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1. April 2009

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Automatic Motorcycles?

I just read in the LA Times, that Yamaha’s introduction last year of the FJR1300AE triggered a trend toward automatic motorcycles.  Honda followed with the weird looking Honda DN-01. What’ s next? heated glove compartment? With few exceptions in modern motorbiking, the two-wheeled world has broken down something like this: Manual transmission equals motorcycle (and […]

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1. April 2009

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Automatic Motorcycles?

I just read in the LA Times, that Yamaha’s introduction last year of the FJR1300AE triggered a trend toward automatic motorcycles.  Honda followed with the weird looking Honda DN-01. What’ s next? heated glove compartment? With few exceptions in modern motorbiking, the two-wheeled world has broken down something like this: Manual transmission equals motorcycle (and […]

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22. March 2009

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Harley Davidson Targeting Yamaha Riders

After years of Yamaha targeting Harley riders with the introduction of performance cruisers like the V-Star, Harley Davidson is now going after younger riders like Yamaha enthusiasts. At least according to this article in the New York Times: The V-Rod, a cruiser that costs about $17,000, is aimed at younger riders, who have been more […]

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16. March 2009

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Yamaha Will Cut Production by 24%

Yamaha Will Cut Production by 24%

The global economic crisis has affected Yamaha. NEW YORK, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Yamaha Motor Co Ltd will cut Japanese motorcycle output by 24 percent in 2009 to the lowest level in about four decades as demand drops and inventories build, the financial daily Nikkei said in its Thursday edition. The paper said production this […]

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7. March 2009

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Yamaha FZ1 at 170 MPH!

Yamaha FZ1 at 170 MPH!

Yamaha FZ1 Fazer 277kph

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7. March 2009

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Yamaha FZ1 inspiration for younget brother

Many features on the 2009 FZ6 are taken from the FZ1 In an effort to over-achieve and prove one can in fact get more than they pay for, Yamaha started at the heart of the FZ looking for improved real-world rideability. Engine lineage trickles down from the R6 of yesteryear, but aimed at improved low-end […]

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6. March 2009

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Research Sees Bikes Take on Human Features

Image by Getty Images via Daylife I wonder what bikes will look like 2 or 3 generations from now. Honda Motor scientists studying the way the brain reacts to different imagery found that motorcycles that resemble a human face — especially an angry one evoked with diagonal headlights — are “significantly” more visible to other […]

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