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October 23, 2015

Top 10: Best New 2015 Bikes tested every new 2015 model available in Canada and crunched all the notes and numbers to bring you a list of the most impressive packages money can buy. [more]

October 18, 2015

Top 10: Most Versatile 2015 Bikes

Shopping for a new motorcycle can be daunting, particularly if you expect a lot from it. [more]

July 12, 2015

Top 5: Most Technologically Advanced Bikes of 2015

Bike manufacturers have been launching new, sophisticated technologies at an impressive pace over the last 10 years or so. From cutting-edge rider assist systems to electronically adjustable suspension to on-board multimedia devices, these innovations aim to maximize safety, comfort, and performance. [more]

July 05, 2015

2015 Yamaha Bolt C-Spec Review

The magnificent 2015 Yamaha Bolt C-Spec is an exploration of retro styling, the distant heir to classic dragsters and cafe racers. This vintage-looking Japanese street bike targets riders after a stylish machine with authentic character and a fair amount of mechanical feel. [more]

June 21, 2015

2015 Yamaha FJ-09 Review

Given the success of the MT-09 and MT-07, Yamaha wisely decided to make the most of this platform and its signature triple-cylinder engine. The new FJ-09 is the Japanese manufacturer's take on the sporty multi-use bike segment, and it will delight riders who love to go almost anywhere. [more]

June 14, 2015

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 Review

Sized like a 600cc model and blessed with a number of solutions directly derived from the championship-winning M1, the all-new 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 makes no compromises and is locked and loaded to take down lap-time records. [more]

June 10, 2015

2015 Yamaha FZ-07 Review

Surprise! Yamaha has just launched the all- new FZ-07, a sleek naked bike designed for the city and beyond. It's a modern and friendly two-wheeler that offers the best of both worlds on weekdays, and helps you escape on winding country roads during the weekend. [more]

June 09, 2015

Yamaha unveils 2016 motorcycle lineup

Yamaha Canada has announced its 2016 motorcycle lineup highlighted by the all-new YZ250X ($7,899), a cross-country bike based on the 2-stroke YZ250. [more]

June 09, 2015

2015 Yamaha Zuma X Preview

Based on the proven BW's 50 platform, the 2015 Yamaha Zuma X includes all of the BW's great features in a package defined by supersport styling. It's a stylish and affordable scooter that can be yours for $2,899 (same as 2014 pricing). [more]

May 31, 2015

2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 Review

Yamaha is finally letting us ride its entry-level sport bikes. After missing out on the YZF-R125, which is very popular in Europe, it's time to rejoice as the new YZF-R3 makes its debut around the world, including Canada. [more]

May 12, 2015

2015 Yamaha SX240 High Output Preview

Yamaha revised and redesigned its entire range of flagship sport boats for 2015. The new SX240 High Output is now a full 24' long and about 300lbs heavier to accommodate one more occupant (12 total instead of 11). Design upgrades include stern lounge refinements, and a higher freeboard to maximize space and passenger comfort. [more]

April 28, 2015

2015 Yamaha VXR Preview

The Yamaha VXR was largely redesigned for 2015 and boasts an all-new race performance platform with edgier graphics and looks. Colour choices were revised, as well, including Black/Laser Yellow and Torch Red. [more]

April 26, 2015

Top 10: Highest-Performing Bikes in 2015

Don't let machines like the Kawasaki Ninja H2R fool you: Performance isn't just about engine power and straight-line acceleration times; it also involves sharp handling and cornering, excellent braking, and other confidence-inspiring dynamics -- as evidenced by the Honda CBR1000RR SP and others. [more]

March 25, 2015

Top 10: Best Beginner Bikes in 2015

To help you learn the ropes of motorcycle riding, the ideal beginner bike must handle safely and predictably through a sharp and lightweight chassis, and supply just enough power to get you out of tough spots. It must also be low enough to allow you to put both feet on the ground at idle, and preferably feature ABS technology for more confidence on the road. [more]

January 25, 2015

2015 Yamaha FJ-09 Preview

Following the Bolt, FZ-09, and FZ-07, Yamaha's lineup keeps expanding with the launch of the new 2015 FJ-09, a so-called "sporty multi-use machine" that's powered by the famous 3-cylinder Crossplane Concept engine. It's a generously equipped streetfighter that combines the spirited performance of a standard sport bike with the versatility of an adventure bike. [more]

December 21, 2014

2015 Yamaha Viking EPS Review

Yamaha introduced its first side-by-side vehicle in 2004. The practical and fairly sporty Rhino soon caught the attention of trail enthusiasts. Ten years later, the Japanese manufacturer launches an all-new model with the same aspirations as its predecessor. [more]

December 15, 2014

Top 10 Best Snowmobiles of 2015 presents the top 10 best snowmobiles of 2015. These purpose- built machines have all the necessary attributes to excel in their respective segments, and they naturally deliver above-average performance. [more]

December 07, 2014

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 Preview

Yamaha continues superbike warfare with the all-new 2015 YZF-R1, which produces 200 hp and weighs just 199 kg (179 kg dry weight). Using MotoGP's 2014 M1 as inspiration, it makes a strong case for being the No.1 road-going missile along with the 200-hp BMW S1000RR and 201-hp Aprilia RSV4 RR. [more]

December 02, 2014

Top 10 Best New Bikes of 2014 tested every new 2014 model available in Canada and crunched all the notes and numbers to bring you a list of the most impressive packages money can buy. [more]

November 23, 2014

2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 Preview

Smaller displacements are growing in popularity across the country, and there's more and more models to choose from. That's understandable given the ridiculously high cost of registering and insuring a 400cc or larger bike. [more]

November 16, 2014

Top 5 GT Motorcycles in Canada

Grand touring motorcycles strive to deliver a comfortable ride with a natural, almost upright riding position, sofa-like seating, a backrest and grab handles for the passenger, and last but not least, plenty of protection against the elements. [more]

November 05, 2014

Yamaha launches five new models

Yamaha Motor Canada is thrilled to introduce five all-new models including the Yamaha R3, Bolt C-Spec, YZ250FX, WR250F and SMAX. [more]

October 21, 2014

2014 Yamaha Grizzly 700 FI EPS SE Review

The Yamaha Grizzly debuted in 2007 and hasn't stopped improving since. It's now a benchmark for enthusiasts after a rugged, dependable, and comfortable ATV. [more]

October 07, 2014

2014 Yamaha YZ450F Review

The 2014 Yamaha YZ450F doesn't particularly stand out from the rest of the pack at first glance. However, a closer look reveals a unique engine architecture where the rearward-slanting cylinder is "reversed" compared to traditional designs. [more]

September 29, 2014

2015 Yamaha Viking VI EPS Review

A year after launching the all-new Viking range, Yamaha strikes back with a 6-passenger model called Viking VI. We're not talking about bench seats like those offered by the competition, but rather two rows of bucket seats -- an industry first. [more]

September 22, 2014

2014 Yamaha Zuma X Review

Yamaha Canada is bringing back the Zuma X, a clone of the BWs with a single headlight and some interesting colours. It's a small scooter that rides comfortably on rough city streets thanks to a fairly soft suspension, and decent tire width. [more]

September 14, 2014

2014 Yamaha YZ250F Review

The 2014 Yamaha YZ250F follows the lead of the larger YZ450F and uses a rearward slanting cylinder that is "reversed" compared to traditional designs, as well as an innovative circular exhaust system in which the header pipe winds its way around the cylinder body before turning to the rear of the bike. New ergonomics also help the rider during weight transfers. [more]

