What It Was Like to Ride Yamaha's Nastiest Race Bike of the 1970s

If someone were to offer me a track day on Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha M1 MotoGP bike today, I wouldn’t have to think about my answer. I’m too old to go haring around a racetrack on an expert-level race-bike, I’m not even flexible enough to fit on it, and I couldn’t go anywhere near fast enough to appreciate it for what…

Yamaha's Cross Hub Little Truck Concept Is A Wonderful Vehicle I Know Deep Down We'll Never Get

When it comes to companies that make pianos, flutes, drums, computer networking hardware, car interior components, violins, ATVs, motorcycles, and the occasional car engine, Yamaha might just be my favorite. Now the company that is in dire need of diversification is teasing us with a very novel little truck concept:…

The 2017 Yamaha FZ-10 Is A Wild Everyday Commuter I Never Learned To Love

Riding motorcycles may be the only sensible way to get around Los Angeles. It’s either ride or go insane, as I would if I drove a car the 40 miles it takes to get to my office each day. On a motorcycle, it’s about 45 minutes. In a car, two to three hours depending on the wind, angle of the sun, or for some reason, how…

The Yamaha FZ-10 Is The Badass Superbike You Can Actually Live With

You know what sport and superbikes look like. They’re low, heavily body-kitted, and you sit in them rather than on them behind a cowl designed to deflect 150 mph winds. The “sport-naked” Yamaha FZ-10 keeps the R1 superbike’s 1000cc madness, but strips off the fairings and pushes the seating position a little more…