The beginning of new model season is always exciting for motorcycle enthusiasts. We’ll spend hours pouring over the details of the all-new bikes (namely the 2017 YZF-R6 and FZ-09) and hotly debate the changes to the merely upgraded ones. However, manufacturers can’t afford to improve every model motorcycle every year, and the perfectly good motorcycles that return with little more than color changes are often mocked as having Bold New Graphics! While these motorcycles are just as competent – or even as exceptional – as they were in the previous year(s), we should give them the respect they deserve for sticking around.
2017 Yamaha YZF-R1M
The 2017 YZF-R1M is a tour-de-force of style, power, and electronics. The R1M takes the formidable R1 and adds Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS), a Y-TRAC Communication Control Unit (CCU), and carbon fiber bodywork. While the R1M is designed to be a track weapon, you can find them circulating the most challenging pieces of asphalt nation-wide. For 2017, the R1M will retail for $22,499 (a $509 increase) and will feature Carbon Fiber / Liquid Metal as the color combination.
2017 Yamaha YZF-R1
So what if the 2017 Yamaha YZF-R1 is essentially unchanged from last year? In 2016, the R1 notched MotoAmerica Road Racing Championships in Superbike and Superstock 1000. Not too shabby, eh? The 2017 colors of Team Yamaha Blue or Raven still wrap around that 998cc high-output crossplane-crankshaft inline-Four that sings a song so stirring that it will stop enthusiasts mid-sentence just to hear one go by at full-song. The R1 may lack the electronic suspenders of the M, but it still has a raft of electronic aids, including banking-sensitive Traction Control, Slide Control, Wheel Lift Control, Quickshifter, Launch Control, and ABS, among others. The retail price will be $209 higher at $16,699.
2017 Yamaha YZF-R1S
For a $1,700 less than the R1, the 2017 YZF-R1S utilizes much of the same technology though sacrificing some of the weight-saving features. What the R1S delivers is more affordable, real-world R1 performance. The color scheme for the R1S is Cerulean Silver / Raven , and the MSRP will be $14,999.
2017 Yamaha YZF-R3
How good is the Yamaha YZF-R3? In 2015, the R3 finished second in our Beginner-Ish Sportbike Shootout by a mere percentage point on the famed MO Scorecard. So, while the majority of the R3 returns unchanged, Yamaha chose to add an additional model to the R3 line-up. The YZF-R3 ABS is the same 321cc, four-stroke, fuel-injected Twin we loved when it was released – only with ABS. For street riders, particularly novices, the inclusion of ABS is great news. The colorways will also separate the two models, with the YZF-R3 ABS sporting Vivid White and Matte Black, while the standard R3 will have Matte Black and Team Yamaha Blue / Silver color choices. The two R3s will retail at $5,299 and $4,999, respectively.
2017 Yamaha FJR1300ES
A perennial sport-touring favorite, the Yamaha FJR1300ES returns for 2017. After making FJR owners around the country jump for joy at the inclusion of the long-awaited a 6-speed transmission, Yamaha clearly felt that the only change necessary was removing the FJR1300A from the 2017 manifest. Aside from the electronic suspension represented by the ES in the model designation, riders who buy the FJR in 2017 will get to appreciate the super-bright LED headlight, complete with LED cornering lights. The beefy 1298cc, DOHC, 16 valve, liquid-cooled inline-Four has proven for years that it has the long-distance chops for grinding out the miles. The information panel provides all the data a rider needs without the fluff of other bikes. Touring amenities like electronically adjustable windscreen and heated grips help the rider tune the cockpit’s microclimate. An Assist & Slipper (A&S) Clutch makes around-town operation easier on the hands. The color-matched hard bags complete the package. The 2017 color is Raven, and the $17,999 price is a mere $9 more than last year’s FJR. Look for the FJR to arrive in dealerships in November.
2017 Yamaha FJ-09
Based on the first generation FZ-09, the 2017 FJ-09 adds some creature comforts to the 847cc Triple. With a windshield capable of protecting riders from the element, the FJ-09 is ready to rack up some miles. Toss on a set of the accessory saddlebags to help make traveling easier. The 2017 FJ-09 has two color choices: Galaxy Blue or Intensity White. After that decision is made, go to a Yamaha dealership in February prepared to spend $10,699.
2017 Yamaha Super Ténéré/Super Ténéré ES
Look in the dictionary under rage – as in, all the – and you’ll see a photo of an adventure-touring bike. The Super Ténéré ES and its 1199cc parallel-Twin will get you where you want to go with its electronically adjustable suspension. Using the same interface as the FJR1300ES, the suspenders can be altered over four preload settings. The three damping levels can also be fine-tuned in seven steps. The Super Ténéré has the same features as the ES, save for the electronically adjustable suspension, which is why the Super Ténéré retails at $15,099 instead of the $16,199 of the ES. Strangely, the more expensive Super Ténéré ES has only Cobalt Blue for color, while the Super Ténéré lets buyers chose from Cobalt Blue or Desert Sandstone.
