We figured it’d be a matter of time but we now have tangible proof the Yamaha MT-10 is coming to the U.S., with the California Air Resources Board certifying it under the name FZ-10 as a 2017 model.

The news is not a complete surprise, as Yamaha had previously confirmed the 2017 FZ-10 for Canada. Seeing as how Yamaha Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Yamaha Motor Corp. USA, it was safe to assume the naked R1 would also be coming to America. Still, the CARB certifications should calm the worries of those who thought we’d be deprived of the FZ-10 in the U.S.

According to the CARB executive order, the 2017 FZ-10 will be offered in two options, codenamed FZ10HCB and FZ10HCGY. For Yamaha, this typically signifies two color options, likely black (“B”) and gray (“GY”), matching the two options offered in Canada.


The FZ-10 uses a 998cc inline-Four with a crossplane crankshaft based on the one powering the R1. Yamaha made some changes to the engine for use in the FZ, revising the intake, exhaust and fueling systems and optimizing the crank balance for strong low-to-mid-speed torque. CARB hasn’t certified the YZF-R1 for 2017 yet, but looking at the 2016 emission figures, the FZ-10 produces fewer hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides, but a bit more carbon monoxide than its supersport sibling.

The Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle gives the FZ-10 three engine modes to go along with three levels of traction control. The FZ-10 also receives cruise control which works in gears four through six.

While we still haven’t received an official word from Yamaha, the CARB certification means we should expect to get an announcement sometime soon.

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  • spiff

    I wonder if I will fit it?

  • dong PIX

    cool insectoid transformer but what about that xsr700 yammy?

  • john phyyt

    Why such a long gestation ?

  • Steve Cole

    I wonder if it will be like Canada, where the bike is priced identically to the more sophisticated and powerful Tuono 1100RR and S1000R.

    • spiff

      Canucks have the BMW at a tick under 18000. Their dollar is less than ours right now.

      • Steve Cole

        Sounds like the full on DDC model. MSRP on the barest model is $15,150 Canadian, which is $849 less than the FZ-10 and the Tuono 1100 RR is $15,595 which is $404 less than the FZ-10. Both are *CONSIDERABLY* higher-spec bikes than the Yamaha.

        • Steve Cole

          BTW it looks like Yamaha updated its site today of all days and the price for the 2017 is now 15499 Canadian.

  • Old MOron

    FZ-10 is to be a 2017 model?
    How long before we get the MOronic review?

    Nice find, Dennis!

  • DickRuble

    Certified butt ugly.

    • Max Wellian

      Black hides a lot of ugly.

  • JMDonald

    FZ10. Highly desired most wanted.

  • Alexander Pityuk

    That greenish-yellow wheel paint is shait tho…

  • Ajit Menon

    Don’t like the direction in which these headlights are going. There is a bike that was recently released in India called the Mahindra Mojo and another one called the Bajaj Pulsar 200ss. The same face type headlight assembly. Kind of ugly to be honest.

    • Steve Cole

      Agreed. Best headlights on any bike I’ve ever owned: 2007 Tuono 1000R. My friends won’t disagree, at night they ask me to go up front so they can see where we’re going, lol My GSX-Rs are #1 worst with a bullet, though… bank over in a corner and the headlights light up the clouds, trees, mountains, houses… anything but the road.

  • Born to Ride

    I have been waiting for a revised FZ1 to shake up the sports touring field. I have always appreciated its nice clean lines and classic style. I was hoping to see a continuation of its lineage with the triple motor, instead we got the FJ-09 SAT. Then I heard this was coming out, got very excited, and let out a mighty groan at the aesthetics. A nice simple quarter fairing with some clean LED headlights would have made this bike high up on my list to replace my aging and quirky Triumph. Oh well, maybe one day I’ll own another Japanese bike.

    • Steve Cole

      Not just the aesthetics, chum. It failed on the spec-for-price front. It has decade-old traction control off the old Tenere. In a segment with Brembo M432 brakes, it has the same flaccid OEM stoppers that testers have slaked in R1 tests. Probably not an issue if you don’t do track days or canyon runs, I suppose… here in Canada it’s more expensive than the Tuono 1100RR or S1000R and it’s getting close to the KTM 1290R which is is the most expensive bike in the segment and *also* kicks the Yamaha’s butt.

