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FOR SALE: 1986 Yamaha FZ600

A Classic FZ600 You Can Own Today

The FZ name holds weight in today’s day and age. The Yamaha FZ-07, FZ-09, and FZ-10 (recently changed to MT-0X) have dominated the naked sports bike market and brought large popularity to this section of bikes through providing a comfortable yet sporty alternative to Yamaha’s more traditional full-fairing street bikes.

All amazing vehicles have humble beginnings, and this 1986 FZ600 is the original motorcycle that brought weight to the FZ name.

This near-perfect specimen has just 4000 miles on the odometer (300 of which were put on by the current owner), featuring a 599cc inline-four engine that revs to 10,500 RPM, married to a 6-speed transmission with a clean Arizona title. 

The bike also features three-spoke wheels sitting in Michelin Pilot Activ tires, dual disks, conventional fork, and a swingarm with a monoshock.

The seat and paint are in perfect condition aside from a small crack and damage location on the lower left fairing. The paint is a beautiful flat white with classic Yamaha FZ red and blue graphics along the fairings.

The most recent owner purchased the motorcycle in 2010, and it has sat with fuel stabilizer for the last decade in storage until today where it is up for auction on bringatrailer.com with no reserve and 7 days left on the auction. 

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Yamaha Could Have a XSR for India Next Year

Get Ready

The Yamaha XSR 155 is a small, retro-styled bike, and Yamaha is thinking of making the smart move of bringing the bike to the Indian market.

The motorcycle has a similar chassis to the R15 sportbike and the MT-15 naked bike. The small 155cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine found on the bike makes 19 hp, which is perfect for heavily populated cities but powerful enough for some fun when the road clears up.

Yamaha has not yet confirmed this bike for the Indian market as of yet, but GaadiWaadi said that the bike could come to the country next year.

On a bigger scale, the XSR 155 could help Yamaha expand its operations within the biggest two-wheeled market on the earth. Indian’s motorcycle market is highly coveted by all bike manufacturers, and the more Yamaha can do here, the better of it will be globally.

deus and Zero

The XSR 155 has already seen success in other Asian countries, so it only makes sense that Yamaha would bring it to India soon. I’m keeping fingers crossed it will be available in all markets soon. I’m a huge fan of small-displacement bikes, and a little retro bike like this is exactly what I’m looking for.

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Yamaha Presents the Yard Built Contest Winners for 2020

Some Killer Custom Motorcycles

Yamaha hosts an annual Yard Build competition that has produced some fantastic custom motorcycles since the first competition in 2014. Recently, the company announced the winners of the most recent contest.

The theme of this year’s contests was Back to the Drawing Board, which challenged builders to create unique designs from the Yamaha XSR700.

The build-off contest saw all sorts of bikes be made from retro dirt-focused machines to futuristic cafe racers. Here’s a list of the winners of this year’s contest and a picture of the motorcycle they created:

Red Tail by Alex and Claudio Monge

red tail

RD350 Tribute by Ugo Coppola

rc350 tribute

700GT by Rua Machines

motorcycle safety


Disruptive by Barbara Motorcycle


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Yamaha accelerates its electric program

Yamaha has been developing electric vehicles for several years, but is now stepping up its electric program with a compact portable motor and an electric motocrosser.

The motor range is called an Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (IPMSM) with varying outputs from 35kw to 200kw.

They say they can be used in motorcycles and other vehicles.Yamaha electric program

Now Yamaha Motor Europe is also involved in a joint project with KNMV, Dohms Projects and SPIKE to build an electric motocross bike, EMX, to compete with 250cc models.

Benefits include higher torque and higher traction.

Yamaha electric program
EMC program

Electric program

So far, Yamaha has only produced the electric PES1 (Passion Electric Street) road bike and PED1 (Passion Electric Dirt), but neither is available in Australia.

Last year, Yamaha unveiled their EC-05 electric scooter with Gogoro lithium-ion battery packs you can easily swap at a convenient roadside vending machine.

