5 Must-See 2015 Yamaha Motorcycles At The Progressive IMS Show

The Progressive International Motorcycle Show opens on November 14 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Here are five Yamaha motorcycles on display that you will not want to miss:

1. Valentino Rossi’s Movistar Yamaha YZR-M1: You don’t often get this close to a MotoGP bike raced by the likes of the legendary Valentino Rossi. VR46 is there for you to drool over, but not touch. The bike taken to the runner-up spot in the 2014 MotoGP season by The Doctor, VR46, is a site to behold.

2. Justin Barcia’s Toyota/JGRMX 2015 Yamaha YZ450F: After a lackluster 2014, Justin Barcia moves to the JGRMX team and the Yamaha YZ450F for the 2015 Supercross and National Motocross seasons. There are lots of cool trick parts on the JGRMX machine, and we’re all waiting to see how Barcia does on the #51 Yamaha YZ450F next year. The 2015 Supercross season opens January 3 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.

3. 2015 Yamaha R1M: This is an amazing motorcycle you have to see in person. You won’t be able to see all the amazing electronic wizardry that is build into the new YZF-R1M, but you can admire the incredible brushed aluminum tank, magnesium subframe and wheels, and carbon fiber fairing. While you’re there, you can look into the stunningly advanced features that come with the R1M and its slightly less sophisticated brother, the 2015 Yamaha R1. Both feature plenty of MotoGP-inspired technological advances.

4. 2015 Yamaha FJ-09: Part of the move toward sport-touring bikes, the new 2015 Yamaha FJ-09 takes the highly successful FZ-09 and turns it into a long distance mount, with such features as hand guards, an adjustable windshield, and a fuel tank that carries an additional gallon. The FJ-09 may be a touring bike, but it loses not of the FZ-09’s swag.

5. 2015 Yamaha R3: The world of entry level sport bikes is expanding rapidly, and it has never been more fun to be a beginner, or a just a fan of small displacement sport bikes. The new 321cc liquid-cooled twin looks incredibly cool in person, and we especially like the Rapid Red version shown. Bring a new rider along to the show and have the prospective motorcyclist throw a leg over the R3 and check out the reaction.

Photography by Don Williams