Yamaha 2017: The Highlights Of Next Year’s Range
Want to know what Yamaha has in store for 2017? We’ve got all the details here in one handy article! Whether you’re looking for sports bikes, naked roadsters, or mile munching cruisers, it doesn’t matter: 2017 is going to be an exciting year for Yamaha fans since the Japanese factory has given their range some significant updates. On top of that, they’ve added some awesome machinery to their lineup, whilst discontinuing others. We’ve covered most of Yamaha’s big trade show stories in separate articles, so be sure to check those out for more information. However, for a quick but concise overview…read on!
For 2017, Yamaha haven’t really gone to town with the supersport category, but don’t be disheartened; there’s more than enough going on to keep YZF-R fans interested. At the top of the range, Yamaha are leading the charge with their flagship model for die hard track racers who want a taste of the MotoGP prototype M1’s capabilities. For the more budget conscious, however, Yamaha still have the rider favorite YZF-R1 and R1S in tow, relatively unchanged for 2017.
The most anticipated bike from the YZF range is almost certainly the new R6. We’ve been on tenterhooks all year waiting for news of the new R6, and after Yamaha kept us waiting at INTERMOT, we were praying for something special, and they didn’t disappoint. The 2017 R6 now comes with a new traction control system that boasts seven settings, multiple drive modes, and upgraded suspension and brakes that put it on par with the R1 in terms of hardware. If you want more info on Yamaha’s ultimate 600 then check out for the details.
Finally, Yamaha have also added a new R3 into the mix for 2017. While the smaller displacement 321cc machine might seem to have a limited appeal for the US market, the number of small bikes is on the rise. Yamaha have wasted no time or effort improving the model and making ready for new riders, or even seasoned motorcyclists who want to hone their craft on a nimbler machine. Boasting an ultra-light chassis, aggressive sports bike styling and optional ABS, it looks like it’s going to be a good seller in the new year. As for prices?
YZF-R3: $4,999 – $5,299
The 2017 offerings in the Supersport Touring class remain unchanged from 2016. Yamaha’s FJR1300ES still leads the charge, with its class leading electronics and rider aids, such as electronic suspension, cruise control, cornering lights, and more. The 2017 price stands at $17,999.
Yamaha’s FJ-09 also makes a return for 2017. It might not have as many bells as whistles as the FJR1300, but it’s still a great bike for any rider with versatility in mind. In fact, Yamaha have this to say about it: “The Yamaha FJ-09 offers the most performance, versatility and value in a single motorcycle – perfect for commuting, short fun rides and weekend getaways.” The 2017 model has an MSRP of $10,699.
Of the five models Yamaha are putting forward for 2017, four of them are new. The in particular has been impressing everyone who’s had the pleasure of taking one for a spin, from casual riders to journalists alike. In a nutshell, the is all about taking all of the aggression and fury from a sports bike, and cramming it into a more versatile and rider friendly package. And we’re all for that.
The 2017 FZ-10 boasts a retuned YZF-R1 engine, a ferocious aesthetic, and a more back-friendly riding position – that’s just a quick overview though. On top of that, it comes with Yamaha’s Chip Controlled Throttle, three drive modes, three levels of traction control, cruise control, ABS, and a very lightweight chassis and swing arm. For more info, give this a click. And now for the price: a very affordable $12,999.
Yamaha’s FZ-09 also returns for 2017, but with some significant changes. It comes with an edgier look, adjustable traction control, adjustable forks, an Assist & Slipper clutch, and ABS as standard. You’ll be able to pick one of these up for a mere $8,999.
The FZ-07 has also had a few nice upgrades for next year – they aren’t as comprehensive as the other two models, but they’re still there: new switches, new instrumentation, bodywork changes etc. The most important feature, however, is that it comes with ABS as standard. Pricing is set between $7,199 – $7,499.
The FZ6R (not really “naked” but…) is also on the roster for 2017, but it comes with nothing new sadly. Still, it’s a great platform, and appropriately priced at $7,799.
Like the Supersport Touring class, the Adventure Touring and Dual Sport category gets no new models for 2017, however, there are a few updates but nothing significant enough to write about. Naturally, the 2017 Super Ténéré ES still sits at the top of the range, followed by the good old Super Ténéré standard. For dual sport and dirt bike fans, the 2017 range includes the WR250R, the XT250, and the TW200 – a personal favorite of mine.
Similarly, the cruiser segment also goes without any new models for 2017, although there are a couple of updates – such as the Bolt’s new wire spoked aluminum rims, and flangeless fuel tank, or the Bolt R-Spec’s external-reservoir rear shocks and new color options. Apart from those minor changes, there isn’t too much to write home about. However, since Yamaha’s cruisers always attract attention, we’ll write the full range and prices below!
Bolt R-Spec: $7,999
V-Star 1300 Deluxe: $14,299
V-Star 1300 Tourer: $12,599
V-Star 950 Tourer: $9,999
V-Star 250: $4,349
Despite rumors that was going to be a thing of the past, it will still be around for another year (at least in the USA). While there are no improvements on last year’s model, it might be worth grabbing one if you’re a fan of the classic v-twin, because while its demise has been somewhat exaggerated, it will be coming sometime soon. To own one of these awesome machines, be prepared to fork out, because the MSRP is $17,999.
Yamaha will also be keeping the XSR900 for 2017, along with the SR400. Both classic machines are appropriately priced at $9,499 and $5,999 respectively. And now for the main attraction of the Sports Heritage Range…
All new for 2017, Yamaha are treating us to their awesome Scrambler platform! Step aside Ducati, because there’s an even cooler, more retro scrambler coming to town: the Powered by Yamaha’s 942cc, air-cooled, SOHC, 4-stroke V-twin engine, and gushing retro-vintage sex appeal, you can bet that these are going to fly out of the dealerships and onto the streets in no time at all. According to Yamaha, the SCR950: “Combines vintage, scrambler style with modern design for a performance machine that lets you venture on- and off-road for pure motorcycling fun.” And a respectable price point too, at $8,699.
NOTE: The prices are the MSRP as quoted from Yamaha, but be advised that pricing is subject to change, and may not include certain taxes and shipping costs.