Yamaha Gogoro battery swap electric scooter
Yamaha electric scooter with removable Gogoro battery

Yamaha is also co-operating with the other Japanese motorcycle manufacturers to standardise electric motorcycle and scooter technology, including charging infrastructure and swappable battery packs.

Last year, Yamaha also unveiled two electric scooters, an electric bicycle, an electric mobility scooter and an electric personal scooter at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Bu it’s not all electric power in Yamaha’s future.

The company is also considering water power, but we believe it may also have an electric water pump.

Yamaha water bike
Yamaha’s water-powered bike

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Is water power the future for motorbikes?

Yamaha is the first major manufacturer to give some credence to the theory that future motorcycles and other vehicles could be powered by water.

In 2016, the company commissioned industrial designer Maxime Lefebvre to provide a concept for a 2025 Yamaha motorcycle. That’s just five years away!

After three trial efforts, Yamaha has now officially released images of the prototype bike which looks like an original 1975 XT model but is powered by water.

They call it a closed-loop H2O engine powered by a water pump that continually cycles water.

However, Yamaha is short on technical details.

For example, they don’t say what powers the water pump. Maybe it’s a small electric motor.Yamaha water bike

Nor do they say what sort of power output it would deliver.

It all seems very mystical at the moment. Or is it?

Water and algae powerDutch wooden bike runs on algae oil combustion

Two Dutch designers have built a wooden bike that runs on algae oil and a South American has invented a bike that runs 500km on one litre of water.

The Dutch wooden motorcycle runs on algae oil grown by scientist Peter Mooij as bio fuel.

Designer Titsert Mans thought it appropriate to put it in a bike made of sustainable materials such as wood.

They have written a book, The Thick Algae, to explain their principles.

Sao Paulo inventor Ricardo Azevedo says his T Power H20 bike can even run on polluted water.

It uses a car battery and the water to generate electricity and separate hydrogen from the water molecules. This results in internal engine combustion which powers the bike.

However, don’t hold your breath waiting for some of these technologies to come to your bike.

Ricardo’s bike was revealed back in 2015 and no manufacturer has yet taken up the challenge of introducing it to a production bike.

But change is surely coming and the internal-combustion-engine motorcycle is not dead yet!

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Yamaha lean toward three-wheelers

Yamaha has filed yet another patent that shows yet again that they lean toward leaning trikes, this time with a hybrid powertrain.

The Japanese company already has a lean on leaning trikes with their TriCity scooter and Niken motorcycle. They have also filed several patents before for leaning three-wheelers.

Yamaha Niken three-wheeler neowingNiken

They are not alone in pursuing trikes that lean with patents from Honda, Kawasaki and several other companies such as AKO.

AKO leaning electric itrikeAKO leaning electric trike

Yamaha’s patent seems to be a stripped-down or lean version of the MW-Vision concept unveiled last year at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show.

Yamaha has filed yet another patent for yet another leaning trike, this time with a hybrid powertrain. leanMW-Vision concept

There is a lot to be said for the concept of leaning trikes.

They improve front cornering grip and braking and, when it has a locking function at standstill, it means you don’t have to support the weight of the bike.

However, the disadvantages are extra weight and expense.

If those two disadvantages could be offset by making them more economical to run, then it would make them even more attractive to some riders, especially novices.

That could be attained by the use of a hybrid powertrain as suggested in this patent.

However, it’s not a hybrid like a Prius where a combination of an electric motor and internal-combustion engine drive the wheels.

It’s what’s called a series hybrid or range-extender hybrid where an ICE simply charges a battery which powers an electric motor that drives the wheels.

They aren’t the first to trial a series hybrid.

The cheap Chevrolet Volt and expensive Fisker Karma had similar arrangements.

Holden Volt hybrid powerChevrolet Volt

However the Volt has been discontinued and Fisker has gone broke, so it seems to suggest it was not a popular concept.

