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Yamaha Announces Remaining 2016 Models, and Pricing for XSR900 and FJR1300 (Updated)

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When Yamaha announced the retro-inspired the XSR900, we thought the styling was pretty cool (particularly, the 60th Anniversary Yellow & Black model pictured above). We didn’t expect a big price hike over the model on which it is based (the FZ-09), however. Yamaha has pointed out to us that the XSR900 does have several additional features that the FZ-09 lacks, including ABS brakes, an “assist and slipper clutch” and traction control. Together with the different styling, these functional changes justify the price increase. Yamaha is pricing the XSR900 at $9,490 for Matte Gray, and $9,990 for the Anniversary model. For comparison, the FZ-09, which is functionally the same bike (except for the noted differences), is priced at $8,190.

Together with pricing for the XSR900, as well as the FJR1300A and FJR1300ES, Yamaha announced the remainder of its 2016 models. Here is the full press release:

Cypress, CAFebruary 16, 2016 Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., today announced that the TMAX and redesigned Zuma 125 scooters, as well as the YZF-R3 sportbike, have joined the company’s 2016 model lineup. In addition, pricing information has been released for the updated 2016 FJR1300A, FJR1300ES, and the all-new 2016 XSR900.

2016 TMAX

The TMAX returns for 2016 in a striking, new Platinum Gray color. Featuring a powerful 530cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, twin-cylinder engine, the TMAX is fuel efficient while also producing excellent acceleration and power for highway riding or commuting. With its Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that eliminates the need to use a hand clutch or shift gears, operating the TMAX is easy.

Stylish LED headlights, front cowl, front fender, mirrors, and instrument panel all combine to give the TMAX cutting-edge styling and a sporty appearance, while advanced upside-down 41mm front forks and radial-mount front brake calipers deliver sportbike-like performance. For unmatched convenience, a Smartkey system makes turning the TMAX off-and-on as easy as pushing a button, and also operates the seat and handlebar lock mechanisms. And, for even more convenience, a handy 12-volt outlet is standard on the TMAX.

The 2016 TMAX MSRP is $10,490 and it will be available in dealerships beginning in late February.

2016 Zuma 125

The Zuma 125 has been updated for 2016, featuring new off-road-inspired styling, improved fuel economy, an upgraded rear brake and suspension, roomier ergonomics, enhanced storage, and even more convenience. Beneath the sleek new styling, the Zuma 125 is built around a strong steel frame with fat, aggressive tires on new cast aluminum wheels. Rugged front and rear suspension, along with protective brush deflectors and fork tube boots that further emphasize the off-road styling, make the Zuma 125 capable of riding on varied road surfaces while delivering plenty of attitude for daily commuting.

Powering the 2016 Zuma 125 is a compact, 125cc, four-stroke, four-valve engine with a ceramic-composite cylinder liner and electronic fuel injection, which delivers modern reliability and economical performance. With an estimated 103 mpg average and a 1.7-gallon fuel tank, you’re sure to get plenty of fun-filled miles before re-fueling.

The fully-automatic, V-belt transmission and push-button electric starting make the Zuma 125 super-convenient transportation. Standard center and side stands, along with a locking cover on the ignition switch, make it easy and secure to park. There’s room for two atop the Zuma 125’s seat, plus lots of locking storage beneath it, while the step-through floorboards make getting on and off a breeze.

The 2016 Zuma 125 will be available in two colors, Radical White or Ultramarine Blue, with a MSRP of $3,390 and availability in Yamaha dealerships beginning in March.

2016 YZF-R3

Also returning for 2016 is the YZF-R3 sportbike, with its user-friendly 321cc, twin-cylinder, four-stroke engine delivering excellent performance for navigating cross-town traffic, exploring rural roads, or lapping a racetrack. Similar to the YZF-R1 and YZF-R6, the engine utilizes forged pistons for lighter weight and exceptional strength. Innovative, offset cylinders reduce friction and improve both power and fuel efficiency.

The YZF-R3 features Yamaha supersport-inspired styling with a full fairing in a chassis design that works for both first-time and experienced sportbike riders who prefer a lightweight, nimble machine. Clip-on handlebars provide a great balance of comfort while maintaining a sporty riding position, and the flat seat design with a height of only 30.7 inches inspires confidence, especially for beginning riders.

The 2016 YZF-R3 will be available in three color schemes, Team Yamaha Blue/Matte Silver, Matte Gray, and Intensity White/Rapid Red, and arrive at Yamaha dealerships beginning in March with a MSRP of $4,990.

2016 FZ-07 & FZ-09 New Color Added

The 2016 FZ-07 and FZ-09 model lines, introduced in June of 2015, will both receive a new Armor Gray color scheme.

The 2016 FZ-07 Armor Gray model will have a MSRP of $6,990, the same as existing Raven and Matte Silver models, and will be available beginning in late February.

