This month brings big news for Yamaha. Intermot, Cologne’s international motorcycle fair, takes place as of tomorrow; Yamaha will be hot off the mark in unveiling their latest designs.
First on the scene is the extreme Yamaha MT-07 Moto Cage, aimed at younger thrill-seekers and available from November. Its influential design features bold graphics and specially developed stunt-inspired components, including frame-mounted engine guards and a tough tubular underguard.
Its matt grey and red design with contrasting wheels underline the Moto Cage’s street-inspired image. Riders can go a step further with a powerful Akrapovic exhaust and an extensive range of add-ons.
Adding to the street cred of the MT-07 Moto Cage is three-time World Champion Rafał Pasierbeck, chosen by Yamaha as the model’s official stunt rider. In 2015 his skills will be showcased exclusively on Yamaha bikes.
The brand’s direction for the 2015 Sports Heritage collection is equally evolving. With a stripped-back design, in the new year the reworked XJR1300 and its Racer counterpart are made to be customised. Yamaha have accessories covered, including newly developed LED indicators, sport screens and custom narrow handlebars, to be purchased separately according to the rider’s tastes.
Thanks to a second collaboration with custom builders Wrenchmonkees, the XJR1300’s custom feel is authentic. Look out for the new solo-seat design and tapered aluminium handlebars, harking back to the racers of the ’70s. The Racer is enhanced with a sporty carbon seat and focused riding position to revive the Café racer style.
The new XJR range is available from December, while January 2015 will see the unveiling of the ABS-equipped top-selling supersport YZF-R125. A new Racing Red colour completes the range.
The grand finale will be the announcement of three brand new custom builds to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the legendary VMAX. German builders JvB Moto have the honour of the first project, to be launched early next year. Like the XJR1300, minimalism is key: the design promises to pay homage to the ’80s original.
With these daring new models comes a development in style. The 2015 Classic Collection will feature a vibrant new colourway in black, white and red, with options for men, women and kids. Sports Heritage followers will want to look out for the vintage-style Heritage leather riding jacket, while commuters with lightweight models will appreciate the all-weather city Scooter jacket. Its protection and thermal layer can be removed, making it ideal for both riding and day-to-day use
Look out for updates via Yamaha’s social media channels.
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