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It's an exciting time of year for us at Colin Appleyard,as we find out what new lines we'll be selling in 2015. This is particularly the case with the major motorcycling manufacturers, who choose October at the month to reveal what will be hitting the showrooms. Think of it as an early Christmas present for all of us.


First out of the blocks comes Yamaha, with the news that riders are to be treated with new YZF-R3 andWR250F models.
The YZF-R3 has been designed to comply with the latest A2 licence regulations and is a new lightweight supersport bike for everyday use, Yamaha tells us.
It's a remarkable new machine, aimed at newer riders, and looks like it's going to be the ideal machine for those looking to trade their 125cc bike for something more powerful. The 321ccYZF-R3 comes with a lightweight chassis and plenty of power, making it the ideal sports bike for the more confident owner.
Designed to offer newer and graduating riders the chance to own a machine in Yamaha's R-series range, the company says it gives a natural progression for those looking to eventually own a YZF-R6. Performance is as excellent as you'd expect from a Yamaha R-series machine, and they've packed it with cutting-edge design that makes it sporty, comfortable to ride and ideal for urban and highway use. Look out for it from April of next year.
2015-yzf-r6.jpgOn the other hand, the 2015 WR250F continues Yamaha's fine recent tradition of off-road models. The all-new enduro WR250F is based on the winning YZ250F from the world of dirt bike racing which has taken overall victories in the AMA MX250 outdoor championship, the FIM Women's World Championship and the Australian MX2 series.
That's a fine pedigree on which to base a new consumer-oriented model, and the WR250F comes with a potent engine on a lightweight aluminium chassis. It's sure to become a leader in the world on enduro machines. Yamaha are proud of the rearward inclined engine, saying that the backward mounting is "rightfully wrong", and gives it an advantage over other machines in the class.
It also looks great, continuing the trend for lightweight "factory look" bikes that riders love. In showrooms from January 2015, and we can't wait.