc air-cooled inline-four• 97bhp / 80lbft• Twin Ohlins shocks• Black 4-2-1 exhaust• Solo seat design Yamaha have deepened their love affair with the yard-built scene, and given their ancient XJR1300 a thorough makeover for 2015 to capitalise on the continued hipster insurgence. Just a couple of years ago, the XJR was destined for the corner marked ‘discontinued’, but just like it’s air-cooled 1251cc lump, ...

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Cologne Show: New Yamaha MT-07 Moto Cage unveiled

MCN, 29 September 2014 13:46

• 689cc parallel-twin• 74bhp / 50bhp• Frame and engine guards• Red front / black rear wheel• Adjustable light mask Those with a keen eye and long memory might recall the XJ6-based Moto Cage 6 that was unveiled as a concept bike a few years ago, and now Yamaha have applied the same creativity to the MT-07, and this time it’s a version you can buy. ...

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Cologne Show – Yamaha 125s get ABS

MCN, 29 September 2014 13:25

Following the launch of the new higher-specification model for the 2014 season, the YZF-R125 has maintained its position as the top selling supersport bike in the 125cc class. In January 2015 it will be joined by an ABS-equipped version. New for 2014, the MT-125 also grabbed the headlines by delivering big bike naked attitude from the YZF-R125 platform. Just like ...

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New Yamaha R6 rumoured for 2015

MCN, 01 August 2014 07:30

If Yamaha’s YZF-R1 is getting on a bit, having not had a major facelift since 2009, its supersport R6 brother is now positively ancient. Its last notable tweak was revealed in 2007 when the ’08-spec bike was shown, but the basic design dates back to the 2006 model, which was first unveiled to the world in late 2005. So it’s ...

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New Yamaha R1 on the way

MCN, 31 July 2014 11:15

Yamaha is just three months away from unveiling a completely new YZF-R1 superbike that it hopes will have the same class-defining impact the original 1998 model had when it was launched. The new bike retains the basic engine design of the current model, but it is understood to share almost nothing else with the current bike as it attempts to ...

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Discover your Dark Side

Richard Newland, 20 June 2014 11:31

Yamaha is launching a 5-weekend test ride tour at selected venues around the UK, where riders can ‘Experience the Dark Side of Japan’ by riding one of the latest MT models, including the MT-09 Street Rally and new MT-125. The tour will showcase the whole MT range, and many of the models are fitted with Genuine Yamaha accessories like screens, ...

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Yamaha YZF-R125 quick ride

Andy Davidson, 20 June 2014 09:30

Yamaha knows how to play the 125cc field. Since the launch of the YZF-R125 in ’08, the firm has sold over 45,000 machines and the sports bike remains a best seller to this day. The revamped 2014 YZF-R125’s main changes are sturdier USD forks and quality brakes. The difference is certainly noticeable as the refreshed model can take a heavier ...

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Yamaha MT-125 first ride

Andy Davidson, 19 June 2014 14:04

The new Yamaha MT-125 marks the third arrival in the MT family. The single-cylinder is technically a naked version of Yamaha’s refreshed-for-2014 YZF-R125 except with an upright riding position and street fighter design, taking its styling cues from its MT-09 and 07 siblings. So we have an already great bike, peppered with upgraded components, for less money than the faired ...

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Video: Yamaha MT-09 Street Tracker

MCN, 11 June 2014 14:39

Following on from the Street Rally version of the MT-09, Yamaha has today revealed the MT-09 Street Tracker. The Street Tracker comes with an aluminium front numberboard, short carbon mudguard, two-tone seat, aluminium side numberboards, an optional high-level Akrapovic exhaust and more. More details here. 

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New Yamaha MT-09 Street Tracker unveiled

Richard Newland, 11 June 2014 13:23

Exactly one year to the day since Yamaha unveiled their new MT-09, the firm has unveiled the third bike in the 09 family, making it a triplet of triples, and bolstering the MT family to a stable of five (MT-07 and MT-125 being the other two). The new incarnation joins the standard version, and the contentiously styled Street Rally, which ...

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