Getting a feel for new Yamaha motorcycles at demo days in Cranbrook, B.C.

RidersWest heads down to the Yamaha Motorcycle Power Tour at Peak Performance Motorsports

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Yamaha's annual Motorcycle Power Tour starts heading across Canada in early spring. — Phil Budiselich photo

Peak Performance Motorsports, our Yamaha / KTM / Honda dealership right here in Cranbrook, B.C., saw the familiar red and white trailer of the Yamaha Motorcycle Power Tour roll through its parking lot on June 23, 2016.

With it came about 10 of the company’s hottest bikes, including the highly anticipated 2017 FZ-10 (see our writeup). This bike hasn’t “officially” landed in Canada yet, so we weren’t able to get our hands on it for a demo ride. But there were several other bikes that our test rider, Phil Budiselich, did try out.

His favourites were the FJR1300 and the FJ-09. Both bikes fall into the sport touring category, and the 2016 FJR 1300 especially is a proven performer on the road with a reputation for performance and reliability. For 2016, it received some upgrades, including a new six-speed transmission with cruise control.

For more information about Yamaha motorcycles and the company’s annual Power Tour, see the website

Yamaha tour co-ordinator Jamie Moberg was answering questions and getting riders signed up for demo rides. — Phil Budiselich photo

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