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Yamaha’s new models take centre stage


IT’S BEEN a while since we’ve seen such a massive onslaught of new models from Yamaha.

While the latest launches aren’t completely new machines, they do highlight the direction this motorcycle brand is headed towards.

One of the stars of the new line-up includes the newly revamped FJR1300A, a true sports tourer which reputation has resulted in a rather strong following of motorcycle enthusiasts.

Changes to the FJR1300A include a more aggressive bodywork and uprated engine to offer greater riding pleasure, while bringing higher levels of quality and performance into the mix.

If you’re more of a scooter fan, the new Yamaha TMAX opens a new chapter for this maxi-scooter. It’s certainly an attention seeker, thanks to its new dynamic profile and prominent design. The TMAX now has a road presence like no other scooter.

Boasting a four-stroke, two-cylinder 530cc powertrain, it delivers strong torque in the low- to mid-speed range. There’s also something to be said about a scooter that can reach speeds of over 200km/h.

For the entry-level scooter range, Yamaha has also given its Mio a few tweaks in an attempt to take the fight to its Chinese competitors. The Mio shatters old-fashioned ideas with a new take on über-cool, affordable personal transport for the youth market. Offering exceptional reassuring levels of stability, the Mio makes no sacrifice when it comes to manoeuvrability.

Finished with modern, urban designs, this is a scooter that, despite its affordable price, still offers Yamaha’s well-known reliability.
For the off-road enthusiasts, Yamaha’s adventure range has also received a makeover.

The name Ténéré has been synonymous with Yamaha’s “go-anywhere, do-anything” reputation. To kick-start the new year, the brand has unveiled some new colour schemes for the agile XT 660Z Ténéré.

As for the big brother in this stable, the Super Ténéré has received another moniker, the Super Ténéré Worldcrosser, which is the most exciting adventure motorcycle ever to wear the proud XT logo.

Designed for today’s globe-trotting explorers who want to fulfil their dreams, this supremely capable shaft-drive parallel-twin motorcycle has been inspired by the radical concept bike first seen in 2010 at Intermot.

It comes equipped with a range of specially developed high-specification chassis- and bodywork parts, designed to enhance its ‘go-anywhere’ abilities.

On the four-wheel front, Yamaha will introduce the Grizzly 300, which is designed for leisure- and utility owners of all ages and riding experience who are looking for an easy-to-use quality 2WD ATV at an affordable price.

This four-wheeler replaces both the Grizzly 350 2WD and Big Bear 250 for 2013 with its abundant overall engine- and chassis specifications and easy-to-use character.

Its bigger brother, the Grizzly 550 shares many of the same characteristics, but its 558cc four-stroke motor and three-position on-command four-wheel-drive feature make it an extremely capable machine in any situation.


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