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YAMAHA YZ250F PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

The 2021 Yamaha YZ250F won our 2021 250 MX Shootout. It’s a great bike with excellent suspension and a good-solid power delivery. There’s only one problem. All the bikes in our 2021 250 MX shootout were great bikes with glowing attributes. In the 50-year-history of Dirt Bike Magazine, we never came out of a shootout […]

RIDING THE 2021 YAMAHA WR450F: THE WRAP

We spent much of this week testing various configurations of the 2021 Yamaha WR450F. The WR is a true-blue off-road bike, as recognized by the EPA. This year it got updated to the same platform as the current YZ450F, at least mechanically, but it’s a very different bike in terms of behavior. Making the WR […]

2021 YAMAHA YZ250F: FULL TEST

If you watched any of the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro motocross series, you might think that the Yamaha YZ250F is the all-time horsepower king of the 250 class. The bikes ridden by Dylan Ferrandis, Justin Cooper and the other Star Racing/Monster Energy team members were the fastest machines on the track, hands down. You gotta […]

OFF-ROAD YZ250 PROJECT: A PREMIX VIDEO

For this Yamaha YZ250 2-stroke project, we teamed up with Rado Bartovic at Dirt N Iron. The project originally started in post-communist Czechoslovakia back in the late ’80s and early ’90s with a then-young and very impressionable Rado. He grew up riding old CZs and Jawa street bikes, basically anything he could get his hands […]

2021 OFF-ROAD BIKE BUYER’S GUIDE

The year 2021 comes in with the motorcycle world enjoying an unlikely rally. It turned out that people looked to dirt bikes to escape the ugliness of 2020. Amid pandemic and political uncertainty, motorcycles sold surprisingly well, leaving showrooms empty and riders wanting more. Thankfully, the 2021 models have arrived. Here ‘s a look at […]

2021 YAMAHA YZ450F: FULL TEST

If ever there was proof that pro-racing results don’t matter in the real world, the Yamaha YZ450F is it. It continues to be one of the best-selling motocross bikes in America. It continues to be wildly successful in the hands of local riders. It continues to be reliable, accessible and effective in the hands of […]

RIDING THE 2021 YAMAHA YZ250F: THE WRAP

If you watched any of the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro motocross series, you probably think that the Yamaha YZ250F is the all-time horsepower king of the 250 class. That’s clearly true of the bikes ridden by Dylan Ferrandis, Justin Cooper and the other Star Racing/Monster Energy team members, but on the production level it’s a […]

YAMAHA YZ250F FIRST RIDE: 2021 VIDEO SERIES

The Yamaha YZ250F is already one of the most popular and successful bikes in the 250 class, and the 2021 version is here with a number of significant changes. It starts with the best low-end-power of any bike in the class, and for 2021, Yamaha went looking for more power. Check out the new YZ […]

YAMAHA ANNOUNCES 2021 MX AND SUPERCROSS PLANS

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS), is pleased to announce a three-year partnership with the Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team to field their campaign in both the 450 and 250 classes of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships. The Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing 450 team will be spearheaded by […]

RIDING YAMAHA’S NEW E-BIKES

Yamaha is one of those companies that’s different things to different people. For us, it’s all about motorcycles, for others, the company might be about music or snowmobiles. Now, Yamaha has been getting more and more serious about electric bicycles. The Yamaha YDX Moro and Moro Pro are legit electric mountain bikes worthy of head-to-head […]

PISTON REPLACEMENT TIME? MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

WR450F PISTON REPLACEMENT? Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I am a slightly overweight, 50-plus-year-old slow guy who has enjoyed my 2005 Yamaha WR450F since purchasing it new in 2004. I religiously service the bike myself, including regular oil and air filter changes, valve checks (they have never needed adjustment—ever) and run 100-octane fuel. The motor runs strong, […]

YAMAHA ANNOUNCES 2021 WR250F AND REDESIGNED WR450F

The arrival of 2021 models continues with the announcement of Yamaha’s designated off-road four-strokes. The following information arrived today from Yamaha’s media department: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, has announced its 2021 WR Enduro models including a redesigned WR450F, the machine of choice for serious trail riders and enduro racers. Designed with the flexibility to win […]

YAMAHA WR250F: FULL TEST

The Yamaha WR250F is an easy bike to ride but a difficult bike to understand. You could call it a high-end race bike aimed at beginners or a play bike designed by racers. It’s clearly a machine designed to adhere to the letter of the law, but it’s unclear what law that is. The WR […]

2021 YAMAHA YZ450F, FIRST RIDE VIDEO

The 2021 Yamaha YZ450F is officially here and we had the opportunity to ride at at Glen Helen Raceway earlier in the week. This bike now enters its fourth year after the compete and total makeover it received in 2018. That was when it got a new frame, new bodywork and a redesigned motor with […]

YAMAHA ANNOUNCES NEW E-BIKES

Yamaha is going deeper into the electric bicycle world. The company already offered a number of recreational electric-assist bikes powered by a Yamaha-made motor. Now the company has announced two models aimed at more dedicated e-bike enthusiasts; the YDX Moro and YDX Moro Pro. The official release appears below. Yamaha Bicycles is taking a massive […]

YAMAHA YZ250: TWO-STROKE VIDEO SERIES

The Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke is the bike that refuses to go quietly into the night. After all these years, it continues to do some things better than anything else in its class. Its suspension and handling are still top notch, making it a steady seller in Yamaha’s line. It also holds its value–the YZ250 changes […]

YAMAHA TENERE 700 ADVENTURE BIKE: FIRST RIDE

The Yamaha Tenere 700 has finally arrived and we got to spend a day on it in the San Bernardino mountains this week. This is a bike that we’ve been waiting for and wanting to ride for a very long time–even before the bike was officially announced at the EICMA show. Yamaha has been quiet […]

RIDING THE NEW YAMAHA WR250F: THE WRAP

With the Coronavirus shut down, the 2021 new model season will be later than usual. In fact, there are still some new-for-2020 bikes that were late arrivals. One of them is the Yamaha WR250F. This bike replaced an aging model by the same name. The new version is based on the latest YZ250F motocross bike, […]

YAMAHA’S 2021 TENERE 700 ARRIVES

Yamaha has just lifted the veil on its first 2021 model. The Tenere 700 has arrived in the U.S. and will be in dealers within a month. The official press release follows.   MARIETTA, Ga. – May 22, 2020 – Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS) today announced the 2021 Ténéré 700 arrival for the U.S. market beginning the first week […]