Yamaha FZ-09 Ride Report
After reading this thread yesterday, I looked up the spec's on the FZ-09. I liked what I saw: 46 lbs lighter with more HP. So, I took my 09V on a nice half-hour ride on back roads over to a Yamaha dealer in Montgomeryville, PA.
They had a red FZ-09 waiting outside for someone to take a test ride. It is a very nice bike. It does look small, but it has one-inch longer wheel-base than the V. Seat height is 32.1", but that's misleading. I have a 29" inseam and was able to flat-foot (seat is narrow in front which helps a lot.)
Ride Comfort: I felt a little high up on the bike and the seat was a bit firm for me. I'd need to cut the seat padding down (as I did on my V) and replace it with an AirHawk R cushion. Upright riding position was good. No wind screen, and I'd need one to stop the bugs here in NJ. Otherwise, ride was fine.
Engine, Transmission: Were both very impressive. Transmission shifts smooth and quiet (no clunking!). Lots of fun, exciting HP. Lots of torque. Doesn't really matter much which gear, lots of acceleration. No lugging, even at lower RPM in higher gears.
If you feel a need for more HP than the V has, definitely try this bike! It has more power than I need, and definitely would eventually get me into trouble with our state police. But it's also a fun bike, IMHO.
So, I'll stick with my V: It's perfect for me.