August 26, 2014

Yamaha Motors Introduces 2015 Boats

Yamaha has unveiled its 2015 series of boats, which includes 12 models ranging from 19 to 24 feet (6 to 8 metres). These models will feature an articulating keel that enhances steering responsiveness at all speeds. [more]

August 19, 2014

Top 10 Bang-for-the-Buck Street Bikes of 2014

The best-value motorcycles are not exactly the cheapest ones. In addition to pricing, there are several aspects to consider including fit and finish, styling, performance, riding dynamics, ergonomics, comfort, and safety. [more]

August 11, 2014

Top 10 bikes of 2014 according to Cycle World

The Bonnier Motorcycle Group announced the 39th annual Cycle World Ten Best Bikes list, covering all motorcycle classes. [more]

August 05, 2014

Top 10: 2014 Beginner Bikes

So, you've just obtained your rider's licence? Congratulations! To help you become a better rider, the ideal beginner bike must handle safely and predictably with a sharp and lightweight chassis, and supply just enough power to get you out of tough spots. [more]

July 14, 2014

Top 5 supersport bikes of 2014

Lightweight and nimble like a ballerina, yet sharp and precise like a scalpel, supersport bikes that come directly from international racing series are a treat for hardcore riders who look for a compact and affordable machine that's easily tamed. [more]

June 25, 2014

Yamaha launches short anime series titled "Master of Torque"

Yamaha has released an original anime series titled "Master of Torque" which focuses on the exploits of three young motorcyclists set in a semi-fictional future Tokyo. You can catch it on their website. [more]

June 24, 2014

Yamaha's spring launch

Yamaha is set to expand its side-by-side vehicle lineup with the new Viking VI, available in three trim levels: base, EPS, and EPS SE. [more]

June 10, 2014

2014 Yamaha FZR Preview

The new 2014 Yamaha FZR stands tall in the Super Sport segment of the personal watercraft industry. Virtually identical to the 3-passenger FZS (prices are the same), it combines a potent Super Vortex High Output engine with an ultra- lightweight NanoXcel hull to achieve the best power-to-weight ratio in its class. [more]

June 09, 2014

Top 10 Highest-Performing Bikes on the Market in 2014

Performance isn't just about engine power and acceleration times; it also involves sharp handling and cornering, excellent braking, and other confidence-inspiring dynamics. What's more, the latest electronic aids, which are trickling down from top-level bikes to more mainstream models, now elevate performance, control, and safety to unprecedented levels. [more]

May 26, 2014

2014 Yamaha AR192 Preview

The all-new, 8-passenger 2014 Yamaha AR192 is basically the flagship of the entry-level 19' segment, providing an unexpected dose of adrenaline in a value-packed jet boat for young families who are into watersports. It competes against the likes of the all-new Scarab 195 we've recently previewed. [more]

May 20, 2014

2014 Yamaha Grizzly 550 FI EPS S-LE Preview

Now in its sixth year on the market, the 2014 Yamaha Grizzly 550 FI EPS S-LE is a leader in the medium-displacement, multi-purpose ATV segment. It boasts superb reliability (like all Japanese rivals), ranks as one of the most powerful machines in its class, and offers excellent value at $10,999. [more]

May 12, 2014

Top 10 Most Versatile Bikes in 2014

Shopping for a new motorcycle is no easy task, particularly if you expect a lot from it. First, you must identify and rank your various needs because no single bike can meet all of them at once. [more]

April 29, 2014

2014 Yamaha FZS Preview

When we previewed the 2013 Yamaha FZS a year ago, the spec sheet left us quite impressed. Well, guess what? The machine returns for 2014 with an all-new, more powerful engine and high-performance jet jump that will push it further up in the Super Sport segment of the personal watercraft industry. [more]

April 16, 2014

2014 Yamaha SR Viper Deluxe Preview

The lightweight and aggressive SR Viper is a brand new family of trail snowmobiles at Yamaha for 2014. [more]

March 21, 2014

Yamaha introduces new 2015 FZ-07

The Yamaha FZ lineup will expand in June with the arrival of the new 2015 Yamaha FZ-07 starting at $7,299. [more]

March 21, 2014

Yamaha launches new 2014 YFZ450R Special Edition

Hot on the heels of the Midnight Blue Raptor 700R, Metallic Grey/White Raptor 700R, and Crimson Red and Black YFZ450R comes a Special Edition YFZ450R in Black and Crimson. [more]

March 13, 2014

Yamaha Super Ténéré may suffer from bad headlights

Yamaha Motors of Canada is now recalling 475 Super Ténéré (XZT12) motorcycles from the 2012-2013 model years because the headlamp connector may overheat and melt, affecting headlamp function. [more]

March 04, 2014

2014 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES Preview

The new 2014 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES is a more equipped, more capable version of the Japanese manufacturer's adventure touring motorcycle, with several enhancements made to the design, powertrain, and chassis including electronic suspension adjustment. [more]

February 02, 2014

2014 Yamaha Phazer X-TX Preview

Half-way between the trail-oriented Phazer R-TX and the mountain-craving Phazer M-TX, the new-for-2014 Yamaha Phazer X-TX is an entry-level crossover that will delight those who have the desire to gently explore the backcountry on a snowmobile with a small, quiet, and efficient powerplant. [more]

October 20, 2013

2014 Yamaha FZ-09 Review

The new 2014 Yamaha FZ-09 will give other naked bikes a run for their money. It marks a return to the 3-cylinder configuration with an all-new 847 cc engine that's full of character. [more]

October 15, 2013

2014 Yamaha Grizzly 700 Preview

Fans of big-bore, multipurpose ATVs can rejoice: After a few quiet years, the venerable Grizzly 700 returns with significant changes including more power, improved ride comfort, and as much as 30% better gas mileage, Yamaha claims. [more]

September 09, 2013

2014 Yamaha Viking Preview

The all-new 2014 Yamaha Viking is a unique utility side-by-side vehicle with single-row, three-passenger seating, and the most powerful the Japanese manufacturer has ever built. It's also said to offer the rock-solid reliability people expect from Yamaha, as well as the best ergonomics and suspension in the business. [more]

August 25, 2013

Top 10 highest-performing bikes on the market

Performance is a word that's thrown around a lot for marketing purposes, leaving the average bike enthusiast confused as to which models really live up to it. You have to remember that performance isn't just about engine power and acceleration times; it also involves handling, cornering, braking, and overall riding dynamics. [more]

August 04, 2013

2013 Yamaha FZ8 Review

Since launching in 2010, the Yamaha FZ8 has been trying to make a name for itself in a very competitive market segment. Despite offering good build quality and a lovely 4-cylinder engine, this racy Japanese bike's ride has disappointed, due in large part to a non-adjustable suspension. [more]

July 22, 2013

2013 Yamaha FZS Preview

Evoking Yamaha's world-championship race heritage, the FZ Series is said to usher in an entirely new category of watercraft -- the Super Sport -- that aims to meet the demands of enthusiasts looking for solo domination on the water. [more]

July 10, 2013

Yamaha launches 2014 FZ-09 and Zuma X scooter

Yamaha recently announced two new models for 2014 including the FZ-09, which will go on sale this October, and the Zuma X, set to arrive at dealerships two months later. [more]

July 07, 2013

2014 Yamaha Bolt Review

Yamaha Canada's all-new 2014 Bolt is a naked cruiser powered by a V-twin engine from the V-Star 950. As a pioneer of the Japanese custom trend, Yamaha has gone back to basics with a modern interpretation of the sporty, lightweight and affordable Virago 535. [more]

June 24, 2013

2013 Yamaha FJR1300 Review

The 2013 Yamaha FJR1300 benefits from technological upgrades that help it take on the top GT bikes in the world. With the Yamaha Chip Control Throttle (YCC-T), various riding modes, cruise control, and traction control, this latest evolution indeed takes the storied FJR to a new level. [more]

