Yamaha

Yamaha RD125B Road Test

The Yamaha RD125 is a strange mix of ages, taking much of its architecture and design from the Yamaha’s of the 60s. With only minor engine mods separating it from the early AS3 range, it is a small and compact…

 

Yamaha FJ1100

The Yamaha FJ series are great big, dependable bikes with a large following and buoyant owner club. As bikes go the FJ is easily capable of travelling huge distance in double quick time, and with the maximum of rider comforts but, would you consider racing one against pure sports machines? The track is a different arena to the open road and the stocky FJ with its wide girth and slow handling is surely no place for it to excel.

 

Street Special Yamaha R1-Z

To the average UK motorcyclist the R1-Z will appear strangely familiar, and yet not instantly recognisable. There is just enough of the usual indications telling you it is a Yamaha and you really ought to know which one but, most will have no idea exactly what model it is.

 

Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP Road Test

The late 80s saw the race between the big four Japanese manufactures hot up to fever pitch with all manner of takes on the perfect high performance machine. The answer to the problem appeared to be outright power, with scant…

 

Yamaha DT175 Road Test

Fanfare for the common man Back in 1969, Yamaha were the first to put a trail bike into production and by the mid 70s the idea had caught on in the UK. The delightful DT series created a new way…

 

Yamaha RD700 Street Special

Yamaha 700cc Four There has rarely been a series of machines more desirable, or mysterious, than the big Yamaha racing fours of the mid 70s. Before the types introduction, 750cc racing machines were based upon modified road bikes, the rules…

 

Yamaha RD125LC Road Test

New world order The RD125LC was borne out of a potentially disastrous time for UK and European motorcyclists. Pre 1982, the learner laws allowed all over the age of seventeen to buy a pair of “L” plates and instantly gain…

 

Yamaha XS1100 Road Test

Yamaha’s 70s flying machine – Living life to XS Yamaha were late arriving at the big bike party, an early attempt, with a heavy and dated 750cc triple, saw them at the rear of the performance race but that was…