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.
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.