When the original FZ-1 was introduced back in 2001, it offered most of the ground-breaking YZF-R1’s liter-class sportbike performance in a more comfortable, less expensive package. Over the years the FZ-1 was updated and refined—a complete overhaul for 2006 earned it Rider’s Motorcycle of the Year award—but recently it had gotten long in the tooth and slipped quietly from Yamaha’s lineup last year.
When an all-new YZF-R1 debuted for 2015—along with the higher-spec YZF-R1M—many enthusiasts rubbed their hands together in greedy anticipation of the next-gen FZ-1 that would surely follow.
Say hello to the FZ-10.
(Yes, the model name has sprouted an extra numeral, presumably to be consistent with the naming conventions for its smaller sibilings, the FZ-07 and FZ-09.)
Once you get past the very aggressive, mechanical styling that will invariably draw comparisons to Transformers robots—one thing is for sure, the FZ-10 will not be confused with other motorcycles—you’ll find one heckuva performance package stuffed inside.
The FZ-10’s CP4 crossplane crankshaft 998cc in-line four-cylinder engine, frame, swingarm and suspension are all based on the latest-generation YZF-R1. The engine has been retuned for low to mid-range torque, but it should still deliver blistering acceleration. It has the Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) ride-by-wire system with D-Mode riding modes (A, STD and B), as well as standard traction control, cruise control and ABS.
Upright ergonomics should offer more all-day comfort than your typical sportbike, though the FZ-1’s partial fairing and windscreen are gone. There’s just a small flyscreen instead, which puts the new FZ-10 in the crowded, highly competitive pure naked bike category.
Fully adjustable suspension, high-end radial-mount brakes, Bridgestone Hypersport S20 tires, LED lighting and an all-LCD instrument panel round out what looks to be a very impressive package.
The 2017 Yamaha FZ-10 will be available in late June 2016 for $12,999, in either Armor Gray or Matt Raven Black.