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Yamaha’s Managing Executive Officer and Director, Tatsumi Okawa (Okawa, Tatsumi), has passed away at the age of 57, leaving behind an impressive legacy with the family of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.  The Yamaha press release states that Okawa grew up in the Oita Prefecture, with an early start into the company the same year that …

On September 13th of this month, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) press conference was held virtually, covering topics affecting two-wheeled and four-wheeled vehicles alike, with the biggest elephant in the room being the up-and-coming issue of carbon neutrality.  The biggest statement of the day? The comment from Chairman Toyoda that carbon is our enemy, …

Yamaha Motor Corporation is celebrating 60 years of entry into the World Grand Prix – and what better way to celebrate than by giving us beautiful Anniversary Editions of their bikes? The report came via GlobeNewswire, along with the bikes that have been decked out for the occasion: A 2022 YZF-R3, The new 2022 YZF-R7, …

KTM, Honda, Piaggio, and Yamaha have officially signed an agreement that proves the four companies to be in full tilt toward creating a battery swapping system for the moto community. Together, they make up the founding members of the Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium (SBMC) – a syndicate passionate about renewable energy and how it could …

It’s Tuesday.  The coffee has brewed, Vivaldi is playing, and I’m hankering for something a little different.  We ask you to recall the recent past where Yamaha was making the usual boatloads of money and decided to start a partnership with the musical side of the street. The result? Project AH A MAY (“Yamaha,” spelled …

Next up on our voyage through the decades, we arrive at the 1990s. While the 80s was a decade of innovation and excitement, the party really got started in the 90s. If you were a young and impressionable youth with a taste for high-speed thrills, jaw-dropping lean angles, and a penchant for general mischief, then …

We couldn’t not write about the Batcycle, guys.  According to a report from CinemaBlend, a new Batcycle prototype will be featured in the up-and-coming Flash movie starring Ezra Miller and Ben Affleck, directed by ‘IT’ filmmaker Andy Muschietti. The film, scheduled to be released in 2022, has been in production for months now, with each …

Of all the Japanese Motorcycles ever produced, the Honda CB750 epitomizes the effect that they had on the British Motorcycle Industry. Total technical supremacy. And volume…the Brits could never hope to produce motorcycles in the sheer volumes of the combined might of Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki & Yamaha. Just when the American market was heating up …

Yamaha Motorcycles THE JAPANESE INVASION Yamaha Motorcycles were part of the onslaught of low-priced, high-quality Japanese motorcycles that overwhelmed and overcame the British motorcycle industry in the 1960s. Honda Motorcycles was the first in the US market in the very late 1950s, and they were soon followed by Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha Motorcycles. Yamaha quickly …

As we continue our journey through the decades, it’s time to take a look at the best motorcycles of the 1980s. While every decade in the industry’s history has been a transformative one, the 80s was on another level. It was a decade of immense vision, with motorcycle manufacturers pushing the boundaries of design and …

Riders Share is a motorcycle rental company that offers rentals to riders from all walks of life – and now their diverse showroom has expanded to include off-road motorcycles. According to Guillermo Cornejo, owner of Riders Share, the rental program not only offers the newest models (for all terrains) from giants such as BMW, Ducati, …

While every decade has its icons, the 1970s have so many good models to choose from. It was a time when the Japanese were really stamping their authority over the scene, flexing muscles and cylinders with each other, and driving once-mighty international brands into obscurity. Despite the changing landscape, the 70s created some of the …

This morning featured one of the most anticipated unveilings from Yamaha Motor Company – the silk sheet has officially been pulled off of the 2022 Yamaha YZF-R7. The new supersport comes packing Yamaha’s 689cc, inline twin, CP2 engine. This is the same engine featured in the Yamaha MT-07. The engine has been tried and tested …

A recent post from TMCblog revealed photos of the brand spanking new Yamaha YZF-R7, leaked from a North American source. The photos came just days before the official release date of May 18th.  Regardless of how it’s happened, the cat’s out of the bag. And man, what a cat.  A report from Asphaltandrubber on the …

Meet Raceward Studios. They’re Italian, they’re curators of state-of-the-art virtual racing games, and they’re about to welcome home their newest brainchild: RiMS Racing. If you’ve ever played Grand Theft Auto or iRacer, you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say that the huge list of options available to customize and pimp out a virtual …

News of the MV Ever Given rocked media last month since it was lodged in the Suez Canal. The disruption created global chaos as ships transporting goods were heavily delayed – let alone the items aboard the Ever Given. The ship containing 18,000 containers has since been freed but the mayhem has not ended.  As …

The 1960s was a transformative time for the motorcycle industry. As the mobility culture shifted from affordable motorcycles to affordable four-wheelers, the industry found itself at something of crossroads and on the cusp of an identity crisis. The 60s would bring about the beginning of the end for the British industry, an unexpected rise of …

Phase Two, Complete This week, Yamaha pulled the covers on their newly developed (in-house) electric motor that produces a stunning 475 horsepower. For context, the brand new 2021 Chevrolet Corvette produces around the same power figures (490), but this mighty little electric engine is quite literally a fraction the size of the 6.2L V8 found …

Ténéré Touring Potential The Yamaha Ténéré family was designed to ride on any surface, but more importantly, go the distance. To help your Ténéré 700 touring experience meet its maximum potential, Touratech has a newly introduced Comfort Seat to make your ride better on long-distance rides. Through their own testing with multiple different riders, Touratech …

Rugged, Economical, and Fun: The 2021 Yamaha Zuma 125 / BWs 125 Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links Japanese motorcycle manufacturers really know how to make practical and economical small-capacity scooters, and Yamaha has outdone itself with the Zuma 125—A.K.A the BWs 125 in Canada. This small commuting machine returns as part of …

