2017 Yamaha FZ-10 First Ride Review

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By Troy Siahaan

2017 Yamaha FZ-10

Editor Score: 88.5%

Engine 19.0/20
Suspension/Handling 13.0/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.0/10
Brakes 8.0/10
Instruments/Controls 4.0/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 8.5/10
Appearance/Quality 9.0/10
Desirability 9.0/10
Value 9.0/10
Overall Score 88.5/100

One of the most hotly contested categories in motorcycling today, the liter-class streetfighter field has a contender from nearly every manufacturer out there. But if you’ve read the numerous streetfighter reviews posted on Motorcycle.com and other outlets, you’ll know that three models – super streetfighters, if you will – stand above the rest: the BMW S1000R, Aprilia Tuono V4 1100, and KTM Super Duke R.

Well, it’s time to add a fourth bike to the conversation: the 2017 Yamaha FZ-10.

More than just an R1 stripped down, the FZ-10 has all the elements that make the three European bikes above so special: striking looks, real-world comfort, and most importantly, mind-blowing performance. As an added bonus, the FZ’s $12,999 price tag is also highly competitive, besting the $14,799 Tuono V4 RR, $13,495 S1000R, and $16,999 Super Duke R.

Say hello to the brash FZ-10, the flagship of the FZ line. Finally, Japan’s got a serious match for the European crop of super streetfighters. Available in Armor Gray (left) and Matte Raven Black.

Which leads us to the heart of the matter: the FZ-10’s 998cc Crossplane-crankshaft four-cylinder engine borrowed directly from the R1, with a few tweaks to make it better suited for the street. The idea here was to give the FZ more torque on the bottom and mid-range compared to the R1. To do that, the cylinder head sees new designs for the intake ports and combustion chamber. The FZ also gets new forged aluminum pistons. Together, these changes result in compression ratio dropping a point compared to the R1 from 13.0:1 to 12.0:1.

But the changes don’t end there. Smaller intake valves (31mm vs 33mm) …read more

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