Yamaha Reviews

The Japanese company was well known for its musical instruments, but in 1955 it began producing motorcycles. It began with simple and inexpensive machines but has grown to its position as a powersports powerhouse, offering some of the best sportbikes, cruisers and off-road bikes on the market. It ranks second only to Honda as the leader among Japanese manufacturers.

2012 Yamaha WR450F Review

The 2012 Yamaha WR450 is here. But before we get into everything new, updated, borrowed and unique, you might want to ask yourself what your perfect 450cc-class off-road bike would be. Don’t compromise. Set your expectations high. After all, this is 2012.

2012 125cc Scooter Shootout [Video]

The red-headed stepchild of motorcycledom, scooters are a strong alternative to the costs of car ownership and public transit. We decided to pit three of these gas sippers against each other – the Honda PCX, Piaggio Typhoon 125 and Yamaha Zuma 125.

2012 Yamaha Zuma 125 Review

If riding a small-bore scooter leaves you feeling emasculated, consider the Yamaha Zuma 125: rugged, aggressive styling (especially in black), fat, semi-knobby tires and power enough to shoot its rider across an intersection faster than the average car.

2012 Yamaha YZF-R15 Review

Small-displacement sportbikes are getting more attention as the world economy continues to struggle. The 150cc, Yamaha YZF-R15 was the first sportbike produced in India back in 2008, and the fuel-injected model now receives a host of upgrades.

2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 Review [Video]

To save the suspense, I'll say it up front: Yamaha's new traction control system on the 2012 YZF-R1 works exactly as advertised. The rest of the 2012 Yamaha R1 is largely the same sportbike we've had since 2009.

2012 Yamaha Zuma 50F Review [Video]

Yamaha has given its popular Zuma scooter a major upgrade in 2012. Gone is its 49cc two-stroke heart and in its place is a SOHC, liquid-cooled, three-valve four-stroke engine of the same displacement.

2012 Yamaha and Star Motorcycles Model Preview

As the 2012 model year arrives and the economy is struggling to pick itself up, Yamaha and its cruiser line, Star Motorcycles, is erring on the side of caution with next year’s street lineup.

2011 Supersport Shootout - Track [Video]

With Suzuki's new GSX-R600 getting rave reviews we figured it was high time to see how it compares to the rest of the 600cc sportbike class. Read on to see how the new Gixxer fares against the Honda CBR600RR, Kawasaki ZX-6R and Yamaha YZ-R6.

2011 Gentlemen Sportbike Shootout

Here are three ways to satisfy a thirst for a powerful sportbike without the pretzel-ed legs and sore wrists: the Kawasaki Ninja 1000, Yamaha FZ1 and Suzuki GSX1250FA. Read on to see who wins this three-way battle.

2011 Naked Middleweights Shootout

The list of unfaired motorcycles available in the United States is expanding. We decided to see which one was best by having Yamaha’s FZ8, BMW’s F800R, Aprilia’s Shiver 750 and Triumph’s Street Triple R duke it out in our 2011 Naked Middleweight Shootout.

2011 Yamaha FZ8 Review - First Ride

Yamaha’s potent FZ8 is enough to make its paternal grandfather, the R1, blush with pride. Its 779cc inline-Four is endowed with some of Yamaha’s most inspired sporting technology which should serve it well in its life as an everyday sporting Standard.

Dual-Sport Shootout: Electric vs. Gasoline!

We hear pretty regularly that electric motorcycles are the wave of the future. What about the present? To find out, we decided to pit the 2010 Zero DS Electric Dual Sport against the 2011 Yamaha WR250R in an electric vs. gasoline shootout.

2011 Yamaha WR250R Review

Yamaha’s WR250R impresses with its competent alloy chassis and low-maintenance 250cc engine. Essentially, it’s a street-legal dirtbike. If you’re more an on-road person, you may also want to look at its supermoto-style sister, the WR250X.

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