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Old 06-24-2013, 01:04 PM   #436
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I always thought the FZ8 was a dumb idea, because it's a sleeved FZ1.
Price is why.
In Norway a FZ8 cost about 23 333$ and FZ1 would have cost 33 333$ if they didnt stop selling it in 09 or 10. A little over 30% cheaper.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:08 PM   #437
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The 400 was sold in Canada solely for graduated license/insurance purposes. But I agree with you about the sleeved down FZ1, no thanks.
Theirs no license/insurance restrictions in Canada. Just how big you wallet is. They just like us better
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:58 PM   #438
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:27 PM   #439
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Theirs no license/insurance restrictions in Canada. Just how big you wallet is. They just like us better
Depends on the province IIRC. PQ and BC have a big jump in rates at 400cc.
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:46 PM   #440
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Oooooh. Aaaaaaah. I bet I could transplant that onto a Bolt for a gauge cluster, with a little electrical finagling for the tach.
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:32 PM   #441
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Clever idea, offset the instrument cluster to the right & leave space on the left for a gps.
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:37 PM   #442
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Ugh. Personal opinion? Fugly. Doesn't look very easy to get the information desired, too small, fugly form factor and placement.

But of course, that's only my opinion. I prefer an instrument cluster in a more traditional way or something well thought out like the one from the Multistrada.
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:54 PM   #443
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Depends on the province IIRC. PQ and BC have a big jump in rates at 400cc.
Not a restriction though. Like I said, how much are you willing to pay.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:38 PM   #444
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My first impression of that cluster is... underwhelming. Looks like too much information crammed into too tight of a space. Call me old school but I really really prefer a giant analog tach to be somewhere on the bike. Fuel gauge seems superfluous, I'm ok with just a low fuel light.

Not that I'd ever buy or not buy a bike based on an instrument cluster, but it is one of those things that if they get wrong it can be annoying.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:29 AM   #445
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BIKE magazine are saying to expect a half-faired version next.

It should tidy up the unfinished look of the cowl/instrument binnacle at the very least.
What looks like four screws/bolts between the turnsignals probably suggests that a bikini fairing will be out about 10-minutes after these go on sale.
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:00 AM   #446
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I'll say it again.

When are the manufacturers going to realize that pretty much everyone hates digital tachs?
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:14 AM   #447
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I'll say it again.

When are the manufacturers going to realize that pretty much everyone hates digital tachs?
I don't think they care. Unless it effects sales, the ease of manufacture and packaging is just too much for them to resist. Remember, the customer always defines value and anything that is added to the bike that that a customer isn't willing to pay for is waste.

Since the FZ-09's MSRP is $7,990 that leaves little room for Yamaha to add a analog tach (which I prefer as well) before busting the $8K ceiling and/or having to drop a different feature/standard. I'd bet money that they've figured out that peoples' brains do funny things with dollar amounts and $7990 seems more appealing that $8090 to a lot of buyers.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:16 AM   #448
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What looks like four screws/bolts between the turnsignals probably suggests that a bikini fairing will be out about 10-minutes after these go on sale.
It just occured to me that, at that point, it will look a lot like the BMW F800S.

Only faster, and a triple.

850cc triple sports-tourer, keenly priced; I can see a market for that.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:35 AM   #449
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That's a good point Ray. It'll be everything he F800 isn't with an engine that doesn't rattle and a better price point.
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:12 PM   #450
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Clever idea, offset the instrument cluster to the right & leave space on the left for a gps.
Excellent observation

I would never ride (for long) without a GPS, and I've never had one that didn't obstruct something on the instrument cluster.
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