Yamaha’s subtle R1M job

A host of small updates further enhance Yamaha’s flagship YZF-R1M. It might have been overlooked thanks to the introduction of the intriguing new Niken three-wheeler stealing the limelight at EICMA, but Yamaha’s blue missile, the R1M, is to get a number of subtle updates for 2018 to keep it at the sharp end of the sportsbike spectrum. The updates will be mostly hidden, with the exception of a new Silver Blu Carbon paint job that shows off more of the bike’s carbon bodywork. Accompanying this will be a number of…

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Yamaha MT-07 and MT-09 SP double threat

Yamaha’s popular MT-07 gets an update and the MT-09 gets a flashier SP cousin. The MT range has been an enormous success for Yamaha thanks to a pair of great engines, fantastic styling and competitive pricing. For 2018 they’ve improved the range even further with an update on the MT-07 and the addition of the MT-09 SP. The MT-07 is one of Yamaha’s bestselling models due to its lively 698cc crossplane engine, so they’ve done the sensible thing and left it well alone. Instead they’ve refreshed the styling to make…

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Yamaha reveal stunning new Niken three-wheeler

One of the most dramatic bikes to be revealed at the Tokyo show this morning was this astounding production three-wheeler from Yamaha, based on the hugely popular MT-09 platform. Aiming to take the aggressive and fun attitude of the MT-09 and combine it with double the front-end grip, it’s the first leaning production three-wheeled motorcycle of its type – while Piaggio have long blazed a three-wheeled trail with their MP3 family. Yamaha Niken Highlights MT-09 based three-wheeler CP3 inline triple engine Fully adjustable suspension Traction control and rider modes Confirmed…

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Yamaha unveil new WR250F and WR450F enduro models

Yamaha have updated their WR250F and WR450F enduro models with GP-developed engine and chassis technology. Both WR models are powered by a reverse cylinder, which means the exhaust exits at the rear of the engine, increasing intake and exhaust efficiency. For 2018 the WR250F gets a new cylinder head design with reshaped intake and exhaust ports and shorter intake funnel to boost top end power. To help boost the low to mid range power Yamaha also added new camshafts and valve springs. Both the ECU and suspension have been tweaked…

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New Yamaha X-Max 400 announced

Yamaha have unveiled the new X-Max 400, set for release in autumn 2017, which the firm says has better comfort, performance and practicality than ever before. The 400cc liquid-cooled single cylinder engine is now Euro4 compliant and produces 33bhp and 26ftlb of torque, meaning its suitable for riders on an A2 licence. To help the new scoot feel zippier it now weighs 210kg – 5kg less than the previous model. Traction control comes as standard for the first time on the X-Max 400, as does ABS. Yamaha say the new…

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