Retro Bikes, where not everything old is new, but the best stuff is.

Buy a 2017 XSR900 Yamaha from Vickery Motorsports in Denver Colorado

Retro Cool? Or is the Old School look played out.

Yamaha’s 2017 XSR900, maybe the only thing old about it is that it will bring back great memories.


Have you sat on a new XSR900 yet? Anyone who knows bikes will fall in love at first sit. The bike feels light, the controls all fall right at hand, and the best part is it doesn’t look like an Autobot from the Transformers. Don’t take that the wrong way; modern is cool too, but there’s something timeless about round headlights, round instruments, and a shapely rather than hard edged line to the fuel tank.

Vickery Motorsports in Denver has the 2017 FZ10 Yamaha in Grey or Black for sale

Autobots Assemble!

Find a picture of a Yamaha Vision from the early 80s, or any of the other cutting edge bikes of the day. They look pretty dated now, don’t they? And then consider the FZ-10, Yamaha’s new Autobot, I mean, Naked Sport. How do you think the FZ-10 is going to play in 2042, 25 years from now. I bet riders in the future are going to prefer the clean look of the XSR900.

So is it fashionable to ride Retro? You bet it is. A timeless fashion that brings to mind great bikes of the past, and reminds us of great rides we’ve had, too. And not to disrespect the FZ-10, but back to back test rides would probably convince many folks that the XSR900 can hold it’s own in most conditions that we are likely to find, 99% of the time we head out for a fun ride. Come to Vickery Motorsports in Denver and try each of these great machines out, and see if you agree!


Thank you note from an ATV buyer

2012 Polaris Sportsman from Vickery Motorsports in DenverWe received this very nice letter from a new customer from Golden. Here’s what Walter had to say about his purchase experience with Vickery Motorsports:

“Dear Mr. Vickery,

We would like to bring to your attention the excellence of two of your employees with whom we had the pleasure of dealing. Having had a number of disappointing encounters with ATV dealerships from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs we had just about decided to buy a used ATV rather than a new one. Our initial contact with Vickery and the demonstrated integrity of your employees was a pleasant change.

Brent in your sales department and Tommy in your parts department demonstrated an exceptional knowledge of your products, were extremely helpful, and easy to work with.

They were major factors in our purchase of an ATV and ATV parts from your dealership and the reason we have and will continue to recommend Vickery to our friends and neighbors who are interested in ATVs and ATV accessories.

Walter and Michelle M.

2013 Ski-Doo Summit XP Snowmobiles with the New Rev-XM chassis from Vickery in Denver Colorado

Here at Vickery, we’re pretty excited about the new 2013 Ski-Doo Summit XP 800R.

What would your friends say if you showed up on this new 2013 Ski-Doo Summit X Snowmobiles from Vickery in Denver Colorado

The 2013 Ski-Doo Summit SP and Summit X sleds from Vickery Motorsports in Denver Colorado. If you want to buy a new Snowmobile in Denver this season, Vickery is the place to go.

They’ve taken our best selling mountain sled and made it even better! Here’s the short list on some of the more important improvements:

* REV-XM platform
* t-Motion rear suspension
* Warm glove box with 4 L/1 US gal of storage
* Non-ported 16 x 146 / 154 / 163 x 2.5-inch PowderMax 2 track with FlexEdge
* Pilot DS 2 skis
* Lightweight, low profile REV-XM seat with 3 L / 0.8 US gal of storage
* Ergonomic, multi-function digital gauge display with temperature gauge
* Running boards with large openings
* 2 rear wheels track system
* Stiffer grab handle on handlebar
* New handlebar controls configuration
* Lightweight chromoly front suspension lower A-arm
* Adjustable, narrow ski stance
* Brembo racing brake with braided stainless-steel brake line

The Summit SP is the baddest backcountry snowmobile for sale in Colorado!

Carve your way UP the slope, with the 2013 Summit SP from Vickery Motorsports in Denver Colorado.

And of course, the 2013 Summit XP 800R retains the enormously powerful Rotax E-Tec engine, with Electronic Fuel Injection and more useable horsepower than any other engine in it’s class. Don’t buy a new snowmobile in Colorado without checking out the new Ski-Doo! Vickery has more Ski-Doo sleds for sale in Denver than anyone!

Did you put off buying a new sled last year due to the poor snow? Well if you did, you don’t want to miss out on the 2013 Ski-Doo. Don’t let another winter pass you by, come in to Vickery Motorsports today and let’s talk about getting you on the snow in style this year! Visit for more info.

An essential tool for the 2013 Yamaha YZ450F, The GYTR Power Tuner.