Similarly, the 2016 FZ-09 Armor Gray model will have a MSRP of $8,190, the same as existing Raven and Impact Blue models, and will be available beginning in late February.

MSRP Released For FJR1300A, FJR1300ES, And XSR900

Just-released manufacturer’s suggested retail prices for three previously announced 2016 Yamaha motorcycles are as follows:

  • FJR1300A: $16,390
  • FJR1300ES: $17,990
  • XSR900: $9,490 (Matte Gray), $9,990 (60th Anniversary Yellow & Black)

For more information on all the 2016 Yamaha models–including features, specifications, photos, and videos–visit http://www.YamahaMotorsports.com.


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68 Comments

  1. harryiscool says:

    If I had the funding I would buy a new FJR1300A and strip the front fairing and clean it up so as to fit a round headlight signals on stalks etc.

  2. skybullet says:

    Ok, I get the retro/Ducati Scrambler alternative. I would have been much more impressed with “All new and improved Fuel Injection Mapping that smooths out the jerky off/on throttle”. Fix what’s broke and then offer a revision of the FJR900.

    • Curly says:

      You really should watch the videos from the press intro in the Canary Islands. They all say the fueling is fixed and that the TC, slipper clutch and ABS work great. I don’t get why everyone thinks the XSR is competition for the Ducati Scrambler. The XSR is a lot more bike for the money. The Ducati has the same power as the FZ-07.

      • mickey says:

        Interesting you would say that. I just went and watched two of the press release videos from the Canary Islands on Youtube. On the first the reporter said A mode was still too twitchy and “the fix was simple… not to ride it in A mode”. On the second the reporter said he preferred B mode because it was smoother and felt like a carbureted bike.

        Both reporters praised the bike overall.

        • Curly says:

          Well, “A” mode is supposed to be the twitchy one and “B” the one with softer response. The Standard mode must be fine because the reviews I’ve seen say things like, ‘This will be a contender for bike of the year’ and ‘I loved the 150 miles we put on the bikes today’ and ‘It just pulls from low rpm in a high gear without any drama’. I also prefer “B” mode on my FJ-09 because it feels more like my old carbed bikes so I can see where that comment came from.

          Where are the reviews from North American publications? Were they not invited or is there a ride planned for them here in the States?

  3. Butch says:

    Farkelized origami.

  4. Neil says:

    REVIEWS HAVE BEEN STELLAR SO FAR! I like it! Two wheels and a motor. It gets back to the motorcycle motorcycle. Hey I hear Harley makes a Dyna Low S! Only $16,000 and when you get to a corner tell everyone to get the heck out of the way!

  5. Tank says:

    I’ve read some reviews that mention a heating problem with the Zuma. Is this a problem that has been fixed, or was it never an issue?

  6. Jamo says:

    Isn’t there a model missing? Isn’t there supposed to be an MT-10 or something?

    • Gutterslob says:

      Still no word on the MT-10’s MSRP, as far as I know.

    • Mick says:

      The MT-10 is on the European website. But you’re right about the price not being there.

    • Mike Smith says:

      I thought there was going to be a MT-03 too.

    • mg3 says:

      Wow I just checked out the MT-10 on the euro website. Contrary to my usual Euro – US complaints, I say “Europe, you can keep that one, I don’t want to see it here in the US”. That gets my vote for ugliest motorcycle ever built. Yamaha seemed to be on a real tear over the last few years, but their styling is starting to drift into the black hole of pre-teen video game chic.

  7. Gary says:

    Be still my beating heart. A headlight that actually looks like a headlight. That alone is worth the price of admission. Then add the bumblebee Yamaha color scheme and you have a bike that looks like a winner.

  8. Vrooom says:

    You know what I never run into? Motorcyclists who say “I just wish I had an automatic transmission”. Did they finally give the FJR a 6 speed transmission? That’s all it was missing. I know a lot of folks say it doesn’t need one, but when you’ve got six other bikes with six speed transmissions, you’ll keep looking for it when you jump on the FJR, he says knowingly.

    • Curly says:

      Yes the FJR got a 6-speed this year and people who have ridden it say that it really makes the bike feel great.

    • Dave says:

      Re: “You know what I never run into? Motorcyclists who say “I just wish I had an automatic transmission”.

      That’s largely because A.) You may not consider scooter riders to be motorcyclists and B.) The lack of good automatic options are part of the reason that millions of would be motorcyclists don’t participate.

      Tell me this: Have you ever heard snow-mobile riders complain that they don’t have manual transmissions?

      • Blackcayman says:

        They’re called Sled-Heads
        …and no we don’t

        We also don’t want automatic trannys on our motorcycles.

        • Dave says:

          Re: “We also don’t want automatic trannys on our motorcycles.”

          *You* don’t want an automatic tranny on your motorcycle.

