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Yamaha YZF-R1 (1998-) timeline

1998–1999 Yamaha launched the YZF-R1 after redesigning the Genesis engine to offset the crankshaft, gearbox input, and output shafts. This "compacting" of the engine made the total engine length much shorter. This allowed the wheelbase to be shortened si...

7 photos of the YZF-R1 model

  2014-04-04 07:45   1 055x

Yamaha XS 750 (1976-1981) history

1976 XS750 “C” Very few of these bikes seem to have been made and even fewer survived. The cast wheels were in an unpainted finish and the decals were in a distinctive stripe design on the tank and side panels. This bike had a 3-1 exhaust system, and Mik...

1 photos of the XS 750 model

  2014-04-04 06:29   971x

Yamaha XS 650 (1968–1985) specifications

Engine Like its contemporaries in its class the XS 650 has a 360° crank angle. This provides an even firing interval between the two cylinders, but also generates some vibration caused by the two pistons rising and falling together. This vibration is par...

1 photos of the XS 650 model

  2014-04-04 06:10   1 059x

Yamaha FZ 750 (1985–1991) specifications

Engine The FZ750 uses an all-aluminium, liquid-cooled, tranverse-mounted, four-cylinder engine. The complex cylinder head is constructed in two halves, with dual chain-driven overhead camshafts operating 20 valves, 3 inlet and 2 exhaust per cylinder. Val...

2 photos of the FZ 750 model

  2014-04-04 04:59   449x

Yamaha FJR 1300 (2001-) specifications

Engine The FJR1300 has a 1,298 cc (79.2 cu in) transverse-mounted inline-four engine with four valves per cylinder. Transmission The FJR1300 uses a five-speed manual gearbox with close ratio gears. Final drive is via shaft, encased within the swingarm,...

11 photos of the FJR 1300 model

  2014-04-04 04:38   570x

Yamaha FJR 1300 (2001-) history

The FJR1300 was introduced to Europe in 2001, before arriving in North America in 2002, with the 2003 model year designation, and offered in a non-ABS version only. The 2003 model garnered several awards in the Sport Touring category from various magazine...

1 photos  |  11 photos of the FJR 1300 model

  2014-04-04 04:37   488x

Yamaha FJ 1200 (1986-1996) Specifications

Engine The FJ1200 uses a four cylinder in-line layout and is air-cooled. Sixteen valves are operated by a chain-driven double overhead camshaft; valve clearances are adjusted using shims. The four constant-velocity carburettors are mounted in a bank behi...

1 photos  |  1 photos of the FJ 1200 model

  2014-04-04 04:30   535x

Yamaha RD500LC (1984-1986) design & development

With the success in the early 1980s of Kenny Roberts and the Yamaha YZR500 in Grand Prix motorcycle racing Yamaha realised that a road going replica of their 500 cc racing machine would sell well. Using the similar technology of the smaller RD series of t...

1 photos of the RD 500 LC model

  2014-04-04 02:39   456x