Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., introduced its supersport motorcycles for 2018, showcasing the company’s complete R World model lineup, its 2018 Hyper Naked motorcycles and a Ténéré prototype model at the 2017 EICMA.
Yamaha 2018 supersport motorcycle lineup
Developed from a rich heritage of building the most sought after supersport motorcycles designed to deliver the pinnacle of performance on and off the track, the 2018 Yamaha Supersport lineup offers models for riders of all skill levels to experience the pure exhilaration of R World.
2018 YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M
Bred from Yamaha’s YZR-M1 MotoGP racing heritage, the 2018 YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M continue to offer riders the ultimate exhilaration of maximum performance combined with the confidence of control.
Powered by a 998cc high-output crossplane-crankshaft engine tied to a full suite of inter-related electronics technologies, both the YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M receive clutchless “auto-blip” downshift technology for 2018. As part of the standard Quick Shift System (QSS), both the existing upshift feature and new downshift feature can be turned on or off to meet the rider’s preference through the Yamaha Ride Control (YRC) settings found in an updated thin-film transistor LCD meter.
Refinements to the Lift Control System (LIF) that detects the front to rear pitch rate, and utilizes the ECU to control engine power and reduce the front wheel lift during acceleration, contribute to easier operation. Updated Bridgestone RS10 tires that offer improved grip feedback and feeling also help to further inspire rider confidence across ever-changing road conditions.
In addition to these updates, the 2018 YZF-R1M receives revised Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS), which can be fine-tuned through the “YRC Setting” smartphone or tablet app connected to the motorcycle’s Communication Control Unit (CCU).
2018 YZF-R1M Color, MSRP and Availability
- Carbon Fiber/Liquid Metal
- March 2018
2018 YZF-R1 Colors, MSRP and Availability
- Raven, Team Yamaha Blue
- March 2018
The 2018 YZF-R1S offers much of the same technology and performance of the YZF-R1 for sportbike enthusiasts who want an aggressive, yet refined, street and track day motorcycle. With a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) integrated into an electronics package complete with rider aids, a crossplane crankshaft engine, fully adjustable suspension and modern styling, the YZF-R1S delivers exhilarating thrills for an attractive price.
2018 YZF-R1S color, MSRP and availability
- Cerulean Silver/Raven
- March 2018
The YZF-R6 continues to be on the record as one of the most popular and winningest supersport motorcycles ever built, succeeding as the number one choice for today's racers who are looking to progress quickly through the competition ranks.
Thanks to traction control that provides six levels of intervention or can be turned off completely, D-Mode for adjustable throttle response, YZF-R1 derived suspension, ABS brakes and an aluminum fuel tank, the 2018 YZF-R6 is poised to continue track dominance while remaining ever-popular with street riders around the world.
YZF -R6 Colors, MSRP and availability
- Matte Gray, Team Yamaha Blue, Intensity White/Matte Silver
- November 2017
2018 YZF-R3 and YZF-R3 ABS
Utilizing a 321cc twin-cylinder engine that delivers excellent power for navigating cross-town traffic, carving twisty roads or participating in a track day, the 2018 YZF-R3 and YZF-R3 ABS models feature Yamaha’s race-inspired R-series styling. While the ABS model adds confidence-boosting stopping performance, both models are perfect for first-time riders or experienced sportbike pilots who prefer a lightweight, nimble machine.
2018 YZF-R3 ABS colors, MSRP and availability
- Raven, Vivid White
- February 2018
2018 YZF-R3 colors, MSRP and availability
- Raven, Team Yamaha Blue
- February 2018
Yamaha introduces 2018 Hyper Naked Motorcycles
The popular FZ motorcycle series from Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, was reintroduced today with the MT (Master of Torque) model name for 2018. While the “MT” model name has appeared on various European-spec Yamaha motorcycles since 2005, its replacement of the “FZ” name for US-spec models is part of Yamaha’s ongoing initiative to strengthen a passionate, global community of MT riders sharing the distinctive “Dark side of Japan” inspiration.
Along with the name change, the sporty and nimble MT-07 receives several updates for 2018. Highlights include a completely new body design, a new seat shape for improved comfort, and updated front and rear suspension components.
Joining the MT-07 for 2018 are the thrilling MT-09 and the MT-10, which offers the pinnacle of performance in the Hyper Naked segment.
Going deeper into the Dark Side of Japan
While some may see Japan as a traditional and respectful society where conformity is the norm, behind this stereotypical image lies a vibrant sub-culture where new fashions and ideas are constantly emerging. From the spectacle of drift racing to the insanity of Japanese speedway, the other side of Japanese society has been responsible for some wild and wonderful trends. The same creative forces that drive the darker and unconventional side of Japan have inspired and shaped the unique and original MT motorcycles, providing outstanding all-round agility and provocative new-wave design on the street, while giving every rider the chance to experience the thrilling riding emotion of mastering torque.
2018 Yamaha MT-07
With its characterful and torquey crossplane concept twin-cylinder engine, compact chassis, low weight and agile handling, the Yamaha MT-07 is a motorcycle that appeals to all kinds of riders. Owners of all ages and with varying levels of experience have come to love and appreciate the multi-faceted character of this very popular motorcycle.
