Yamaha Announces 2010 Model Lineup

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2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 Special Edition
2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 Special Edition

Yamaha has announced the remainder of their 2010 motorcycle lineup, and all the models for 2010 are now up on their web site.  There are several changes for the new model year, of course, although few big ones.

One of the biggest changes appears to be the elimination of the clutchless FJR1300AE version of their flagship sports tourer.  Beyond that, both the R1 and R6 get bold new graphics packages.  The R1 also has a Special Edition graphics package that replicates the graphics on Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP R1.  Other than that, the R1 remains unchanged.

The R6, on the other hand, gets a host of changes to replace the power loss that environmental controls imposed on the 2009 models.  Included in the changes for the R6 are “optimized the intake funnels and airbox”, changing the diameter of the exhaust pipe, a 100mm longer muffler, and new ECU mapping to put back low and mid-range power.

2010 Star Stratoliner Deluxe.
2010 Star Stratoliner Deluxe.

Yamaha has also introduced a new flagship “casual full dress touring” bike, the Stratoliner Deluxe.  the new Deluxe sports a streamlined bat-wing fairing and matching bags.  The fairing also has speakers and iPod connectivity.  This new bike gives Yamaha a direct competitor to the Harley-Davidson Street Glide and Victory Cross Country.  The Deluxe uses the same 1854cc V-Twin engine and chassis as the base-model Stratoliner.

I’ve always felt the styling on the Star Cruisers–the Venture excepted–were attractive and the Stratoliner Deluxe adds yet another attractive cruiser to the Star line-up.

More information about the 2010 Line-up can be found at Motorcycle USA.

Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for TechCentralStation.com. Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.