June 17, 2013

Top 10 Best Value 2013 Road Bikes

Trying to determine which bikes offer the best value for your money is no easy task. The least expensive bike isn't necessarily the best investment. [more]

May 27, 2013

2013 Yamaha VXR HO Preview

As the top member of the VX family, the Yamaha VXR HO is aimed at "the personal watercraft rider who understands and appreciates the spirit of rally and tuner cars that deliver mouth-dropping thrills in an affordable, lightweight package." Save for two new colours, it returns unchanged for the upcoming riding season. [more]

May 13, 2013

2013 Yamaha Grizzly 125 Preview

Returning unchanged for 2013, the Yamaha Grizzly 125 is arguably the ideal utility ATV for beginners and young riders. While styling and features are derived from the larger Grizzly 700, this entry-level model offers the convenience of a fully automatic transmission and the fuel efficiency of 2WD. [more]

April 22, 2013

2014 Yamaha Bolt Preview

Yamaha looks to the future by unearthing the past with the all-new Bolt, a simply styled cruiser inspired from the classic Virago 535. It's a sporty crossover with a more natural, upright riding position than traditional cruisers. [more]

April 08, 2013

2013 Yamaha YFZ450R Preview

The Yamaha YFZ450R is back after a one-year hiatus, and race-ready sport ATV enthusiasts must be ecstatic since it's billed as the most capable racer the Japanese automaker has ever developed. [more]

February 19, 2013

Recall on 418 Yamaha BW 125 scooters

A problem with the fuel pump on 418 Yamaha BW 125 scooters in Canada could limit fuel supply, causing hard starting, affecting performance and/or stalling the engine, the company announced as part of a recall. [more]

February 18, 2013

2013 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Deluxe Preview

The Star family welcomes a new member for 2013, making it broader and more diversified than ever before. The 2013 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Deluxe offers more equipment and better finish for riders who like to travel in style. [more]

January 14, 2013

2013 Yamaha FJR1300 Preview

It may not look like it at first glance, but the 2013 Yamaha FJR1300 has been significantly upgraded. Engineers went over the big sport touring star with a fine-tooth comb and left no aspect untouched to help it stay ahead of the pack. [more]

October 23, 2012

Supercharge your Yamaha FX Nytro!

Starting in early November, Yamaha will offer a Trail Supercharging Kit for any Yamaha FX Nytro, Nytro RTX, Nytro RTX SE, Nytro XTX from 2008 to 2011. [more]

October 18, 2012

Yamaha launches its 2013 motorcycle lineup

Yamaha enthusiasts will love the new 2013 motorcycles including the generously equipped FJR1300, which features a new aerodynamic front cowl, a sophisticated gauge cluster, electronic cruise control, and traction control. [more]

October 07, 2012

2012 Yamaha YZ450F Review

The revolutionary Yamaha YZ450F has been the most advanced machine in its class since 2010 thanks to a rearward-slanted, reversed engine design. This year, engineers made slight modifications in order to improve its jumping ability and handling over bumps. They also revised the ECU for greater control and throttle response under acceleration, while meeting CO2 and noise standards. [more]

September 30, 2012

2013 Yamaha Grizzly Preview

A staple of Yamaha's multipurpose ATV lineup, the Grizzly is a proven machine designed for those who seek capability and versatility. It returns virtually unchanged for 2013, meaning that it won't match CAN-AM's 800 cc and 1.0L options with the Outlander. [more]

September 24, 2012

Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: supermoto bikes

Supermotos, are becoming more and more popular in these parts, although there is a limited selection of them on the market - all but five European and Asian models are available, with an engine capacity somewhere between 250 and 650 cc. [more]

September 23, 2012

2012 Yamaha Stryker Review

This is the second year Yamaha's V-Star 1300-inspired Stryker's style and feel harkens back to that of the classic American chopper. With a 21" front wheel, massive back wheel, raked out front fork, elongated body, prominent dual pipes and short fenders, it should get chopper fans excited. [more]

September 09, 2012

2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 Review

There are no major changes to the power delivery, chassis and engine of this latest 2012 version of the YZF-R1. Nevertheless, there is a new upper fork 'T' (inspired by MotoGP's M1), footpegs with more grip, stiffer rear suspension, reshaped muffler end caps and a slightly more aggressive styling to the front fairing. [more]

August 27, 2012

2013 Yamaha SuperJet Preview

Stand-up watercrafts have become a very rare breed these days. Not everyone can purchase a SuperJet because of recent emissions regulations that pretty much ban two-stroke engines. To obtain one, you must flash a racing license, and the craft can only be operated for racing purposes. [more]

August 01, 2012

Motorcycle Buying Guide: the GTs

Designed for extended road trips, without sacrificing rider comfort, this type of motorcycle emphasizes a smooth ride thanks to a relaxed, almost upright seating position. Plus, a passenger will also feel very comfortable, thanks to hand grips, and in some cases, a backrest. [more]

July 22, 2012

2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré Review

Designed for African tracks and trails, the Yamaha Super Ténéré is a member of the adventure motorcycle club...a big-framed beauty endowed with efficiency, versatility and comfort for wherever the ride takes you, on- or off-road. Inspired by the upstart success of the GS, this category brings forth many new models year by year, as evidenced by this new offering bearing the legendary Yamaha name. [more]

July 08, 2012

2012 Yamaha FZ8 Review

The one-year-old Yamaha FZ8 is a naked bike based on the larger FZ1, the Japanese manufacturer's 1,000cc standard sport bike. Aggressive styling, compact size, an exposed engine, two-tone paintwork and anodized forks highlight this neatly finished package. [more]

July 04, 2012

Motorcycle buyer's guide: Street bikes (900 cc and up)

Designed to be close to superbike-like performance, in terms of speed and road handling, the 900-cc (and up) street bike also strives for more comfort and versatility for everyday riding. Better yet, insurance rates and registration costs are also less expensive. [more]

July 01, 2012

2012 Yamaha Raider XV1900 Review

In true custom spirit, the Yamaha Raider XV1900 is all about attention to detail, and the result is nothing less than amazing. Yamaha's design team are masters of style, even more so when it comes to the fit and finish of its high-end models. This mastery is ever present throughout the Raider, from its elegant swingarm, through to its gorgeous top triple clamp and innovatively designed headlight and steering mounts. [more]

June 27, 2012

Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: Standard bikes (up to 800cc)

Standard bikes (often called roadsters) are nimble, versatile and racier than ever. They prove to be almost as fun to ride as sport bikes without feeling rough and uncomfortable. [more]

May 30, 2012

Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: 600cc supersports

Lightweight and nimble like a ballerina, yet sharp and precise like a scalpel, superbikes that come directly from international racing series are a treat for hardcore riders who look for a compact and affordable machine that's easily tamed. [more]

May 23, 2012

Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: 1,000cc superbikes

Designed for thrill seekers and pure performance addicts, 1,000cc superbikes use world-class technology and components that come straight from their racing equivalents. These machines can propel you from 0 to 100 km/h in less than three seconds and reach F1-like top speeds. [more]

May 09, 2012

Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: Beginner bikes

Beginner bikes are defined by accessibility, a low engine displacement, overall weight and seat height (allowing the rider to put both feet on the ground when idling) as well as safe riding dynamics. All that at a fraction of the price of a medium-displacement bike. [more]

May 07, 2012

2012 Yamaha Bruin 350 Preview

With the addition of the all-new Grizzly 300, the Bruin 350 no longer serves as the entry-level model in Yamaha's multi-purpose ATV family. It comes back in 2012 with the same toughness and reliability, both for work and leisure. [more]

March 30, 2012

2013 Yamaha Snowmobiles: what's new

2013 marks the 10th anniversary of Yamaha's range of 4-stroke snowmobiles. When the RX-1 was launched, the industry's first 4-stroke sled, many sceptics said it would never hold a candle to the 2-stroke machines given its heavy engine. Yamaha was quick to prove them wrong thanks to the outstanding performance and efficiency of the mills derived from its sport motorcycles. [more]

March 04, 2012

Yamaha launches 2013 snowmobiles!

