Raves, rants and reviews
Raves, Rants, Reviews

Yamaha Dark Side MT-09 850cc Naked Triple

12/06/2013. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

In a classical marketing stint, Yamaha released a “The Dark Side of Japan” video teaser of a “secret” new bike. On 11 June 2013, Yamaha launched the MT-09 850 triple, to be named FZ-09 in the USA.

Featuring Yamaha’s brand-new 850cc transverse three-cylinder Crossplane engine, it is not only the new technology that is exciting but the fact that, after a recession-driven hiatus, the motorcycle industry is on the move again. BMW launched the semi-watercooled R1200GS, KTM introduced the mighty 1190, and Suzuki, Indian, Victory and others have new machines in the making.  Read more…

Yamaha Super Ténéré Worldcrosser

19/12/2011. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

Yamaha SuperTenere Worldcrosser

The Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré ruffled some feathers when it was launched in 2010. The big, full-featured adventure bike immediately won an ardent following and can now be seen on the most challenging routes around the world.

The big Yam is, however, a little on the heavy side for technical riding. Weighing in at 538lbs (244kg) dry, the brute can be a handful in tight twisty uphills – although it’s 110 horses willingly pull the 575lbs (261kg) wet weight (plus rider and pillion) with ease. But that output and weight gives it a power-to-weight ratio less than it’s main competitors: Read more…