And Kawasaki recently filed a patent in the Japanese Patent Office for a slightly different take on the range-extender hybrid with a supercharged two-stroke engine to charge the battery.

There are no details about the type of ICE Yamaha plans to use in their series hybrid, but the hybrid leaning trike does show that the industry is starting to think beyond purely electric motorcycles.

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Yamaha opt for car-like turbocharger

Yamaha appears to be planning on a blown future with a turbocharger system similar to that used in many cars where the unit is next to the exhaust manifold.

The Japanese company filed a patent in April 2019 for a parallel twin with two turbo options, the other placing the unit inside the exhaust.

Now it appears they have opted for the car-like turbocharger system.

The original patent filing showed drawings (above) of a turbo in an MT-09 which is actually powered by a triple-cylinder engine.

However, the drawings don’t necessarily mean they will build the engine, the bike or use the MT-09 to house the engine.

If it’s the MT-09 engine with a cylinder lobbed off, it would be about 588cc which would be the same engine capacity as the Suzuki Recursion turbo concept unveiled in 2013 with a single-overhead-cam parallel-twin turbo engine.

Suzuki Recursion - Katana turbo blownSuzuki Recursion

Blown era

Yamaha’s turbocharged decision follows the success of Kawasaki’s supercharged H2, patent filings by Suzuki and Honda for turbo engines and Ducati applying for a patent for an exhaust system turbine.

So it seems the future for motorcycle engines might be blown, either with forced induction or exhaust.

The switch to smaller, lighter, more powerful yet more fuel-efficient blown bikes makes a lot of sense given the stricter emissions rules in Europe and California, as well as tough imposts such as a charges for or restrictions on older bikes entering CBDs.

Turbo was the “next big thing” back in the ’80s with models from several of the Japanese manufacturers, including the Honda CB500 Turbo, Yamaha XJ650 Turbo, Suzuki XN85, and Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo.

They had manic light-switch power that made them not only difficult to control, but dangerous. They were also temperamental and unreliable.

However, modern low-boost mini turbos and superchargers which have revolutionised the car industry in recent years would be a lot more controllable and reliable than the temperamental rocketships of the ‘80s.

Turbocharger problems

Turbos and superchargers require a fair bit of plumbing and coolers.

They are easy to fit in a car where space is not scarce like on a motorcycle.

The Yamaha patent presented two different solutions to the problem.Yamaha turbo blown

In one filling, the exhaust headers merge into one to pipe the gas through an intercooler into a low-mounted turbocharger in front of the engine with the catalytic converter underneath.

The other filing (top image on this page) has the turbo upside down and closer to the headers, allowing the cat to be mounted in front of the cylinders.

It is not only more compact but would also heat the cat faster and decrease emissions. That’s why they have chosen to go with the latter.

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Yamaha slams Indian pandemic closure

Yamaha has slammed the Indian Government over the complete closure of industry for the pandemic while also releasing a tribute scooter (above) to the resilience of Italians through the crisis.

The Japanese motorcycle manufacturer, which has three factories in India, says the complete closure should have been reviewed carefully.

Yamaha India boss Motofumi Shitara says India is one of the world’s largest economies and is the world’s largest two-wheeler market.

Complete closure

“Complete closure of economic activities in this market as well as other markets in the world has led to a massive depression, the worst since Great Depression in 1920s. The recovery period from such depression will take a long time,” he says.

Shitara says that with possible second and third wave infections, the world “needs to learn to live with coronavirus” with effective safety precautions.

Roma Edition

Yamaha Roma Edition Xax scooter pandemic shutdownYamaha Roma Edition scooter

This comes as Yamaha Europe has launched the Roma Edition MMXX maxi scooter for the Italian market in recognition of its resilience during the pandemic.

Italy was among the worst-hit countries with more than 233,000 infections and 33,415 deaths.

To pay homage to the resilience of the Italian people, Yamaha’s Europe Design Division in Gerno di Lesmo has spiced up the XMax Roma Edition with graphics of Roman streets on the fairing and silhouettes of the Colosseum on the rear.