Youthful motorsport fans can now take their first ride into the world of snowmobiling sitting atop a Yamaha. Today's launch of the Yamaha SRX 120 offers enthusiasts as young as 6 years of age the chance to independently enjoy the thrill of snowmobiling. [more]

March 03, 2012

Yamaha introduces SRX 120 youth snowmobile

For the 2013 model year, Yamaha is excited to introduce the Yamaha SRX 120 Youth Snowmobile. The snowmobile is the result of a co-branded partnership with Arctic Cat. [more]

February 24, 2012

2012 Montreal Motorcycle Show - Tonight at Palais des Congrès!

Après le Salon de la Moto de Toronto et celui de Québec, Montréal livre du tangible ce week-end, avec la totalité des nouveautés 2012 du monde de la moto. De nouvelles machines, de nouveaux équipements, des programmes de financement, des tonnes d'accessoires et la présence d'une foule d'associations de tourisme et de journées d'essais en piste (track day). [more]

February 21, 2012

2012 Montreal Motorcycle Show - February 24-26

The Montreal Motorcycle Show returns to Palais des Congrès from February 24th to 26th, 2012. As the largest and most anticipated event of its kind in Quebec, it will once again put a record number of models under one roof. [more]

February 17, 2012

2012 Yamaha FX HO Review

The Yamaha FX HO treated itself to quite an update for 2012, on both the mechanical and style fronts. It now offers improved stability, comfort and versatility, all wrapped up in a sleek new package. [more]

February 14, 2012

2012 Yamaha SX190 and AR190 Review

Yamaha launched the SX190 and AR190 last September in Canada, currently the smallest boats in the manufacturer's portfolio. Just 5.8 metres long (19 feet), these entry-level models are perfect for riding the waves without breaking into the kids' piggybanks. [more]

January 03, 2012

2012 Yamaha TMAX Preview

The full-size touring scooter is on - ahem - quite a roll. We're seeing more and more of this new breed of motorcycle on our roads, which comes with its own slew of special features. Other than a few styling touch-ups here and there, the 2012 Yamaha TMAX also inherits an improved frame and a thoroughly redesigned engine. [more]

November 25, 2011

2011 Yamaha YFZ450R Review

With increasingly competitive ATVs such as the QuadRacer LT-R450 and the two SX models from KTM, Yamaha had to respond. Their answer? The YFZ450R, a machine aimed at the most demanding riders on the most technical and challenging trails. [more]

October 28, 2011

2011 Yamaha FZ1 Review

The latest evolution of the Yamaha FZ1, introduced back in 2006, builds on the features and dynamic qualities of the original while adding genuine excitement. It's a standard sport bike from the purest tradition, one that loves to hit twists and turns to showcase its superiority over less aggressive models. [more]

October 17, 2011

WSBK: Yamaha says goodbye with a 1-2

Carlos Checa had another overhaul good weekend, this time in Portimao, but it was Yamaha's turn to shine with a 1-2 finish in what would be its last race in World Superbike as a factory team. [more]

September 30, 2011

2012 Yamaha Waverunner First Impressions

Yamaha launches its 2012 Waverunner lineup and the FX series gets completely revamped, with improved stability, comfort and versatility in a sharply-styled, decidedly upscale-looking package. The new FX Cruiser SHO, FX SHO, FX Cruiser HO and FX HO arrive right on cue to celebrate their 10th anniversary. [more]

August 23, 2011

Yamaha introduces 2012 WaveRunners

Today, Yamaha Motor Canada introduces its 2012 WaveRunners, highlighted by the all-new, feature rich FX Series, along with new comfort and styling features to all WaveRunners. [more]

August 23, 2011

Yamaha introduces 2012 Sport Boats

In one of Yamaha Motor Canada's biggest marine launches ever, the company introduces a brand new line of 19-foot Sport Boats and all-new 21-foot platform, embodying the same luxury and comfort found on Yamaha's award winning 24-foot Series of boats. [more]

August 17, 2011

Yamaha cuts ATV prices (video)

Yamaha launched a promotional campaign in which multi-purpose ATV buyers can get instant rebates of up to $1,100 along with an extra cash reward of $200 on select products, including the Big Bear Kodiak, Grizzly 550 and Grizzly 700. [more]

June 17, 2011

Top 10 bang-for-the-buck street bikes

2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Superlow: Like any good Harley, the Sportster 883 Superlow is mainly about styling and mechanical thrills. This model neatly preserves the soul of the original H-D motorcycles with a clean and much-appreciated low profile backed by the charismatic vibrations of a rocker engine. The Superlow enhances the Sportster family's nostalgic theme with successfully-executed retro looks, sophisticated fit and finish, as well as a sweet character rooted in a rich tradition - all for less than $9,000. [more]

June 16, 2011

2012 Yamaha BW's 50 Preview

This summer, Yamaha is unleashing a brand-new version of its popular BW's scooter on city streets. Winner of's 50cc comparo last year, the Bee-Whiz gets new duds and a cleaner, more efficient engine. [more]

June 08, 2011

MotoGP: Spies will stay put for another year

MotoGP rookie Ben Spies has signed a one-year extension to his contract with Yamaha to stay-on with the manufacturer's team in 2012. [more]

May 17, 2011

MotoGP: A special livery for Yamaha's 50th

The Yamaha Racing Team's YZR-M1 will have a new livery at both Assen TT and Laguna Seca races this year to celebrate its 50th anniversary of world championship grand prix racing. [more]

May 08, 2011

Top 10 Best Beginner Bikes

Accessible in terms of pricing and handling, the perfect beginner's road bike should first and foremost offer sound dynamics via a modern frame and have just enough power to get you out of trouble. [more]

April 02, 2011

2012 Yamaha RS Vector First Impressions

Thanks to the nearly perfect synergy between the Genesis 120 engine and Deltabox II chassis, the RS Vector stands out as one of the best cross-country sport sleds in the industry. For 2012, it's back with a three-piece windshield offering better protection, new aluminum HPG shock absorbers, an Engine Braking Reduction System and Yamaha's original Electric Power Steering. [more]

March 18, 2011

Yamalube Oil Change Kits

Do-it-Yourselfers rejoice: changing the oil in your Yamaha has become much simpler and quicker with Yamalube's new Oil Change Kits. [more]

March 18, 2011

2012 Yamaha RS Venture TF First Impressions

The four-stroke engine specialist apparently has another thing or two up his sleeve. Introducing the new RS Venture TF, which features the electric power steering system that substantially lessens steering effort as well as new aluminum HPG shocks that reduce unsprung weight by 20% compared to its predecessors. [more]

March 04, 2011

Yamaha unveils 2012 Snowmobile line-up

Today marks the official release of Yamaha's 2012 snowmobiles. You can bet it's a sentimental one, as it coincides with the company's 10th Anniversary of 4-stroke snowmobiles. [more]

March 04, 2011

2011 Yamaha Apex X-TX Review

Yamaha is catering to the serious adventurer with the 2011 Apex X-TX, its new high-end, hybrid snowmobile (solo touring and deep snow). It features a three-part windshield that offers superior protection, a CK 144 rear suspension with tipped-up rails and the very first electric power steering system (EPS) in the industry. [more]

January 20, 2011

Try the snowmobile of your choice for free thanks to Yamaha's Power Tour

Yamaha is back with its winter Power Tour, allowing enthusiasts to try out its latest four-stroke snowmobile models in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan from January 20 to March 13, 2011. [more]

January 05, 2011

Fiat drops Yamaha after four-year stint

Fiat publicly announced its break-up, via Twitter, with Yamaha over the holidays, putting an end to the four-year relationship. [more]

December 17, 2010

Yamaha Announces 2012 Super Ténéré Pricing!

