If you fancy yourself as the next Valentino Rossi, there’s only one sports bike for you and that is the Yamaha TZF R Series. This classic series is strictly for the speed lover and the range is comprehensive, from the small but powerful TZR R15 to the awesome TZR R-1, with some mid-range bikes in between.
- Yamaha YZF R-15 – The baby of the series, the R-15 has a single cylinder 150cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled, fuel injection engine with heaps of raw power for a lightweight bike, and, of course, the superb road handling that the R Series is noted for. An ideal bike for the novice, this machine will cruise all day and night and at around 45km per litre of fuel, it is an economic ride.
- Yamaha YZF R-3 – The twin version of the R-15, this 300cc mid-range sportster has plenty of oomph and would ideally suit a small person that doesn’t want a heavy bike. Perfect for a starter machine, the R-3 is fast, handles great and looks really neat, with racing trim and a nice fat rear tyre.
- Yamaha YZF R-6 – This is the absolutely pure thoroughbred, with a four-cylinder 600cc liquid-cooled engine that can take you to 240kph in just a few seconds. Too many Moto GP features to mention, the R-6 is closely modelled on Rossi’s factory Yamaha Moto GP machine, and for many riders, it doesn’t get any better than this. The dealer can offer comprehensive Yamaha motor insurance and low-interest finance, which helps to spread the payment.
- Yamaha YZF R-1 – The 1,000cc engine is built for cruising at high speed and the flagship of the series is everything you would expect from Yamaha, plus a lot more besides. If you would like to book a test ride, search online for your nearest Yamaha dealer and be prepared for the ride of your life. Some of the features include Engine Brake Management (EBM), an APSG ride-by-wire system with YCC-T and improved fairing for better aerodynamics. This is the bike for the serious speed rider and in 2020, there is a new version, the R-1M, which has a few notable extras.
There is bound to be one of the above bikes that fits your specs, so get yourself down to your nearest Yamaha dealership, where you can discover the amazing Yamaha TZF R Series and talk to the sales staff about becoming an owner.