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.
The mavens at Motorcyclist magazine have announced the winner of the award for 2009 Motorcycle of the Year, as well as their other picks.
The bike picking up the top award this year is the Yamaha YZF-R1.
Modern sportbikes are engineered so close to the edge of the performance envelope that we’re conditioned to expect incremental changes: a shaved pound here, an added pony there. It’s almost unimaginable that any sportbike could surprise us with a novel riding experience that realigns our understanding of what a liter-class sportbike is, and what one can do. The 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 is exactly that sort of bike-which is why it’s our Motorcycle of the Year.
Other notable picks include:
Ben Spies as the Motorcyclist of the year.
The Kawasaki ZX-6R as the best sportbike of the year, closely followed by the Ducati 1198.
The Ducati Streetfighter as the Best Naked Bike, followed by the Harley Davidson XR1200 Sportster.
The Kawasaki Concours14 as the year’s Best Touring Bike, followed by the Harley Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide.
Best Adventure Bike honors go to two BMWs, with the F800GS in the top position, and the R1200GS Adventure in second place.
The Best Dreambike is the Aprilia RSV4, with the BMW S1000RR as the follow-on.
Best Bang For The Buck goes to Kawasaki, with the ER-6n as the winner, and KLX250SF as the second-place finisher.
For Best Cruiser, Motorcyclist goes strictly for muscle this year, with the Star (Yamaha) V-MAX ruling the roost, and the Harley Davidson V-Rod Muscle in the supporting position.
Best Dirtbike is the Husaberg FE450; second best is the Honda CRF450R.
Best New Technology is the Honda Combined ABS system, followed by the Ducati Traction Control.
And, finally, the Best New Product honors go to the Gopro Motorsports Hero Wide Camera, with the Bazzaz Performance Z-FI Traction Control taking the runner-up position.