Toronto, ON - Yamaha Motor Canada has announced the pricing on the much-talked about 2012 Super Ténéré. The bike will have an MSRP of $16,499. [more]

November 26, 2010

2011 Yamaha Rhino 700 FI Sport Edition Deluxe Review

The Yamaha Rhino has gotten better and better ever since coming to market in 2003, providing outdoors enthusiasts all the power, ruggedness, comfort and versatility they look for. The 2011 model proves to be sportier and more generously equipped than its predecessors thanks to the new high-end Sport Edition. This White Armour-clad side-by-side is full of significant upgrades and high-tech features to make trail riding even more pleasant. [more]

October 25, 2010

Yamaha and Hermes Build Leather Concept-Bike

In what smells like a clear attempt to gather attention for their under-selling new-gen VMax, Yamaha and celebrated fashion house Hermes have conceived a leather-bound bike, presumably because they could! [more]

October 13, 2010

2011 Yamaha Stryker Review

Three years after the introduction of its VX1900 S Raider, Yamaha is taking the Chopper plunge again with the new Stryker. Featuring the lines and leanings of the genre, the new V-Star 1300-based cruiser arrives just in time to stimulate sales during these difficult times with its low-as-you-can go pricing. [more]

September 01, 2010

Yamaha Canada introduces the 2011 Stryker and the early release 2012 Super Ténéré

Yamaha Motor Canada is proud to announce the launch of two exciting new motorcycles, the 2011 Stryker cruiser and 2012 Super Ténéré adventure tourer. These motorcycles complement the FZ8 and Fazer 8 motorcycles previously launched in June. [more]

August 20, 2010

2010 Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe Review

Let me first confess that I've always had a soft spot for Yamaha's Stratoliner range. For the Deluxe version, Yamaha has added a fairing and replaced the faux-leather bags with hard ones. Things were off to a good start. [more]

July 30, 2010

2010 Yamaha XF50 C3 Review

Much to my surprise during our 50cc scooter compare (LIEN), the XF50 C3, affectionately known as the Cube, proved to be just as quick as and far more practical than the best-selling 50cc scooter on the market, the Yamaha BWs 50. I had been looking to sample this unorthodox baby for quite some time, as it promised greater value than its more popular stable mate. [more]

July 23, 2010

New look for Fiat-Yamaha MotoGP bikes at US Moto Grand Prix this weekend!

In case anyone still believes that Chrysler will remain the same under Fiat management, let me tell you that "things they are a'changin". We just received a press release from Chrysler US about a Fiat contest to place photos of smiling faces on the factory Fiat-Yamaha MotoGP bikes for the US Moto Grand Prix, run this week end at Laguna Seca. [more]

July 22, 2010

David Frétignié leaves Yamaha for BMW - Are they returning to the Dakar?

After 11 successful years with Yamaha competing in international Enduro and Rally-Raid events, David Frétignié is moving to BMW to achieve his dream of winning the Dakar, where he's already gathered four wins in the 450-cc class in 2004, 2005 and 2009. We remember him riding a two-wheel-drive YZF450, unbeatable in the mud and shifting sand but overwhelmed in wide open spaces, where the big 650-cc (or 800 according to some?), single-cylinder KTMs dominated. [more]

July 07, 2010

Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré 2010 First Impressions

Call them Adventure, Enduro or Dual-Purpose, bikes with long travel suspensions and big, torquey engines are popular these days. Yamaha, given an enormous and successful heritage in long distance off road events - think Paris-Dakar - had to come and join the gang of manufacturers that produce such machines, doing just that for 2010 with the Europe-only launch of the XT1200Z Super Ténéré. The Ténéré is an African desert where Yamaha bikes from twenty years ago established dominance in long distance off-road races. [more]

June 09, 2010

2011 Yamaha FZ8 and Fazer 8 First Impressions

Already popular in Europe, the FZ8 comes to our shores in two 2011 versions: the naked FZ8 Street Fighter and the semi-faired, touring-inclined Fazer 8. Both variants share the same engine and frame but have a slightly different personality. [more]

June 03, 2010

50cc Scooter Comparo - It's true, great things do come in small packages!

If we learned one thing during this comparo, it's that 50cc scooters really have a role in the world of two-wheelers. The smaller machines are what we call "neighborhood scooters" -- great to run errands, see friends and have fun, while developing useful civilized riding habits. [more]

May 07, 2010

2010 Yamaha Waverunner Preview

Yamaha introduced three new entry-level Waverunner models for 2010: the VX Sports, VX Deluxe and VX Cruiser. These new models are all loaded with great attributes and amenities, starting with improved comfort and stability, as well as excellent FZS-inspired styling. [more]

March 23, 2010

2010 Yamaha BWs 125 Review

Yamaha has launched the BWs 125 this year, a scooter that mirrors the aggressive look of the BWs 50 with its nice big fat tires, the most popular scooter here in Quebec for the past decade. The BWs 125 targets a young, urban crowd looking for an original, compact and sure-footed machine. put it through its paces during the 69th Annual Daytona Bike Week - that's right, cruising down Main Street in a sea of Harleys! [more]

February 26, 2010

Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré - All new adventure sport bike

Yamaha has launched this entirely new machine in Europe this week (Feb. 25), placing it in direct competition with BMW's big bore market leader R1200GS and middleweight leader F800GS. [more]

February 26, 2010

Yamaha's Matt Weidinger shatters snowmobile record!

Matt Weidinger, a demonstrably snakebit snowmobiler from Toronto, obliterated the world record for the longest distance travelled in 24 hours. He was riding Yamaha's first-ever snowmobile with electric power steering (EPS), the 2011 Apex. [more]

January 04, 2010

2010 Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe Preview

Yamaha launches a new high end touring model for 2010, aimed directly at some of the Harley- Davidson "Glide" baggers, a very tough neighborhood indeed! [more]

December 07, 2009

2010 Yamaha YFZ 450X Preview

Just as it has done in the past, 2010 Yamaha is offering the most comprehensive 2010 sport ATV lineup on the market, with the Raptor 90, 250, 350 and 700, the Wolverine 450, as well as the YFZ 450 and 450R thoroughbreds. On top of a new palette of colours for nearly all its sport models, Yamaha is introducing the new YFZ450X for the most demanding high performance riders. [more]

December 01, 2009

2009-2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 First Impressions

When Yamaha announced the all new 2009 R1, which returns unchanged for 2010 save for colours and an extra $100 added to the MSRP, and mentioned the "Cross plane crankshaft" layout, everyone wanted to understand exactly what this meant in terms of improvements in the behaviour of the beast. [more]

November 04, 2009

Yamaha Canada Withdraws From The Parts Canada Superbike Series for 2010

Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd. announced today that it is withdrawing from participation in the 2010 Parts Canada Superbike Series. As a result of this decision, there will no longer be an official Yamaha race team or the traditional manufacturer support for the series. [more]