Vickery Yamaha has the Awesome YZ450F for sale in Colorado.

Yamaha’s YZ450F is one of the best Motocross machines ever developed, and one of the big reasons is the adaptable, user adjustable Electronic Fuel Injection.

The 2013 Yamaha YZ450F is one of the most revolutionary motocross machines ever built. From the four titanium valve top end to the unique rearward facing exhaust setup, the YZ450F’s entire layout shows it’s total dedication to performance. But one of the prime features of the bike isn’t even a part of the motorcycle at all, it’s the Accessory GYTR® Power Tuner, that lets tuners adjust air/fuel mixture and ignition timing maps to match engine performance characteristics to the rider and track conditions. Loads of bikes have electronic fuel injection, but Only Yamaha makes it so easy to tune.

GYTR® Power Tuner is an easy plug-in fuel-injection and ignition tuning tool that allows riders to quickly adjust both the fuel and ignition maps to suit riding conditions and rider preference. It allows 9 easy-to-program adjustment points for both the fuel and ignition maps. The Power Tuner’s Monitor function allows the user to monitor the data from various sensors on the bike as well as adjust idle timing, see engine running time, and access the self-diagnosis function.

The Power Tuner is powered by two AA batteries, thus no laptop is required, and no time consuming downloads are necessary. Also important, the unit does not have to be plugged into the bike to create maps, so a mechanic can create new maps while the rider is on the track, testing.

The Power Tuner’s compact design can fit in the palm of your hand or a pocket, etc, and the Memory function can save up to 9 custom maps. Suggested Retail on the Power Tuner is just $279, and it is available at Vickery Motorsports on online at .

If you buy a YZ450F in Denver, Vickery Motorsports can help you learn how to adjust the EFI. Call us or stop by for more information, or visit .

Looking to buy a YZ450F in Denver Colorado? Vickery Motorsports can help you get the most out of your new bike!

If you buy a 2013 Yamaha YZ450F in Denver, you’ll want to make sure to pick up the GYTR Power Tuner, an essential tool to get the most out of your electronic fuel injection.

Thank You Note From A Happy Customer

A great customer review of Vickery Motorsports by a happy Polaris RzR owner

It’s easy to say you put the customer first, but at Vickery Motorsports we believe actions speak louder than words. Since 1968, Vickery has been making customer service our first priority.

We received this nice letter in the mail today and we thought it would be good to share.

May 2, 2012
Mr. Bill Vickery

Dear Bill,

On behalf of my wife and myself we would like to thank Brent, all the Parts Department employees, and Billy and his service crew for providing excellent service to us. Many times employees such as the ones I mentioned do not get recognition for the hard work and good service because they work behind the scenes. Brent worked many hours to provide a service to me and my wife that was second to none. Brent or any of the other employees never complained, and when we were confronted with some obstacles all they cared about was satisfying the customer. I previously purchased an ATV from a different dealer and I did not receive half the service that I received from Vickery Motorsports. With Brent’s caring commitment and willingness to work with us, we are really satisfied with our purchase of our Polaris RZR. Brent seems to make something out of a negative event (my trailer that did not fit the machine). Brent consistently made extra efforts to assist us in completing this sale.

It’s a pleasure to work with people who know the meaning of efficiency and service!!

Once again, thank you and your employees for making my purchase a pleasant event.

Tom and Sandra K.
Douglas County, CO.


It’s our pleasure to serve you!

Come see the Star Raider S V-Twins for sale in Denver, Colorado, at Vickery Yamaha.

Vickery Yamaha has loads of Raider 113 cu in v-twins for sale in Denver

One of the best V-Twin cruisers ever made, the Star Raider is a 1900cc big twin that runs as hot as it looks. Come to Vickery Yamaha in Denver and take a test ride!

Summer is almost here, and there’s no better way to enjoy the great Colorado weather than by riding a new motorcycle! Vickery has seen a surge of interest in all of our V-twins, but most noticeably in our biggest Big Twin, the 113Cu Inch Raider. If you want to buy a Yamaha Raider in Denver, now is the time.

The Raider, and Raider S with extra chrome, are bikes that seem almost custom made for our style of riding. They look great, they’re super comfortable on long rides, and the powerful 8-valve Counterbalanced Twin motor serves up plenty of power for climbing any mountain pass.

The Raiders are fuel injected, too. This means that the injection is always set perfectly for altitude, air density and temperature. Fuel injected motors burn less fuel, make more power, and start much easier. You’ll never want to own a carbureted bike again after riding the Raider with EFI.

The Raider also has one of the best balanced, easiest handling chassis of any cruiser. Many “American Made” Cruisers tend to steer like a dump truck, a problem you won’t experience with a Raider! Take one for a test ride, you’ll see what we mean.

