On Thursday February 4 at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia, the Fiat Yamaha team will be unveiling their 2010 YZR-M1, so 2009’s championship winning team has released a video teaser ahead of the event. Riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo (present in the video) will first unveil the team’s new livery and then get on the bikes for the first official 2010 tests. Good luck in 2010 boys!
After teasing us with pictures showing only the noses of both the 2010 FZ8 and FZ8 Fazer models and the motorcycle press getting their hands on more than just a few leaked pictures yesterday, Yamaha has decided to release a single full picture of the all-new FZ8.
Looking at it, it’s easy to see that the model supposed to replace the FZ6 is actually derived from this last’s bigger brother, the FZ1 . Considering that the 1000cc bike produces 150hp, the new middleweight one should brag about around 120hp. We can only be certain of that this summer, when Yamaha will unveil the naked FZ8 and the half-faired Fazer 800.
Yamaha has today made public the first picture of the all-new 2010 FZ8 Fazer. The Japanese maker will be taking the wraps off their new middleweight half-faired supersport in May this year and wave good bye to the FZ6 Fazer .
They’re following the same teasing procedure as with the FZ8 naked, which will replace the FZ6 naked in Europe, but at least that first teaser picture made us really think we’re dealing with a completely new bike, while this one is a pure reminder of the model it replaces.
Ever since Yamaha unveiled the Super Ténéré concept wrapped in clothing at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show, the motorcycle press has began to speculate about the endless design possibilities and after these leaked shots , we can finally say that the bike contours itself as the most potent BMW GS rival so far.
Although this is not an official teaser, we must say the various design concepts look truly plausible, while the already confirmed features such as a 1200cc parallel-twin engine with side-mounted radiators and a 270-degree crank, as well as electronic throttle and traction control, shaft drive and ABS, confirm this as the best Japanese attempt to dethrone the Enduro King also know as the BMW R 1200 GS. Video is attached after the jump.
P.S. Please Yamaha make your move once and for all.
Concept products usually have two purposes: they’re either used by manufacturers to test the public’s reaction regarding their future developments or help skilful designers make a name for themselves. But very rarely, manufacturers turn to innovative designers with the proposal of transforming a great idea into reality.
This is precisely what we’re wishing Yamaha will do in this case as Japanese designer Yuji Fujimura is definitely up to something with his Wheel Rider concept. Virtually a fully-faired monocycle with a cockpit for a roof, this thing can become the ideal supersport ride for every speed enthusiast as long as it can go fast and somehow prove efficiency.
We just came across the recent creation of Hungarian bike Builder Henrik Toth and simply had to share it with you. There’s not much to say about it apart from the fact that the actual bike is a Yamaha Wild Star, while the sidecar is inspired by the German Messerschmitt fighter plane from WW2. Everything has been put together by hand and, looking at the American logo on the rear stabilizer, we’re guessing this is also a reconciliation symbol. Great work!
World Supercross Champion James ‘Bubba’ Stewart has recently presented his house and several garages at MTV’s Cribs. Yamaha’s rider may be a lot of time away for the races, but when he’s home, he sure doesn’t lack comfort and bikes to ride. James even has his own track to practice on and a Segway to help him cover the immense yard. Hmm, I wonder what he expects Santa to bring him…
We’re all aware of the fact that Yamaha will launch a brand new naked motorcycle in 2010, but apart from the fact that it will be called FZ8 and comes to fill in the “gap” between the notorious FZ6 and FZ1 , there’s little known about the bike. No doubt, the engine will be a 16-valve inline four so starting from there and Yamaha’s teaser French magazine Motorevue have let their pencils run wild on the drawing board and came up with this very plausible assumption for the 2010 Yamaha FZ8. Looking at it, we’re just sorry the new “middleweight naked” won’t come to the United States any time soon, at least not without a half fairing.
The Yamaha YZ450 is one of the best motocross bikes now around and little did we knew it can be adapted to a whole lot of riding conditions and even be turned into a 60’s style café racer if someone’s got the energy to undergo the demanding process of making a fact out of an innovative idea such as the oil-in-frame, just to give an example. The bike also features drilled engine plates and underseat pipe, but you’ll only notice that if you’re interested enough to look beyond the sleek fairing.
It is too bad we don’t have more information about this unique combination of style called YZ450 café racer as it was surely a bright idea and an exciting project.