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.
Yamaha North America is wishing you Happy Holidays by using the Rossi-Spies-Stewart trio in a Christmas card that is both rewarding (for fans) and funny (just look at them).
Personally, I have the impression that one of the Yamaha stars will suddenly jump on a snowmobile or anything similar and tear the roof of that cabin apart, but they all look pretty happy in the short time away from races, especially Valentino Rossi, who is holding his “Phillip Island kitten”.
We came across this on a design blog and simply had to bring it to your attention because we don’t often happen to see something as original as this. While some will call it a civilized chopper and others an ugly looking thing, one thing is for sure: they all find it interesting.
The steering system looks rudimentary, but it actually brings a major contribution to this bike being so low and we kind of like that. We feel the same about the solo seat and straight bars underneath which appears to be a V-twin engine. Is this a realistic concept or what?
Ever since we’ve seen the Yamaha Super Ténéré concept wrapped up in clothing we kept wondering about how the future BMW R1200GS competitor will look like and a first response comes with these spy pictures right here. They were given to motorsite.gr by a Yamaha insider and then MCN took over. The pictures show a plastic scale model of the bike in pre-production form.
The Yamaha Super Ténéré is supposed to make its official debut in 2010 and this Japanese alternative to the consecrated European bike should tip the scale in its favor with a 1200cc engine, traction control and three-stage ABS. It will also feature a shaft drive, comfortable seat and everything you need to go around the world on it.
Yamaha’s 2010 European range will feature a FZ8 model instead of the FZ6, which was having troubles competing with other middleweight models such as the Kawasaki Z750 or the Aprilia Shiver 750 as a result of its R6 engine being designed for horsepower rather than torque. Although we have no official information about the all-new 2010 Yamaha FZ8, it seems that the new model will come to fix that, hopefully, by making use of a V-twin engine.
All that Yamaha has revealed so far is the future FZ8’s pretty face, but we can’t help wondering if it’s ever gonna make it to the United States. More information as we have it.
Yamaha’s 2010 YZ85 stands out as one of the best means to power you from mini bikes to the real think. Even though it still is an evolutionary step in an ambitious rider’s career, this is the bike on which the first racing skills are being developed and that’s all that matters sometimes.
A smaller replica of the YZ250 and YZ125, the revised two-stroke model is sure to be a great success because no matter what you’ll do, it doesn’t manage to stay behind even if you play around with palls on bigger, but not smokier rides.
Designing a dirt bike is never easy, but it seems that Yamaha has got the perfect recipe as it pulls it through, managing to release better performing competition bikes with each year that passes. For 2010, the YZ125 carries on further perfecting its already great features such as the engine and chassis. Even though not the most important model year because the bike was great from the very beginning, it does catch our attention once again and that is never a bad thing.
Looking for a quarter-liter two-stroke dirt bike? Well, find out that the YZ250 is one of the most appreciated models in Yamaha’s 2010 motocross lineup not only for being designed to win with its YPVS Power valve-equipped two-stroke engine claimed to perform better than any previous generation, but because two-stroke motors are a very rare breed nowadays. Still present, this one is housed in a light aluminum frame, which allows it to turn the machine into an even greater blast out on the track, especially now that it is being fitted with ProTaper aluminum handlebars and Excel rims.
Having signed with Tech 3 Yamaha for 2010, Ben Spies will run his very first Yamaha MotoGP bike at Valencia during the final round of the MotoGP World Championship and his new team has just come up with this absolutely superb Sterilgarda paintjob for the occasion.
Spies won the 2009 World Superbike Championship for Yamaha, while his best result in MotoGP is a 6th place at Indianapolis in 2008, when he was racing for Suzuki.