Some New Dirt Models Among Yamaha's (Partial) Class Of 2020

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Yamaha’s bringing back several models for 2020, mostly with new graphics. See them below, along with a huge photo gallery.

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2020 Star Venture

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, today introduced the 2020 Star Venture, a luxurious, technologically advanced transcontinental touring motorcycle that offers riders the opportunity to journey further than ever before. The Star Venture incorporates convenient features like Sure-Park forward and reverse parking assist, dual-zone audio capability, drive mode settings that adjust throttle response, traction control, an adjustable rider backrest, heated handlebar grips, heated rider and passenger seats and backrests, a multi-function infotainment system and more. Combined with Yamaha’s renowned quality, performance, and reliability, the Star Venture represents the very top of the luxury motorcycle touring segment.

Developed specifically for the needs of long-distance touring, the Star Venture boasts a massive and torque-rich 113 cubic inch (1854cc) air-cooled V-twin engine to deliver a smooth and comfortable ride on long days in the saddle. A six-speed transmission makes the most of the huge low-end torque, from brisk acceleration in lower gears to relaxed highway cruising.

Yamaha’s Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T), a ride-by-wire throttle control system, converts the rider’s grip input into calculated throttle control providing precise and refined responsiveness. Yamaha D-Mode allows the rider to choose from two different throttle response settings (an ultra-smooth touring mode, and a sport mode for sharper response), while the traction control system helps prevent wheel spin while accelerating. A finely-tuned cruise control system also comes standard on the Star Venture, assisting with reduced rider fatigue and improved fuel economy.

As the most technologically advanced luxury touring motorcycle in history, the Star Venture features Yamaha’s Sure-Park System that provides forward and reverse drive modes which simplify potentially tricky parking situations, even on rough or poor-traction surfaces. The unique infotainment system provides direct access to vehicle controls, data, and a range of audio sources and wireless Bluetooth communications through a 7-inch, full-color LCD touchscreen that incorporates handlebar controls and voice command accessibility.

The Star Venture’s light and responsive feel results from an advanced hybrid chassis that creates straight-line stability balanced with agile handling, and suspension that provides ideal bump absorption while retaining performance at higher speeds on curvy roads.

Unbeatable braking confidence is achieved through Yamaha’s Unified Braking System, which dynamically adjusts front and rear brake force balance in real time to ensure linear braking feel and power, combined with a refined antilock braking system (ABS) that prevents wheel lock-ups when dealing with reduced-traction road conditions.

Airflow and temperature control has been carefully considered to optimize rider comfort. A stylish full-coverage fairing and electronically adjustable windscreen provide ample wind protection, while external visors at the middle of the fairing and lower vents located near the floorboards can be adjusted to direct air towards or away from riders depending on conditions. Heated contact points in the handlebar grips, seats, and backrests all come as standard equipment to keep riders and passengers warm when the temperature drops.

Packing for long journeys on the Star Venture is no problem thanks to side cases, a top case, and faring storage compartments that provide a combined total of 37.3 gallons of storage volume. Yamaha’s Smart Key system with remote key fob allows for easy access to the luggage system and fuel tank cap, provides for simplified starting, and offers an “answer-back” function for locating the motorcycle in a crowded parking area. All-LED lighting looks sharp and keeps the road bright at night, and a class-leading 6.6-gallon fuel tank means plenty of time between fuel stops.

Transcontinental (TC) Option Package
In addition to LED fog lights, a range of infotainment upgrades comes with the Star Venture Transcontinental Option Package. GPS navigation with points-of-interest and route logging helps to simplify the planning, sharing, and uploading of ride routes from a home computer. A CB radio system can link riders to others on the road, while SiriusXM and SiriusXM Travel Link provides satellite music, weather, and traffic information. An extra pair of high-output passenger speakers and Yamaha’s exclusive Dual Zone audio control allows rider and passenger to select different audio sources, hold private phones calls and more with an accessory headset and mic. Add it all up, and the TC Option Package offers one of the most advanced infotainment systems ever featured on a motorcycle.

The 2020 Yamaha Star Venture will be available in Granite Gray and a new Impact Blue color scheme for an MSRP of $24,999 for base models and $26,999 for models equipped with the Transcontinental Option Package. All models and colors will begin arriving at authorized Yamaha dealerships beginning in November.

Journey Further
Yamaha Star transcontinental tourers combine powerful and emotional fuel-injected V-Twin performance, state-of-the-art infotainment technology, the ultimate in rider/passenger comfort, and heart-pounding style – all designed to help riders journey further than ever before.

2020 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition YZF-R3

Built from the racing DNA of Yamaha’s R World Supersport motorcycle pedigree, the YZF-R3’s advanced twin-cylinder engine, nimble handling, and R-series design make it the top choice for street and track riders seeking Lightweight Supersport performance. Beginning in July, the pure racing spirit of Yamaha’s legendary MotoGP team makes its way to the new 2020 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition YZF-R3 Supersport motorcycle, further expanding the racing DNA connection with a special livery.

