Yamaha unveils 2013 line-up changes
Autumn is here, which means it's time for manufacturers to start teasing us with little snippets and details about next year's bikes. Ducati has just released information about the 2013 Multistrada and sure enough Yamaha is getting on the act.
The Japanese manufacturer has unveiled some changes for the new season, most notably a very cool new colour scheme. Using a combination of Yamaha Blue and Matt Grey, the new livery will give the bikes a sophisticated look. Selected body parts will be highlighted in Yamaha Blue, focusing the attention on different bike components.
Race-Blu, as it's been dubbed, made its debut at Misano on a new look YZR-M1 for the San Marino Grand Prix, which was won by Yamaha factory rider Jorge Lorenzo. Not a bad start for the colour scheme and it will be given another outing at Aragon in Spain.
The YZF-R1, YZF-R6 and YZF-R125 will be the first production models to feature the new livery for the 2013 model year.
In addition, the XT1200Z Super Ténéré Adventure bike will feature new graphics on both the Competition White and the Yamaha Blue variants. The Worldcrosser kit will also be available as a retro fit to upgrade the standard XT1200Z Super Ténéré.
A few daubs of paint are not all that's new, however, with Yamaha also announcing a few engineering changes to the XJ6. It will feature redesigned side panels to deliver a more integrated shape that "flows seamlessly into the sculpted fuel tank".
"Being a naked model with minimal bodywork, the new-look side panels grab your attention and give this iconic 600 a sleeker, more flowing profile," says Yamaha. The new design also emphasises the bike's characteristic mass-forward layout.
Meanwhile, Yamaha Motor Europe and MotoGP series owners Dorna have been busy developing the exclusive new Xenter MotoGP scooter.
It has a powerful little 4-stroke 125cc liquid-cooled engine, making it one of Yamaha's strongest performers in the high wheel class. But it has a lot more to offer than simply a sporty and responsive engine. Road holding and stability is sold thanks mainly to some sturdy front forks and Monocross rear suspension. It has also been equipped with lightweight 16-inch wheels to offer a smoother ride on bumpy surfaces like cobbled streets.
The high-performance lightweight also comes with an exclusive new dark smoke sports screen and a new rear carrier cover, improving wind protection. "Finished in slick black bodywork and featuring an exclusive MotoGP and Yamaha graphics scheme, the new Xenter MotoGP brings a touch of Grand Prix racing glamour to the 125cc scooter class," says Yamaha.
Simon Belton, marketing manager for the manufacturer, says: "Yamaha's commitment to exceeding our customer's expectations continues apace and with these refinements to our model ranges, the choices remain many and varied in the Yamaha range.
"But it's not all done. The Motorcycle show at Intermot on October 2nd has some more announcements which we think will be worth hearing."
He also urged fans to get along to Motorcycle Live at the end of November, where Yamaha will have all its 2013 range on display and will advise on price and availability. The event runs from November 24th to December 2nd at Birmingham's NEC.
Yamaha has also announced the introduction of two new products to its Yamaha-specific Akrapovic line-up.
If you want your Akrapovic XT1200Z Super Ténéré silencer to be seen as well as heard, the new carbon exhaust guard will be right up your street. Replacing the larger standard exhaust heat shield, the high quality carbon guard reveals much more of the silencer.
It still offers protection for a pillion passenger and matches the quality gloss finish of the silencer end cap perfectly. The guard can be fitted in conjunction with accessory side cases.
The firm also launched a new Akrapovic slip-on silencer for the Majesty 400. It boasts a carbon end cap, light-weight titanium sleeve and removable baffles. All this means the silencer delivers 6kg weight saving over the standard exhaust, while giving an increase in power output and torque across the rev range.
Exclusive to Yamaha, the new Majesty silencer features etched Majesty and Akrapovic logos and fits models from 2007 onwards.
Posted by Marcus Blackburn