There’s only a $200 price difference between the RS Vector GT and ER, Yamaha’s two solo-touring machines.
That $200 buys several features on the GT, including high-performance front shocks, an accessory outlet and candy-red graphics. It also buys a pound of extra weight.
Otherwise, the machines are nearly identical and nearly unchanged from last season.
The machines sit in the Deltabox chassis, with the more traditional seating style. They have electric start and reverse, but no mirrors. The machines use a 15- by 121- by 1.25-inch Camoplast Rip Saw track.
For comfort, the machines have a lightweight seat, tall windshield and wide running boards.
The machines use a lightweight four-piston hydraulic brake that’s self-cooling. This was on last year’s GT, but is new to the ER. It uses lighter components for an unspecified weight reduction. The brake also incorporates a double-finned self-cooling disc.
Front Suspension: Independent Double Wishbone; Shocks/Travel: KYB HPG Aluminum/9 inches; Rear Suspension: Mono Shock RA; Shock/Travel: KYB Aluminum/11.5 inches; Features: The rear suspension adjusts via a dial at the driver’s left foot. The front shocks are a Yamaha standard, and are rebuildable and rechargeable.
In its third year, the Genesis 120 has no significant changes. It’s a long-stroke, four-valve design. It produces a 120 HP at 8500 RPM. It’s liquid-cooled and three cylinders.