      • Born to Ride

        Hadn’t looked at the specs. Couldn’t get past the face. I’m looking at down sizing my garage to just one bike, and Japanese reliability is always a factor when you only have one bike to ride… If the Tuono got 35-40mpg under commuting conditions(save the anger for the weekends) I would own one right now. The matte blue one. God is it sexy. But because its maximum range @30mpg is under 150 miles(My round-trip daily commute) I will probably end up with either the KTM or a 1200s monster due to practicality concerns.

        • Steve Cole

          The new motor is a different animal, I am not sure what the milage is but my RSV4 RF gets 30 miles more to a tankful than my 2013 Factory did.

        • spiff

          I just commented above to you, but didn’t read this. Your commute is 150 miles! F#@k. Mine is 10.2 round trip. I would get the Duke on comfort alone. 😉

          • Born to Ride

            Just test rode one. It was engine vibration alone from being a 10/10 in my book. When high up in the revs the motor is borderline thrashy and it puts hands and ass to sleep at 85 on the freeway after 20 minutes. But it is buttery smooth riding it a mild cruising pace. My 2 hours a day of freeway riding may prove to be too much for it. I was expecting it to be at least as smooth as my monsters on the freeway, but was sadly disappointed. It is however, a riot of a bike though. I gave it full stick in third gear to pass 3 cars at 45mph (in a 65) and it felt like I was simultaneously doing a wheelie and a burnout all the way up to 85mph. Perfectly controlled. Traction control is a beautiful thing. Handling is a perfect balance of agility and stability. Like riding an SV650 with triple the power, brakes, and suspension.

          • spiff

            I have read that people are changing the gearing for the highway ride.

          • Born to Ride

            Yeah, as shipped, 6th gear is useless on the road. At 80-85, it literally puts the bike in the lumpiest part of the rev range. I need to re-ride the Monster 1200s because I don’t remember it having that problem at all. Both bikes are stupidly powerful for the road so the extra punch of the KTM doesn’t mean much to me.

    • Frank

      I was going to post, but you said it perfectly for me

    • Ian Parkes

      You could just throw the insect face away and fit a round headlight while you design a quarter fairing and get it 3D printed. Or buy a Tuono.

      • Born to Ride

        If buying a Tuono didn’t mean having to stop for gas twice a day, I would already own one. Also, hate for Piaggio group part distribution is real. I have been told by more than one dealership owner (that dropped Aprilia) that two month waiting times for backordered parts is not uncommon.

        • Steve Cole

          Those dealerships often failed to market their product and so they have to talk @#$% about the brand after the fact, I wouldn’t base too much on it. I have never waited more than a couple of weeks for parts, the few times I have needed any, in 8 years and 9 seasons of ownership. Getting a good dealer is key just like any other brand, though. Additionally I don’t really care much about gas milage but my RSV4 RF will go 30 miles further on a tank than my RSV4 Factory (2013) would. The new motors and bikes in general are a big evolution over the old ones.

          • Born to Ride

            I cringe at the thought of binning a Tuono… Both dealers spoke very fondly of the bikes however. I believe the exact words of one owner were “wonderful motorcycles, terrible company”. I wouldn’t care about gas mileage either and would be happy to pay the extra in fuel cost, but unfortunately fuel range is a function of fuel economy, and I like range.

        • spiff

          The new Tuono has 4.9 gallons of gas. That should get you past 150 miles with no issue. You are right about the dealer network, but if it is parts you are worried about AF1 out of Houston is very good. Barring warranty work, I have a local race shop do my work, and if need be get parts from AF1.

  • Randy Darino

    black or grey….is that all we can get? how about team yamaha white or yellow with stripes or team yamaha blue???

  • Auphliam

    To quote the venerable Baron von Grumble…”Oh yeah!!! It’s a jizz machine!!!”
    That all black unit looks BA, in my humble opinion, and though I don’t usually like the over-styled plastic features so popular with the Japanese marques…especially those of this bike’s competitors… I’m really digging the style here.

  • Gootch

    Some folks are grumbling about the looks but it looks a whole lot better than the FZ-09. Of more concern is the pricing (at least up north) that is higher than European competitors. Yamaha has been doing a good job of producing affordable bikes.

    • Born to Ride

      From the tank backwards it looks worlds better than the FZ-09 and FJ-09. Dat face doe…

  • Jamo11

    I’ll be keeping my Bandit.

  • Evan S

    Love the grey paint scheme overall, just need to swap out those gaudy yellow wheels, for a nice matte black set. What a platform Yami has for a XSR1000!!! Curious to see what price point this will be at in the US….

  • Warren W. Weiss

    Bikes usually look better in the flesh than they do in pictures. And I REALLY hope that is the case here.