Yamaha

Yamaha XS650 B Road Test

For such a large capacity machine, the XS is physically small. The lithe and compact bike feels, and indeed looks, as if it was created out of left over RD chassis and cycle parts with a big lump of a…

 

Yamaha RD80LC Restoration

Baby LC Never a massively popular machine in the UK, the baby LC is arguably the most pleasing aesthetically, although getting one back to running order can prove tricky with an ever decreasing parts situation and scant knowledge to fall…

 

Yamaha TZ750

The TZ750 story begins during the latter part of 1970 when Yamaha felt upstaged by the other Japanese manufacturers progress with large capacity Superbikes. Honda had the CB750, Suzuki the GT750 and Kawasaki the H2, while the nearest that Yamaha had to a big bike was the hopelessly outclassed XS twin and they vowed to do something about the situation.

 

Yamaha RD500 LC Restoration

Yamaha’s first true race replica caused a scene when it was launched back in 1984 and the furore carries on today, the bike achieving a true cult status and with it, a large following. Just how difficult is it to…

 

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…