We had lots of hints that the 2017 Yamaha FZ-10 was on its way, and we have finally gotten a look at it. Fully modern, and sharing nothing that we can think of with the old FZ-1, the Yamaha FZ-10 will be a strong entry into the growing naked upright sportbike market. We cannot wait to ride it. In the meantime, this is what you absolutely need to know about the 2017 Yamaha FZ-10.1. The 2017 Yamaha FZ-10 is more like the YZF-R1 than the old FZ-1. This is no surprise, of course, but the new FZ-10 features the same Crossplane Crankshaft inline-4 (CF4) engine found in the R1 superbike. As expected, the tuning will be more street friendly, with an increased emphasis on power from idle through the midrange. Yamaha still describes the FZ10 has having “arm-stretching top-end power,” however.
2. The 2017 FZ-10 gets premium KYB suspension. Up front, the inverted 43mm forks have full adjustability, while the piggyback-reservoir shock has both high- and low-speed compression damping adjustment, along with rebound damping adjustment. Both ends have spring-preload adjustability, of course. Travel at both ends is 4.7 inches, the same as on the R1.3. The rubber is top notch. The FZ-10’s aluminum wheels are shod with Bridgestone Hypersport S20 tires, and a 190 is used in the back.4. The new ride-by-wire FZ-10 has a nice suite of electronic aids. The three-map D-MODE lets you select the style of power delivery; there are three levels of traction control (plus off), and an unexpected extra—cruise control.5. There’s a Deltabox aluminum frame on the FZ-10. It is not the same frame as the R1, as it is more compact (wheelbase is 0.2 inches shorter), though the rake remains the same at 24 degrees.6. Even without the fairing, the FZ-10 is considerably heavier than the R1. In the transition, the FZ-10 comes out weighting 463 pounds—24 pounds more than the R1.7. ABS is standard on the 2017 Yamaha FZ-10. The 320mm discs up front are huge, and the always-on ABS helps to keep the front and 220mm rear discs from locking up.8. As is becoming the norm, the FZ-10 has an assist and slipper clutch. The clutch uses power from the engine to reduce the spring tension on the clutch, making it easier on the left hand, and downshifts won’t result in a locked rear tire.9. The FZ-10 has strikingly modern styling. Angular and aggressive, the FZ-10 has the look of something from the land of anime. LED headlights contribute quite a bit to the look, along with plenty of sharp edges (along with some doses of organic shapes). From the cockpit, you’ll see an equally sharp LCD dash.10. The wait for the 2017 Yamaha FZ-10 won’t be long. Your dealer will have the new FZ this month, and the price is not a king’s ransom—$12,999. You can get the FZ-10 in Armor Gray (with high-vis wheels) or the stealth Matte Raven Black.
This week Teejay chats to Tyler Poppe. Tyler works on the TV show Mayans MC–and yet he doesn’t ride an American V-Twin. Wassup with that?? Also, Arthur finds out from friend Mike Cardillo about his thoughts on the full-size version of the Kawasaki KLX 140R F trail bike.