Tamworth Yamaha's Abarth FZ-1 beater

By Chris Newbigging -

Custom & modified bikes

 01 January 2009 00:00

A UK dealer has revealed a special FZ-1 boasting a near-identical specification to the one-off Abarth FZ-1 shown last year. Tamworth Yamaha created this particular Fiat Yamaha-liveried FZ-1 for shop Managing Director Jonathan King, and boasts all of the top-notch parts you might expect.

The chassis was the standout feature of the Abarth Assetto Corse FZ-1, and Tamworth Yamaha’s machine is very similar. Ohlins Road and Track forks are slotted in to the standard yokes, and carry the standard front wheel, Brembo radially-mounted monobloc calipers and narrow track discs.

The calipers are connected to a radial-pump Brembo master cylinder by a set of braided hoses made to suit the set-up, and the brake system is finished with a black anodised Rizoma fluid reservoir.

The engine has also received some tuning with YEC kit parts and an Akrapovic exhaust system (stickered as a Termignoni). The paintwork is an adaptation of the Fiat-sponsored livery on Valentino Rossi’s 2008 YZR-M1, tweaked to suit the fairing-less FZ-1 by Rage Designs.

A genuine Yamaha pillion seat cover and a set of bespoke aluminium side panels are the only other bodywork changes, finished neatly with a seat recovered by the dealer.

This bike is on sale for £8999, and Tamworth Yamaha is also open to creating more specials. Details: 01827-254-994