Yamaha Announces Return to World Superbike Championship

Yamaha Motor Europe has today announced that it will make a return to the WSBK championship next year after a five year hiatus. Spearheading the challenge will be 2014 World Superbike Champion Sylvain Guintoli and 2013 British Superbike Champion Alex Lowes, both of course piloting the Yamaha YZF-R1.

The team will be formed in conjunction with Crescent Racing who currently use the Suzuki GSX-R1000 as their weapon of whoice and are the only UK-based team in WSBK. They have a 20-year racing history at both national and global level that features victories in the British Superbike Championship, World Superbike and MotoGP.

Yamaha Motor Europe will retain responsibility over racing strategy and technical development, as well as the rider agreements with Crescent’s hugely experienced, dedicated, technical and engineering racing personnel running the team’s operation at each of the Championship rounds.

“Having re-written the Supersport rule book and changed the game with the new YZF-R1, directly developed from Yamaha MotoGP technology, it was clear we would need to return to the World Superbike Championship to show the full potential of our new Superbike machine” said Yamaha Motor Europe Chief Operating Officer, Eric De Seynes. “We took one year to grow experience with the new R1 in many other championships where the bike has shown its potential already, with the amazing 8H of Suzuka victory and the very positive results that our official Teams are gathering all around Europe. Now we are ready to be back on the world stage and I am happy we have found in Crescent the same values of professionalism, engineering detail and passion for victory we share.”

Frenchman Guintoli has over 15 years experience in racing, with 45 podiums, 10 race wins and, of course, the 2014 world title to his credit – in classes spanning 250cc, MotoGP, British Superbike and World Superbike. While young British rider Lowes took 20 podiums, 8 wins and 6 pole positions on his way to his 2013 British Superbike title. He has also competed with Crescent for the last two seasons so is no stranger to the team or the WSBK series.

With Kawasaki preparing to release a new ZX-10 for the 2016 season and the potential for Suzuki to sell update their GSX-R1000, it looks like next year’s WSBK season will be one of the most competitive yet.

Yamaha Announces Return to World Superbike Championship



Yamaha’s new My Garage App Lets you Customise the Upcoming XSR700

Yamaha has been heavily promoting its customisation options of late, especially with its fantastic Yard Built series of custom bikes. Now they’re giving you the ability to create your dream bike with the My Garage App which has been released today for Android and IOS. Sorry Windows Phone users, you’ll just have to be content with your phone starring in the latest Mission Impossible movie.

The app allows you to choose a model from Yamaha’s Sport Heritage range, add options and also:

  • Compare prices for different models and configurations.
  • Take photos from any angle to share with friends and fellow riders for feedback/advice.
  • Fill your personal garage with your dream bikes.
  • Send your specs directly to your Yamaha dealer.

The app also gives us a chance to see the full range of options that will be coming out for the MT-07 based XSR700. For even more evidence that Yamaha is aiming to take on the Ducati Scrambler, there’s a range of very hipster inspired soft panniers and tank bags available, as well as scrambleresque seats, high slung exhausts and fork gaitors.

Source: Yamaha Europe

What is Yamaha’s Big Secret Being Revealed on 1 September?

The guys and girls at Yamaha don’t seem to be taking a rest at the moment, with the tuning fork brand releasing new motorcycle after new motorcycle over the past few years. And come September 1 they’re set to release another major new product – but unfortunately for motorcycle aficionados, this release may have twice the usual amount of wheels.

Come next month, it looks like Yamaha will be releasing a new high performance UTV/ATV. Polaris Industries has heavily invested in this segment and with great success – though the Polaris RZR range hasn’t got the best reputation for reliability at this point in time. Regardless, sales of the RZR range have been a big money maker and Yamaha wants a piece of the pie.

So what interest is this to motorcycle riders? Well, from the videos shown so far of the machine, it appears to use an inline three cylinder engine. Could it be the motor from the FZ-09/MT-09? It may, but the problem with using this engine is that Yamaha would then have to design an automatic transmission to go alongside it as is general preference for these machines.

