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First Ride: Testing the 2022 Yamaha R7 on the road and track

Can you call a motorcycle a 'sportbike' if it only makes 73 hp? Yamaha seems to think so. We went to Spain, to test the new Yamaha R7 on the road, and on the...

Yamaha Tracer 900 GT – The Tracer is ‘Complete’ at Last!

The ‘Sports Touring’ class is becoming more and more relevant. As technology has advanced, these bikes have become capable of performance that was the preserve of pure sport bikes of a few years back....

Throttle Therapy: Yamaha MT-09 SP Review

The exciting and oh-so-affordable Yamaha MT-09 made waves when it first appeared back in 2013. Now a few years down the line, the MT has undoubtedly become one of Yamaha’s greatest success stories. But...

First Ride: The Yamaha Ténéré 700 Rally Edition

The new Yamaha Ténéré 700 bears a legendary name—but does this much-hyped adventure bike live up to the legacy of the original 80s legend? Our man in Europe, Philippe Guillaume, managed to get a...

Fast, Smart and Useful: The Yamaha TMAX Tech MAX 560

The first Yamaha TMAX rolled out of the factory back in 2001—a 500 cc twist-and-go parallel twin with a sporty edge and practical features. Yes indeed, it was the birth of the very first...

Yamaha MT-03 – a Chip off the Old Block!

Yamaha's first incarnation of the MT, the MT-01, was born in 2005—a holy matrimony between a 1,670 cc v-twin and a supersport chassis, that paved the way for the 'MT' lineage. In more recent...

Yamaha Tracer 900 GT – Middleweight Sports Touring Weapon

Yamaha’s Tracer has been around a while. Endowed with their wonderful CP – 3, 847cc three-cylinder motor, it hits something of a sweet spot for me. It is big enough to be comfortable two...

Chariot of fire! The Yamaha Niken

I have always wondered how it was in ancient times, being in the Egyptian army. If you were fortunate enough, you would be aboard a horse-drawn chariot, carving your way through sand and rocks...

2019 Yamaha YZF-R3: The Pocket Rocket

Our story takes place in 1995, in an industrial town of Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan. I can only picture the scene looking somewhat science fiction like, with Kunihiko Miwa the engineer tasked with creating the next...

Revisited: Yamaha MT-07 Tracer

Back in 2017 I reviewed the Tracer version of Yamaha’s MT-07. Read my review (Yamaha MT-07 Tracer – Middleweight Cruise Missile), and you will see that I was pretty taken with the bike. Essentially...

Yamaha MT-07 Tracer – Middleweight Cruise Missile

The introduction of a Tracer version of Yamaha’s excellent 700cc parallel-engined middleweight, brings a whole new set of skills to this class. Naked motorcycles, whilst a lot of fun, are limited on the practicality...

Yamaha X-Max 300 – First Ride Impressions!

Out of all the bikes I have ridden this year, the one that surprised me the most was the 2017 Yamaha T-Max. Why you might ask? Well, let me explain. In ‘T’ mode the...

The 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6

The Yamaha R6 is an enigma. I absolutely love it and yet there are times when I detest it. Here is the thing. I first rode it around Kyalami. It was early in the...

Yamaha MT-10 SP & Touring Edition – Riding Impressions!

A limited number of the MT-10 ‘Touring Edition’ and range topping ‘SP’, Yamaha roadsters, are available for sale at selected Yamaha dealers. These bikes, were bought by Yamaha SA, after the recent World launch...

Ride Review: Yamaha MT-09

When Yamaha debuted the MT-09 in 2013, it was clear very quickly that they had hit upon a winning formula. It looked great, was small and compact but punched way above its weight; it...

Ride Review: Yamaha FJR 1300

As the old saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun”. Well, I’ve been having plenty of that this week testing the Yamaha FJR 1300. It is hard to believe that the FJR is...

Ride Review: Yamaha XSR900

It seems as if the more we look forward and advance the technology of motorcycles, the more we look behind us for inspiration. The modern craze for ‘retro’ bikes is well and truly upon...

Ride Review: Yamaha MT-10

Let’s face it; South African’s don’t really have a love affair with the naked bike. Show them an adventure bike and they’ll jump through hoops to buy one: show them a superbike and the...

Ride Review: Yamaha MT-07

Of all the Japanese manufacturers, Yamaha, over the years, has built interesting, almost enigmatic bikes. Whilst catering to the mainstream motorcyclist, they have, with certain models, built bikes with rare appeal - the appeal...

Ride Review: Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

Yamaha has a history of building user friendly sports touring motorcycles. Think of the Fazers, 1000cc and 600cc sport bike engines slotted into ergonomically pleasing riding positions and offering good value for money. With...

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