October 01, 2009

2010 Yamaha Snowmobiles Preview

Yamaha, a proven leader in quality and reliability, is introducing two new snowmobiles for 2010: the fuel-injected, 4-stroke, 3-cylinder RS Vector as well as the MTX SE 162. Compared to rival manufacturers, Yamaha uses the most advanced technologies thanks to the expertise from its motorcycle program. The result is a remarkable portfolio of 21 snowmobiles powered by naturally-aspirated, 4-stroke engines, some of which boast an impressive 160 hp/L ratio. [more]

September 28, 2009

Yamaha 2010 Models

Yamaha Canada 2010 motorcycles are out, and here is some basic information about the all-new models: the revolutionary YZ450F motocrosser, the Stratoliner Deluxe touring cruiser, the YZF-R1 LE replica with Rossi colours, and a more sophisticated and quicker YZF-R6. [more]

August 21, 2009

Yamaha YZ250F 2010 - All new motocross racer

Yamaha Canada just launched the 2010 YZ250F motocrosser at a track near Toronto. [more]

August 07, 2009

2009 Yamaha Roadliner S First Impressions

Introduced in 2006, the Roadliner is a well equipped high-end power cruiser well equipped for the wars in that market segment. It leaves no one indifferent with its Art Deco style, abundant chrome, and impressive dimensions, more than enough to fight off the competition at that rarefied level. [more]

July 31, 2009

2009 Yamaha Kodiak 450 Review

At last, a middleweight ATV that stands out! The 2009 Yamaha Kodiak 450 just got a serious makeover and deserves some serious consideration from ATV fans. First, it is one of the lightest models in its class, and second, it boasts an outstanding power-to-weight ratio. This well-designed machine also displays tremendous versatility with a happy combination of features, handling and performance. [more]

July 21, 2009

Yamaha launches 2010 YZ250F Motocrosser

Building on their reputation for outstanding four stroke engines, Yamaha just launched the 2010 YZ250F Motocross bike in Canada today. [more]

July 20, 2009

Rumour Mill - Yamaha's 2010 Hybrid Motorcycle?

Industry noises in Europe indicate that Yamaha is preparing to launch a production hybrid bike as a 2010 model, based on the Gen-Ryu concept bike presented in 2005. [more]

July 13, 2009

2009 Yamaha Grizzly 700 FI EPS Ducks Unlimited Review

ATV manufacturers have been fighting a displacement war for the last 13 years, as it seems they all want to build the biggest, most powerful engine. Nowadays, it's not unusual to see a 650-, 750-, 800- or even 1,000-cc ATV in regulated trail networks across the country. While it's true that Yamaha launched hostilities in 1997 with the Grizzly 600, they have now refocused on overall efficiency rather than engine displacement. [more]

July 04, 2009

2009 Yamaha FZ6R First Impressions

The all-new 2009 Yamaha FZ6R, whose fairing and all new chassis hide a major evolution of the R6-sourced engine, is designed for riders looking for a sport-type machine that remains comfortable and easy to ride both during short city stints and long highway cruises. [more]

June 30, 2009

2009 Yamaha WR250X First Impressions

The Yamaha WR250X, a light Super Motard, floored me when I rode it in urban and country roads. I expected the bike to handle like a small racer, which it did - I did not expect a 250cc engine to shoot me past 100kph, cruise calmly at 130, and push up to 140 where my personal barn-door aerodynamics balanced out against available power. That was enough to make me wonder if you need more than 250cc in a modern engine to reach exciting performance levels on a light bike. [more]

June 24, 2009

Rumours - suspicions - wishful thinking for 2010

Model year 2010 promises to be a fertile one, with several all new machines coming out of the rumour mill. Here are a few of the tastier morsels from just over the horizon, definitely not obtained or validated by the manufacturers. [more]

June 10, 2009

Euro Trip - June 8 and 9, Paris

Solid rain on Monday, not great conditions to try out my latest sampling, the Yamaha XJ6 Diversion - unfortunately not available in Canada for 2009 - on the world's most slippery white lines, nice meter-wide ones too! [more]

June 09, 2009

Euro Trip - June 5, 6, 7, Paris

A rainy weekend in Paris means not a lot of riding and little opportunity to take pictures of my latest test machine, the Yamaha WR250X, a Supermotard version of the WR250R dual-purpose machine. [more]

June 06, 2009

2009 Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer First Impressions

For 2009, Yamaha updated its custom lineup with the all new V-Star 950, available in base custom trim or as a touring model featuring a windshield and leather saddlebags. The V-Star 950 Tourer has character, borrowing an Art Deco look from its larger sibling, the Stratoliner, but with a more understated twist. [more]

May 15, 2009

2009 Yamaha Raptor 700R Review (video)

In order to maintain its lead on Canadian sales charts where high-performance sport ATVs are concerned, Yamaha had to preserve all the key aspects of the latest generation, including power and rider-friendliness, while raising the bar for versatility and functionality even higher. [more]

April 04, 2009

2009 Snowmobile Show in Laval

The snowmobile industry is doing well despite the global recession, as evidenced by the attendance at 2009 snowmobile shows recently held in Western Canada. Here's what to look for at the 2009 Snowmobile Show at Place Forzani, in Laval, Quebec, which opens this Sunday, April 5 [more]

April 01, 2009

2009 Snowmobile Show, April 5 at Place Forzani

All 2010 models from the four manufacturers will be on display under one roof, a timely event coming at the end of an excellent season with great snow and riding conditions. Over 100 machines from Yamaha, Arctic Cat, Polaris and Ski-Doo will be on display, as will be the gamut of new accessories and clothing, with specialist on site to answer all your questions. [more]

March 22, 2009

2009 Yamaha Waverunner Preview

Waverunners benefit from all the expertise acquired by Yamaha throughout the development of 4-stroke engines for the brand's superbikes. Always listening to its customers, Yamaha never stops improving its watercraft lineup by introducing innovative, user-friendly products that deliver strong performance and fewer emissions. [more]

March 14, 2009

Two-wheel fun and performance that's perfect for city commutes and touring adventures!

FSE scooters are selling like hot cakes these days, not only because of their modest prices and operating costs but also their increasingly interesting performance. They represent a smart choice for those who want to buy an exciting two-wheeler without having to sell their house! [more]

February 27, 2009

2009 Yamaha TMAX Follow-up Review

I asked my friend and colleague Pascal Bastien to take the TMAX 500 for a quick spin. Yamaha claims it's a sport scooter with motorcycle-like riding dynamics. What does a true biker think about that? Well, according to Pascal, the TMAX is a scooter and will always be a scooter, but... [more]

February 17, 2009

2009 Yamaha Apex GT First Impressions

Since 2000, the Apex lineup (known as the RX-1 prior to 2006) has been producing Yamaha's highest-performing snowmobiles. Thanks to a complete redesign three years ago and notable improvements ever since, the Japanese manufacturer managed to change the way fans of ultra-high performance snowmobiles designed for the trails perceived them. These riders used to find Apex models too heavy and far less agile than 2-stroke machines. [more]

February 13, 2009

2009 Yamaha FZ6R Preview

The evolution of the FZ6 arrives for 2009 with a full fairing, ergonomics benefiting riders of all sizes and whiffs of performance that bring to mind its older brother, the R6. Avec un moteur hérité d'une version récente de la YZF-R6, un carénage sportif complet, une selle bien dimensionnée pour le pilotage redressé, des poignées relevées et un saute-vent efficace, la nouvelle FZ6R se veut une sportive intermédiaire performante. [more]

February 10, 2009

2010 Yamaha RS Vector GT First Impressions

After a painfully long wait, the all-new 2010 Yamaha RS Vector GT is finally here. The latest evolution of the famous 1,050-cc, 3-cylinder Genesis 120 engine now finds its way into the second-generation Delta Box chassis -- a highly-anticipated union promising awesome thrills. [more]