Thus, it would make much more sense for Yamaha to use an existing engine and transmission combo that wouldn’t require further development. Because of that, Yamaha will probably be using a three cylinder engine that has been employed in its snowmobile range for quite some time. It’s currently used in its flagship SRViper R-TX sport snowmobile which also has a continuously variable transmission.


Yamaha R1S to be Entry Level R1, Released at end of 2015

The all new Yamaha R1 and R1M have been huge critical successes. Packed to the brim with the latest technology, a wonderful engine and a well sorted frame, the all new R1 set the bar for Japanese superbikes. The only criticism of the bike has been its price where instead of competing with other Japanese literbikes, the new Yamaha superbike plays with the European heavyweights from Ducati and BMW. But it looks like Yamaha is set to rectify that with an ‘entry’ model R1 titled the R1S.

We’ve heard whispers of something like this happening ever since the release of the R1 last year. The reason Yamaha didn’t release a cut price model initially was to try and keep the launch simple but also provide a shock and awe introduction of the new machine. Now that the desire and demand is there, Yamaha feels that after a year it’s now time to release a more affordable R1.

So what’s likely to disappear on the R1S? The simplest way to lessen the price of the R1 would be to do away with some of the trick electronics it currently has. That would likely mean the deletion of the Internal Measurement Unit which consists of a gyro sensor that measures pitch, roll, and yaw, as well as an accelerometer that measures acceleration in the fore-aft, up-down, and right-left directions. That however would mean Yamaha would have to use some other system to ensure the R1S at the very least as traction control and engine modes – a necessity for a 200 hp machine. . A lower end dash display may be used instead of the full color TFT currently employed. There’s also the possibility that Yamaha may swap out some of the higher end engine and frame components for cheaper items, however that then runs the risk of diluting the R1 brand as it would quickly move north of 200 pounds of weight and that’s something that Yamaha has been strict about adhering to.

While it’s too early to know what the price of the Yamaha R1S will be, it’s likely to sit between the R6 and the standard R1.

Yamaha R1S to be Entry Level R1, Released at end of 2015

Yamaha Europe Dealers Try Their Hand at Yard Built

Yamaha’s Yard Built program has spawned some great creations, including a few motorcycles you can now buy or as in the case of the new XS700, in a few months time. Up until now the Yard Built series has had participation from a variety of dedicated custom bike builders, but now it’s the turn of dealers to show off their creative flair.

To prove this concept and show it’s not just the top custom builders who can do this, Yamaha’s official European dealers have taken up the challenge and are entered into the Yamaha ‘Dealer Built’ contest to see who can create the best custom from the Sport Heritage range.

The dealers have been busy over the last few months with some very simple rules; the bike needed to be from the current Sport Heritage range, no cutting or welding to the bike was allowed and a number of genuine aftermarket accessories had to be used. There’s some fantastic looking creations and it is a testament to how individual a motorcycle can be.

Yamaha is now asking for people to vote on their favourite dealer created machine which you can do here. Yamaha Motor Europe is going to award a special prize to the best custom build in each bike category, SR400, XV950, XJR1300 and VMAX. Voting closes on the 20th August the winning bikes will be shown at the Glemseck 101 show in Germany from 4th to 6th September. More exciting is that Yamaha will open up the competition to the public later in the year – so get thinking.



2016 Yamaha XS700 is an MT-07 Based Retro Motorcycle

We knew a retro styled motorcycle based on the Yamaha MT-07 (FZ-07) was coming after Yamaha Europe showed off a concept just last month. Now the official motorcycle has been unveiled and it’s a beauty and no doubt will compete directly with the Ducati Scrambler in the ‘new’ retro market – albeit it with a likely big price advantage.

