The Yamaha FZ-09 street motorcycle is on Cycle World's ten best bikes list for 2014. Cycle World names the FZ-09 as the best middleweight street-bike, while Motorcycle USA highlights the Yamaha XJR1300's popularity for customization. The Yamaha WR250R is the best dual-sport bike in 2013 and 2014, according to MotoUSA.
According to Cycle World, the Yamaha FZ-09 features impressive power due to its 847-cubic-centimeter engine. The four-stroke inline-three CP3 engine delivers 115 pounds of rear-wheel horsepower. Outfitted with a Kayaba fork and shock, the FZ-09 offers a comfortable ride and easy maneuverability. The Yamaha FZ-09 is priced at just under $8,000 as of April 2015.
A highlight of the 2014 Intermot Cologne bike show was the Yamaha XJR1300 and XJR1300 Racer. The XJR1300 offers an air-cooled four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 1250 cubic centimeters. The Racer model adds a cafe racer appearance to the sparsely dressed muscle bike, including a windscreen, carbon-fiber seat cowl and narrow handlebars.
The Yamaha WR250R dual-sport bike tackles trails with impressive form, according to Motorcycle USA. The bike offers a fully adjustable front and rear suspension, with up to 10.6 inches of travel. The WR250R is powered by a liquid-cooled four-stroke DOHC engine, combined with a six-speed constant-mesh transmission and multi-plate wet clutch. The 2014 Yamaha WR250R costs under $6,700.