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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-22-2014, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Yamaha FZ-07 & FZ-09 at local dealer

Last week I stopped at a local Yamaha dealer and sat on the new FZ-07 & FZ-09 bike that they had there.

The FZ 07 felt very slim and very light. In a very good way. Much lighter than my V. It looked good, but no wind protection. It felt smaller, and thinner than my V.

The FZ 09 also looked great, and felt much lighter than my V, but overall felt much closer in size and feel to my V, from sitting in the cockpit. The 3 cross connected exhaust headers looked pretty cool too. The seat felt thin, but not bad. Overall it had a very exciting look to it.
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I sat on the FZ-09 as well. It's a great engine for the price. But that's it for me. I was left dissapointed with the sloppy wiring from the instrument panel, poor suspension, cheap looking resevoirs, and it just felt small. It reminded me of sitting on the ktm 690 or a buell xb9. The FZ-07 delivers similiar power to what we already have but offers so much less in my opinion.
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Of the two, the -09 is the clear winner.

But - I agree with ZX6RTraded that it feels small. A friend got one and I've ridden it maybe 20 miles. My knees (6') hit his frame sliders and the handle bars were very close. I couldn't do many miles on it in comfort. He did have it setup for his ergo's, so there might be some adjustability in there.

That engine (the triple) is simply amazing, though. If (when? ) Yamaha puts that into an upright standard, Versys-like bike, they'll be getting a check from me.

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I've heard that the FZ9 suspension isn't the greatest, but I've also seen that many are working on fixes to this. I'm hoping Yamaha offers a version with a full fairing (sport-touring style), and maybe a somewhat bigger, cushier seat.

Pssssst... Yamaha, are you listening?
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I've heard that the FZ9 suspension isn't the greatest, but I've also seen that many are working on fixes to this. I'm hoping Yamaha offers a version with a full fairing (sport-touring style), and maybe a somewhat bigger, cushier seat.

Pssssst... Yamaha, are you listening?
Oh, and a 2 inch longer swing arm, and hard bag capable.
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I got to ride an fz09 at the track. Love the motor. Nice, comfortable seating position. Stock suspension probably no worse than V stock suspension. For my intended use, the deal breakers are the lack of a windscreen and no side hard luggage option. Givi makes a top case, but currently only soft side bags.

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I got to ride an fz09 at the track. Love the motor. Nice, comfortable seating position. Stock suspension probably no worse than V stock suspension. For my intended use, the deal breakers are the lack of a windscreen and no side hard luggage option. Givi makes a top case, but currently only soft side bags.

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I would think that there will be several aftermarket windscreens available soon.

Hmmm... maybe I could adapt my current Givi hardbags/mounts to it with a little engineering and fabrication...
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