“We’ve listened to the media as well as our riders for how to improve this bike,” Yamaha Motorcycle Product Planning Manager Derek Brooks says. “We certainly know that there was some request for more exciting power character, especially the low end right off of idle. Also some requests for improved comfort or ride position, as well as ease of use for some of the features,” Brooks adds. By updating the shape of the exhaust port and removing the exhaust crossover tube, Yamaha has provided the 1199cc parallel-twin engine with an additional 2 horsepower and 1.5 foot-pounds of torque. Yamaha’s Drive Mode throttle has a Touring and Sport mode, and for 2014 there’s a larger disparity between those modes for better use on the road.