This special edition YZF-R3 calls to its racing pedigree with an edgy, aggressive look that reflects the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP YZR-M1’s styling, made famous by MotoGP superstars Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales.

A genuine Supersport bike, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition YZF-R3 has the performance to match the aggressive styling it displays. The 321cc liquid-cooled eight-valve fuel injected engine delivers smooth-running and quick-revving power. Yamaha’s all-aluminum DiASil cylinder combined with forged aluminum pistons ensures excellent heat dissipation with an innovative offset design that improves power and fuel efficiency.

The YZF-R3’s lightweight steel frame delivers the perfect balance of rigidity and weight. The long, asymmetrical swingarm design maximizes the efficient transmission of engine power to the rear wheel, while a preload-adjustable KYB rear shock with Monocross optimizes mass centralization. Combined with a KYB inverted front fork, a 30.7-inch (780mm) seat height, and approximately 50/50 front-rear weight distribution, the YZF-R3 provides nimble handling around town and on the race track.

The new 2020 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition YZF-R3 is the ultimate homage to the YZR-M1 MotoGP look and will be available at authorized Yamaha dealers beginning in July for an MSRP of $5,599.

Key Features:

  • R-Series body styling with Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP livery
  • 321cc, inline two-cylinder engine
  • Compact and lightweight chassis
  • Inverted front fork with optimized spring and damping settings
  • Digital LCD multi-function meter with a clean, modern layout
  • Redefined Sportbike ergonomics for improved confidence
  • 10-spoke cast aluminum wheels and Dunlop radial tires
  • Powerful ABS braking system with 298mm front disc and 220mm rear disc
  • 3.7-gallon fuel tank and 56 mile-per-gallon fuel efficiency
R World is Calling
Yamaha has a rich heritage of building the most sought after Supersport motorcycles designed to deliver the pinnacle of performance on and off the track. From the rider-friendly YZF-R3 to the competition-focused YZF-R1M, the Yamaha R-series model lineup provides options for riders of all skill levels to experience the pure exhilaration of R World.Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency

The 2020 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition YZF-R3 is eligible for Yamaha’s bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency Program. Registered riders can earn contingency payouts via a bLU cRU debit card, receive a 10% rebate on GYTR parts and accessory purchases of up to $1,000, and receive an instant $45 credit at

For complete details on how to register for the Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racing Contingency Program visit

2020 YZ250F

Last year, the 2019 YZ250F introduced all-new engine, frame, and bodywork designs with features never-before seen on a 250cc class motorcycle to deliver more mid-range and top-end power, and class-leading engine performance. Yamaha’s championship-winning design returns with the 2020 YZ250F.

Sporting an electric start, 250cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine housed in an aluminum bilateral beam frame, and suspended by industry leading KYB spring type forks and KYB rear shock, the 2020 YZ250F provides the ultimate balance of race-winning performance, rideability and comfort. The motorcycle also continues to feature Yamaha’s advanced racing technology including dual-mode switchable engine mapping and wireless connectivity for the Yamaha Power Tuner App.

The 2020 YZ250F will be available from dealers this month in Team Yamaha Blue and Gray for $8,199 MSRP.

2020 YZ125 and YZ250

Yamaha’s YZ125 and YZ250 models return for 2020 to complete Yamaha’s full-size lineup of motocross bikes. Lightweight aluminum frames, Yamaha’s patented Power Valve System (YPVS™), and reed-valve inducted engines provide an incredible power-to-weight ratio while maintaining Yamaha’s excellent reliability and durability. Both the YZ125 and YZ250 each sport industry leading KYB spring-type fork and KYB rear shock for unmatched comfort and performance on the track.

The 2020 YZ125 and YZ250 will begin arriving at Yamaha dealerships this month in Team Yamaha Blue for $6,499 and $7,399 MSRP, respectively.

2020 YZ85 and YZ65

Yamaha’s 2020 youth models, the YZ85 and YZ65, are ready to tackle the track with winning performance out of the gate. They are respectively powered by confidence-inspiring 85cc and 65cc two-stroke engines featuring YPVS for broad, tractable power across the rev range without losing peak power at high RPM — improving rideability and reducing the need for frequent shifting. Industry-leading 36mm KYB spring type forks and KYB rear shock are fully adjustable for compression and rebound, and contribute to class-leading handling and performance in a wide range of conditions. Four-way, adjustable handlebar positioning as well as lever reach adjustability are designed for ultimate rider comfort regardless of size. Finally, with two-stroke ease of maintenance and Yamaha’s proven durability, the 2020 YZ85 and YZ65 are built to keep kids on the track.

The 2020 YZ85 and YZ65 will both be available from dealers this month in Team Yamaha Blue for $4,599 MSRP.

All-New 2020 YZ125X

Designed to be the perfect step up to a full-size cross-country machine, this lightweight two-stroke is the pinnacle of performance on the racecourse.

