The 2017 Yamaha FZ-10 Tourer – Only For Europe, But…
Introducing The Europe-Only Yamaha FZ-10 SP Tourer
Updated August 20, 2018
Europe will be getting the 2017 FZ-10 SP Tourer from Yamaha but don’t worry, if you want one in the USA just buy a few key ingredients from the Yamaha catalog. That’s right, it’s been announced that European riders will be getting their hands on the more Tourer orientated version of the FZ-10 (or MT-10, as it’s known pretty much every where else…). Sure, it’s more tour-orientated, but don’t despair – it’s not a fully-fledged adventure touring bike, but if you want your own FZ-10 to tick the same boxes, then all you have to do is select your favorite parts from the Yamaha catalog and install them yourself.
We’re not entirely sure why Yamaha are offering this package to Europe only. It’s probably got something to do with European buying habits. Adventure bikes are generally the go-to, do-all bikes for the European market and from the motorways of Great Britain to the autobahns of Germany, they’re definitely the utilitarian bikes of choice. Fast on the roads, great for comfortable long-haul slogs, capable of tackling a wide range of terrain, they’re common sights on the old continent. Using the already acclaimed FZ-10 platform as a base and adding some cool tourer-inspired bolt on accessories, we can see this performing exceptionally well. This is a smart move from Yamaha…but it would’ve been a little bit nicer if the US got a look in.
Anyway, Yamaha’s top-flight street fighter is getting some awesome extras to convert it into something more tour-ready. Just to set the scene, here’s what the press release had to say about it all: “Equipped with a special range of items that give enhanced comfort, increased functionality and improved practicality, the MT-10 Tourer Edition opens the Dark Side of Japan to an even wider audience. A new journey through the darkness is about to begin.” Alright then…
What Makes The 2017 Yamaha FZ-10 SP Tourer A “Tourer”?
Specifically, they’re referring to a new high screen at the front, a set of bark-buster hand guards on the bars, a new “comfort seat” for keeping your ass in tip top condition whilst munching through the miles, soft side bags for your luggage, and a GPS mount that can hold on to a TomTom Rider unit. They’re the more obvious upgrades on the list. The rest are a little more subtle.
Naturally, the engine is still the same detuned 998cc Crossplane unit that we’re already familiar with on the FZ-10 standard, or for those that don’t know, it’s a watered down R1 engine. It’s capable of pushing out 158 hp at 11,500 rpm and 111 Nm of torque at 9,000 rpm. Despite its faithfulness to the FZ-10, it does have some nice tourer-oriented upgrades. The usual traction control is included, a quickshifter for clutchless upshifts comes as standard, and three distinct riding modes are on offer that can be adjusted for tinkering with the ignition timing, the throttle opening and the fuel injection. However, the cruise control is also a nice extra purely for the touring model, and an assist and slipper clutch is also thrown into the mix to facilitate smoother downshifts. The brakes and suspension remain the same, with USD style KYB adjustable units at the front and rear.
There will be three color options available: Tech Black, Race Blu, and Night Fluo. But we can’t get those colors in the US, most of the options available for the European Yamaha FZ-10 SP Tourer are available from Yamaha’s extensive catalog. So if you really want to turn your FZ-10 into an FZ-10 Tourer, all you’ve got to do is buy a few extras. So, we’re really not missing that much.