2017 Yamaha FZ-07
How can the 2017 FZ-07 be listed in both the new models and the returning models? Well, the new FZ-07 receives ABS while the returning version is the same as it ever was. Which means that the 689cc parallel-Twin that the MO staff keeps fighting over when we have one in our stable will still be around for riders to purchase for at least another year. The torquey, fun-to-ride FZ isn’t just popular on the street, it’s been making inroads in flat track racing, too. Bring $7,199 to a Yamaha dealership in February and be prepared to choose from the Rapid Red, Glacier Blue and Matte Silver colors.
2017 Yamaha FZ6R
The 2017 Yamaha FZ6R may be old school, but that doesn’t keep it from being a good value. Using a fuel-injected, 600cc inline-Four that mounts as a stressed member to the steel frame, the FZ6R performance capabilities and a real-world comfortable riding position at an easy-to-swallow $7,799. Available in Matte Silver for 2017, the FZ6R will arrive in Yamaha showrooms in October.
2017 Yamaha VMax
The VMax name is instantly recognizable as an important part of motorcycling history. With a V4 engine that is best described as iconic, the Max is all about the engine – and attitude. Riders who have been fortunate enough to experience V-Boost will never forget the first time they opened the throttle of the 1,679cc beast. Shaft drive keeps maintenance to a minimum, and a slipper clutch assists in downshifts. Available in Rapid Red, the 2017 Yamaha VMax will be available in dealerships this month for $17,999.
2017 Yamaha XSR900
Just this week, the XSR900 was featured in a shootout in which it captured the hearts of the more performance-focused editors (essentially all of them). So, Yamaha returning the XSR900 as a 2017 model is a good thing. After all, what really needed to be done to 847cc Triple, anyway. The XSR is buzzword-compliant with Traction Control and an Assist & Slipper Clutch, and the aluminum-framed package has a winning personality. The friendly XSR900 will be available beginning in February for a MSRP of $9,499 in Titanium Blue.
2017 Yamaha SR400
The 2017 Yamaha SR400 is about as Sport Heritage as it gets. It even comes with a kickstarter instead of a button to push – while being firmly in the 21st Century with fuel injection. Still, if you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive and functional single-cylinder street bike, the 399cc air-cooled single may be just the thing for you. In November, $5,999 will get you an SR400 in Onyx at Yamaha dealerships.
2017 Yamaha Raider
The 2017 Yamaha Raider features a 113 c.i. air-cooled, pushrod V-Twin. Being a chopper-styled cruiser, no other powerplant would really suffice. The same can be said of the belt final drive. The Raider will be available in Raven at a price of $15,199 this month.
2017 Yamaha Stryker
Raked way out in front, the 2017 Yamaha Stryker delivers bad boy attitude from the clamshell riding position to the 26.4-inch seat height. The Stryker’s persona could only be captured with Raven paint. Available in October, the 2017 Yamaha Stryker will carry a $11,899 MSRP.
2017 Yamaha V Star 1300 Deluxe
The 2017 Yamaha V Star 1300 Deluxe is proof that baggers don’t have to cost $20,000. With an 80 c.i. V-Twin and a fork-mounted fairing in addition to the hard bags, the V Star 1300 Deluxe hits all the checklists. It even has a Bluetooth in dash audio system. The 2017 color offering is Raven, and the Deluxe will be in dealerships this month for $14,299.
2017 Yamaha V Star 1300 Tourer
With a cop-style windshield and removable locking saddlebags, the 2017 Yamaha V Star 1300 Tourer features sporty handling and a 27.2-inch seat height. Available for $12,599 this month in Galaxy Blue.
2017 Yamaha V Star 950 Tourer
The 2017 V Star 950 Tourer delivers light-weight cruiser touring with its removable windshield, passenger backrest, and removable, locking saddlebags. The 58 c.i. V-Twin’s easy-to-manage power along the 26.6-inch seat height make this $9,999 cruiser a good choice for newer riders. Available in Black Cherry this month.
2017 Yamaha V Star 250
The 2017 V Star 250 delivers a nimble ride and low seat height for around-town fun. The MSRP is $4,349 for the V Star 250 in Frost Silver, available this month.
2017 Yamaha SMax
We last tested the SMax in 2014, and it returns for 2017 in Raven. Retailing for $3,699, the Yamaha SMAX will arrive in showrooms in November.
2017 Yamaha Zuma 125
The 2017 Yamaha Zuma 125 features a steel frame with fat tires, sporting an off-roady look. Dealerships will begin receiving the $3,399 scooter in either Heat Red or Liquid Silver in November.
2017 Yamaha Zuma 50F/Zuma 50FX
The dirtbike-inspired Yamaha Zuma 50F will be sold again in 2017. With chunky tires and dual headlights, the 50F looks as fun as a 49cc scooter can be. The Zuma 50F will retail for $2,599 in Midnight Silver or Raspberry Metallic this month. The Zuma 50FX is functionally the same but sports a streamlined headlight and supersport inspired graphics. Arriving in showrooms at the same time and same price, the Zuma 50FX colors are Heat Red or Quick Silver.
2017 Yamaha Vino Classic
How about a little European flavor with your Japanese scooter? The Yamaha Vino Classic features a 49cc, fuel-injected engine providing modern engineering and topnotch fuel economy. The styling is old-world and the Deep Sea Blue / Vanilla White color way suits the style. For $2,299 one could be yours this month.