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Serious competition for the Versys

I went to the international cycle show in Dallas yesterday just to sit on bikes I can't afford and to see what's new. Spent some time admiring the Yamaha FZ-09. 849cc, triple, lighter than a Versys, similar ergonomics and within a couple hundred dollars. I love the Versys and I have no intention of buying a new bike, but maybe a few years down the road, I would seriously consider an FZ-09.
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I thought the MT-07 was the one to compete against the Versys:
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I think both bikes are awesome...really like the FZ-09 with that power!
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The MT-09 is the FZ-09 in the US. The MT-07 would surely compete with the Versys if it was marketed in the US.
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The MT09 is an unfaired 'bike so therefore NOT any competition for the V, & the Tenere is too expensive, & in a completely different category than the V!!!
Also,how coincidental that an advert for an FZ09 popped up at the top of the page when l opened the thread!!!!!.................Big Brother is watching you!!!

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FZ09 has three cylinders, 50 more HP and costs the same so therefore the V is NOT any competition.

The stock Fairing on a V is practically worthless except for cleaning the bike up. IMO

But after seeing the FZ09 in person for me frame wise it's to smallish of a bike.
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FZ09 has three cylinders, 50 more HP and costs the same so therefore the V is NOT any competition.

The stock Fairing on a V is practically worthless except for cleaning the bike up. IMO

But after seeing the FZ09 in person for me frame wise it's to smallish of a bike.
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Looks nice, but HP isn't so important once it is strong enough to be in traffic. Maybe versys 650 could have use of a few more spent in the low register, but think much more would be overkill and probably be more expensive too.
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Wow! I like most of it! Especially the engine. A bigger triple with more power, less weight yet priced nearly the same as a twin? I could get my checkbook out for bike like this. So long as I can get the necessary farkles required to make it into an adventure touring style bike with the emphasis on street use.
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Yet another pretty face (& bod) but she ain't like the Versys. Looks like a totally different ride as well. I peeled off the road yesterday took a shortcut home through some bumpy grass and gravel, not what I would be doing on this bike. The V has them 'long thin legs' look. The Yamaha looks like the short and 'ready to rumble' type. Not to say I don't like it but no way I would drop my V for the FZ.
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Started with the british and their enigma machine !


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Yes, we used that spying tactic so that we could defeat the Germans!!!

...................need I say more on the subject?
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Yes, we used that spying tactic so that we could defeat the Germans!!!

...................need I say more on the subject?
And the us goverment is using it to defeat the Tim McVeight of this world ... Need I say more ?


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And the us goverment is using it to defeat the Tim McVeight of this world ... Need I say more ?


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That all depends on which side of the fence you sit on regarding are the US Government working in the people's best interest, or are they determined to rule the World!?!?!(as England did, but decided to give it back because it was too much trouble!)

I don't need to say anymore Frenchy................................
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That all depends on which side of the fence you sit on regarding are the US Government working in the people's best interest, or are they determined to rule the World!?!?!(as England did, but decided to give it back because it was too much trouble!)

I don't need to say anymore Frenchy................................
So you are saying that stopping the McVeight of this world is not in the best interest of the us citizen !

Odd !

Me, siting on any side of your fence, using device to listen to either german who want's to rule the world OR those "McVeight" who want's to kill innocent civilian, I'm all for it !

Maybe it's just me ...

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If the Versys had around 800cc of displacement (call it 20-25 more HP) and an extra cylinder it might be perfect.
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I'm LOVING that FZ-07!
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If the Versys had around 800cc of displacement (call it 20-25 more HP) and an extra cylinder it might be perfect.
killbilly - I don't know what you're "smoking"... it IS perfect!

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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.
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