We’re going out on a limb, but according to editor Siahaan in his First Ride Review of the FZ-10, the bike stands to make a big impression against the naked liter-class leaders: Aprilia Tuono V4 1100, BMW S1000R, and KTM 1290 Super Duke R. Yamaha has included other naked sporties in its model line-up before, but the FZ-10 looks to really stand out with its crossplane crankshaft, excellent mid-range torque and cruise control.

“More than just an R1 stripped down, the FZ-10 has all the elements that make the three European bikes above so special: striking looks, real-world comfort, and most importantly, mind-blowing performance. As an added bonus, the FZ’s $12,999 price tag is also highly competitive, besting the $14,799 Tuono V4 RR, $13,495 S1000R, and $16,999 Super Duke R,” says Siahaan.