          Give me a well tuned CVT on a sport bike and I’d never miss my shifter again.

          • Half Baked says:

            I’ve done quite a bit of riding on quads with CVT’s and think it would be great to have one on a dirtbike.

          • Jeremy in TX says:

            I’ve used a Recluse clutch on a dirt bike which effectively makes it an automatic (while retaining the benefit that a clutch provides). I liked it a lot.

      • todd says:

        It takes very little time to learn how to shift. Billions of people have driven cars with manual transmissions when automatics we either not available, not desirable, not reliable, or an expensive option. Why are people now so stupid they can’t learn to shift all of a sudden? My daughter is nine and she can do it.

    • mickey says:

      I haven’t ridden one of the new DCT’s yet (I will), but I would ride an automatic motorcycle as long as the trans was as good as the one in my car and it didn’t have a CVT. Don’t want a car with a CVT either.

      • Jeremy in TX says:

        I wonder if we would see a lot more motorcyclists on the road if automatic transmissions were available. I suspect we would. While manual transmissions are still common in other parts of the world, kids growing up in the US and Canada today are likely never going to lay eyes on a manual transmission in any type of vehicle unless they get into dirt bikes at some point. Even most ATVs are automatics now.

        I think Honda sees their dual-clutch auto tranny as the way of the future. Once that technology moves into budget bikes and cruisers, I bet we’ll start seeing a lot of them and a lot of new riders that may have otherwise shied away from motorcycles. I bet auto trannies would be as popular as chrome if Harley Davidson offered the option.

      • Neil says:

        Rode a Honda DCT and it was excellent.

        • mattf says:

          Hmm.. I hated the one I test drove.

          I have been riding motorcycles for 30+ years so it is probably just being a creature of habit though.. It worked flawlessly.

    • Jeremy in TX says:

      I wonder if we would see a lot more motorcyclists on the road if automatic transmissions were available. I suspect we would. While manual transmissions are still common in other parts of the world, kids growing up in the US and Canada today are likely never going to lay eyes on a manual transmission in any type of vehicle unless they get into dirt bikes at some point. Even most ATVs are automatics now.

      I think Honda sees their dual-clutch auto tranny as the way of the future. Once that technology moves into budget bikes and cruisers, I bet we’ll start seeing a lot of them and a lot of new riders that may have otherwise shied away from motorcycles. I bet auto trannies would be as popular as chrome if Harley Davidson offered the option.

      • "Bob K says:

        “I wonder if we would see a lot more motorcyclists on the road if automatic transmissions were available”

        We’d see a lot more dumbasses on motorcycles, texting and surfing and shoving a burger down their throat if automatics were available. You just made it easier for them to do all the stupid crap that takes their mind off of the task at hand riding.

        More accidents and higher insurance rates will surely come of it putting lots more bikes out of reach for real riders. At nearly 50 with zero accidents, homeowner and married, I refuse to pay 2000 bucks/yr to insure a Ducati 1299 which I do have the money for. Even my ’11 Ninja 1000 is demanding 1500/yr, so I only pay for liability on that ONE bike. Thanks to idiots crashing these things, bikes are not being bought because of insurance rates.

        It’s the same awful drivers in cars and pickups that would so easily jump on a bike and simply turn the throttle thinking that it’s so easy to ride one. I see them in vacation spots all the time while renting scooters. They weave all over the place trying to stay balanced and run into things because the physics and skill levels are so much different.

        Do we really want to make it easier so that anyone thinks they can do it just because they can also drive. Manual trannys separate the good riders from the bad ones. Let’s keep it that way so that we can keep doing it.

        • mickey says:

          ” I see them in vacation spots all the time while renting scooters. They weave all over the place trying to stay balanced and run into things because the physics and skill levels are so much different.” Bob K

          yea, that would never happen if they just had a clutch and a manual transmission

        • Jeremy in TX says:

          There are plenty of stupid riders already who can manage to operate a clutch and foot shifter just fine as today’s insurance rates clearly indicate. Automatics would attract more new riders, and some of those riders will be stupid, just as they are now.

          Come to think of it… I’d wager that motorcycles currently attract the most risk-inclined personality types. Perhaps if you get some of the more cautious types on two wheels, your insurance rates may actually start going down.

      • takehikes says:

        I agree there might be more riders if there were automatics. Not that I like it but frankly its tough to find a vehicle with a manual. I just bought a Forester just because it was about the only SUV with a manual trans. Looking forward I cold see that many “drivers” who wish to be riders do not want to have the shifting learning curve. They want gas and go.

  9. proheli says:

    Scrambler copy. Weak sister.

    • Scotty says:

      Surely the scrambler is the weak sister???

    • Curly says:

      Yeah really. The Srambler is a 75hp twin vs. 115hp triple. I guess they are both standards but not really in the same class. The FZ-07/XSR700 are more direct competition for the Ducati. Make the same horsepower but are a lot cheaper.

