Lab Motorcycle Yamaha XJR 1200

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The Yamaha XJR 1200 was released in 1995 as a large displacement muscle bike with a comfortable upright riding position, and an almost obscenely wide torque band. Yamaha spent significant time making sure that the XJR 1200, and the XJR 1300 that followed, had sport bike handling characteristics but were tame enough for people to…

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JvB-moto Yamaha MT-07

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The Yamaha MT-07 (known as the FZ-07 in North America) was released in 2015 along with its larger engined sibling the MT-09. The MT-07 has a lightweight parallel twin with a swept capacity of 689cc, 74 hp at 9000 rpm, a lightweight tubular backbone semi-trellis frame, a monoshock rear, and traditional telescopic forks up front. The…

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XTR Pepo Yamaha SR250 Tracker

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The Yamaha SR250 is the little brother to the considerably more famous SR500 and SR400. Each of the SR bikes share a similar fundamental design – a single cylinder engine runs a single overhead camshaft which powers one valve in and one valve out, each of the SRs have a single exhaust pipe typically swept back…

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Yamaha TR1 Scrambler

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The Yamaha TR1 is essentially the european version of the XV920R, the differences largely being an increase in displacement for the TR1, and some poorly advised styling tweaks. I’m reasonably certain that design brief for the TR1 was a picture of a Vincent Black Shadow with Japanese characters that said “do this” underneath it. Both…

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Yamaha XS650 Gravel Tracker

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The Yamaha XS650 was one of the most advanced motorcycles in the world when it was released in 1968, the engine utilised a SOHC, a horizontally split crankcase and it was of unit construction – as opposed to the pre-unit engines that were still in widespread production. The design of the XS650 was essentially an…

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