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Staff Blog: I Can See Clearly Now.......

Alison Silcox, 26 May 2013 19:45

It’s a couple of weeks without riding for me I’m afraid. After 24 years of being a ‘specy-four-eyes’ I’ve taken  the plunge and had lazer eye surgery. You might wonder why I’m writing about this on my blog and how it relates to my riding the Fazer8, well if you don’t wear glasses you won’t appreciate what it’s like and ...

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Staff Blog: Running In or Running Out!!

Alison Silcox, 06 May 2013 08:00

I arrived back from my trip to Normandy with the bike a little over the first service mileage of 600 so instead of being out in the lovely sunshine, getting more miles under my belt and practising my skills, the bike’s been in the garage waiting for a quick trip to Yamaha. It’s not a bad thing that I’m stuck ...

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Staff Blog: Running-in, in France

Alison Silcox, 29 April 2013 11:30

What better way to run in the new Yamaha Fazer 8 than to pop over to Normandy for a three day rider training work shop with Nigel, nicknamed Red Leader, from Advanced Motorcycle Training! I took collection of the bike on Monday, fitted the Ventura luggage system on Wednesday and was on the ferry bound for Caen on Friday, not ...

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Video: Yamaha Super Tenere World Crosser first ride

Michael Guy, 27 August 2012 08:00

Yamaha launched its take on the big adventure bike market in 2010 when they unveiled the XT1200Z Super Tenere. Aimed at getting a slice of the most lucrative sector in biking, the Yamaha’s had success thanks to its good looks, build quality and reliability. But it hasn’t quite won the hardcore cred of KTM or BMW GS Adventure rivals. Two ...

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Video: MCN's Yamaha SR500 cafe racer project running

Anonymous, 30 January 2012 10:30

MCN designer Simon Relph bought this rust bucket 1979 Yamaha SR500 at the beginning of the year for just £50 with the aim of turning the bike in to a cool cafe racer. Now, after plenty of hard graft the SR500 cafe racer project is complete. Watch the video below to hear the bike running.  brightcove.createExperiences();

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Video: Yamaha XTZ1200 Super Tenere long-term test review

MCN, 08 December 2011 16:09

MCN’s WSB reporter Michael Guy has covered approximately 8000 miles on the Yamaha XTZ1200 Super Tenere riding across Europe to cover WSB races at the Nurburgring and Magny-Cours, along the length of the UK to explore Devon and Cornwall, on the daily commute and even venturing off-road. After spending much of the year riding the Super Tenere, Michael reviews the ...

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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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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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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: 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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