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2012 Yamaha YZ450F Comparison

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Does the Yamaha YZ450F have what it takes to win this year’s 450 Motocross shootout? Find out in this review.

2011 Yamaha YFZ450R SE Comparison Review

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
MotoUSA pists the 2011 Yamaha YFZ450R SE against its Kawasaki rival in this ATV comparison review.

2012 Yamaha YZ250F Comparison

Monday, December 5, 2011
We put the 2012 Yamaha YZ250F up against the other four players in the Lites class. Read on to find out where the Yamaha ranked at the end of our 2012 250 Motocross Shootout.

2011 Yamaha YZ125 SRA Grand Prix Race Test

Friday, November 25, 2011
Yamaha is one of the few motorcycle brands to still offer a 125cc two-stroke dirt bike. Is it an ancient relic or a fun, cheap way to get into racing? Road Test Editor Adam Waheed decides.

2013 Yamaha YZ450F Comparison

Monday, November 7, 2011
Yamaha's 2013 YZ450F has a backwards engine and an airbox where the fuel tank should be. We find out in our 2013 450 Motocross Shootout if different is better.

2011 Yamaha YZ85 Project Bike

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
MotoUSA finished off our testing season with the 2011 Yamaha YZ85 by racing the little two-stroke dirt bike. A few upgrades help make the YZ85 easier to live with on the motocross track.

2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 First Ride

Friday, October 21, 2011
For 2012 Yamaha has equipped the R1 with traction control, find out what we thought about the addition in the 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 First Ride article.

2012 Yamaha Zuma 50F First Ride

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Gabe takes a spin on the Yamaha Zuma 50F, where our contributing Scooter Editor asks, “Two Strokes Good, Four Strokes...Better?”

2011 Yamaha YZ250 Mammoth Racing Test

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
MotoUSA recently lined up at the annual Mammoth Motocross Race armed with a specially-equipped Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke for the FMF Two-Stroke Challenge.

2011 Yamaha FZ1 Comparison

Monday, September 26, 2011
The Yamaha FZ1 has been around for years, but how does the half-faired standard perform next to its road sport rivals in our 2011 Road Sport Shootout.

2012 Yamaha YFZ450 First Ride

Saturday, September 24, 2011
Yamaha brings the steel-framed YFZ450 sport ATV back into the lineup for 2012. Now with a badass price-point machine from Big Blue at your disposal, what excuse do you have for not hitting the dunes?

2012 Yamaha YZ450F First Ride

Friday, September 23, 2011
For 2012 Yamaha has made a select few updates and revisions to the YZ450F. Read the 2012 Yamaha YZ450F First Ride to find out if the changes were successful.

2012 Yamaha Super Tenere Comparison

Monday, September 19, 2011
Yamaha brings a Japanese adventure touring bike to market with an enticing low cost and plenty of features that make this bike a solid deal.

2011 Star Stratoliner Deluxe Project Bike

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Motorcycle USA's 2011 Star Stratoliner Deluxe project bagger gets some touring-friendly upgrades courtesy of the Star accessory catalog.

2012 Yamaha YZ250F First Ride

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
For 2012 Yamaha completely revamped the YZ250F, so much so that it could be considered a new model. Read what we thought of the small-bore motocrosser in this first ride article.

2011 Yamaha WR450F Project Bike

Friday, September 9, 2011
MotoUSA revisits the popular Yamaha WR450F trail bike. A few modifications update the enduro model with improved controls and a Leo Vince exhaust.

2011 Yamaha YZ250 SRA Grand Prix Race Test

Friday, July 29, 2011
We race the Yamaha YZ250 to see how the last remaining Japanese two-stroke performs out on track.

2011 Star Stratoliner Deluxe Comparison

Monday, July 11, 2011
How does the Star Stratoliner Deluxe stack up against the other choices in the bagger cruiser category? Find out in our 2011 Bagger Cruiser Shootout.

2010 Yamaha YZF-R6 Graves Project Bike 2

Friday, July 1, 2011
We race our Graves Motorsports-built Yamaha YZF-R6 sportbike at Willow Springs International Raceway in this long-term project bike review.

2011 Yamaha TMAX Comparison

Monday, June 27, 2011
The Yamaha TMAX scooter delivers unrivaled sporting performance, but will that be enough to claim top honors in our 2011 Maxi Scooter Shootout?