We got some Tesla stuff for you this morning, Mazda, Suzuki and Yamaha in the doghouse, some money possibly being thrown at Lotus and more in The Morning Shift for Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018.
Yamaha is accountable for some of the greatest road car engines of all time, from the Lexus LFA’s screaming V10 to the Ford Taurus SHO’s snake’s nest V6. As for racing engines, things are a bit less rosy.
If you thought this “robot apocalypse” was going to be quick, smooth and over before us humans noticed, you were wrong. Robots are cocky. Just look at this motorcycle robot, which (who?) looked at seven-time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi and said, “I am Motobot. I was created to surpass you.”
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:…
Yamaha brought something interesting for the Tokyo Motor Show, and it’s a bizarro three-wheeler sportbike. Surely it’s too early for it to be some sort of elaborate April Fool’s joke, right?
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…
Remember the Yamaha XT600Z Ténéré? No? Well the idea behind it was pretty cool– go far, go anywhere, go fast and look dope doing it. The new Yamaha T7 calls back to the same concepts, with a modern twist.
Personal watercrafting is an expensive niche hobby loved by lake-dwelling rednecks and largely under-appreciated by the rest of us. Now that Yamaha has just released two new PWCs, a cheap one and a high-performance one, it seemed like a good opportunity to find out what this sport is all about.
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…
Yamaha has a new adventure bike on the way, and it’s based on the one of the best and most economical naked sportbikes in production, the Yamaha FZ-07. 2017 is going to be a very interesting year for the adventure bike segment.
Rumors have been swirling for several weeks about the possibility that Jorge Lorenzo, last years MotoGP world champion, might ditch the best bike in the paddock for a huge payday and the chance to finally prove he’s better than Rossi. Now, those rumors are looking like a reality.
Racing is awesome, on any bike and at any level. One of the hardest things to master is the start but, as long as you aren’t doing it like this guy, you’re doing okay.
This weekend, the World Superbike racing series went to the Chang International Circuit in Thailand for their second round. The first race of the weekend was a good one, but the second one proved that this series can be just as enthralling as MotoGP. Why are you not watching it?
Now that Yamaha has Motobot riding a bike, the company and partner SRI International intend to get it riding around a racetrack—and faster than the world’s most famous bike racer, by next year.
In 1988 the U.S. government banned the sale of three-wheeled ATVs over “high incidence of injury.” Basically, they were as dangerous as they looked. And still are. But that doesn’t stop the few left on Earth from running around hog wild.
Yamaha is recalling each and every YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M, their new flagship superbike, all over the world. Because it could light you on fire. Or seize up and make you crash.
Do you watch MotoGP, the world’s top form of motorcycle racing? If the answer’s no, let me tell you why this coming season will be the best one to start on in many years. All it took was a few rule changes that should make the sport more open and more exciting than it’s been in a while, and since it already kicked…
Okay, so most of these car/motorcycle/track videos are complete and utter bullshit, but I think Michelin nailed it with this one. Because porn is always the answer.