Vickery Motorsports has loads of new Raiders to choose from. Stop by today and check out the full range of colors and options.

If you want to Buy a Yamaha Star Raider in Denver, Vickery has them for sale at great prices.

The Yamaha Raider is the top of the line V star, and one look will tell you why they are so popular in Denver.

Looking for a Used Yamaha R6 in Denver? Vickery has them today!

Vickery Yamaha has used R6 sportbikes for sale in Colorado

Just a small portion of the great used YZF-R6 Sport Bikes for sale at Vickery Motorsports in Denver. We have R6 models from 2006-2009 for sale now.

Probably the most popular 600cc sport bike in Colorado, the Yamaha YZF-R6, or R6 for short, is one used bike that’s always in demand. Vickery Yamaha has been buying late model pre-owned R6’s all winter, and we have a really good selection for you to choose from.

Why do riders prefer the R6? Well, two main reasons really; they have the features, and they have the look.

The Features:

Since 2006, Yamaha’s YZF-R6 has had more features than any other competitive sport bike. One example is the slipper clutch, something normally found only on larger 1000cc sport bikes.

Yamaha YZF-R6 sport bikes since 2006 have come with a Slipper Clutch, an important feature on the street or track.

A slipper clutch locks up solid when accelerating, just lake a normal clutch, but under deceleration and at high RPM to Load ratios the slipper clutch will slightly disconnect the engine braking force so that the rear wheel won’t skid or lock up. What this means is that if you downshift too aggressively, like accidentally downshifting three times

in a corner where you meant to downshift twice, you won’t run the risk of skidding out the rear end. For fast riding, and more importantly, for SAFE riding, the R6 has the features that riders really want.

The Look:

With the mid pipe sending the exhaust out underneath the bike, the R6 has by far the cleanest Undertail on the street. The Yamaha R6 has the cleanest undertail of any sportbike.

The Yamaha rear section is designed to give street legal bikes the Racer-Only clean look, and frankly, no other brand comes close to the mean little stingers that all R6’s share. What do you think?



Come in to Vickery soon, and pick out your next Sport Bike!

Used Sportbikes from Vickery Yamaha in Denver

No dealer in Colorado has more clean used sport bikes for sale than Vickery Motorsports.

Buying a Used Motorcycle? Here’s how to evaluate one before you buy.

Deal or No Deal; How to Evaluate a Used Motorcycle

by Dennis Peterson

So you’re looking at a used motorcycle. Buying used is a great way to save money, but there’s a risk there as well. In today’s used bike market it’s easy to get stuck with a lemon if you don’t know what to watch out for.

It doesn’t take an expert to evaluate a used machine, but the more you know what to look for, the better your decisions will be. We have compiled this helpful guide to common used bike problems to help you determine which ones are minor, and which ones are deal killers. We’ve separated these issues into two categories which we call DEAL, or NO DEAL.

DEAL      Problems in this category are common with almost every used dirt bike. None of them require large outlays of cash or time to repair. Generally, the issues in this category are closed ended, meaning they are not likely to snowball or escalate once you get into the repair process. Also, most of these items can be repaired at home by an unskilled mechanic, so it’s not likely that you’ll have to spend money on labor to get them attended to.

If the bike you’re considering exhibits problems of this type, make sure to point them out to the seller BEFORE you negotiate the price. If you tell him that you’re going to have to spend the money to repair or replace these parts, you should be able to get him to reduce the price of the bike accordingly.

Bad plastic            Are the fenders, number plates, radiator shrouds or graphics badly scratched, faded or even cracked? New plastic is comparatively inexpensive, and you can really spruce up the looks of your new purchase by installing a few simple parts. Front fenders often start at $25 and they really make a difference in a bike’s appearance.

Minor loose or missing parts                A detailed race-prep will uncover tons of items that although small, are very essential. If the seller has his owner’s manual, take a look at all the items listed on the periodic maintenance chart. How’s the air filter? What does the plug look like? Are all the cables in good shape?  Repairs in this category usually will entail more labor than parts, so costs are nominal, but you can still use any deficiencies here to argue for a lower selling price.

Seat cover            Small rips in a seat cover won’t stay small for long. Seat covers are easy to install yourself if you have an electric staple gun, or take the seat to an auto upholstery shop; they can install you new cover for around $25 in labor.

Handlebars            Is there anything more annoying than bent bars? Well, yes, but bent bars are still pretty bad. You can buy steel replacement bars for under $20, so why put up with mangled ones. The same goes for grips and levers too.

