2010 Yamaha YZF Review


The 2010 Yamaha YZF series includes the company’s open class super sport bikes. The YZF series, which has been in production since 1998, is available in R1 and R6 models. The 2010 model is not the fastest superbike on the road, and there has not been any significant improvement in fuel economy from the 2009 model, but it still offers a fresh character and a friendly power delivery. As a whole, while the handling can be further improved, it’s a top-of-the-line motorcycle with significant benefits in technology and comfort. It also offers a luxurious fit and finish.

The 2010 Yamaha YZF has much more suspension than the previous model. The current model offers more balance, is composed, and works cohesively throughout the stroke, but while the forks are still on the soft side when subjected to that extra load during faster laps on a racetrack, it is ideal for street riding. The MotoGP-inspired engine cross plane crankshaft (developed by Yamaha) offers smooth power delivery that allows for simple, refined drives off the corners and a unique sound that’s easy on the ears (sounding more like a small block V-8 than a motorcycle). However, the model lacks top end when it’s pushed to the limits. This model clocked a quarter-mile time of 10.02 seconds at 144.23 mph, with a fuel consumption of 25 mpg, and a tested top speed of 176.7 mph. It also has slow building power, churning out 150.89 horsepower and 76.55 lb-ft of torque.

The bike is comfortable enough for long-distance rides. The model’s ergonomics make it easy to balance your body weight, while the rear seats are height-adjustable. The seat height measures 32.8 inches off the floor. The clip-ons are close set, but the mirrors offer a good field of vision with an unobstructed view. Another nice touch is the adjustable foot-pegs. The base features an updated Team Yamaha Racing Blue/White, Pearl White, and Raven Black.

Visually, the 2010 gets twin-projecting rounded headlights concentrated near newly placed forced air intake ducts, thus offering a more compact look. The 2010 YZF has a control filled die-cast aluminum frame for vertical rigidity balance. The rear frame is made of lightweight control filled die-cast magnesium for mass centralization. The rear shock adopts bottom linkage for more suspension; suspension includes new, fully-adjustable Soqi front forks. The right fork handles rebound damping, while the left side handles compression damping. The model also comes standard with an electronic steering damper. The bodywork looks sculpted, albeit cumbersome, and features outer and inner shells that regulate airflow around the bike, forcing cool air to the radiator and engine bay when the bike is moving at high speeds. The model is wide, offering a large area of front fairing; the side fairing is smooth and appears sleeker.

New For 2010

  • New graphics and a limited edition model
  • Handling improves through several changes to the suspension and frame
  • Much more open cockpit than 2009 YMZ for more relaxed control
  • Standard traction control
  • More color options

2010 Yamaha YZF Specs

  • Model: Yamaha YZF-R1
  • Engine Type: four-cylinder, four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.1x2.1 inches
  • Compression ratio: 12.7:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
  • Induction: Dual Stage Fuel Injection (DSFI)
  • Ignition: TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)
  • Transmission: Six-speed
  • Final Drive: Chain 17F/47R
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 33 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): Dual 310 mm discs; radial-mount forged six-piston calipers
  • Brakes (Rear): Single 220 mm disc with single-piston caliper
  • Suspension (Front): 43 mm inverted telescopic fork with adjustable preload, compression damping, rebound damping; 4.7 inches (119 mm) travel
  • Suspension (Rear): Single shock with piggyback reservoir; adjustable for high-/low-speed compression damping, rebound damping, spring preload
  • Wheelbase: 55.7 inches
  • Rake: Caster Angle 24.0°
  • Trail: 4 inches
  • Seat Height: 32.8 inches
  • Curb Weight: 474 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 120/70-ZR17
  • Tires (Rear): 190/50-ZR17


  • GYTR® Dual Slip-On Carbon Fiber Mufflers
  • Yamaha Clutch Kit for YZF-R1
  • GYTR® Carbon Fiber Heat Shields
  • R1 Seat Cowl

Key Competitors For The 2010 Yamaha YZF

  • Suzuki GSX-R1000
  • Aprilia RSV4R
  • BMW S1000RR