The amazingly powerful and long haul comfortable Suzuki Hayabusa is now presented as a 2010 model and gets stylish new color schemes to mark the pass. The black one with orange graphics is the most easily distinguishable, but riders end up in the Hayabusa’s seat because of the whole other bunch of advantages that come with a bike closely priced to the GSX-R 1000. Now addressing to those who can’t decide between the Gixxer and the Hayabusa-derived B-King, the future Hayabusa rider is just an easy target.
For the upcoming Le Mans MotoGP race, Yamaha France has released just four different race replicas of their four MotoGP riders. So the Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo replicas feature the Fiat-Yamaha color scheme, while those of Ben Spies and Colin Edwards received the Monster Tech3 Yamaha paintjobs.
But there’s actually much more to these bikes than just paint; there’s a small race kit, which includes:
- Bike seat cover with the official team colors bearing the number of pilot
- Pair of YEC racing levers
- Replica helmet of the MotoGP rider whose race replica you’ve chosen (which can be signed by that rider was well)
- Official Yamaha team shirt,
- 2 paddock passes paddock at Le Mans for the Moto GP weekend
- “Wild card” track day with Yamaha instructors
- Certificate of authenticity and a plaque attached to specific authentication framework makes these machines truly unique.
Most importantly, the four Yamaha GP riders are the ones handing in the keys and that has probably the most to do with the fact that only the Colin Edwards replica is still available despite the €16,990 price tag, $1,000 more than what Europeans would pay for a standard R1.
It might seem that the 2010 Honda VFR1200F has come to reinvent the supersport touring segment, but manufacturers such as Yamaha have their own classic approach towards offering a motorcycle that is fast, comfortable and built to last, the 2010 FJR1300A. Those of you who are familiar with the name will say that the FJR1300AE is an even better choice thanks to Yamaha’s electric-shift five-speed transmission, which eliminates the clutch and offers riders effortless electric shifting, but Yamaha has discontinued this model for 2010 and leaves FJR riders completely in charge over the bike’s functions.
Alex de Angelis was warming up for the Moto2 race at Jerez a couple of weekends back when his bike engaged into a highside, sending him rolling end-over-end on the side of the track. From what this leaked video shows, you’ll have all the reasons to think that de Angelis couldn’t have survived this and we totally agree, except he did. The RSM Team Scot rider even managed to walk away unharmed from his incredible crash and was willing, but not allowed by circuit doctors to participate in the race. Video after the jump.
Earlier this year we announced the unveiling of an all-new motorcycle joining Yamaha’s supersport family, the Fazer8 as it will be called in Europe, its targeted continent. A middleweight model powered by a 799cc inline-four engine, the 2010 Yamaha Fazer8 has come to replace the FZ6 model and it does it in the characteristic style of the series, meaning you get a half fairing and the bike finds itself positioned on the thin line between track-gained performance and a comfortable riding position.
We feel sorry for the discontinued FZ6 – which we happen to like a lot – but can’t wait to take the FZ8 for a spin. Meanwhile, let’s see what this new bike is all about.
Yamaha has adopted a rather cautious strategy for 2010 and the FZ1 is definitely one of their sports motorcycles to show that very clearly as it comes with revised ECU mapping and new colors. Yet, they plan on successfully selling it for being “an upright R1” and that couldn’t recommend this model more.
Faced with the task of calling the YZF-R6 a 2010 model year, Yamaha proceeded to find ways of setting the bike apart from the current selling one both visually and technically, but we have to say that you shouldn’t expect major changes from any point of view. The truth is that Yamaha already had a 2009 Daytona 200 winner on their hands, so they focused on little tweaks to make it even more special.
There is simply no way that the Aprilia RS125 could look better than with this gorgeous brunette girl alongside it. Why? Take a trip to Italy and you’ll see exactly this kind of babe either riding the bike or sitting at the back as passenger. The idea of combining these two beauties is just right and very realistic.
Jorge Lorenzo won the Spanish Grand Prix after a spectacular duel with Dani Pedrosa in the final lap of the Jerez MotoGP. Teammate Valentino Rossi was the third to pass the finish line.
Honda rider Dani Pedrosa set off from pole-position and pretty much dominated the Jerez race until, with six laps before the checker flag, Jorge Lorenzo came strong from behind and finally claimed the first place on the podium during the race’s final lap. Read the race results after the jump.
Yamaha’s 2010 motorcycle lineup includes their unchanged MotoGP-derived YZF-R1 and a Limited Edition YZF-R1 Valentino Rossi replica. This last comes in an exciting Valentino Rossi/Fiat Yamaha livery with the number "46" and "The Doctor" logos, as well as with the MotoGP star’s signature on the fuel tank.
Valentino Rossi added the 2009 MotoGP Championship to his long list of wins and this Limited Edition bike is a tribute to the Fiat Yamaha Team rider. The race replica bike is now available at a starting MSRP of $14,500. Those who satisfy with the standard model, which is available in Raven, Pearl White and Team Yamaha Blue/White, will be happy to find that the bike has an MSRP of $13,290. Hit the jump to see what Yamaha and the motorcycle press have to say about the YZF-R1.