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YAMAHA R1  (2012-2014)

YAMAHA R1 (2012-2014)

New price:  N/A
  • 998cc  -  157.75 bhp
  • 32 mpg  -  130 miles range
  • Medium seat height (835mm)

"Not much has changed with the 2012 R1, but the big news is it now has a six-stage traction control system"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 3 out of 5 5 out of 5
1 owner ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
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YAMAHA FZR400  (1988-1994)

YAMAHA FZR400 (1988-1994)

New price:  N/A
  • 399cc  -  64 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • Medium seat height (785mm)

"Always over-shadowed by the class-leading Hondas, but attracted hooligans with its high revving engine, sharp handling and corner speed"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
2 owners' ratings 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5
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YAMAHA R1  (2009-2011)

YAMAHA R1 (2009-2011)

New price:  N/A
  • 998cc  -  179 bhp
  • 40 mpg  -  160 miles range
  • Medium seat height (835mm)

"Best of all it sounds just like Rossi's M1 at full chat"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5
23 owners' ratings 4.8 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 4.9 out of 5 4.8 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 4.7 out of 5
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YAMAHA YZF-R125  (2008-on)

YAMAHA YZF-R125 (2008-on)

New price:  £4,349
  • 124cc  -  14.6 bhp
  • 52 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • Medium seat height (818mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence

"Combines the Honda's easy-going ride with a little bit more poke and grown up looks"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5
26 owners' ratings 4.4 out of 5 4.3 out of 5 4.2 out of 5 4.5 out of 5 3.9 out of 5 4.1 out of 5
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YAMAHA R6  (2008-on)

YAMAHA R6 (2008-on)

New price:  £9,299
  • 599cc  -  133 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  160 miles range
  • Medium seat height (850mm)

"The definitive supersport package; on the track, that is"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5
10 owners' ratings 4.8 out of 5 4.6 out of 5 4.9 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 4.8 out of 5 4.2 out of 5
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YAMAHA R7  (1999-2000)

YAMAHA R7 (1999-2000)

New price:  N/A
  • 749cc  -  106 bhp
  • 38 mpg  -  192 miles range
  • Medium seat height (820mm)

"Limited edition top dollar machine sold to the public so Yamaha could race it in World Superbike"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5
1 owner ratings 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5
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YAMAHA R6  (1998-2003)

YAMAHA R6 (1998-2003)

New price:  N/A
  • 599cc  -  108 bhp
  • 43 mpg  -  160 miles range
  • Medium seat height (820mm)

"Sexy, uber-capable track bike that works on the road, too"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
44 owners' ratings 4.8 out of 5 4.8 out of 5 4.8 out of 5 4.0 out of 5 4.8 out of 5 4.0 out of 5
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YAMAHA R1  (2007-2008)

YAMAHA R1 (2007-2008)

New price:  N/A
  • 998cc  -  170 bhp
  • 39 mpg  -  146 miles range
  • Medium seat height (835mm)

Features new-found midrange drive from junking Yamaha's tried and tested five-valve per cylinder in favour of the traditional four-valve set up

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5
10 owners' ratings 4.7 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 4.5 out of 5 4.6 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 4 out of 5
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YAMAHA R1  (1998-2003)

YAMAHA R1 (1998-2003)

New price:  N/A
  • 998cc  -  150 bhp
  • 38 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • Medium seat height (815mm)

"Even today the original Yamaha YZF-R1 is a sports tool to be reckoned with"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5
14 owners' ratings 4.9 out of 5 4.9 out of 5 5 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 4 out of 5
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YAMAHA YZF1000 THUNDERACE  (1996-2003)

YAMAHA YZF1000 THUNDERACE (1996-2003)

New price:  N/A
  • 1002cc  -  145 bhp
  • 35 mpg  -  180 miles range
  • Medium seat height (795mm)

"Proved to be a better big bore sports touring motorcycle than out-and-out superbike"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
13 owners' ratings 4.7 out of 5 4.3 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 4.4 out of 5 4.9 out of 5 4 out of 5
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YAMAHA YZF600 THUNDERCAT  (1996-2003)

YAMAHA YZF600 THUNDERCAT (1996-2003)

New price:  N/A
  • 599cc  -  100 bhp
  • 40 mpg  -  140 miles range
  • Medium seat height (805mm)

"A real alternative to the VFR750/800 series and very underrated"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 3 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5
17 owners' ratings 4.5 out of 5 4.3 out of 5 4.4 out of 5 4.6 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 3.9 out of 5
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YAMAHA TRX850  (1996-2000)

YAMAHA TRX850 (1996-2000)

New price:  N/A
  • 849cc  -  79 bhp
  • 43 mpg  -  165 miles range
  • Medium seat height (800mm)

"A match for Ducati's 900SS in its day but never sold well"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 2 out of 5 3 out of 5 2 out of 5
7 owners' ratings 4.7 out of 5 4.6 out of 5 4.6 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 4.6 out of 5 3.6 out of 5
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YAMAHA R1  (2004-2006)

YAMAHA R1 (2004-2006)

New price:  N/A
  • 998cc  -  165 bhp
  • 38 mpg  -  130 miles range
  • Medium seat height (835mm)

"A superb focus on the dark art of riding extremely fast"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5
14 owners' ratings 4.9 out of 5 4.8 out of 5 4.9 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 4.9 out of 5 4.1 out of 5
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YAMAHA R6  (2006-2007)

YAMAHA R6 (2006-2007)

New price:  N/A
  • 599cc  -  131 bhp
  • 38 mpg  -  145 miles range
  • Medium seat height (850mm)

"The most high-tech, track focussed motorcycle you could buy when it was released"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5
9 owners' ratings 4.7 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 4.8 out of 5 4.4 out of 5 4.1 out of 5 4.2 out of 5
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YAMAHA R6  (2004-2005)

YAMAHA R6 (2004-2005)

New price:  N/A
  • 599cc  -  108 bhp
  • 42 mpg  -  160 miles range
  • Medium seat height (808mm)

"Still comes with toys like radial brakes and is seriously underrated"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5
4 owners' ratings 3.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5
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