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Tuner makes R1 sing Happy Birthday

Motorcycles are music to our ears, but Taiwanese tuner company aRacer SpeedTek has now programmed a Yamaha R1 to sing Happy Birthday.

They did it via a computer program that revved the bike and used the quickshifter.

Yamaha birthday

On 1 July 2020, it will be Yamaha’s 65th birthday, a date they call #YamahaDay.

They will be celebrating by focusing on their heritage and encourage riders to mark the milestone with social media posts about their Yammie.

Music to our ears

Meanwhile, the R1 Happy Birthday video is not the first nor last time a motorcycle has been used to make music.

In 2018, Dutch musician Dominic Seldis produced a special motorcycle symphony to promote Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride.

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam musician has recreated Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss using only a range of different motorcycle exhausts.

We’ve seen motorcycle exhausts used to make “music” before, but this is the most complex and comprehensive motorcycle symphony we’ve ever heard.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Ride ADV & Yamaha announce February Women’s Adventure Ride

Women Only Adventure Ride with Ride ADV

Test ride the new Yamaha Tenere 700

Sign up for a weekend of fun on NSW’s Central Coast and test ride Yamaha’s new Ténéré 700, with Ride ADV offering a great adventure riding experience, with a course laid out, support vehicle, lead and sweep riders and much more.

Ride ADV Womens Adventure Ride

Ride ADV Womens Adventure Ride

2020 Ride ADV Women’s Adventure Ride – February 22-23

With all eyes on the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia and the launch of Yamaha’s Tenere 700, adventure riding is the hot ticket right now. A ticket that’s not just for blokes – because women can experience the same fun thanks to Yamaha’s bLU cRU partner Ride ADV.

Now the next instalment in the series of successful women-only rides has been announced. This two day adventure ride runs from Gosford to Cessnock, NSW and will be held on the weekend of 22-23 Feb 2020.

Ride ADV Womens Adventure Ride

Ride ADV Womens Adventure Ride

2020 Ride ADV Women’s Adventure Ride – February 22-23

YMA is supplying a new Ténéré 700 for the purpose of short demo test rides during the weekend – the unit will be fitted with the Yamaha Genuine Accessories low seat and lowering link to offer increased confidence to the shorter rider.

Ride ADV introduced its first women only ADV ride in 2018 and trail boss Greg Yager was surprised at the enthusiastic uptake and the vibrant community created. In short, these rides have been a massive success.

Ride ADV Womens Adventure Ride

Ride ADV Womens Adventure Ride

2020 Ride ADV Women’s Adventure Ride – February 22-23

Greg Yager

“They have exceeded anything we thought possible. There will be lead riders and sweep riders at the rear. We will have our regular support vehicles and a bag truck to carry the luggage. Accommodation will be by pub, hotel or camping. The choice is yours – it’s your ride, your adventure! We’ll head out from Gosford for an overnight in Cessnock, returning to Gosford the following day using a different route. Now it isn’t far from Gosford to Cessnock the normal way… but there is some magic planned.”

The first ride of 2020 starts and finishes in Gosford with both days suitable for any bike and skill level. Note also that despite Ride ADV’s fleet being Yamahas, and having a renowned reputation as Yamaha experts, the ride is open to all brands of motorcycle.

Ride ADV Womens Adventure Ride

Ride ADV Womens Adventure Ride

2020 Ride ADV Women’s Adventure Ride – February 22-23

Cost is only $120 per person per day – that’s only $240 for two spectacular days of fully supported ADV riding, with on track training and tuition from the experienced Ride ADV crew.

For more details and to register for the ride visit the Ride ADV website at  https://www.rideadv.com.au/event/the-1st-australian-womens-adventure-ride-weekend-for-2020-central-coast-nsw-22nd-23rd-feb/

2020 Ride ADV Calendar

Australian Women’s Adventure Ride Weekend
Central Coast NSW, February 22-23
Galaxy Motel, 26 Central Coast Hwy

RideADV Four Day Vic High Country Ride
Vic High Country, February 28 – March 3
Alpine Hotel Bright, Anderson St

Yamaha bLU cRU Tenere 700 Only Two-Day Navigation Ride
Bulahdelah NSW, March 27-29
Plough Inn Hotel, 77 Stroud St

4th Annual WR250R Rally Ride
Cessnock, April 4-5
Chris Watson’s Motorcycles, 279 Maitland Road

South Coast Two-Day Navigation Ride
Nowra NSW, April 18-19
Archer Resort Hotel, Cnr Princes Highway & Kalandar St

RideADV / Yamaha Australia Introduction to Adventure Riding #2
Blackheath, NSW, May 2-3
Gardners Inn Hotel, 255 Great Western Hwy

RideADV NSW Mid North Coast 2 Day Navigation Ride
Wauchope, NSW, May 30 – 31,
Bago Inn, 235 High Street

