But as I edged past yet another hyper-sportsbike, its rider hunched painfully over clip-on handlebars, I realized the enormity ahead for Yamaha's sales staff. The high perch allows you to spot gaps easily. Decals have almost blown off. If you join the Yamaha Owners Club there are a few tips to reduce the effects but you'll never get it completely fixed. If you have information about any technical issue related to this motorcycle, please leave a comment for other riders. On back country roads it can be pushed aggressively into corners and leaned as far over as any big-bore sportsbike. The bike handles all types of road surfaces and doesn't feel out of place battling semi-trailers and buses on the freeway with little buffeting from other traffic.
Other notable qualities included its strong rear subframe, 23-litre tank and effective fairing. Even in the lower gears, the Xt 660 accelerated without enthusiasm and could not get close to lifting its front wheel without the clutch. Considering its origins, the X supermotard doesn't feel like a compromise created from its dirt sibling. Surprisingly, the new 660s top end is all new and the engine reverts to four valves while still being water cooled. There is lots going on, but as you are currently a 'Guest', you can only see the 'Visitors' Forum. Good brakes allow you to get close to the curves energetically, wide bars allow you to tilt it quickly and when it is turned off, simply operate the accelerator without much concern. Throw it at a corner and keep the throttle on like you would in the dirt and it steers quickly.
Keep the engine singing happily in the upper half of the rev range and cover the ground quickly. I glanced across at my riding companions on this world launch. First we thought that we were steady riders but a maybe a little quicker than average Joe, now since we are riding in areas where there are loads of sports bikes hundreds we realise that these Supermoto bikes are perfect for tight twisting roads, we use three quarters of the bikes power and all of the gears, Sports bikes are blasting down the very short straights but in second gear and slipping clutches round the tighter bridges and bends, we are riding at a steady rate but the wide bars, long travel suspension and ludicrous roadholding and lean angles makes riding effortless for us, we are getting, one up, around 69 mpg!! If this is your first visit, please read the by clicking the link above. Green parties, angry environmentalists and all the rest of the good-willed gang, have limited access to off-road playing grounds drastically. The only real glitch was the lowdown motor response, which can be very agricultural and makes finding a handy ratio for sustained smooth progress anywhere below 20mph tricky. Of the three cars, Yamaha is actually the most commendable of the terrain.
Strengths: When planted, confident around twistys, looks great, reliable and sounds good. Power is delivered in a way that plants the rear wheel in the tarmac from very low revs while accelerating much more crisply than a traditional big-bore enduro. Fitted with sports-spec road tires designed for much more powerful motorcycles begs for an aggressive cornering style. Seat is also ideal for my height. And image is what this bike is about. The fuel injection is crap and that's not under selling it. You could ride it to work every day, then thrash it up secondary roads and fire-trails at the weekend.
Yamaha adventure bikes: from tough all-rounders, to radical enduro bikes. Fuel infusion was included for 2008 and the structure is very good, with a clean reaction. It ran road wheels and brakes but retained its too-supple off-road suspension. However once you've mastered the low revs and the powerful torque from the basement, lifes a blast. .
However the real achilles heel of this bike is the fueling at low speed, getting back on the throttle on wet mini roundabouts is almost frightening and low revs power delivery can be very snatchy and these two factors ruin what could other wise be a very capable little bike. The new 21% lighter cylinder head has been simplified somewhat with less moving parts but the rocker arms feature roller bearings for the first time on a Yamaha motorcycle. You also get a set of capable suspensions especially tuned for off road riding. The secret is to keep the throttle pinned and push your weight over the handlebars. However, give it a supermoto makeover and shazam! There was stacks of leverage to throw the bike through the spaces as they appeared, and it also packed loads of suspension travel which acquitted itself perfectly; hopping up pavements when necessary, leaping potholes and, on one occasion, riding through a building site I mistook for a shortcut. Technical issues with this bike Bikez. As it stands right now, the market won't support this type of product in any significant quantities.
My fz1 would be no good round Loch Ness as it really is 2nd, 3rd 4th and tight twisty roads and very bumpy. It's as much fun as you'll have on a bike and all within the legal speed limits of 35 mph in built-up areas, 70 mph on freeways and 65mph on country roads. I was expecting to hate it all my mates said i would and only keep it for my 5 day trip then sell it on as its not really my thing. I try to stick to B roads to arrive at work with a big grin on my face. Case side covers have a suitable new design, but it's hard not to spot the all-too-familiar crankcases sandwiched between them. In countries where big, powerful, twin- and four-cylinder engines have ruled since the early 1970s, such as Australia and America, what will it take to wean them? It's hard to blame Yamaha alone on this softening of image.
Currently, there is a solitary problem: persuading Yamaha to broadcast the Ténéré to the United States. It weighs as much as Yamaha's R1 with less than a third of the power. A 43mm Paioli right-way-up fork handles front suspension chores while at the back a standard looking rectangular section swingarm is connected to the shock via a progressive link. However it's not been all bad the bike starts on the first turn of the engine. It won the first Paris-Dakar rally before the Tènèrè became an early favorite for round-the-world travelers.