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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Paulvt1, May 31, 2013.
rawr... saucer of milk, table 2!
I get back to the US in two weeks. I think I am going to put down a deposit on a FZ09.
I have been looking for an upgrade to my ninja 500. I was taking a long look at the Ninja 1000/Z1000, CB1000R and the FZ8. At first I was not too stoked about any of these because of the weight. I don't want a bike that weighs more than the Ninja 500 at 440lbs wet. I am spoiled by my light supermoto I guess...
I had this magic number of specs in my mind for the next bike, but nothing seemed to have it. I wanted sub 440lbs wet, naked/no plastics, ~100hp+, ~55 lb-ft+, a reasonable seating position (with legs not super bent) and a good price.
It seems like the FZ has everything I want, if not more. I got really excited when I saw the price new.
Nobody is pointing out that this bike has a more relaxed seating position than the Street Triple. On paper the leg room on the ST looks worse than my Ninja 500, which after 100 miles is super painful for me. (I am 6ft, 32inch inseam) The main reason I am going to sell the ninja is that the bike is just too small for me to ride any real distance. Also, the street triple is a great bike, but I worry I will be too uncomfortable on it.
It seems many guys on this forum setup their fz6's to be a bit like a 'lite' sport touring bike. I don't see why the FZ-09 would not be as good. Put a screen and bags on it. You might also need a seat, but I could see this being awesome once you hit any road that has turns in it. The FZ09 will have lightyears more torque down low than the fz6 ever did.
I can ignore the looks, which I think are OK in black. Other than polarizing looks, this seems like almost the perfect street/commute bike. It has a great seating position, wide bars and a narrow chassis. Good real-world useable power and a really low MSRP. There is not many bikes in the US market that fit the bill, even less at a sub $10,000 MSRP.
The fz09 seems to me like the only budget 'sporty' bike that is a step up from a SV650/Ninja 650 with good power and a reasonable seating position.
I know you guys lust for more, but for a guy like me thats looking to upgrade from his beginner bike I am excited. It seems like Yamaha read my mind when they made this bike.
And in yellow
NOW we're talking!!! put this baby boy with traction control and I'll buy it instead of the Versys 1000 I'm currently drooling about ;P
Rr. - oops. That was an accidental pocket post. I meant vroom.
That MTDM is a mock-up I assume? It's a good looking attempt, if so.
These are gonna sell like hot cakes. :)
Somebody get Gramps his Pepto. He's getting gassy again.
Indeed. That's swanky.
the graphic designer shrunk the FJR cases down to murse sizes.
If that was available, I would put in my order in a heartbeat.....
Indeed. But a trunk bag instead of the panniers for me, please. And it's gotta' get at least 50+ mpg's while traveling/commuting. They'd have my money.
They are definitely after my demographic at the tuning fork house.
I'm guessing this triple has got to be more thirsty then the current TDM
(which can get amazing MPGs).
Indeed. I used to get over 200 miles to a tank on my 900.
Not necessarily. If i'am doing 43-45 on my s10, then this mosquito can easily do 50.
Twins are a different story.
You can't judge bikes just on displacement.
FZ6 does worse then S10 with half the displacement.
Yamaha are saying 48mpg.
The more I look at that MTDM pic, the more it reminds me of a Buell.
What is TDM then??
xj600 does almost 50 in the same riding conditions. Two up, and app 100lbs cargo.
Wow. I want one too.