Yamaha unveils 2008 motorcycle lineup

ORLANDO, Fla. —Yamaha introduced the newest members of its motorcycle lineup at its national dealer meeting in Orlando, Fla., headlined by a custom style cruiser.

Yamaha execs call the Raider the industry’s first modern performance custom bike, with a “custom” cruiser styling influenced by choppers, but with a level of power and handling not found on traditional custom bikes. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the Raider is $13,180-$13,980.

“We’re extremely excited about the Raider, which truly is the first of its kind,” said Bob Starr, head of corporate communications for Yamaha. “This motorcycle will provide riders with the style and look of a custom cruiser, but incorporate the high standards of power, handling and performance consumers expect from Yamaha.”

Also new for 2008 is Yamaha’s R6 sport bike, which features several key improvements, like increased compression ratio, Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake, wider connecting rod bearings and new valve spring, among others. The bike boasts a new fuel tank, new cowling, and a re-designed headlight cowling and tail section. MSRP is $9,599-$9,799.

For more on Yamaha’s national dealer meeting, see the Sept. 24 edition of Powersports Business.

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