All-new body design for 2018
The MT series models are subject to an on-going development program, and for 2018 Yamaha's designers have created an all-new body for the MT-07 that enhances its appearance and also gives an improved feeling of quality.
The new body design retains the fundamental character of the previous model, and blends it with new elements that have been inspired by the MT-09 – such as the bolder headlight that gives a more imposing face.
A newly designed fuel tank cover accompanied by MT-09 style 'air scoops' give a sharper image and reinforce the MT family look. A new seat and more compact taillight, along with a new front fender and black components (handlebar, footrest brackets, shift rod), further add to the look of the bike.
Improved seat comfort
For 2018, the MT-07 is equipped with a completely new seat design that provides improved comfort for riders of all sizes. The front of the new seat now extends to the sides of the rear of the fuel tank area to bring more freedom of movement to the riding position.
Refined front and rear suspension
With 130mm travel at both the front and rear, the 2018 MT-07's suspension system is designed to provide a more refined feel and more adjustability, making it ideal for a wide range of riding conditions.
The front forks are equipped with revised spring rate and rebound damping settings, while the rear suspension is fitted with a new rebound damping adjuster along with revised spring rate and compression settings, all combining for a sportier handling character.
CP2 crossplane concept engine with linear torque
One of the key features of the MT-07 is its CP2 crossplane concept engine that produces strong, linear torque, making it a joy to ride in a wide range of conditions.
The 2-cylinder engine's 270-degree crank gives the MT-07 a pulsating driving force that sets this value-for-money middleweight apart from other models, and this unique facet of the bike's character has helped to make the MT-07 the top choice in its class.
MT-07 New for 2018 Features
- Completely new body design for enhanced appearance
- MT-09 style headlight
- New, more compact taillight
- Revised seat shape for improved comfort
- New sportier front fork settings
- Rear shock with rebound damping adjuster and revised settings
- ABS now as standard equipment
MT-07 Technical Highlights
- 698cc, 403lbs. wet weight
- Liquid-cooled 689cc inline 2-cylinder 4-stroke
- Crossplane philosophy design with 270-degree crank
- Deep and powerful linear torque output
- Outstanding fuel efficiency
- Built for optimum riding enjoyment
- Slim and compact tubular backbone frame
- Agile, maneuverable and easy to handle
- Mass-forward design with sculpted bodywork
- Lightweight 10-spoke cast aluminum wheels
- Digital instrumentation with full LED display
- Dual 282mm front discs with 4-pot caliper and ABS
2018 MT-07 Colors, MSRP and Availability
- Matte Gray, Team Yamaha Blue, Intensity White
- March 2018
2018 MT-09 Colors, MSRP and Availability
- Matte Gray, Matte Raven Black, Rapid Red
- January 2018
2018 MT-10 Colors, MSRP and Availability
- Matte Gray, Team Yamaha Blue
- November 2017
Ténéré 700 World Raid Prototype Unveiled
Inspired by the remarkable levels of worldwide interest generated by the T7 concept, Yamaha has created the Ténéré 700 World Raid, a prototype model which is being used to develop the final specification of the production model.
Featuring the rugged rally-inspired character of the original T7 concept bike, and developed using the information gained from intensive testing of the T7 during 2017, this lightweight adventure bike is unlike anything else currently offered.
In contrast to many models available today from other brands, the Ténéré 700 World Raid's low weight and slim chassis give excellent off road performance for more extreme riding in a wide variety of terrain – and its compact 689cc crossplane concept 2-cylinder (CP2) engine delivers a wide band of tractable and easy to use power that make it ideal for on and off road adventure riding.
At the very heart of the Ténéré 700 World Raid prototype is the same highly acclaimed 689cc CP2 engine that has been used in the popular MT-07.
With its compact design and linear torque delivery, this specially developed version of our highly acclaimed CP2 engine gives plenty of power for strong performance on the tarmac and dirt, while its mass-centralized layout and low weight contributes to the bike's agile handling characteristics. The prototype also features a custom-made rally-style Akrapovič exhaust that reinforces the bike's rugged looks and delivers a deep and powerful tone.
The steel chassis has been reworked and improved in key areas in order to achieve optimized on road and off road handling, and features capable upside down front forks and a monoshock rear that are designed to perform well in all conditions.
The Ténéré 700 World Raid features the same rugged-looking rally bike silhouette as the T7, with a number of fine tunings, such as a lower seat height, that make the future production model accessible to a wide range of adventure riders.
The fuel tank has been developed to give a useful range between refills, while at the same offering excellent ergonomics and contributing towards the machine's low weight.
Carbon fiber is used for the side panels, front fender and the one-piece rear tail, and the cowl is equipped with a Dakar Rally machine inspired 4-projector headlight assembly.
The cockpit area is designed to enable the rider to locate additional equipment such as navigation devices, and this exciting adventure bike features the T7-inspired color scheme, with Racing Blue and carbon fiber bodywork.