RideADV’s 2020 Insanely Cold Navigation Ride
Lithgow, NSW, June 27-28
Commercial Hotel Motel Lithgow, 198 Main Street

4th Annual Remembrance Wall to Wall Adventure Ride
Sydney, NSW, Sep 9 – 13
Art Gallery Road, Art Gallery Road

Source: MCNews.com.au

Aussie tech wins Oceania M/C Technician Grand Prix

Bevan Holmes wins Oceania Motorcycle Technician Grand Prix

It was a case of second time lucky for Queensland-based Yamaha technician Bevan Holmes when he claimed victory at the Oceania Motorcycle Technician Grand Prix held at Yamaha Motor Australia head office recently.

Oceania Motorcycle Technician Grand Prix
2019 Oceania Motorcycle Technician Grand Prix

A highly trained field of six Yamaha Technician Academy students battled it out over a full day of 30-minute pressure-test tasks covering everything from fault diagnosis through to customer service, all under the watchful eye of experienced judges. Holmes managed to hold out a fast-finishing Lincoln Brien from Chris Watson Motorcycles, who claimed the runner up position.

Oceania Motorcycle Technician Grand Prix
2019 Oceania Motorcycle Technician Grand Prix

At the 2017 Oceania Technician Grand Prix, Holmes was pipped at the post by the narrowest of margins, and with the qualifier for the biennial Yamaha World Technical Grand Prix held just once every two years, it has been a long wait for the TeamMoto Northside technician to achieve his goal.

Bevan Holmes – TeamMoto Northside Technician

“Winning this competition has been on my mind for two years now, and it was a tough competition. I put a lot of work into it and stressed myself out a bit in the lead-up. Being runner up in 2017 meant I automatically qualified for this year’s Oceania final, but I still went through the motions of the qualifying rounds to get back into the groove of the competition. I’m glad I did because this year’s competition was just as close as 2017. When you have just 30 minutes to work through a problem, you start to feel a level of pressure you don’t get in the workshop on a day-to-day basis.”

Oceania Motorcycle Technician Grand Prix
Bevan Holmes – 2019 Oceania Motorcycle Technician Grand Prix

Holmes will now pitch his skills against the world’s best Yamaha technicians at the World Technician Grand Prix to be held at Yamaha headquarters in Japan in October next year, and admitted the nerves have already started.

“I’ll be working closely with Carl Rollinson from Yamaha Motor Australia between now and when I leave for Japan so I can be fully prepared. I’m looking forward to it and can’t wait to get started.”

Oceania Motorcycle Technician Grand Prix
2019 Oceania Motorcycle Technician Grand Prix

The Yamaha Motorcycle Technician Grand Prix has been held every two years since 2001. The Oceania Grand Prix sees YTA students from Australia and New Zealand given the opportunity to test their skills in a competitive environment, with the added incentive of representing their region, country and dealership at the prestigious World Technician Grand Prix in Japan.

Oceania Motorcycle Technician Grand Prix
Runner up Lincoln Brien – 2019 Oceania Motorcycle Technician Grand Prix

Yamaha Motor Australia wished Bevan Holmes all the best in Japan, and also congratulated all six finalists who took part in the 2019 Oceania Technician Grand Prix, as well as all those who took part in the qualifying rounds.

If you are interested in obtaining more information about the Yamaha Technical Academy, or to take part in the 2021 Oceania Technician Grand Prix, head to – https://www.yamaha-motor.com.au/ownership/service-and-maintenance/content/technical-academy (link)

Source: MCNews.com.au

Yamaha celebrates 64 years on July 1 | Win $10k of kit

Yamaha celebrates 64-years on July 1, 2019

The first Yamaha to roll off the production line was the race ready YA1 Red Dragonfly in 1955. Which means Yamaha is now 64 years old, a birthday that Yamaha Motor Australia is celebrating on 1 July 2019.

To help celebrate, Yamaha Motor Australia is offering $10,000 worth of Yamaha product in a free-to-enter, skill -based competition. All you have to do for a chance to win is upload your favourite Yamaha related image to Facebook and/or Instagram including #yamaha64aus with a short 25 words or less caption.

YMA Bday
Yamaha celebrate 64 years with $10k of Yamaha gear to be won

One winner will be chosen by a panel of judges. The winner will be the person who submits an image/caption that revs the judges hearts the most – and will be announced on Yamaha’s birthday on 1 July 2019

The winner will be able to select any Yamaha product/s from across their entire range – including motorcycle, marine, golf car, generator and even music – up to $10,000 RRP inc GST value.

So dig out your Yamaha related image – which can feature any product including Yamaha Music – and start uploading. Competition details can be viewed here https://yma.bike/yamaha64aus (link) and entries must be in by the end of 30 June 2019.

Source: MCNews.com.au