FrontRunners: Biker Chic

Powered by a massive 1700 cc V-4 engine and dressed by Hermès in buffalo leather, the 2011 Yamaha Hermès VMAX (www.yamaha-motor.com) could dominate the drag strip as well as the catwalk. The $33,385 one-off bike has black-and-chocolate-brown leather covering its seat, fuel tank, instrument nacelle, handgrips, and fenders, as well as a portion of the […]

Cross-Plane Technology Trickles Down to Yamaha’s R1

What’s in a firing order? In the case of the 2009 Yamaha R1’s power plant, trickle-down MotoGP technology and a vast transformation of engine character. The revision to the 2009 Yamaha R1’s mill looks simple on paper: Shift each piston’s position 90 degrees from the next so the engine fires in a 1-2-1 pulse. But […]

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