Yamaha’s MT-10 caught the attention of motorcycle aficionados and caused a flurry of “First Impressions” to hit the Interweb when it was first unveiled at the EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy, last November. Now, Yamaha’s code-named “Ray of Darkness” sportbike is coming to Canada as the 2017 FZ-10.
A streetfighter with some serious attitude, the FZ-10 is powered by a 998-cc engine that shares many similarities with the company’s road-ready R1 and R1S superbikes. It has been tuned, however, to make it more street-friendly, with strong, linear low- and mid-range torque. Yamaha claims maximum torque is 11.3 kg-m (81.8 ft-lb) at 9,000 rpm.
At the time of writing, no numbers on the horsepower side of things have been released, but it’s probably safe to assume the 2017 FZ-10 will be pumping out the same 160 max hp as its European counterpart, the MT-10.
Other electronic goodies on the FZ-10 include Yamaha’s chip-controlled, adjustable traction control and cruise control with a settable range of 50 to 160 kilometres per hour.
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