2014 Yamaha Triple: FZ-09 / MT-09

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Paulvt1, May 31, 2013.

  1. vicster

    vicster Long timer

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    Was anyone else who has seen this bike in person left with the impression there is no ground clearance? I saw it at Laguna Seca, and that exhaust system looked awfully close to the ground to me. I thought maybe they just had a lowered one on display, but every one I looked at was the same.
  2. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    Doesn't look lower than the 6N. Had one of these and they were fine over street bumps, etc. I checked several sites but FZ GC wasn't noted on any of them...
  3. Paulvt1

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    The black wheels on the black bike look better, IMO. The bike definitely needs a fly screen to smooth out the deformed look above the headlight. For some reason I expected the bike to be big but judging from the pics, it looks smallish.

    Thanks for the link. I can't wait to see one up close and personal.

    nlp
  5. swimmer

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    For the love of god when is someone going to ride this damn thing?
  6. swimmer

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  7. Paulvt1

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    I think Sept the 9th or so is the press launch over here.
  8. univibe88

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    Same in Taxachusetts
  9. Sig_Sour

    Sig_Sour Been here awhile

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    I've always had an eye for the FZ series of bikes for my first dedicated street bike especially the FZ8. Either way, if Yamaha did what Yamaha does then this engine should be tits. One could be salvaged from a FZ9 in the future and put into an offroad oriented frame, that could be quite the frankenbike. But I hope Yamaha beats any fabricators to the punch and does it themselves. If they put this triple 900 in a bike with any hint of offroad I'd be all over it...thinking XT900, XT900X, XTZ900. If the triple was worth it I'd easily give up some maintenance convenience for the performance advantages of the triple versus Yamaha's singles and twins. I'd think I had died and gone to heaven if I ever get news that Yamaha's gonna make something that bares a resemblance to a worthy Japanese response to KTM ADV bikes in the 900 class no less...and with a triple!? :kboom
  10. Süsser Tod

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    The story, according to Kunihiko Miwa, was that the next generation triple sportbike would be unveiled at the next Intermot:

    http://www.intermot-cologne.com/en/intermot/home/index.php

    Which will be in 2014, so the current R6 will soldier on for one more year, the replacement, a 2015 MY bike will be unveiled at Intermot...

    I say that's the R6 because the new R1 has already been spied on, and it's not a triple...

    http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/News/newsresults/New-bikes/2013/February/feb2813-new-r1-spy-shots/

    http://www.iamabiker.com/motorcycle-news-desk/2013/2014-yamaha-r1-caught-testing/

    Well, at least according to the photograph, who said it sounds like the crossplane I4.

    It also makes sense that Yamaha is focusing more on a replacement R1 as it is the slowest literbike out ther, it doesn't even figure in WSBK or AMA SBK anymore. The current R6 is still doing pretty fine and remains the bike to beat.
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    Ummm, there have been 9 AMA Superbike races this year. The R1 has won 8 of them. It's dominated for the last 4 years.
  12. 20valves

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    :huh WTF are you talking about? The x-plane crank R1 has been AMA superbike champion every year since it was introduced and it leads the points this season, positions 1 & 2. Yamaha doesn't even run in WSBK. Get your facts straight.

    And this bench racing/magazine BS about it being slow is total hogwash.
  13. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    Rossi and Lorenzo have both won championships on the Yamaha R1 based bike, in MotoGP. Not the same bike for sure, but same design of crossplane crank...
    tomp
  14. DFH

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    Bench racing? You're doing it now. AMA is a regional race series for modified bikes. As with most regional championships results are an indication of local distributor support & participation, not forgetting the nature of the localised rules, not of product merit. Opinions of magazine test bias become just hot air once you broaden your outlook & notice the consistency of opinion from around the world. Before your knickers end up in a twist I own a Yamaha sports bike that I am very fond of but I can recognise that its time as a cutting edge product is well past. Doesn't stop me from enjoying riding it though.
  15. 20valves

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    No, I'm speaking from experience on the track with other 1000cc bikes during track days. Amateur riders on mostly stock bikes and My '09 R1 was just as quick/fast as the other guys. And FYI, AMA is a national series and since all the bikes are modded, it's just an incorrect statement to say the bike doesn't figure in racing. The year the bike came out it won the WSBK championship and continued to win races there until Yam dropped out. Liter bike sales are way down here in the states and elsewhere too so maybe the days of the bike being overhauled every two years are long gone. The R6 is far less fresh than the R1 with the current R6 tracing all the way back to 2006.

    Anyway, I tend to agree that the R1 will remain an IL4. I can't wait to see and ride this FZ-09 though, looks like it will be a Japanese 3cyl Monster. I wish it held more gas though.
  16. SAPB

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    Latest CW has a short article on the FZ-09. I test rode a Street Triple at Americade a few years back, and thought it was great. About the same weight as the SV650 I had at the time, and also same weight as my daughter's ER-6n, but with 40 more HP. Now Yamaha trumps that, for less money. I haven't had a Yamaha in a while...................
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    National championships run under localised rules rather than international rules are by definition regionalised.

    My hope is that one day the national championships around the world will be run under the same technical rules, preferably something akin to SuperStock. Why? Almost all of the WSBK greats got their first outings as wildcards in the home legs of the world series but these days its impossible for local teams or riders to enter as wildcards as all the relevant championships ASBK, BSB, AMA & the relevant Asian & Euro championships have wandered off like browns cows technically.

    BTW the closest we have to comparing street bikes as race bikes on a level playing field is World SuperStock & its plain as the nose on my face that the R1 is a generation behind the Aprilia, Ducati & BMW litre bikes & even a half step behind the Honda & Kawasaki Litre bikes as well.
  18. 20valves

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    Ok, split hairs, nations are located in different regions of the world. It's a distinction without a difference. But yeah, it'd be nice to have a standardized superbike format worldwide.
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    You know how I know you don't have a clue?

    This guy gets it.
  20. Süsser Tod

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    Brain fart, I don't follow AMA SBK and Yamaha pulled the plug on WSBK after three unsuccessful seasons with the crossplane R1.