  10. John says:

    Well! I like scooters – there are a couple in the Garage of No Return right now – but more for a T-Max than the new XSR900!? Really? How good can the T-Max be to price out higher than even the 60th Anniversary XSR?

    Guess nobody will believe your scooter is as good as Kymco..err, BMW C650 if it isn’t priced accordingly…

    • Dave says:

      It’s likely that this thing is made somewhere advantageous for pricing in the EU and not so for the US (the issue that keeps us from getting Italian made Hondas sometimes). Volume for this model is probably low as well so pricing will suffer. For the customers who want something like this, the cost/cc/hp discussion is never entertained. They don’t care what a liter bike can or can’t do.

      The BMW being costly, that’s another question entirely…

  11. Crazy Joe says:

    10,490 for the T Max. What does it have that it’s priced near a liter bike. The honda Integra would be a be a better choice or even bmw 650. Does it have anti lock brakes and traction control. I’m not putting it down but scooters in general seem over priced. Is it the belt driven transmission?

  12. Curly says:

    How soon before you can get an XSR to test Dirck? I want to hear your take on the suspension and comfort.

  13. North of Missoula says:

    If Yamaha were to make a liter version of that bike with 140hp at the rear wheel the world would be a better place.

    My only criticism of that bike is I find the frame to be ugly. In my opinion it would look a lot better with small side intakes continuing the line of the tank to the steering head. They did this with the FZ09 and it looks great.

  14. CB says:

    The bike to s fine. For those that buy it it’s because they love it. Me, not so much. Stick with my 12 street triple R and all its added goodies.

    All said, saw an FJ-09 on the road today… Very not ce yamaha… Perfect on that bike.

  15. Bob says:

    A little of topic, but is the USA going to get the XSR700?

  16. Rob says:

    The headlamp is wrong. It’s a cruiser parts bin offering and is too small and deep.
    I see the old XJR1300 here in this retro paint job, so let the modern style go a bit more to the past. As this XSR is surely to eventually replace the very old XJR 1200 come 1300, so please Yamaha, get the look right for us oldies to buy one too.

    • Beasty says:

      “The headlamp is wrong.” Yes, it’s the only good looking thing on the bike. Needs a rectangular headlight to complete the ugly.

  17. bmidd says:

    You could get 5 used Hyosung 650’s for that price.

  18. Joe says:

    I agree with Jeremy, it’s a lot for $10k, but you are getting a lot for your money as long as they worked out the suspension issues and don’t need anything to improve on the bike.

  19. Curly says:

    The looks, ABS, TC and slipper clutch seem worth it to me. The European reviews and videos I’ve seen all seem to think it is a big improvement over the FZ and FJ with firmer suspension, perfected fueling, better ergonomics and comfort. Considering how little Ducati gives you for $9k_10k on the Scrambler it looks like a very good deal.

    • Jeremy in TX says:

      I overlooked the slipper clutch. That plus the ABS and traction control certainly warrant the price increase.

  20. Dudley in CO says:

    When is Yamaha going to update information on the FZ1? Their website still has 2015 information only.

    • Sentinel says:

      There is no new FZ1, and if you are thinking of the MT-10, that bike is not coming to the U.S. as of yet in any form.

  21. Peter says:

    I bet they discount to $8,999 very soon.

  22. VForce says:

    That bike is all kinds of fugly. Even the anniversary paint could not save it, so you know its bad. Name any other Yamaha that has ever looked bad in the bumblebee paint? Give up? Yes because you can’t. This is terrible.

    Everyone in the press gripes about the suspension and EFI on the FZ09, but for my money what else out there is better? Buy a slightly used one for $6000, get the suspension sorted out for $500 and put a pipe/ EFI tuner on it like a Bazzaz and you are looking at some major bang for the buck. And you don’t have to pretend that you are some kind of a misplaced cafe racer.

    • grumpy farmer says:

      For a little more money, the XR 800 Tiger is well sorted, and is now available factory lowered making it an excellent street bike.

  23. Sentinel says:

    Better add a lot of hassle, time, and money to the cost of the FZ-09 and the new XSR90o, because last I hear Yamaha has still not remedied the failing cam-chain-tensioner issue with this engine that’s been there from the very beginning when it debuted in the 2014 FZ-09 !!!

  24. Tyler says:

    I’ve seen that bike at IMS and thee ins’t anything retro about it. Especially not for a premium price. Its a nice bike, but they have miscategorized it for some reason.

  25. Jeremy in TX says:

    The ABS is certainly worth some extra money on the XSR900, but Yamaha definitely went a little too heavy on the authenticity tax, IMO. Kind of leaves a bad taste in my mouth. But then I think that is still a lot of bike for $10K.