We've tirelessly scoured the Yamaha press info to find out what you should care about (so you don't have to do much reading). Here are the cliff notes.
Ultimately, the most news from Yamaha comes from their off-road bikes and a new R1 to the Supersport fleet. We skimmed over the rest of the 2016 models— if it's not mentioned below, then it hasn't seen any changes.
The big news for the 2016 YZF-R1 is that the motorcycle will be offered in three different color schemes: Matte Gray, Team Yamaha Blue/Matte Silver, and limited-edition 60th Anniversary Yellow/Black. The Matte Gray and Team Yamaha Blue/Matte Silver models will retail for $16,490, and the limited-edition 60th Anniversary Yellow/Black R1 is priced at $16,990.
There's the new R1S, which we reported on. Read all about it here:
One of Yamaha’s perennially best-selling Supersport models, the middleweight YZF-R6, is back for 2016. Like the 2016 R1, it will also be offered in three different color schemes: Matte Gray, Team Yamaha Blue/Matte Silver, and limited-edition 60th Anniversary Yellow/Black. The Matte Gray R6 will retail for $10,990, the Team Yamaha Blue/Matte Silver R6 will be priced at $11,190, and the limited-edition 60th Anniversary Yellow/Black R6 will have a MSRP of $11,490.
There are some improvements this year on the Yamaha motocross 2016 line up, which include the all-new YZ450F and the WR450F, along with upgrades to the YYZ250FX and YZ250F. All models feature fuel injection and electric starts. According to Yamaha, "...the all-new 2016 YZ450FX, described as an off-road racer engineered and built specifically for hare scrambles and GNCC competition."
The YZ450FX shares the YZ450F’s rearward-slanted-cylinder design, with a reversed cylinder head and forward-positioned, straight intake. The YZ450FX is tuned specifically for cross-country racing. In addition, the bike features cross-country-specific suspension tuning, a wide-ratio five-speed transmission, enduro-specific multi-plate clutch, and an electric starter and main-switch-free electrical system to help reduce rider fatigue and provide easier race-start launches.
The 2016 YZ450FX comes in Team Yamaha Blue/White, will retail for $8,890, and arrives in dealerships beginning in November 2015."
Yamaha Sport Models - Nothing Really New
Why in the world does Yamaha consider the SR400 a "Sport" model? I love that bike, but I'd never compare it to a FZ-07 or FZ-09. Anyway, new for the Sport models are the FZ6R and SR400.
Even though there's nothing new in this category of bike, it may not be a bad thing because the FZ6R and SR400 are both respectable motorcycles in their own right. The SR400 is a throw-back that looks good, and handles better than a restored bike, and the FZ6R is Yamaha's great entry-level 600 sport bike.
Although Yamaha's phrasing in the 2016 press release may lead you to believe there's something new about the FZ6R, there isn't. It's still has the great 600cc engine, low seat height of 30.9 inches and adjustable handlebars. And luckily the price hasn't changed: $7,790.
The same goes for the SR400, which has a new color Onyx and no price change either: $5,990. We do dig the new color.
Adventure and Supersport Touring
Yamaha also announced the return of the Super Ténéré ES and Super Ténéré Adventure Touring motorcycles, as well as the FJ-09 Supersport Touring motorcycle, for 2016.
The Super Ténéré will be available in two colors: Raven and a special-edition 60th Anniversary Yellow/Black. The Raven model will retail for $15,090, and the 60th Anniversary model will retail for $15,590. The Super Ténéré ES will be available in Raven at a suggested retail price of $16,190. Both versions of the bike will be arriving at dealerships beginning in November 2015.
Star Cruisers - A Bunch of Colors
Yamaha already rolled out the 2016 Bolt and Bolt R-Spec earlier this year. Today (10/6), the company announced the balance of its 2016 Star cruiser model lineup. It's mostly color options and MSRP changes— no new models or any major technical changes to the Star lineup.
Topping the class for Yamaha, the VMAX returns in Galaxy Blue with a suggested retail price of $17,990. It will be available at dealerships beginning in November.
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The 113-cubic-inch Raider returns in the custom/chopper category for 2016 in Candy Red with a suggested retail price of $14,990. Dealerships will receive the Raider beginning in December.
The Stryker and Stryker Bullet Cowl return for 2016 with brand-new color schemes. The Stryker will be available in Galaxy Blue with an MSRP of $11,690, and the Stryker Bullet Cowl will be available in Matte Gray with an MSRP of $12,090.
The Bolt C-Spec, a café-style version of the bobber-style Bolt, returns for 2016 with a new Desert Bronze color scheme. It will be available in dealerships beginning in January at a suggested retail price of $8,690.
The 2016 V Star 1300 Deluxe is offered in Charcoal Silver with an MSRP of $14,090. It will be available in dealerships beginning in January. It's a V-twin bagger with a fairing, integrated dash, audio system with GPS, and locking hard bags.
The V Star 1300 Tourer, with its V-twin engine, low seat, hard bags, backrest, and windshield, returns for 2016 in Raspberry Metallic. New this year is the addition of an easily removable windshield and backrest designed to let the rider quickly change the look and feel of this classic Star cruiser. The V Star 1300 Tourer will be in dealerships in January with a suggested retail price of $12,390.
The V Star 950 Tourer middleweight benefits from the addition of a removable windshield and backrest. Available in Raven for 2016 with a suggested retail price of $9,790, the V Star 950 Tourer will be available in dealerships beginning in November.
At the entry level, the V Star 250 is a compact cruiser with a 27-inch seat height and a V-twin engine. Offered in Electric White for 2016, the V Star 250 has a suggested retail price of $4,390 and will be available in dealerships beginning in October 2015.