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Old 03-26-2015, 10:48 AM   #1
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FZ-09 vs previous gen Z1000

Has anyone ridden both the FZ-09 and the previous generation (2012) Z1000? A local shop has a new 2012 Z1000 on sale for roughly the same price as a 2014 FZ-09 plus suspension upgrades (i.e. about $7,500 total). I'm on the heavy side (250), so reviews make me think I would need to upgrade the FZ's suspension sooner rather than later.

I'm wondering which would be the better bike. My uses will be short commutes and weekend daylong rides in the country. I've got about three seasons experience, first on a KZ750 and more recently a Sprint RS. I'll be getting back into riding after a couple seasons off.
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Old 03-26-2015, 11:13 PM   #2
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Z1000 would rip it apart... Hands down.
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Old 03-27-2015, 12:30 AM   #3
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have no experience with either but am a big yamaha fan. that said the z1000 would seem an awesome bike, and the obvious (to me) choice at the same price. hell, i think i'd take a yammy FZ1 over the FZ09 at the same price

is the z1000 the "black edition?" what an awesome looking bike!

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Old 03-27-2015, 11:31 AM   #4
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A lightly used bike is always a better deal than new. That said, I'd rather have a sorted FZ-09.
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Old 03-27-2015, 03:37 PM   #5
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The leftover z1000 is a far better bike. To me, both new, same price, is a no brainier unless there is something about it that offends you.
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