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.

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.

2009 Literbike Shootout

Honda's CBR1000RR reigned supreme in the 2008 Literbike Shootout. Can Yamaha's new and much ballyhooed YZF-R1, Suzuki's redesigned GSX-R1000 or Kawasaki's powerful ZX-10R stage a coup and lay claim to the 2009 title? Read on to find out.

2009 Supersport Racetrack Shootout

You’ve read our 2009 Supersport street shootout. Now see how these 600cc sportbikes compare on the race track. We head to the Streets of Willow circuit to test the Honda CBR600RR, Kawasaki ZX-6R, Suzuki GSX-R600 and the Yamaha ZYF-R6.

Quarter-Liter Supermoto Shootout

Teaser text: There are few things on two wheels as fun as riding a low-powered performance bike to its limits. These bikes appeal to younger riders or less-experienced riders who want a new bike at a relatively low price.

2009 Supersport Shootout

The Supersport class is a never-ending tussle of one-upsmanship among the Japanese manufacturers. Can the new Ninja upset the class pecking order? Also, why did two bikes lose power?

2009 Yamaha FZ6R Review

Wanna fit in at the burger barn but don’t have the bank account to support the high cost of a pure supersport? You just might be interested in the retooled and freshly faired version of the existing FZ6 – the all-new Yamaha FZ6R.

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