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Amidst the chaos of industry news that we covered during the pandemic (a sample being the magnesium shortage, the semiconductor chip shortage, and a monopoly of shipment bids surrounding the Ever Given’s extended date with the Suez canal), comes an update on the sales side of the in-and-out-and-in-again lockdowns. RideApart tells us that brands such …

We’ve just been given the heads up that Yamaha has joined forces with Kawasaki in their quest to build a hydrogen engine for the moto-minded masses.   While hydrogen might not be the number one alternative to fossil fuel motorcycle engines, it’s got great potential for reducing our emissions worldwide. As stated by InterestingEngineering, “Hydrogen engines …

Yamaha Motor USA has been able to expand their funds for their ‘bLU cRU’ Off-Road Racing Contingency Program to a yummy $6 million – that’s a 17% increase in green for amateur racers, according to Yamaha’s press release.  We’re told that the money will be spread out to AMA professional Supercross, AMA professional Motocross and …

Yamaha has started a campaign meant to share stories and experiences that are close to home with bike lovers country-wide – and the bike of choice is none other than the entry-friendly XSR125 Word is still out on whether Yamaha will ever bring this bike stateside…with the American market taking full advantage of wee fun …

Yamaha USA’s got a new CEO! America, meet Mike Chrzanowski – founding member of Yamaha’s Global Manufacturing Committee and vice chairman of Global Executive Transformation for Manufacturing According to the report from MPN, Mike Chrzanowski succeeds Kazuhiro Kuwata, who has served as president of YMUS since 2018. Having begun his journey with Yamaha USA (YMUS) …

Holy Motorcycles, Batman – It’s Built Around an Original Catalina 250! The dawn is coming – and by all accounts, it’s coming in the form of a replica Batcycle about to go up for auction.  Our report for today’s bit of gossip comes from TopSpeed, along with the news that the Mecum auction house will …

…and They Just Might Join Forces and Co-Develop a Hydrogen Engine To Speed Things Along In a recent Joint Press Conference posted on YouTube by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (Kawasaki Heavy Industries), Subaru Corporation (Subaru), Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota), Mazda Motor Corporation (Mazda), and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Yamaha Motor), the topic was carbon neutrality …

When we last covered what White Motorcyle Concepts (WMC) was up to, they’d just finished putting a hole in the WMC250EV – a bike intended to eventually break the Electric Land Speed Record.  Now, there’s movement coming from the other end of their website – and it’s a project that’s revealed a bike reminiscent (at …

Our favorite Team Blue racer hasn’t been very happy with his race bikes lately – and he’s putting his foot down for the 2023 contract.  The report from MotorSport.com states that 2022’s pre-season test ended with Quartararo snatching up ninth fastest and 0.707 seconds off the pace – far from where the man wants to …

Take Away Two Wheels And Cinch Him Into A Budget When a gent by the name of Alex Jones completed a ride from New York to Los Angeles on his well-loved 2015 Yamaha FJR1300 in less than 33 hours, he wasn’t just finishing a list of goals by staying up stupidly late – he was …

Yamaha’s Doctor is now a member of the Hall of Fame – and the reality of retirement is hitting the iconic MotoGP rider pretty hard.  “I always think of this day like a nightmare, because it’s the end of a long career and I thought it would be in Valencia but in the end, I …

Yamaha has just updated the beefiest member of their MT line – and the new 2022 MT-10 is sporting a rather large upgrade.  Based on its full-fairinged YZF-R1 sibling, the report from MCN states that the 2022 MT10 will be blessed with a motor overhaul, popping the bike up 6BHP to 164bhp – a perk …

With the release of the narrow and nimble YZF-R7 this previous summer (a sibling to Yamaha’s MT-07), rumors began to circulate of another in line for the showroom floor – and word is that Yamaha’s about to putter down to the next puppy in the MT line (the MT-09) and release a similar full-fairinged fledgling …

Yamaha’s got a retro beastie headed for the EU – and the MT-09-lookalike’s 1980’s-themed makeover harkening to Christian Sarron’s racing days (its first big facelift since 2016) is just the thing to pair with the updated Euro5 compliance.  The XSR900 has always followed in the footsteps of its sibling, the MT-09. Now that the MT-09 …

Yamaha’s just announced that they’ve got a total of $115,000 USD in grants from their Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) to push toward “grassroots efforts across the country, aiding in protecting and improving access to public land for outdoor recreation.” Here’s a list of the companies that will be receiving the dough:  Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area: …

It’s been a hot minute since Yamaha Brazil came out with their highly-popular Star Wars-themed NMaxes – and given their flair for the cinematic (and the addictive combo of red and gold), it’s no surprise that they decided to collab with Marvel for access to Stark’s suit of armor.  MotoPinas states that Yamaha’s new Iron …

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 …