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Video: Yamaha OW-01 revisited

Michael Neeves, 24 November 2011 14:03

Back in 1989 Yamaha created the OW-01, a homologation special built for superbike racing. With a staggering £12,700 price tag, it cost more than the Honda RC30 and with only 500 built, the Yamaha was more exclusive too. In this video, MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves gets to realise a 22-year old dream and ride this classic superbike for ...

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Yamaha enhance 0% finance offers – XJ6 under £100 per month

MCN, 31 October 2011 12:05

Yamaha’s Smart Move campaign has been enhanced on the XJ6 and FZ8/Fazer8 models with 0% finance offers over 48 months. With the Smart Move Plus deal, if you put down a deposit of £99, with 0% finance and a loan period of 48 months you could ride away on a new XJ6 for £125 per month. Put a bigger deposit ...

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Traction control raises new Yamaha R1's game

Michael Neeves, 20 October 2011 16:35

The addition of traction control - which Yamaha says is the same system as used on the YZR-M1 MotoGP racer - makes the 2012 R1 a better road and track bike. But MCN's world first track test also revealed it has not managed to leapfrog its superbike rivals. This isn't surprising - there are very few changes to Yamaha's flagship ...

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New MCN October 19: Aussie rules

MCN, 18 October 2011 10:01

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday 19 October, we examine Casey Stoner's MotoGP world championship win in an eight-page special, with MotoGP legends Rainey, Gardner and Doohan on why Stoner could be the best. Plus, Kawasaki's shock new Versys 1000 spied, with the details on the Z1000-based adventure bike - the firm's fourth new model for 2012. Also, ...

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Maximum muscle, minimum cost: GSX1400 v XJR1300 v CB1300

MCN, 17 October 2011 15:44

How times change. In the late 1970s and early '80s, bikes with silhouettes the same as these machines would have been called superbikes. Capacity was king and the bigger the cubes the better. Liquid-cooling? Pah, real men like AMA Superbike champion rode air-cooled monsters such as the Suzuki GS1000, Yamaha XS1100 or Honda CB1100. Fast-forward 30 years and this style ...

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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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