We’ve tirelessly scoured the Yamaha press info to find out what you should care about (so you don’t have to do much reading).
Ultimately, the most news from Yamaha comes from their off-road bikes and a new R1 to the Supersport fleet. We skimmed over the rest of the 2016 models.
The big news for the 2016 YZF-R1 is that the motorcycle will be offered in three different color schemes: Matte Gray, Team Yamaha Blue/Matte Silver, and limited-edition 60th Anniversary Yellow/Black. The Matte Gray and Team Yamaha Blue/Matte Silver models will retail for $16,490, and the limited-edition 60th Anniversary Yellow/Black R1 is priced at $16,990.
One of Yamaha’s perennially best-selling Supersport models, the middleweight YZF-R6, is back for 2016. Like the 2016 R1, it will also be offered in three different color schemes: Matte Gray, Team Yamaha Blue/Matte Silver, and limited-edition 60th Anniversary Yellow/Black.
There are some improvements this year on the Yamaha motocross 2016 line up, which include the all-new YZ450F and the WR450F, along with upgrades to the YYZ250FX and YZ250F. All models feature fuel injection and electric starts.
The YZ450FX shares the YZ450F’s rearward-slanted-cylinder design, with a reversed cylinder head and forward-positioned, straight intake. The YZ450FX is tuned specifically for cross-country racing. In addition, the bike features cross-country-specific suspension tuning, a wide-ratio five-speed transmission, enduro-specific multi-plate clutch, and an electric starter and main-switch-free electrical system to help reduce rider fatigue and provide easier race-start launches.
Yamaha Sport Models
Anyway, new for the Sport models are the FZ6R and SR400.
Even though there’s nothing new in this category of bike, it may not be a bad thing because the FZ6R and SR400 are both respectable motorcycles in their own right. The SR400 is a throw-back that looks good, and handles better than a restored bike, and the FZ6R is Yamaha’s great entry-level 600 sport bike.
The FZ6R still has the great 600cc engine, low seat height of 30.9 inches and adjustable handlebars. And luckily the price hasn’t changed: $7,790.
Thankfully the SR400 has no price change either, but it does have a new color Onyx.
Adventure and Supersport Touring
Yamaha also announced the return of the Super Ténéré ES and Super Ténéré Adventure Touring motorcycles, as well as the FJ-09 Supersport Touring motorcycle, for 2016.
The Super Ténéré will be available in two colors: Raven and a special-edition 60th Anniversary Yellow/Black.
Star Cruisers – A Bunch of Colors
Yamaha already rolled out the 2016 Bolt and Bolt R-Spec earlier this year. The company announced the balance of its 2016 Star cruiser model lineup. It’s mostly color options and MSRP changes— no new models or any major technical changes to the Star lineup.
The Stryker and Stryker Bullet Cowl return for 2016 with brand-new color schemes. The Stryker will be available in Galaxy Blue , and the Stryker Bullet Cowl will be available in Matte Gray.
The Bolt C-Spec, a café-style version of the bobber-style Bolt, returns for 2016 with a new Desert Bronze color scheme.
The 2016 V Star 1300 Deluxe is offered in Charcoal Silver. It’s a V-twin bagger with a fairing, integrated dash, audio system with GPS, and locking hard bags.
The V Star 1300 Tourer, with its V-twin engine, low seat, hard bags, backrest, and windshield, returns for 2016 in Raspberry Metallic. New this year is the addition of an easily removable windshield and backrest designed to let the rider quickly change the look and feel of this classic Star cruiser.
At the entry level, the V Star 250 is a compact cruiser with a 27-inch seat height and a V-twin engine. It is offered in electric white.