It also comes with a sporty windscreen and aluminium.

The XMax is one of the top-selling scooters in Italy.

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Boat sale leads Dad and Dave into bikes

Tamworth reader Dave Richards got into bikes with his dad by selling a boat. Here’s his amusing tale.

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I’d bought a cheap tinny, fixed it, played with it, got bored with it and was selling it. Had it out the front with “for sale” signs and advertised on Facebook for a few weeks with a couple of nibbles.

Got offered a Honda CBR600 in swaps and declined. “No thanks, I don’t ride bikes” (after looking it up on Google to see it was a road bike) then came another offer ” what about a Yamaha TTR250?”

Looked it up, saw it was a road/trail, seeing as I lived on a couple of acres, got very interested.  Much to my wife’s disgust I got the guy to bring it over for a look-see. “It can’t hurt to look,” I say to my better half who rolled her eyes and waved me off. 

Up until now, my riding experience was on a Chinese 250cc quad that I thought was a powerhouse. I jumped on that little TTR and rode down the back driveway, through the side gate and gave a good bit of throttle heading downhill over undulating ground, and bugger me, it lifted the front wheel.

Now this was a lot more power than that poor little quad. The deal was done before my loving wife got to breathe any commonsense into the situation. Then came the realisation that it was registered.

The little TTR250 that started it allThe little TTR250 that started it all

Licence required

Well, my darling wife, it would be a waste of money if I don’t get my licence and make some use of that registration.

It’s amazing what men can convince women is a logical course of action, and to this day I look back and wonder how I slipped all this past my dearly beloved. 

As a guy in his late 30s who’s never ridden on the roads before, the NSW learners course was frustratingly fantastic.  I learnt some great skills and techniques from our instructor but felt a lot of time was wasted pushing each other around on bikes.

I enjoyed my rides to work and a few short rides along the back roads but soon found my “powerhouse” of a bike was somewhat lacking on the open road.

All of this occurred under the watchful eye of my father, Wayne, who rode bikes in his youth, but hadn’t really ridden in a number of years.  We fixed up an old Yamaha DT175 for him and road a couple of trails, but the lack of electric start saw it retired.

Dad with the TTR and a little DT175 our trail ridingDad with the TTR and a little DT175 our trail riding

Gonna need a bigger boat … er bike!

Yamaha V-Star 650 boatYamaha V-Star 650

About this time I found a Yamaha V-Star 650 going for a great price. Deals had been made with my wife, and one Saturday morning dad and I were on our way with a little box trailer in tow and a pocket full of cash.

I distinctly remember talking in the car and dad saying, “I’m just not interested in these sorts of bikes (cruisers). I much prefer dirt bikes.” I even pointed out that at his age, tearing up fire trails was probably not the best move, and that if he did have a spill he wouldn’t bounce back like he did 40 years ago.

Well I took that V-Star for a wobbly ride around the block with those loud and proud Vance and Hines short shots and dad said as soon as he saw my face as I pulled back in the driveway he knew that bike was coming home with us.

I was gone. Thankfully the old man kept a level head and negotiated a great price for me. I was basically emptying my pockets and screaming, “Take my money.”

With the deal done, we kept talking with the previous owner and I discovered something about bike people. They’re friendly and helpful most of the time. This guy, with money exchanged and the deal done, walks into his shed and comes out with pillion seat, sissybar with clip-on bag, saddlebags with all the brackets and a windscreen. No extra cost.  It took me a while to realise that was over $1000 of accessories.

With the deal done, dad turns to me with a smile and says, “Are you putting it on the trailer?”

“Umm HELL NO!”

I rode that bad boy 160km home. Arrived with a numb but, ringing ears and a huge grin.

Dad’s bike

Dad standing with his Honda Shadow and dave's V-StarDad standing with his Honda Shadow and dave’s V-Star

Two weeks later I get a call from dad while I’m at work: “Hey, can you get away for a lunch break or something?”