Tires                Unless the tires on your used bike are brand new, you can probably expect to replace them right away. If you can’t change the tires yourself, this is a good time to learn. Expect to pay between $50 and $120 for a tire, depending on the quality, and add something for labor if you want to take the easy way out.

Chain               Progressing into the more expensive items, a worn out chain and sprockets can cost at least $125 to replace, and that’s for average quality components. Check the condition of the used bike’s chain carefully, and remember that you always want to replace the chain and sprockets as a set.

Fork seals            Often overlooked by the buyer, or swept into the corner by the seller, parts and labor to replace leaky fork seals can run well over $150. Bad seals are clear signals of neglected maintenance, so this is a clue that other items may have been uncared for as well.

Clutch              Worn clutch plates are easier to replace than most people think, and unless you ride a European bike the cost isn’t too bad either, usually under $75. But be alert for notchy clutch action, it may mean the hub is bad. To test a clutch for slipping, ride the bike at a walking speed in 5th gear, then give it full throttle while holding the brakes. If the clutch doesn’t slip under this maximum load-leverage test, then it’s probably okay.

Won’t run            Obviously a serious concern, but not necessarily a poison pill to your purchase hopes. If the engine has a good hot spark and has adequate compression (minimum 100psi on 4 strokes), then you might just have a minor problem after all. Best case: you buy the bike for a song, and can fix it with some fresh fuel and a carb flush. Worst case: well, we don’t have to tell you what that is, use your imagination.

NO DEAL      Problems in this category can be common with older or high mileage used dirt bikes. All of them require large outlays of cash or time to repair, with costs that exceed the market value of the bike. Issues in this category are almost always open ended, meaning that exact repair estimates are very difficult and hidden costs are very likely to appear. Few of these items can be repaired at home by an unskilled mechanic, so expensive professional help is normally required.

If the bike you’re considering exhibits problems of this type, it’s best to just walk away.  Unless you’re sure that the total outlay of cash including the purchase price and the cost or repair and refurbishment are substantially less than the market value of the bike, it just isn’t worth the risk, or your time to repair it. Just say no.

Engine mechanical noise            slappy pistons, clanky cranks, and loose camshafts all make a distinctive mechanical tapping noise. It sounds like something is trying to get out of the engine, and that’s bad. Real bad. You can use a big, long screwdriver as a stethoscope, holding the handle firmly against your ear while pressing the blade on different parts of the running motor, and this method will help you locate where the gremlins are living. But unless it’s something that can be cured with a valve adjustment, engine noise is always a bad omen.

Stuck cylinder             If it won’t turn over, expect the worst. Crank, bearings, piston, valves, gaskets, even a new cylinder. All of the above items are sometimes needed to repair a frozen motor. The parts manager at the dealership will be grinning when he does the estimate, and that’s never a good sign.

Missing or slipping tranny gears            Even if you’re lucky and you only need to buy a few gears, the labor bill for tranny repair is considered a complete teardown. Engine out of the frame, top end off, cases split, and every gear off the shafts. Ouch.

Broken frame               If it’s a steel frame, it can be repaired, but it never will be as strong as a new one. If it’s an aluminum frame, a busted one is a throwaway. And remember, a broken frame is a clear sign of abuse, neglect, or even worse, Freestyle!

Major missing components            Wheels, forks, swingarms, fuel tanks, all of these items are very expensive to replace, and they bring into question serious concerns about the treatment of the machine by its former owner. Anyone who really respects his bike will never allow it to be parted out. Insist on some proof of ownership, bikes with missing parts often turn out to be stolen.

Basket case motors            You’ll never find a mechanic worth his wrenches who will touch a basket case. Every technician has his own method of disassembly and marking of parts as he tears down a motor, and it’s so difficult to diagnose or rebuild one that comes in a box or basket that most shops will refuse to help you rebuild it. If the seller took it apart, then he can darn well put it back together himself.

(This article originally published in Dirt Rider magazine, 2007)

Colorado weather, and why we love it

As we sit here enjoying a sunny 60 degree February day, the news is blaring warnings of a “Severe Winter Storm” expected to arrive tonight (just in time for evening rush hour I’m sure). If this storm follows the normal pattern, we’ll see 3-6-10 inches of fluffy Colorado Powder, then within 48 hours we’ll be back in the sunshine. What does the snow bring? A deeper base for the snowmobilers, and for the dirt guys, lovely traction! That’s what is so great about mountain weather patterns; they bring moisture in small amounts and always follow that with sunshine. It all works together to make Colorado such an awesome place for motorcyclists and other powersports enthusiasts. Even in the winter, our daytime temps are no problem for a short street commute or a day at the motocross track. Just make sure you’re done by the time the sun goes down!