An all-new model for 2020, the Yamaha YZ125X is optimized for the unique demands of Hare Scrambles and GNCC racing. It sports Yamaha’s Power Valve System-equipped (YPVS™) 125cc, liquid-cooled, two-stroke, reed-valve-inducted engine, combined with a six-speed transmission tuned for smooth, wide, and controllable power character across the rev range. This backwoods racer is built on an ultra-lightweight aluminum frame carefully engineered for the perfect balance of rigidity and flex.

Cross-country performance of the YZ125X is optimized with model specific digital CDI ignition settings, new power valve shape, open timing, open duration, as well as a new cylinder head combustion chamber shape, all of which are focused on creating broad power delivery that suits off-road terrain and a wide range of rider skill levels.

The 2020 YZ125X is further equipped to endure the punishing terrain of cross-country racing with durability and comfort-enhancing features including a sealed O-ring chain, a standard side stand, and fuel tank petcock with reserve position. Fully adjustable, industry-leading KYB® speed-sensitive spring-type suspension has been tested and tuned specifically for the needs of cross-country racers. Enduro-specific Dunlop® Geomax AT81 tires with an 18-inch rear are ready to head straight to the races thanks to taller sidewalls for improved comfort and reduced pinch flats. A large 270mm front disc brake coupled with high-performance pad material offers outstanding machine control and performance, with exceptional stopping power and controllability for tight wooded trails.

The all-new 2020 YZ125X will be available from dealers this month in Team Yamaha Blue for $6,699 MSRP.

New 2020 YZ250FX

This cross-country racer has all the features to win including the smartphone power tuner app that adjusts the bikes settings to your style and the track.

The 2020 YZ250FX is an out-of-the-box Hare Scrambles and GNCC competition machine. Based on the championship-winning 2019 YZ250F, it features Yamaha’s revolutionary front-intake, rear-exhaust, liquid-cooled, DOHC four-stroke power plant with an added sixth gear, wide ratio transmission, and a range of cross-country upgrades. Yamaha’s latest generation, aluminum bilateral beam frame delivers strength, lightness and durability for the tight, technical terrain of cross-country racing while still providing optimum stability in fast sections. The bike also features improved electronics including a compact, center mounted electric start system powered by an ultra-lightweight, four-cell, lithium-ion battery to minimize restart delays mid-race and add convenience everywhere else.

All-new bodywork on the YZ250FX is slimmer than ever, giving the bike a compact, nimble feel and easing rider movement across the machine in tough terrain. Fully adjustable, industry-favorite KYB suspension is specifically tuned for off-road racing and combined with Dunlop MX3S tires with 18-inch rear to deliver excellent comfort and durability in harsh conditions. Additionally, the YZ250FX is equipped with performance and convenience including four-position rubber-mounted handlebar clamps, a side-stand, wireless connectivity with the Yamaha Power Tuner App, and new for 2020, a handlebar-mounted map switch to adjust preselected engine maps on the fly.

The 2020 YZ250FX will be available from dealers in September in Team Yamaha Blue for $8,499 MSRP.

2020 YZ450FX

Built for cross-country domination with electric start and smartphone power tuner app that adjusts the bike’s settings for various rider styles and track conditions.

The 2020 YZ450FX utilizes Yamaha’s distinct reward-slanted cylinder, 449cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine design, complete with rear exhaust and forward-mounted intake system all working together to deliver class leading power and controllability for cross-country racing. Its bilateral beam frame and engine mounting position optimizes the machine’s rigidity balance, resulting in improved cornering ability and traction, while industry-leading KYB suspension is specifically tuned to provide comfort and performance in the toughest of off-road conditions. Rider convenience is also a priority in the YZ450FX with enhancements including Yamaha’s ultra-lightweight electric start system for effortless restarts under pressure, wireless connectivity with the Yamaha Power Tuner app for precision tunability directly from a smart phone and a handlebar-mounted map switch to choose between user defined engine maps on the fly.

The 2020 YZ450FX will be available from Yamaha dealers in August in Team Yamaha Blue for $9,599 MSRP.

2020 YZ250X

Engineered with all the reliability and durability you’ve come to expect from Yamaha, this 2‑stroke was made to win cross‑country races.

Yamaha’s 2020 YZ250X delivers classic two-stroke performance to cross-country racing. Its lightweight aluminum frame together with specifically tuned KYB spring type forks and rear shock provide unmatched handling performance and comfort in GNCC style conditions. The 249cc, reed-valve inducted engine, mated with a wide-ratio 5-speed transmission is race-ready. Based on the YZ250 motocross model, the YZ250X features a revised compression ratio, exhaust port, power valve timing, and model specific CDI unit for improved trail performance. All these features are focused on creating a wide, controllable power character along with light, nimble, and precise handling ideal for cross-country racing.

The 2020 YZ250X will be available from dealers this month in Team Yamaha Blue for $7,599 MSRP.

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