“Umm, I guess so. What’s up?”

“I’m at the bike shop and need you to come and test ride a bike for me.”

I left work so fast the closed sign nearly broke the glass door.

All but ran into the bike shop looking for a road/trail or something and there he is standing next to a Honda Shadow 750 with that look in his eye.  It was as funny as stink, his mouth and brain were talking details and deals, but his heart and eyes were gone. I could see “take my money” written across his eyes.

I quickly pointed out that he wasn’t really into these bikes, he preferred dirt bikes. I don’t even think he heard, he was lost in the white paint, silver flame outlines and chrome.  I took it for a quick ride and it was a great little bike.

Fun begins

It was parked on his back verandah, just outside his bedroom window in no time at all and then the fun began. Accessories and polishing became his new pastime.

One of the best investments we made were Sena headsets for our helmets. Now we could chatter away as we weaved our way on the quieter back roads gaining our confidence. 

I would scour Google Maps all week finding some back roads in our area that were all sealed and off we’d go on the weekends.  Our communications started out as:

  • Watch out for the car;
  • Look out for the pothole; and
  • There’s loose gravel on the corner.

Now a couple of years down the track it’s more like:

  • Love that corner;
  • Woohoo; and
  • C’mon, catch up!

Big Money Waster

I must have said that last one a few too many times, because dad decided to upgrade. He found a BMW tourer that he had researched for nearly six months. Great price, and the guy was keen to part swap for his Honda Shadow.

It was all too good to be true, there had to be a catch. Yep, the BMW was located in Launceston while we were in Tamworth, NSW. I honestly thought that was the last I’d hear of that deal, next thing I know the crazy old bugger has locked it in.

He rode the shadow down, caught the boat across, did the deal and rode the new BMW back home to Tamworth over a week.

Crazy old bugger.

All the while I was stuck at work speaking to him a number of times a day, worrying a little bit about him, but mostly turning green with envy.

Now he’s got the Big Money Waster with its 1200cc engine, cruise control, heated grips blah blah blah.

Dad on the Big Money WasterDad on the Big Money Waster

Don’t know if I like the Sena headsets anymore. He keeps reminding me of all these things whilst riding.

I used to call him the handbrake, after a nice bit of windy road I’d have to slow down to 70-80km/h to let him catch up.

Last week he passed me.

I was flat out, throttle to the stop, and he disappeared over the horizon in front of me.

The only good thing was my Sena headset had gone flat.

I didn’t have to hear him laughing at me as he went by.

“For sale: Yamaha V-Star 650. Plenty of accessories. May part trade for sports tourer faster than a BMW.”

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Light flashes, horn blows in a crash

Yamaha is the latest to develop an automatic emergency call system in the event of a crash, but their system also flashes the lights and bows the horn.

SOS buttons or eCall systems have been available in cars for some time and have now been mandated throughout Europe.

It is expected they may also be mandated on motorcycles in the future.

BMW was the first to introduce and SOS button either as as an ex-factory or aftermarket option on their K1600 models in 2018.

BMW SOS button motorrad win mandatedBMW SOS or ecall button

Australian riders are still waiting for the possibly life-saving motorcycle SOS function as Telstra does not yet have the right hardware.

The system may arrive sooner in the Indian-made Quin smart helmet which detects a crash and call the emergency services and/or a nominate contact such as your partner.

Quin helmets integrated Bluetooth communicationsQuin helmet

Yamaha flashes and blows

Meanwhile, Yamaha has filed a patent for their system which not only sends an alert to a nominated third party, but also flashes the headlight and blows the horn to alert passersby.

The horn and lights would also prevent the traffic from running into your crashed bike.

It includes sensors which can detect when the bike has been involved in a crash.

Like the BMW and Quin systems, there is a manual override in case you’ve dropped the bike off its stand, dropped your helmet or had a small, no-injury crash.

The BMW and Quin systems also provide GPS co-ordinates of the rider’s position. There is no mention of that in the Yamaha patent.

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