January 26, 2009

2009 Yamaha Grizzly 550 FI First Impressions (video)

Yamaha introduces the 2009 Grizzly 550 FI, a middleweight ATV that completes the already strong Grizzly 450 and 700 lineup. This new machine inherits all the major features of its larger siblings while boasting a smaller displacement. Modern looks, a proven chassis and advanced technologies are all part of the package to help the Grizzly 550 take on an ultra-competitive market segment -- medium-displacement 4x4 utility ATVs. [more]

January 25, 2009

2009 Yamaha YZ250F Preview

Since their original introduction, Yamaha's 4-stroke off-road bikes have grabbed a significant part of the market while enjoying huge racing success. The Japanese manufacturer is investing massively in motocross-type machines with the development of new 4-stroke engines that keep raising the bar for performance and low emissions. [more]

January 22, 2009

2009 Yamaha RS Venture GT Review

Yamaha introduces an all-new premium touring snowmobile for 2009, the RS Venture GT. It's a high-luxury, high-performance evolution from the standard RS Venture, which is still included in the Japanese manufacturer's portfolio. I tested the GT model, though Yamaha also offers the new RS Venture TF, which is similar but features a longer track for improved "flotation" in deep snow. [more]

January 20, 2009

New motorcycle models for Canada - Part 2 (video)

Here are some more new models we spotted for you at the Toronto Motorcycle show. [more]

December 29, 2008

2009 Yamaha ATV Preview

Twelve years have come and gone since the birth of the original Grizzly. This machine was the first in the entire ATV industry to be powered by a 600-cc engine. From that point on, manufacturers started a displacement war to see who could come up with the most powerful and most feature-laden model. [more]

December 13, 2008

2009 Yamaha VMAX Preview

After a quarter century of "stylin" and scaring bystanders and riders alike with power and a wobbly chassis aboard the old V-Max, a new-generation VMAX is now with us. Yamaha wanted the "Most Horsepower" crown back, but also wanted the monster to handle. [more]

December 09, 2008

2009 Yamaha V-Star 950 Preview

Yamaha is putting the displacement battle on hold to focus on middleweight cruisers. After the V-Star 1300 from last year, Yamaha returns for 2009 with the all-new V-Star 950. This machine will appeal to riders looking for user-friendliness, affordability and just enough power to enjoy safe, two-up thrills. [more]

October 20, 2008

2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Preview

Yamaha has released its all-new cutting-edge motorcycle ready to take on a class where innovation is the keyword. Last year, the YZF-R1 managed to distinguish itself from the GSX-R1000 by its finely drawn lines, superior finish and spectacular technical advancement. But the beast really stood out from the crowd thanks to the computer-controlled variable length intake tracts and electronic management of its 998-cc powerplant. [more]

October 09, 2008

2009 Yamaha FZ6R Preview

In order to remain among the top-selling manufacturers in the medium-displacement standard/sport bike segment, Yamaha decided to start from scratch. Indeed, it would be easier to list the things that didn't change instead of all the new features that were added. The 2009 FZ6R will now replace the FZ6, much to the delight of Yamaha enthusiasts who are fond of versatile intermediate bikes. [more]

September 30, 2008

2008 Yamaha Waverunner VX Review

Yamaha commercialized the industry's first 4-stroke personal watercraft, and has considerably improved it since. The Waverunners benefit from the expertise gathered from to the development of the brand's advanced, 4-stroke motorcycle engines. Ever in tune to its clients needs, the manufacturer keeps improving its lineup of Waverunners year after year. [more]

September 25, 2008

2009 Yamaha TMAX Review

Yamaha Canada is taking a gamble for 2009 by offering a sport-oriented scooter. The all-new TMAX 500 is a different breed of scooters -- definitely more akin to a motorcycle yet featuring traditional elements like under-seat storage, a step-through design and, of course, an automatic transmission. While this machine encourages a sportier type of riding, it still remains a scooter first and foremost. [more]

September 01, 2008

2009 Yamaha BWs 125 Review

Scooter manufacturers and retailers in Canada want to expand their market. They've realized that a number of customers are looking for faster, more user-friendly urban two-wheelers. The thing that's surprising, however, is the increase in displacement. There's a growing selection of 125-cc models out there -- and these scooters are more traffic-capable than ever. [more]

August 25, 2008

2008 Yamaha WR250X Review

Yamaha is finally launching a supermoto model in Canada. According to the engineers, this newcomer was designed for riders looking to start a supermoto career or simply have fun on public roads.It was worth the wait. Yamaha's new supermotard-inspired steed is armed to the teeth and ready to take on the leaders of its class. When it comes to designing a sport bike, Yamaha's engineers don't know the meaning of the word compromise. [more]

August 04, 2008

2008 Yamaha FJR1300 AS Review

Finding the perfect travel companion is no easy task. When shopping for a grand touring motorcycle, it's even harder. The benefits are so unique and diversified that it's nearly impossible to find them all in a single package: comfort, performance, sportiness, riding pleasure and lots of room for two people and their luggage. [more]

July 12, 2008

Yamaha loves music!

In 2008, Japan and Canada celebrate 80 years of diplomatic relations, which is why Yamaha Corporation is sponsoring the Yamaha Symphonic Orchestra in major music festivals across Canada. The Yamaha Symphonic Orchestra performed at MusicFest Canada, in Ottawa, and at the Festival des harmonies et orchestres symphoniques du Québec, in Sherbrooke. In the nation's capital, the 36th edition of the Yamaha-sponsored festival gave 8,000 young Canadians studying music the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of a crowd of music lovers from all over the world. [more]

May 22, 2008

2009 Yamaha Snowmobiles Preview (video)

The 2008 Snowmobile Show was held a few weeks ago at Place Forzani, in Laval, Quebec. Winter sports enthusiasts were able to get a close look at the upcoming 2009 models from four different manufacturers. Here's a preview of the new 2009 Yamaha snowmobiles. [more]

May 12, 2008

2008 Yamaha XT250 Preview

The dismissal of the XT350 a couple of years ago left a gaping hole in the Japanese manufacturer's lineup. Up until now, the XT225 was the only dual-purpose bike offered by Yamaha. This little warrior might be very user-friendly, but it's neither a truly capable off-roader nor a machine for intermediate to advanced riders. [more]

March 27, 2008

2007 Yamaha Phazer GT Long-Term Trail Test (part three)

Our long-term tester has now covered more than 5,000 kilometers. So far, we encountered no mechanical problems and the overall performance is still sharp. This snowmobile is a real head-turner wherever it goes and it generates as much curiosity as it did in the early stages of our long-term trail test, a year ago. Simply put, the Phazer leaves no one indifferent, especially first-time onlookers. The most fascinating thing about this machine is the eccentric styling full of ultra-modern athleticism. [more]

March 26, 2008

2008 Yamaha RS Venture GT vs 2008 Arctic Cat TZ1: Comparison Test (video)

The team at decided to pit two dual-seat, 4-stroke powered snowmobiles against each other. It's the Yamaha RS Venture GT versus the Arctic Cat TZ1; the queen of the class against the fresh newcomer. Both machines target about the same customer, one who looks for a premium dual-seat sled designed to swallow hundreds of kilometers day in, day out. [more]

March 10, 2008

2007 Yamaha Phazer GT Long-Term Trail Test (part two)

The odometer now reads 500 kilometers. Thanks to a substantial snowfall and the unrelenting trail maintenance work by the dedicated voluntary people at the "Marauders" snowmobile club, we were able to complete the break-in period recommended by Yamaha. For the second part of our long-term trail test, we benefited from near-perfect conditions in the surroundings of Duhamel, Quebec. [more]

