Yamaha has just released the specs for the FZ-10 (as it will be named in Canada), its latest naked bike, a market segment they seem intent on exploring fully (see also: FZ-07, FZ-09, XSR-900, FJ-09, MT-03, all built in recent years). Unlike their other nakeds, which were all based off new engines or tame learner platforms, the FZ-10 is derived from their R1S superbike, although as usual, the engine tuning has been changed to allow for easier street use (other components such as suspension and brakes are the same).
That means peak horsepower is down to 160.4 hp, from the R1S’s 200 hp. However, the R1 also makes peak power by revving to 13,500 rpm; the FZ-10 reaches its max at a more street-friendly 11,500 rpm. Peak torque for the FZ-10 is 81.8 lbs-ft at 9,000 rpm, while peak torque for the R1 is 82.9 lbs-ft. The R1 reaches that number at 11,500 rpm.
In a nutshell, the FZ-10 should produce much more usable power for the street. It also compares very favourably to its competition. Japanese counterparts (Suzuki GSX-S1000, Kawasaki Z1000) are in the 140-145 hp range, while the Euro competition ranges from 138 hp for the Triumph Speed Triple 1050 to 175 hp for the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR. The BMW S1000R (160 hp), Ducati Monster 1200 R (160 hp) and KTM Super Duke 1290 (170 hp) have very similar power output.
But enough about power output – what about the rest of the package? The FZ-10 shares a lot of tech with the R1; we’re talking adjustable traction control, assist/slipper clutch, riding modes, and cruising control. It does not have the Inertial Measurement Unit like the R1 and R1M, which means the electronic trickery is somewhat limited. That decision will keep prices down, but will disappoint naked bike fans who had hoped for features like powerslide control and wheelie control. Perhaps that technology will be included on a future high-spec version of the bike?
The big question: Will this bike be available in Canada? Yes it is! If you went to any of the shows you’d have seen it as a prominent part of the Yamaha display, with the official unveil in April (including MSRP), arriving in dealers starting July 2016.
|998 cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valves (4-valves/cyl), in-line four-cylinder|
|BORE AND STROKE:|
|79 x 50.9 mm|
|11.3 kg-m (81.8 lb-ft) @ 9,000 rpm|
|YCC-T, D-Mode (3), Traction Control (3), Cruise Control|
|45mm Mikuni throttle body fuel injection|
|ESTIMATED FUEL CONSUMPTION:|
|12.5 kpl / 35 mpg (Imp.)|
|IGNITION / STARTING:|
|TCI / Electric|
|Fully adjustable inverted 43mm fork / 120 mm (4.7”) wheel travel|
|Fully adjustable link Monocross / / 120 mm (4.7”) wheel travel|
|Dual 320mm discs / radial mount 4-piston calipers / ABS|
|225mm disc / single piston caliper / ABS|
|2,095 mm (82.5″)|
|800 mm (31.5″)|
|1,110 mm (43.7″)|
|1,400 mm (55.1″)|
|RAKE / TRAIL:|
|24° / 102 mm (4″)|
|825 mm (32.5″)|
|17 litres (3.7 imp. gallons)|
|210 kg (463 lb.) – approximate|
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