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.

2011 Bagger Cruiser Shootout

Baggers are big business these days. We take three of the most prominent players and place them in a 2011 bagger blowout brawl! Read on to see who reigns supreme – Victory’s Cross Country, Harley-Davidson’s Street Glide or Star’s Stratoliner Deluxe.

2011 Yamaha FZ-16 Review

The Yamaha FZ-16 is bringing the company back from the dead in India. After several years hibernating, Yamaha has again made a motorcycle that captures the heart of the Indian enthusiast and should match up well against Honda’s CB Unicorn Dazzler.

2012 Yamaha Super Tenere Review

Yamaha’s Super Tenere, an adventure-tourer with a 1200cc twin-cylinder engine, is set to go head to head against BMW's iconic R1200GS when it arrives in America next spring. The dual-purpose segment just got a little more interesting.

2012 Yamaha Super Tenere Preview

The U.S. adventure-touring segment expands next year with Yamaha’s decision to import the on/off-roading Ténéré for the American market. You can bet Yamaha is hoping this bike will take a big slice of the adventure touring segment away from BMW’s R1200GS.

2011 Yamaha FZ8 coming to the U.S.

Yamaha has announced that it will be importing its sporty FZ8 naked sportster to the U.S. for 2011. It’s being touted as a compromise between the less-powerful 600cc middleweights and the bigger literbikes like Yamaha’s R1-based FZ1 and Kawasaki’s Z1000.

Motorcycle.com Best of 2010 Awards

Now in its second year, our Motorcycle.com Best of awards selections process gives us the chance to reflect on the year that was. And for 2010, the spotlights were generally shining on European manufacturers.

2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster vs. 2010 Star VMax

In a battle between two audacious motorcycles we bring together Triumph’s Rocket Roadster III and the venerable VMax from Star for a monster motor mash-up! Both of these behemoths offer endless gobs of power, but that is where the similarities end.

2010 Honda CRF450R vs. Yamaha YZ450F

The big guns of motocross take aim: Yamaha’s revolutionary new 2010 YZ450F vs. the stalwart Honda CRF450R vs. the real world. The two Japanese giants are ready for a big bore off-road battle. Who is the king of track and trail?

2010 Yamaha YZ250F Review

Yamaha attacks the 250F class with a host of updates to old faithful. Its new 2010 YZ250F will do whatever you ask of it, but where it really shines is on the motocross track. It’s faster than Honda’s CRF250R, but less versatile off the track.

2010 Yamaha YZ450F Review

With an entirely new twin-beam frame, rotated engine design, adjustable fuel injection and extreme mass centralization, the 2010 YZ450F off-roader looks like a winner. Handling is superb, but it feels down in power compared to the Kawasaki KX450.

2010 Yamaha/Star Lineup Unveiled

There are some significant updates of Yamaha’s well-rounded line to share, including a surely popular R1 Rossi replica and a retuned R6, along with the introduction of a swoopy bagger from Star Motorcycles, plus a refreshed version of the V-Star 1300.

2010 Yamaha YZ450F Preview

Yamaha’s new YZ450F is set to turn the motocross world upside down. More accurately, the YZ turns it backward! In a bold move, Yamaha engineers have built a new motor that has its intake at the front and its exhaust exiting out the rear.

Best of 2009 - Motorcycles of the Year

With so much high-quality product to choose from, culling the field down into our Best Of winners was an arduous task. But that didn't stop us from coming up with our favorite stuff from the class of '09!

2009 Sport-Touring Shootout

We made the trek to Laguna Seca for the US Grand Prix, and what better way to make that trip than with BMW’s new K1300GT, Honda’s ST1300, Kawasaki’s Concours 14 and Yamaha’s FJR1300A as our steeds? See how the four sport tourer compare on our journey.

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