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Video: Yamaha XV950 group test

MCN, 09 October 2013 14:13

Yamaha's new XV950 joins Triumph's Speedmaster in gunning for the Harley-Davidson 883 Iron. Is the Hog's time up? We pit the three machines against each other to find out. brightcove.createExperiences();

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Yamaha MT-09 first ride!

MCN, 29 August 2013 11:28

Yamaha's eagerly awaited new three-cylinder roadster is currently being put through its paces by MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves. Here are his first impressions: "We're here at the world launch of the new £6799, three-cylinder, 847cc Yamaha MT-09 in Croatia. "On paper the new Yamaha is an exciting prospect. Weighing just 188kg (171kg dry), it's light and that brand ...

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Used buying guide: Yamaha R1

Jon Urry, 03 July 2013 10:18

If you have to pick out a year that marked the revival of the litre bike category then look no further than 2004. With World Superbikes turning to 1000cc inline fours rather than 750cc homologation specials, the pressure was on the Japanese in the early-noughties to deliver to riders a whole new breed of affordable sportsbike. The litre bike war ...

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Staff Blog: Get your thinking caps on......I need your help!!!

Alison Silcox, 08 June 2013 18:30

  With the sun shining and hopefully continuing to shine for some weeks to come I’m planning to ride as much as I can and need your help. My next planned jaunt is to the North Norfolk coast in a couple of weeks. I’m wanting to visit those little hidden gems, like the meet at Ashby Folville that takes place ...

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New Yamaha R1 spied testing

MCN, 28 February 2013 09:00

Early prototypes for Yamaha’s next-generation R1 superbike have been spied being put through their paces by the firm’s test riders. Two of the machines were caught by our colleagues at Australian Motor Cycle News as they were pitted against the bike that’s become the standard-bearer for the 1000cc class, BMW’s S1000RR. Don’t be fooled by the temporary bodywork, which is ...

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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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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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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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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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