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Yamaha introduces 2016 off-road, street motorcycles

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., today unveiled an all-new YZ250X, along with its complete lineup of two-stroke off-road motorcycles, updated YZ250F and YZ450F models and the 2016 Bolt, Bolt R-Spec, FZ-07 and FZ-09.

The all-new 2016 YZ250X

YZ250X USA CAN 2016

YZ250X USA CAN 2016

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., today debuted the all-new 2016 YZ250X, an off-road racer conceived, engineered, and built specifically for Cross Country and Hare Scrambles competition.

The YZ250X has been optimized for the unique demands of GNCC and Hare Scrambles racing, and is equipped with a 249cc two-stroke engine, Yamaha’s proprietary YPVS power-valve system, and a new wide-ratio, five-speed transmission.

The ultra-lightweight YZ250-spec frame is a carefully engineered combination of aluminum castings, forgings, and extrusions that provide the perfect balance of rigidity and flex, and a fully adjustable, speed-sensitive, KYB suspension has been tuned specifically for the needs of cross-country racers. 

The YZ250X’s aggressive bodywork is based on the YZ250 motocrosser, but features updated styling from the front fender to the rear brake protector. The bike also comes standard with an aluminum, tapered handlebar; YZ-F-style foot pegs, a gripper seat; Excel rims with Dunlop tires; and a whole host of GNCC-specific features, including an 18-inch rear wheel, sealed O-ring chain, narrow expansion chamber, a convenient side stand, and a fuel tank petcock with reserve position.

The 2016 YZ250X will be available in Team Yamaha Blue/White and will retail for $7,390. It will arrive at Yamaha dealerships nationwide beginning in late August.

Two-stroke off-road motorcycles

YZ250 USA CAN 2016

YZ250 USA CAN 2016

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., today introduced their complete line-up of 2016 Competition Two-Stroke Off-Road Motorcycles.

The line-up includes the YZ85, YZ125, and YZ250, all three of which are powered by legendary Yamaha liquid-cooled, reed-valve inducted, two-stroke engines.

The YZ85 is ready to race and offers instant power and Yamaha durability for budding motocross racers. The YZ125, with its agility and power, is the perfect transition from the YZ85 to Yamaha’s YZ250F. And, the YZ250 is the ultimate two-stroke motocrosser, a bike that sets the standard by which 250cc two-stroke motocross bikes are judged. For 2016, the YZ85, YZ125 and YZ250 are all equipped with gold-colored chains and black wheels to give the bikes true factory-racing style.

The 2016 YZ85, YZ125, and YZ250 will each be available in Team Yamaha Blue/White. TheYZ85 will retail for $4,090, the YZ125 for $6,390, and the YZ250 for $7,290. All three bikes will be available in dealerships beginning in late August.

Competition four-stroke motorcycles

YZ250F USA 2016

YZ250F USA 2016

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., today announced the launch of the 2016 YZ250F and YZ450F, with both motorcycles receiving a number of key revisions and updates.

A new, lightweight, forged, two-ring piston headlines the improvements to the 2016 YZ250F. The piston features a flat crown surface with additional strengthening ribs and a shorter, more durable piston pin with diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating. Revised piston oil jets direct oil underneath the new piston, which helps promote cooling and contributes to more stable engine performance. Optimized crankshaft and counterbalancer designs provide a revised balance ratio, predictive power delivery, and reduced vibration.

In addition, revisions to the YZ250F clutch boss and shift-stopper arm provide smoother clutch engagement feel and more precise shifting action. New ECU settings result in a smoother transition as the rider reaches the rev limiter, while new brake pad material and a larger 270mm front brake rotor deliver improved stopping power and control for aggressive corner entries. Finally, new front and rear suspension settings help smooth sudden jolts and reduce front-end dive for a smoother, more balanced damping feel when cornering.

The YZ450F features an all-new Launch Control System (LCS) that utilizes high-precision ECU calculations to optimize power output and provide ideal acceleration out of the gate, especially on hard track surfaces. New intake- and exhaust-cam profiles and timing help boost combustion efficiency and improve the engine’s ease of use in the low- to mid-rpm ranges. And, like the 2016 YZ250F, the YZ450F has an improved clutch boss and shift-stopper arm for smoother clutch engagement feel and more precise shifting action.

