Yamaha unveiled it's exciting new range of 2008 Power Two Wheeler's and scooter range about 10 days ago.
This year Yamaha has something for everyone, whether you are track inspired, want to take your adventures off road or are looking for smart city commuting solutions.
We have picked out three of our hero products but for the full overview visit the 2008 Motorcycles and Scooters overview page, please see the link at the bottom of this feature, where you can see at a glance what has been launched this autumn.
Catch the extreme. Using Yamaha's racing heritage and passion for being first, the new YZF-R6 is bursting with refinements and technology taken from the track.
The Kawasaki Ninja 250R. Quick, Affordable, Fuel Efficient, Easy to Ride, Bangkok friendly and Great Looking, this bike offers authentic Ninja style and performance.
One look at the new Kawasaki Ninja 250R tells everyone that this bike is the genuine article. With a new full-fairing similar to the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and the Kawasaki ZX10R supersport bikes, a single kicked-up muffler, UNI-TRAK rear suspension, high-performance petal disc brakes and a dual seat, this is the most stylish performer in its category.
Compact size, exceptional personality and a low price tag highlight Kawasaki's new 2008 Ninja 250R quarter-liter performer. Considering how much fun it is to ride and the fact that it's easy to handle in Bangkok traffic and still enough of a bike to ride rural up-country, it's no wonder the Ninja 250R has been a strong seller. Its successful blend of a rider-friendly engine, easy-to-operate chassis and superbike styling worthy of its Ninja moniker, this model was developed to offer real world performance to riders of all skill levels and goes to show that good things do come in small packages.
Steven Tyler (lead singer of Aerosmith), in collaboration with Mark Dirico and AC Custom Motorcycles, today launched Red Wing Motorcycle Company. Red Wing Motorcycles are the fusion of rock and roll artistry and superior engineering. Imbued with Tyler's sense of style, each motorcycle is as comfortable to ride as it is sexy.
Tyler's artistic vision drove the outrageous design of the custom motorcycles, each hand crafted and hand signed by the legendary rock star.
"You get on one of these bikes and you can ride for days," Tyler said. "These bikes are sick, rugged, and just damn cool. And they're amazing to look at."
These motorcycles were made to ride. With a 35% increase in horsepower to the rear wheel compared to a stock Harley Davidson, and every inch handcrafted and tailor engineered, they are as hot to drive as they are to look at.
This Sunday sees the penultimate round take place at Vallelunga, near Rome in Italy and, with only two rounds to go and 41 points separating Haga from first place, this race is key to Yamaha's fight for the championship.
The previous round at Lausitz could well prove to be a corner stone in Haga's title fight as he took a win and second place, cutting the gap between him and first place by 25 points. The impact of this result will only really be understood after this weekend's race.
Vallelunga is a new circuit on the WSB calendar but it won't be totally new to all the riders following a testing session there in July. Built in 1959, the track was originally a sand mile oval but it has been upgraded over the years and is now set to host its first WSB race.
Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra head to the 12th round of this year's championship at Vallelunga in Italy anticipating a good result for hometown hero Max Biaggi.
A huge turn out of fans is expected at the track, situated 15 minutes or so from the Italian capital of Rome. Although it will be a 'home race' for Biaggi, he has not raced there for over 10 years; he has tested at Vallelunga two times - once last November and in July this year - but knows that the weekend ahead will not be an easy one, as the other top teams have also tested there. His team mate Yukio also took part in the July tests, but the coming race weekend will be a hard one as he has not yet fully recovered from his recent knee and hand injuries.
Michael Laverty finally confirmed himself as the number one rider in the British Supersport Championship, taking the title for Relentless Suzuki with a penultimate round victory at Donington Park.
Ian Lowry played the perfect wingman's role for his senior team-mate and the 20-year-old Moira rider also hoisted himself back into second place in the championship with his efforts at the Derbyshire venue.
Laverty, who had set the pole position time in Saturday's combined qualifying sessions, only needed a fourth placed finish to secure the title, and in a race that was to run in two parts, the Toomebridge man kept his head while others failed to do so, taking the victory in a re-started eight-lap sprint on his Pirelli-shod GSX-R600.
Fiat Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards had no time to dwell on the disappointment of last weekends Japanese Grand Prix, getting back out on track today for another one-day test. With the championship now decided, Rossi and Edwards are both focused on ending the season on a high-note with three good races, and it was with this in mind that the riders put in some valuable tyre work today with Michelin.
Rossi also had the chance to try two new prototype chassis for the 2008 YZR-M1, although he continued to use the latest evolution engine, the same as he ran in weekend's race. Sharing the track with just five other riders, Edwards put in the second fastest time of 1'47.947 whilst Rossi was fourth fastest with a lap of 1'48.213. There is now a two-week break for the paddock before MotoGP heads to Phillip Island for the Australian Grand Prix.
Suzuki Motorcycle India, a subsidiary of Japanese motorcycle giant Suzuki Motor Corporation, proposes to invest to expand capacity and strengthen its dealership network in India, a senior company official on Monday said. India is one of Asia's biggest motorcycle markets, just coming second after China.
"We plan to double our manufacturing capacity from the present, double our dealership network from 145 in the next two-year period," Suzuki Motorcycle India Managing Director Satya Sheel told reporters after unveiling the Suzuki Access 125 model here.
Presently, Suzuki Motor Corporation (Japan) holds 74 per cent equity stake, while its Indian partner has 26 per cent share. Earlier, Suzuki Motorcycle India had invested largely in the last two years, Sheel said, adding the company has no plans to tap the capital market in the near future.
American Motocross legend Ricky Carmichael ended his career on a high note by taking his Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 to yet another victory and his third team success in the Motocross of Nations.
The 27 year old raced to third and first positions in two hot and fast appearances at a sell-out Budds Creek circuit to assist the United States to their 18th victory in the historic competition that has been running since 1947.
The AMA record-breaker in both Supercross and Motocross disciplines appeared in front of passionate fans numbering 74,000 in his last competitive motocross event. Carmichael was honoured with a lifetime career award prior to race day and demonstrated his phenomenal talent and speed by coming back from the rear of the pack to take third position in the first moto despite a crash on the second corner.
Last week end Husqvarna conquered four titles in the European Enduro Championship that finished in Poland on Sunday 23rd. Authors of the victories were Husqvarna Mucci Racing Team's riders and the English rider Simon Wakely supported by UK Husqvarna importer Husky Sport.
The Husqvarna Mucci Racing Team got the team's class, the E1 Junior class podium with Mickael Szuster on the TE 250 and the E1 senior class with Daryl Bolter on WR 125. Szuster also got the second final position in the overall classification of the Championship.
Husqvarna won also the E2/3 Junior class with the youngster Simon Wakely of MPR Racing Husqvarna Team.
The awesome results of the week end were completed by the excellent performances of the Italian Gerini, Pogna e Manzi.