Yellow and Black is back!

New 60th anniversary colour line-up for Sport Heritage range Yamaha’s 60th Anniversary

2015 marked a milestone in Yamaha’s history, celebrating 60 years of the iconic Japanese manufacturer’s life in the world of motorcycles. From the first race on Mount Fuji in 1955 to the closely contested battles between MotoGP stars Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo in the 2015 MotoGP Championship, Yamaha has always been at the heart of the motorcycle world.

It’s not just on the track that Yamaha stands out, its motorcycle development never ceases to move forward, offering greater choice and emotions to those that ride, a testament that can be seen in the current Sport Heritage range.

XSR700 also available in 60th Anniversary colours

To celebrate the 60th birthday the XSR900, XSR700, VMAX, XJR1300, XJR1300 Racer, XV950 Racer and SR400 will be available in the iconic ‘King Kenny’ yellow and black colour scheme. The XV950R will be available in ‘Thunder Blue’.

November 17th, 2015  |  Published in News, Yamaha

Yamaha Motor, Honda and BMW Motorrad collaborate for safer powered two-wheelers

Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd., BMW Motorrad, Honda Motor Co. Ltd. and are now collaborating to enhance Cooperative-Intelligent Transportation Systems (C-ITS) applications in powered two-wheelers (PTWs) and working together to establish a consortium named Connected Motorcycle Consortium. According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was signed by all ACEM manufacturing members in 2014, C-ITS features will be introduced from 2020 onwards (ACEM: European association of motorcycle manufacturers, www.acem.eu). In order to accelerate this process, the three manufacturers will begin their cooperation in the field of C-ITS now.

The new cooperation was announced on October 6th 2015 at the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux (France), the world’s largest event for intelligent transport systems and services. The three partners also encouraged other motorcycle manufacturers to join the consortium so as to further increase safety in powered two-wheelers.

“In order to speed up more motorcycle-specific safety developments, we intend to cooperate to promote a successful implementation of C-ITS in motorcycles and scooters,” says Mr Tetsuo Suzuki, Operating Officer at Honda Motor Co., Ltd.. Mr Takaaki Kimura, Chief General Manager of Technology Center and Executive Vice President and Representative Director of Yamaha Motor Co.Ltd. adds: “Our companies are already active members of the Car2Car Communication Consortium, in which we work with car and truck makers and other stakeholders on common specifications and standards. We came to realize that the specific requirements of motorcycles are beyond the scope of this consortium, however. The next logical step is to enter into a cooperation dedicated solely to the challenges relating to powered two-wheelers.”

“Our aim is to promote a timely and comprehensive use of cooperative ITS systems in powered-two wheelers offering the potential to improve safety. We therefore encourage other companies to join us,” explains Prof. Dr. Karl Viktor Schaller, Executive Vice President Development BMW Motorrad.

The European Motorcycle Manufacturer Association welcomes the initiative

Antonio Perlot, ACEM Secretary General, stated: “This initiative is fully in line with the ACEM road safety strategy and shows the willingness of the motorcycle industry to increase safety for riders based on very concrete and practical developments.”

ITS technologies will contribute to motorcycle safety

If well considered and properly deployed, ITS technologies offer the potential to further increase safety, security and efficiency in all transport systems, in particular for motorcycles.

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) require the integration of information and communications technology including transport infrastructure, vehicles and users. Basic applications currently exist in GPS navigation systems, where real-time traffic information is provided such as rerouting advice based on traffic jams ahead. For road transport in particular, interoperable networked wireless communication between vehicles can enable road users to make coordinated and informed decisions about their route as well as allowing safer manoeuvring in busy urban environments.

ITS technologies are expected to generate particular safety benefits in regard to powered two-wheelers (PTWs), not least by offering a level of electronic communication which can be shared between riders and drivers of other road vehicles.

The three companies have already gained experience of connected vehicle technology in several European field tests. Together with car makers and major suppliers, BMW Motorrad participated in simTD (www.simtd.de), a large scale field test carried out on connected vehicles in the greater Frankfurt area in Germany. Honda and Yamaha participated in DRIVE C2X (www.drive-c2x.eu), a Europe-wide ITS field test project.

In view of the challenges experienced in these real world tests, the three manufacturers are now joining forces to evaluate the principles of cooperative intelligent transportation systems (C-ITS) to enhance motorcycle safety.

Motorcycle ITS systems will be different from those for cars

ITS systems designed for cars cannot simply be transferred to motorcycles. Due to the limited space available, electronic systems have to be smaller and be resilient to water, dust and vibration.

Since motorcycles exhibit different driving dynamics, software development and algorithms need to consider special requirements.

October 7th, 2015  |  Published in Honda, News, Yamaha

2016 XVS1300 Custom

Take one look at this radical cruiser and you’ll see that it’s something very special. With a seriously raked out front end and big V-twin engine.


The XVS1300 Custom comes with authentic chopper style that puts it in a class of its own. And whichever way you look at it, this bike has got some serious attitude.


Equipped with an ultra low seat and pull back handlebars, the long and low chassis is built for easy handling around town and great high speed stability – while the high-tech 1,304cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine packs a mighty punch that’s built to move you like nothing else.


And with its lightweight wheels and low profile tyres, the XVS1300 Custom is ready to roll.

October 5th, 2015  |  Published in News, Yamaha



Revealed to the world’s press in November 2014, the next generation YZF-R1 has reaffirmed Yamaha’s position as one of the most innovative and exciting manufacturers of high performance supersport models. Since its launch, the R1 has proven its track potential in an impressive way, clinching numerous victories in national and international Superbike, Superstock and Endurance races like the 8h of Suzuka. As well as its outstanding competition successes, the new R1 has also won a number of major Superbike tests carried out by press, underlining its leading performance both on the street and the racetrack.


With its sophisticated M1-derived engine and chassis design – together with game changing electronic control technology – the YZF-R1 enables every rider to discover their true potential for the most exhilarating and rewarding supersport riding experience.

To celebrate 60 years of motorcycle design and manufacturing, the company will be producing a limited edition YZF-R1 60th Anniversary model for 2016 that perfectly captures the spirit of Yamaha. Featuring Yamaha’s iconic Yellow/Black bodywork colours with the famous speedblock design and equipped with an Akrapovic slip-on muffler, the YZF-R1 60th Anniversary model pays tribute to the legendary riders and the winning Yamaha Racing bikes from our past. Yamaha R1. We R1.


The YZF-R1 60th anniversary was launched during the Bol d’Or race on Friday, 18th September, and will be available in Yamaha dealers from December 2015 onwards. For 2016 the R1 will also be available in Race Blu, adopting a subtle graphic update, and in Racing Red.

As well as revealing the special R1 on September 18th, Yamaha will also launch the new 2016 colours and graphics for the R6, R3 and R125 models, underlining the company’s total commitment to all sectors of the supersport market.

R1 2016 Colour: 60th Anniversary Edition Availability: December 2015

October 5th, 2015  |  Published in News, Yamaha