Yamaha’s Smart City Slicker: The 2021 XMAX Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The compact and practical Yamaha XMAX returns for the new year with a number of exciting updates. Along with the Zuma 125, the XMAX is one of the most economical commuting options in the 2021 Yamaha line-up. When it comes …

The R7 May Be Next In Line We knew it was coming with the chatter that was coming from the industry back in Q4 2020 after the R6 was deleted from the 2021 Yamaha model lineup, but we now have some ‘circumstantial evidence’ pointing towards the fact that things are quickly moving forwards with the …

2021 Yamaha Super Tenerse ES: A Dakar Rally Bike For Your Own Adventures Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links It is a known fact that a lot of modern automotive and motorcycle technology first passed through the crucible of motorsport. Yamaha Motorcycles decided to test their idea of an adventure bike in quite …

According to the filings made to California Air Resources Board (CARB) that were uncovered, Yamaha will be resurrecting the YZF-R7 for an upcoming 2022 bike model. However, the name will be the only thing in common with that of the notorious 1999 YZF-R7.  The YZF-R7 was first released in 1999 as an ‘out of the …

It’s A 20th Birthday Party Although scooters can often find themselves in the bracket of lower performance due to the nature of the ‘perfect commuter’ lifestyle, Yamaha’s TMAX definitely lives up to its name. The maxi-scooter boasts a 562cc engine for supreme TMAX power, and Yamaha has decided to award the scooter a limited edition …

Four-Headed EV Hydra KTM just sent the WBW team a pretty little press release detailing “the creation of a swappable batteries consortium for motorcycles and light electric vehicles”. KTM has got Honda, Yamaha, and Piaggio involved in the deal, and this should hopefully push our EV future even further into the age of tech and …

2021 Yamaha TW200: Crafted For Your Next Off-Road Adventure Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2021 Yamaha TW200 is the continuation of a strange little dual-sport that comes out of the Japanese manufacturer. It has been in production since 1987, and is odd because it wears oversized tires that are obviously designed …

The 2021 Yamaha PW50 is a Fantastic Trail Bike for Young Enthusiasts Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2021 Yamaha PW50 is their entry-level super-junior mini trail bike. Intended for preteens, the bike is designed to be able to handle light trail work, although unlike the TT-R50E, it is not meant for …

The 2021 Yamaha TT-R50E is a Fantastic Offroad Starter Bike Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2021 Yamaha TT-R50E is designed to be the perfect beginner bike for kids and preteens that have a passion for the outdoors. Part of the whole model range philosophy of the TT-R series is family enjoyment …

2021 Yamaha TT-R110E Caters to a Younger Crowd Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2021 Yamaha TT-R110E is the bike that is meant for the young teen (under 13) to get their faces muddy and their wrists cranking for some off-road trail-riding fun. An evolution of the TT-R50E, Yamaha bikes are designed …

The 2021 Yamaha TT-R125LE is the Perfect Trail Bike Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2021 Yamaha TT-R125LE is a bike that is positioned perfectly in the trail bike lineup to offer the teenage rider trail riding excitement, while also helping them learn how to handle off-road terrain. Geared more towards a …

The 2021 Yamaha TT-R230: Built For Offroad Fun Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2021 Yamaha TT-R230 is the top of the trail riding model line. Designed for adult riders, both new and experienced, it provides the best platform for trail riding and being able to conquer everything from flat dirt to …

2021 Yamaha WR250F: Serious Enduro Competition From A Serious Bike Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2021 WR250 is a reworking of Yamaha Motorcycles’ WR250F motocross racer into a capable enduro cross country racer. With knowledge learned from multiple national and international enduro championships over the decades, the bike has some serious …

The 2021 Yamaha WR450F is the Best Enduro Yamaha Has To Offer! Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The WR450F is an all-new evolution of Yamaha’s supercross race, taking the power and speed into cross country and enduro racing for 2021. With knowledge learned from multiple national and international enduro championships over the …

The 2021 Yamaha YZ65 is the Perfect MotoCross Starter Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2021 YZ65 is where off-road competition begins for Yamaha Motorcycles. Powered by a 2-stroke, air cooled single cylinder, the bike is designed from the ground up to meet Junior Motocross 65cc class regulations, and is intended for …

MotoCross Perfection For The Junior Classes Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The YZ85 is the next step up in Junior Motocross competition gear from Yamaha’s 2021 lineup. Powered by an 85cc 2-stroke, air cooled single cylinder, the bike is designed for the advanced junior rider between the ages 10 and 13 for …

The 2021 Yamaha YZ125: MotoCross Perfection For The Junior Classes Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2021 YZ125 is the first step into serious competition from Yamaha. Powered by a 125cc 2-stroke, liquid-cooled single cylinder, the bike is designed by the Japanese manufacturer for everything from weekend motocross to national and world …

The 2021 Yamaha YZ250: MotoCross Competition With A Big Engine! Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2021 YZ250 is Yamaha’s entry into professional national motocross. Powered by a 250cc 2-stroke, liquid-cooled, crankcase reed-valve single cylinder, the bike is designed to take a complete thrashing and still win every heat. The no-compromises mentality …

The 2021 Yamaha YZ250F: Serious MotoCross From A Serious Bike Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links If the 2021 YZ250 is Yamaha’s entry into professional national motocross, the YZ250F is designed to jump another class up into lower level supercross and pro 4-stroke motocross. Powered by a 250cc 4-stroke, liquid-cooled single cylinder, this …

2021 Yamaha YZ450F: SuperCross Capable Without Question Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2021 YZ450F is Yamaha’s most powerful motocross specific bike. Using a 450cc 4-stroke liquid-cooled engine with titanium valves, the bike produces a serious 53 HP and 33 lb-ft of torque. Like the other off-road models in the 2021 lineup, …