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.

Mongrels to Mecca

Much like the fashion world, scooter popularity follows a cyclical pattern. Scooter sales are currently on the biggest rise since the mid-`80s when "da Bears" quarterback Vince McMahon made scootering cool again. Before that time, scooters were last cool

It Ain't The Tool: Revisited

Three very different motorbikes with three very different jokers to ride those bikes and one, timeless principle to guide them. That's probably not exactly what Fred Rau had in mind when he penned his editorial, "It Ain't The Tool."

2006 Yamaha FJR1300 Model Intro

GRRRR! That's the sound sport-touring shoppers make when the salesman tells them they have to put $500 down and can't haggle over price to get a new FJR1300.

2006 Middleweight Supersport Shootout

And how does the new Triumph fare? Will the Brits finally compete head-to-head, no excuses, with modern Big Four sportbikes? Oh! How we can't stand to keep secrets, so without further ado, read all about it!

2006 Yamaha FZ-1

Yamaha Sets a New Standard with a Sport Standard Standard-Bearer

2006 Open Superbike Shootout

'Tis a beast, this multi bike shootout business. Well over 10,000 words (all the better to help you waste your day at the office) varying opinions from various testers and a dominating performance by the victor.

2006 Star Stratoliner Press Introduction

Designed to remind us of vehicles and architecture of the 1930s and ‘40s, the Yamaha Star Stratoliner touring cruiser is awash in swoopy, flowing Art Moderne lines from the beautiful, sweeping headlight nacelle to the stylishly tapered aluminum swingarm.

Rocket, Roadliner, Road King

MO takes a look at three top-of-the-line flagship cruisers with top-notch build quality, exquisite detail and plenty of power and torque. Enter the Triumph Rocket III, Harley-Davidson Road King and the Yamaha Star Roadliner.

2005 Best of the Best: R6 v. GSX-R1000

In our continuing MO tradition of comparing apples to oranges, we now present you with our 2005 Best of the Best Sportbike Comparison, wherein we pit the best 2005 600 against the best 1000.

2005 Sport Touring Comparo

Sport Touring is the dream of many motorcyclists. A capable machine, miles and miles of winding roads, perfect weather and an attractive companion behind you.

2006 Star Roadliner

Star designers have done an impressive job of staying true to their styling direction, harkening to the ’30s and ’40s art deco style with the Star Roadliner and its swoopy lines, low saddle height and wide, beach-cruiser style handlebars.

2005 Open Supersport Shootout

Eight dyno runs. Dozens of drag strip passes, 10 sets of Bridgestone BT 002 tires, 600 street miles, 1400 miles in a Diesel truck to/from the track, hundreds of laps of Thunderhill Raceway Park, and over a thousand man-hours of work equals one 2005 Open..

Sit Up or Lay Down?

The MOrons are off doing top-secret testing (Open Sportbike) at an undisclosed venue (Thunderhill Park) and will not be available under any circumstances this week.

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