NEW Yamaha FJR1300

FJR1300

Yamaha have upgraded their flagship sports tourer to make it an even more outstanding way to see the world. It still has the comfort of a sports tourer but is now rocking the looks of a sports bike, including lot’s of extra stuff, like a new 6-speed transmission, assist and slipper clutch, front and rear Led Headlights, Fully adjustable screen, cowl, seat and handlebars, yamaha D-MODE, cruise control, traction control, 25ltr Tank, electronic adjustable suspension, upside-down forks, heated grips and 12v socket, these are just some of the features. The new FJR looks super cool in black, not to sure about the silver version. It also looks nice without the side luggage, which is a good thing, as the entry level model doesn’t come with them.

FJR1300A Entry level £13,299

FJR1300AE adjustable suspension £14,799

FJR1300AS automatic £15,499

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XSR900

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Yamaha have added to their amazing sports heritage range, which is one of the most exciting and diverse ranges of motorcycles to come out of Japan. The XSR is a retro looking naked bike with the latest in-line 3 cylinder 850cc Crossplane concept engine held in with an aluminium frame and swing arm. Despite the retro looks, the XSR has a new digital display, but it’s housed in a old round analog speedo case. It shares the same mean looks as the XJR1300 and comes in 3 colours, silver grey, navy blue and yamaha 60th anniversary yellow. They have also followed the likes of Ducati and Harley and have a lot of add-on-accessories that they can uniquely style your bike with, so you don’t ride out the showroom beside someone else on the exact same bike. Starts at £7,849 then add a few quid for extras.

MT-10

Yamaha has rolled out a masterpiece naked bike. The new flagship model of the MT section, the MT-10 is a naked R1, with all the street smarts of the MT-09 but with a bit more of everything.

Using the 998cc, 4 cylinder “cp4” Crossplane engine on a short wheel base chassis give plenty of torque. It also has a Aluminium Deltabox main frame, 17ltr fuel tank, Multi function LCD instruments  and assist and slipper (A&S) clutch. You can get this bike in Black, Black and Green or Black and Blue. No price yet, but I think it will fall between the R1 and MT-09.

Ghost Rider

Ghost Rider motorcyle

No, it’s not been in a horrible accident, this is the Yamaha V-max that replaced the Harley in the second Ghost Rider film. It takes a lot for Americans to change an America classic for a Japanese cruiser, but the V-max is an incredible machine, menacing, iconic looks, producing more than 200hp from the 1,700cc engine. Unfortunately it didn’t make the film a classic, but it certainly helped Yamaha promote their flagship cruiser. If you have one, you can pretend your Johnny Blaze, but don’t go setting it on fire, thats just special effects.

Bikes in TV shows and Movies

I like movies and tv when i’m not out on my bike, even more when they have bikes in them. So i thought I’d start a new section that I could put some of the iconic bikes from the screen into my blog.
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The first one I thought I would put in was the bike used in the latest season of the Walking Dead. They use a modified Honda CB750, with a front end off a Yamaha YZF-R6. Applying some rustic paint and chunky tyres, and you have an ideal bike for touring the apocaliptic back woods of a zombie filled America. Plus there is space for your crossbow on the back. This was the second bike the character “Daryl” has used in the show, the first bike will appear at some point later.

2015 Scottish Motorcycle Show

This years Scottish Motorcycle show was held at the Royal Highland Centre with most of the manufacturers displaying the latest models. Yamaha had the new bikes on display including the new XJR1300 & XJR1300 racer.

also on display was the V-max (celebrating 30 years) and looking mean, the excellent custom styled XV950 R, a special edition MT-09 the new R1-M, and a custom version of the XV950.

A nice collection of old Ducati’s got my camera clicking

Other bikes that stood out were the Honda VFR, Kawasaki Ninja H2 and a Rather nice customised Harley forty eight.

30 years of the v-max

30 year old vmax

Yamaha have a big birthday bash for the v-max, which is 30 years old this year. Yamaha have already released the carbon updated version of the new v-max, now, a german design team called JvB-moto have brought out the “Infared”, this is the original v-max, tweaked to make a “cafe racer meets dragster” style. It’s got a custom-made aluminium mudguard, a carbon-fibre headlight unit integrated into the forks and carbon wheel covers. It’s also been given clip-on bars, a carbon tank cover, and aluminium air intake scoops ‘crafted’ from those of a 1985 v-max. At the unveiling, the spokesman for yamaha said: “With the 30th Anniversary of the VMAX and the launch of the Infrared we would like to pay tribute to Kenji Ekuan for his contribution to the VMAX legend.”

A good bye…

When i passed my motorbike test back in December 2011, I could not wait to buy a bike. I decided to go and view 3 bikes, two of them away out in Falkirk, and one at a dealership in the Southside of Glasgow. My brother and I decided to go to the Glasgow one first as it was on the way. This was the bike that I ended up buying, and i didn’t go and see the other two. A 98″ dark blue Yamaha Diversion XJ600S it had low mileage, good tyres, set of panniers and sounded good when started, also within my price range.

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I went lots of places on the bike, lots of short runs round the block and long runs up the north of Scotland, every trip was an adventure, and the bike never missed a beat. I fitted it with heated grips and hand guards, raised the handle bars for a more upright seating position. When it came the time to sell the bike, I was trying to come up with scenarios that would allow me to keep my first bike as well as the new bike i had just bought, but i listened to my head and passed on the keys to someone else to discover and have fun with it. Letting go was hard to do, everyone remembers their first bike. A good bye to a good buy.

2015 Yamaha R1

Yamaha R1

The new 2015 R1 is packed with similar features to the Track version (YZR-M1). Sporting a new 998cc 200PS cross plane 4-cylinder engine that produces 230hp and weighing in at 199kg, this bike means business on the road and on the track.

This has been the flagship super sports from Yamaha since 1998 and the new updates are needed to keep it ahead of the pack, with the likes of Honda, Kawasaki and Ducati also releasing updated super sports to try and steal the crown off yamaha.

Other features include,

  • Highly advanced electronic control systems
  • 6-axis IMU with Gyro/G sensors for 3D motion data
  • Banking sensitive Traction Control/Slide Control
  • Front Lift Control and Launch Control
  • Banking sensitive Racing ABS/Unified Brake System
  • New short wheelbase aluminium Deltabox frame
  • Upward truss type swingarm/magnesium rear frame
  • Magnesium wheels and aluminium fuel tank
  • ‘One-click’ adjustable riding modes
  • New Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD instruments
Available in red and blue, not that you’ll be seeing what one passed you.