Other improvements to the YZ450F for 2016 include revised engine mounts and a reshaped swingarm pivot section on the aluminum frame to improve lateral rigidity. Footpegs are now mounted 5mm lower to help lower the rider’s center of gravity for improved machine balance and control. New triple clamps with a 25mm fork offset help improve front-end feel, and a new shock spring provides an ideal balance between bump absorption and handling performance. The same as on the 2016 YZ250F, new brake pad material and a larger 270mm front brake rotor deliver improved stopping power and control for aggressive corner entries.

The 2016 YZ250F and YZ450F will each be available in two color options: Team Yamaha Blue/White and Limited-Edition 60th Anniversary Yellow. The YZ250F will retail for $7,590 in Team Yamaha Blue/White and $7,690 in Limited-Edition 60th Anniversary Yellow.

Bolt and Bolt R-Spec

XVS950CU-SP USA CAN 2016

XVS950CU-SP USA CAN 2016

Star Motorcycles today introduced the 2016 Bolt and Bolt R-Spec, which are the company’s first two models in its 2016 line-up of cruisers.

Epitomizing the “Urban Performance Bobber”, the compact chassis on the Bolt and Bolt R-Spec proudly showcases the 58-cubic-inch (942cc), air-cooled, 60° V-twin engine at the heart of each bike. Both the Bolt and the Bolt R-Spec have been highly popular models, attracting a broad range of cruiser buyers.

The 2016 Bolt and Bolt R-Spec use modern technology to create a riding experience superior to other similarly sized machines. Class-leading engine performance with strong low- and mid-range torque rewards riders with every twist of the throttle.

The 2016 Bolt R-Spec adds a racier attitude to the standard Bolt, with the addition of external-reservoir rear shocks, unique graphics, and a suede-type seat with contrasting stitching.

For riders who value personalization, Star Motorcycles offers a wide range of options and accessories for the 2016 Bolt and Bolt R-Spec that hold true to the company’s philosophy, “We build it. You make it your own.” The Bolt and Bolt R-Spec are the ultimate examples of that philosophy, and they provide customers with the perfect canvas for customization.

The 2016 Bolt will retail for $7,990, and will be available in two color options—Raven and Deep Blue.

The 2016 Bolt R-Spec will retail for $8,390 and will be available in two color options — Rapid Red and Stone Grey. Both motorcycles will be available in dealerships beginning in August.The 2016 Bolt C-Spec will be introduced in the Fall.

FZ-07 and FZ-09

Yamaha MC FZ09

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., today introduced the 2016 FZ-07 and FZ-09, which are the company’s first two models in its 2016 line-up of sportbikes.

The FZ-07 features a 689cc, crossplane-concept, liquid-cooled, inline, twin-cylinder, DOHC, 8-valve engine with fuel injection, which provides outstanding low- to mid-range torque with very linear throttle response. The motorcycle’s wheelbase, seat height, fuel tank width, rake, and other dimensions all work with the qualities of the compact twin-cylinder engine to achieve a sporty, light, and neutral handling character.

The FZ-09’s 847cc, crossplane-concept, liquid-cooled, inline, three-cylinder, fuel-injected engine combines advanced, high-tech components, including YCC-T® and Yamaha D-Mode, to deliver an exciting quick-revving engine character. The motorcycle’s wheelbase, seat height, fuel tank width, rake, and other dimensions provide an upright riding position and a narrow-feeling chassis at the seat/tank junction.

Yamaha offers a complete range of add-ons and accessories for the FZ-07 and FZ-09, including grips, saddlebags and mounts, cowlings, comfort seats, engine guards, seat cowls, and much more.

The 2016 FZ-07 will be available in two color options — Raven and Matte Silver — and will retail for $6,990.

The 2016 FZ-09 will also be available in Raven, as well as Impact Blue, and will retail for $8,190. Both motorcycles will be available in dealerships beginning in September.

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