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Yamaha’s future might be blown!

Yamaha might be going down the blown track like Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Ducati with a patent filing for a turbocharged parallel twin. It follows Kawasaki’s H2 supercharged bike and patent filings by Suzuki and Honda for turbocharged engines, while Ducati applied for a patent for an exhaust system turbine. So it seems the future …

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Plan to standardise electric motorcycles

The big four Japanese manufacturers are believed to be working to standardise electric motorcycle batteries and charging infrastructure. Noted electric vehicle website Electrek says Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki hope to standardise the technology to prevent any obstacles to its adoption. No doubt it’s also hoped to avoid the Beta/VHS situation where new video recording …

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Niken Diavel Red Dot Design award

Niken and Diavel score Red Dot Design honour

The three-wheeled Yamaha Niken and the Ducati Diavel 1260 power cruiser have won Best of the Best awards at the prestigious annual Red Dot Design Awards in Germany. It is the third Best of the Best award for Yamaha following honours for the XSR900 in 2017 and MT-07 in 2015. Ducati has also scored three …

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Yamaha Ténéré 700 2019 tip

Yamaha Ténéré 700 prices tip

Yamaha will release its much-anticipated Ténéré 700 adventure motorcycle late this year in Australia and we tip the price will be about $16,500. Our tip is based on the recently announced UK price of £8699 where the Ténéré. That is 27% less than the UK price of the KTM 790 Adventure at £11,999. In Australia, …

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Yamaha MT-03 masters of torque noisy leaks

Yamaha recalls over leaks and gears

Yamaha Motor Australia has issued two recalls for their R3 and their MT-03 (above) for issues of radiator leaks and gear shift problems. In the radiator recall, some 4408 YZF-R3A bikes (made from 2015-18) and 1491 MT-03s (2016-18) have “insufficient hose material curing at manufacturing” that may lead to cracking in the radiator coolant hose. …

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Yamaha SR400 recalled

Yamaha SR400 recalled over oil leak

Yamaha Motor Australia has recalled 358 retro SR400 bikes over a possible oil leak which could pose a hazard to riders and other road users. The official voluntary safety recall notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says the engine hose may be incorrectly installed, resulting in oil leaks. “The engine hose may leak …

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Triumph triumphs as most satisfying brand

Triumph triumphs as the most satisfying motorcycle brand in the market, according to about 700 riders surveyed by customer satisfaction research and ratings business Canstar Blue. It is the second year in a row that Triumph has topped the annual motorcycle survey won by Yamaha in 2016 and Harley-Davidson in the first year of ratings in …

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