March 03, 2008

2008 Yamaha Phazer RTX Trail Test

During the development of the new FX platform, Yamaha engineers had a specific goal in mind: to create a distinctively unique snowmobile -- kind of like the black sheep that everybody would be talking about. Like its ancestor, the Phazer of the 1980s, the new model has probably as many fans as critics. Since coming to market in March 2006, much has been said and written about its innovative styling, ATV-style riding position and unprecedented engine. [more]

February 21, 2008

2007 Yamaha Phazer GT Long-Term Trail Test (part one)

Yamaha literally reinvented the snowmobile with its new 2007 Phazer GT. In the 1980s, this model created a lot of stir thanks to a forward-thinking design, high levels of versatility and a very affordable price. At first, though, this sled had more critics than admirers. But two years after its introduction, the Phazer became one of the best sellers in its class. No wonder: it offered outstanding value and a whole new approach to snowmobiling. Today, Yamaha is trying to duplicate that success with an all-new, 4-stroke Phazer. [more]

February 13, 2008

2008 Yamaha RS Vector LTX Trail Test

Japanese manufacturer Yamaha offers more 4-stroke models than any competitor. These engines are not only environmentally friendly but also high performing. Thanks to its motorcycling expertise, Yamaha has become a master at creating powerful, efficient and clean engines. The RS Vector LTX is motivated by one of the brand's best 4-stroke powerplants ever. Unlike that of the Apex, the 3-cylinder Genesis 120 was specifically developed and built for snowmobile applications. It features 12 valves and a double overhead camshaft for a power rating of 120 horsepower. In order to reduce costs and remain competitive from a pricing standpoint, Yamaha chose to retain the carburetor-based fuel delivery system, consisting of three 40-mm Keihin CVK carburetors. [more]

January 12, 2008

2008 Yamaha RS Vector First Impressions

When you look at the 2008 RS Vector for the first time, it's easy to confuse it with the top-of-the-line Apex -- and quite understandably: this new sled is nothing more than a Yamaha Apex with a Genesis 120 engine instead of a 4-cylinder. [more]

January 05, 2008

2007 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer Road Test

The all-new Yamaha V-Star 1300 improves a cruiser lineup that's already well stocked. Following the thundering success of the V-Star 1100 for many years, the Japanese manufacturer struck back with a new, more modern and more refined machine. In this segment, styling is crucial. That's why Yamaha went to great lengths to design a classic yet sleek motorcycle. You have to admit that the new V-Star is irresistibly stylish, with a flowing, slender profile that makes it look like it was handcrafted. The retro fuel tank is particularly graceful with a seamless, chrome-accented design. Engineers did their best to camouflage the radiator, ducts and hoses, giving the V-Star 1300 a cleaner appearance. The exhaust system is also well executed and reminiscent of the larger Road Liner's. [more]

December 22, 2007

2008 Yamaha FX Nytro Preview

Yamaha is finally introducing an all-new snowmobile that can rival any segment competitor. Thanks to a radical new approach, the Japanese manufacturer claims that the new Nytro is light-years ahead of its predecessor. It targets customers after a powerful and nimble machine to tackle the roughest, most gruelling trails in the land. [more]

December 06, 2007

2008 Yamaha YZF 600 R6 Preview

Yamaha engineers developed an all-new machine to raise the performance bar even higher while staying true to the design principles of the Japanese brand. Introduced in 1998, the R6 offered a very compact size, similar to a smaller-displacement racing motorcycle. Completely redesigned in 2006, it managed to stand out thanks to a continuous influx of new innovative features. For 2008, the YZF R6 keeps evolving through a series of significant though hidden technical upgrades that improve the bike's operation. [more]

November 13, 2007

Yamaha Raptor 250 vs Kymco Mongoose 250 : comparative test

It's never easy to set up a comparative test matching up various ATVs. The most important part is the planning. As is often the case, preparation is the key to success. We have to call the manufacturers and request models that target about the same customers. Then, we must gather our staff and equipment, in addition to finding the perfect location to fully assess the performance of the machines. [more]

October 29, 2007

2008 Yamaha XV1900 Custom S Road Test

Yamaha introduced the all-new XV1900 Custom S, a cruiser-type motorcycle with some of the sleekest lines you'll find. The Japanese manufacturer made no compromises when it came to designing this unique mount; the frame and the forward-stretching front fork of the XV1900 give it a striking chopper look. With its bold styling and exuberant powertrain, this Yamaha will leave no one indifferent. Hands down, it's one of the most stunning bikes out there. [more]

October 25, 2007

2007 Yamaha Majesty 400 Road Test

Riding the new Majesty 400 is fantastic! This scooter proves to be a simple, user-friendly machine that's equally at ease in the city than on the highway. The riding position, comfort, power and easy road manners make it possible to effortlessly cover hundreds of kilometers. [more]

October 06, 2007

2008 Yamaha WR250X and WR250R Preview

The new Yamaha WR250X is one of the latest additions to the Canadian market, bringing a welcomed breath of fresh air. The departure of the XT350 many years ago left the poor little XT225 alone to fill the void. Although very user-friendly, this compact bike had been specifically designed for first-time riders -- therefore not for seasoned racers. Enthusiasts looking for a versatile dual-purpose motorcycle have long been waiting for a new Yamaha capable of conquering their hearts and souls. It has to be said that many XT350 and WR250F owners transplanted 17-inch wheels to create supermoto-type machines. The manufacturer took notice and made them standard with the new WR250X. This highly-anticipated bike is the first supermoto-type Yamaha to touch Canadian soil, much to the delight of fans of this sport. [more]

August 23, 2007

Yamaha introduces world's first nano-engineered watercraft hulls

Yamaha USA yesterday introduced a new line of nano-engineered personal watercraft hulls, decks and liners made from a revolutionary new proprietary material which they've called NanoXcel. Created using an environmentally sound, high-compression injection molding system, Yamaha says the material considerably increases performance by reducing weight by some 25% while allowing the creation of products by exploiting a range of new technologies which are on the cutting edge of engineering. [more]

July 09, 2007

2007 Yamaha V-Star 1100 Road Test

With no direct competitors, the Yamaha V-Star 1100 is riding alone in its category. The three models available -- Classic, Custom and Silverado (touring) -- allow the Japanese manufacturer to offer an unparalleled selection in this market segment. [more]

July 01, 2007

2008 Yamaha Raptor 250 Preview

The Yamaha Blaster 200 is bowing out after 20 years of loyal service. This machine appealed to many customers thanks to its lively and sporty dynamics, a simple yet proven drivetrain as well as a very competitive price. [more]

March 12, 2007

2007 Yamaha RS Venture and Venture Lite Trail Test (video)

When it comes to snowmobiles, Japanese manufacturer Yamaha offers more 4-stroke models than any competitor. Thanks to its motorcycling expertise, Yamaha has become a master at creating powerful, efficient and clean engines. [more]

December 05, 2006

3 ATV models tested (video)

The team at went to Duhamel, Quebec, a small town located halfway between Lake Simon and Lake Gagnon, to try out three new 2007 ATV models. Here, we had the opportunity to evaluate these machines in actual riding conditions. We encountered many different types of terrain, from simple gravel roads to demanding muddy trails filled with obstacles. [more]

March 11, 2005

Yamaha launches two-wheel-drive WR450F 2-Trac and torquey MT-01

At the Montreal Motorcycle Show, Yamaha had two new models on display. They won't be available as 2005 models in North America, but they will be on sale in 2006. [more]