Yamaha describes the bike as “a casual, retro styled street bike that pays tribute to the iconic Yamaha XS650”. It will join Yamaha’s ever expanding Sports Heritage range and given the dynamics and power of the donor MT-07, it will definitely succeed in the sport category.

What impresses us most is that Yamaha has gone to a good deal of effort to make this a proper standalone motorcycle. It would have been easy for them to just change the fairings and headlights and call it a retro styled machine, but they’ve done much more than that. In addition to the new front and rear lights, the aluminium fuel tank is totally new as is the seat. There’s also a brand new dash that takes obvious inspiration from the Ducati Scrambler

Less flattering however is the radiator. Obviously going air cooled was not an option but it does stick out like the proverbial. Perhaps making it black in color would have hidden it better. There’s also undoubtedly major parts of the MT-07 still visible which does at times make this appear to be an awkward combination of old and new but overall we feel it works – and it’s definitely great to get a retro styled bike with a modern engine and other parts.

The modern technology complementing the retro style continues with lightweight 10-spoke aluminium wheels and stopping power – ABS will be standard. Engine specifications remain unchanged from the MT-07. Again, just like Ducati there will be a plethora of aftermarket accessories and yes, a clothing range. Wet weight comes in at a fairly respectable 186kg. Full specifications are listed below.

The bike will be released in Europe in November this year. Australia will get it in the first quarter of 2016 and while we haven’t received confirmation on a specific release date in the USA, it has been confirmed it will be coming to North America in the near future.

2016 Yamaha XS700 Specifications

EngineLiquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-stroke, 4-valves, 2-cylinder
Capacity689 cm³
Power55.0 kW (74.8PS) @ 9,000 rpm
Torque68.0 Nm (6.9 kg-m) @ 6,500 rpm
Gear Box6 gears
Front BrakesHydraulic dual disc, Ø 282 mm, ABS
Rear BrakesHydraulic single disc, Ø 245 mm, ABS
Front SuspensionTelescopic forks, 130 mm travel
Rear SuspensionSwingarm, (Link type suspension), 130mm travel
Front Tire120/70 ZR 17M/C(58V) (Tubeless)
Rear Tire180/55 ZR 17M/C(73V) (Tubeless)
Wet Weight186 kg
Tank Capacity14 L

This Is What the Inside of the Yamaha R1M Looks Like

The 2015 Yamaha R1M is one of the most technically advanced motorcycles on the road today so no doubt some would be interested to see what’s going on under the fairings. Thanks to a dedicated group of employees at Yamaha USA, now you can. Unveiled on the weekend at the WSBK round held at Laguna Seca is a Yamaha R1M with its guts on display for all.

The surgery took a month and we can see why. It’s would require plenty of patience and ability to do what Yamaha have done, showing off various parts of the bike’s innards including the engine, fuel tank, fairings and even the seat. Unfortunately the tires remain as is less the air escape…

Source: Lanesplitter

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Yamaha MT-03 Could Be Released As Early As This Year

Two bits of news have surfaced in the last few days regarding the upcoming Yamaha MT-03. The as yet ‘unconfirmed’ naked version of the entry level Yamaha R3 that is all but guaranteed to be released in western markets instead of the MT-25 which is for developing countries. Until now, it had been assumed that the MT-03 would debut sometime late next year, but it could be a lot earlier than that.

Indian magazine Topgear India stated in an article regarding the Indian release of the R3 that the MT-03 (which they refer to as the MT-320) will be released in March of next year. Given that western markets almost always get new releases before India (the exception being smaller KTM bikes like the 390 Duke which are made in India), this would likely mean a release of late this year or very early next year in North America, Europe and Australia. It almost guarantees that the MT-03 will be officially unveiled later this year at EICMA, the worlds biggest annual motorcycle trade show.

The other bit of news is that the first official renders of the MT-03 have been discovered from trade mark and design applications filed with the European Union. Obviously, the MT-03 looks virtually identical to the already released MT-25 with the exception being the inclusion of ABS on these renderings.