FZ1 enthusiasts have been waiting for an updated version of their favored sport-touring bike but is the FZ-10 the answer to their prayers?
Based on the R1, it has more than enough power to satisfy the sport portion of their needs with a liquid cooled 998cc Inline-Four engine. Sure the FZ-10 has been detuned but you’ll still be getting 160.4 horsepower out of it and a peak torque of 81.8 lbs-ft. When the power is delivered makes it more street friendly too with peak power coming in at 11,500 rpm and 9,000 rpm for peak torque.
What may turn loyal FZ1 owners away is the FZ-10’s design. Both FZ models were created to be affordable and fun in order to attract a younger demographic but, by having the FZ-10’s design concentrate more on this aspect, Yamaha risks turning away the older FZ1 crowd. According to Jensen Beeler from asphaltandrubber.com, the “R1-derived street bike is probably more at home in the Michael Bay Transformers franchise, than it would be in the garage of current FZ-1 owner.”
Maybe a different packaging for that R1 engine and chassis is just what Yamaha needs. AD Koncept has come up with a few concept drawings that stays true to the FZ1 heritage and they’ve come out with a more retro design too.
Something like this shouldn’t be too hard for Yamaha, they just need to repackage the MT-10/FZ-10 engine and chassis to suit different riders like they’ve already done for the MT-09/FZ-09. Or maybe the FZ-10 will be enough to draw in those FZ1 fans.