2014 Yamaha Triple: FZ-09 / MT-09

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

  1. Ed-B

    Ed-B Adventurer

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    Yamaha typically uses left hand threads on their right side mirrors, they'll loosen rather than break off if they take a hit from the front. And it looks like these have the indicator notches on the lock nut above the mount.
  2. zilla

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    The FZ-09 is on my short list for my next bike. I need to find a dealer close and look at it in person.
  3. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    I played around with Photoshop... I think if I got one, I'd want this one:

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    Get the one with the blue wheels then buy the orange tank, which I hope is just a plastic cover. Otherwise it might be cheaper to get the orange one and have the wheels powdercoated. :)

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  4. PAULIBIKER

    PAULIBIKER Been here awhile

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    Buy the orange.......there will be plenty of guys wanting black wheels that have blue.........:lol3
  5. Croak

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    Then he wouldn't get the gold forks or the raised YAMAHA on the intakes, as the wheels are part of that bling package.
  6. PAULIBIKER

    PAULIBIKER Been here awhile

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    All US FZ09's have gold forks and NO Yamaha on the intakes.....
  7. Rob.G

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    I don't like the gold forks; that's one of the turn-offs about the Yamahas of recent years.

    I dunno if I REALLY want the orange/blue combo or not. I keep going back and forth about it. It's a neat idea I guess.

    But good point -- lots of people will want to be rid of the blue wheels.

    Rob
  8. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    Gold forks resemble Ohlins, and that makes them the hot item. I've had bikes with gold, silver and black forks, and that didn't seem to make the bikes handle any differently. The orange with black wheels, I do like. Reminds me of an XR1200 I once owned...tp
  9. PeteN95

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    I like it, thanks! One other difference with the orange is the grey frame, the red and black both have black frames.
  10. PAULIBIKER

    PAULIBIKER Been here awhile

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    I'm with ya..........gold anything (forks, calipers, rotors, etc.) does not belong on a motorcycle IMO.

    Aprilia made a Tuono a few years back with a gold fork, calipers, & frame.:puke2 NONE of the gold shade was the same. One of the worst looking bike in history IMO.
  11. Croak

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    Them's fightin' words mate. :)

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  12. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    Paukibiker, You had to know someone here has one of those gold bikes you were dissing and you dissed it anyway. Hee,Hee,Hee... At least you said IMO, which covers your butt. I've heard the Tuono's were some fast, great handling bikes, regardless of color.

    Croak, is that a fact, fast and great handlers? tp
  13. Croak

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    Yep, all true. Though the gold and bronze framed models were of course the fastest, best handling of the bunch, and the Magnet Gray was the best performing model of all. :)

    But seriously, I've owned a lot of bikes, and my decade old, 70k mile Tuono is still my favorite. It's 30ish pounds heavier than the Yamaha, but 10+ pounds more torque and 15+ more HP, all day comfortable on the slab or the backroads. It's been dead nuts reliable except for being a bit hard on batteries and fork seals (blame the wheelies).

    With a good aftermarket EEPROM and full dual exhaust it's very tractable down low, kicks like a mule in the midrange, and screams all the way to redline. Finally, it actually looks like it might have more tank range than the Yamaha (amazing since it's a thirsty bike).

    Sadly, it's in storage in Vancouver and I'm in Malta (and riding a Kymco scooter!). So the MT-09 is tempting me as a European replacement, but it works out to over 2x the cost of just buying a used, well sorted Tuono from Italy, so it's not a slam dunk.

    But it is the first Japanese bike I've actually considered owning in over a decade, if that tells you anything.
  14. andruboz

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    sat on one yesterday when i went in to buy a pair of gloves.

    it was grey metallic whatever.

    felt like a ninja 300. seems very light and compact.

    up close in person -the snapping turtle sized undermuffler looks a bit uglier than the pics.

    6 months ago i thought maybe it would replace my bandit 1250, but I don't think i'm quite ready to be on something that small. it would do as a third bike in the stable.
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    And still no one looks at the VIN tag...............:cry
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    soggysandwich Banned

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    wtf are you complaining about ?
  17. andruboz

    andruboz Serial overfiller

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    three pages back he wanted to see a full vin because one of the digits tells you which country it was made in. i hadn't read 3 pages back so i didn't know he wanted that info...
  18. Anteraan

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    Paulibiker is right. None of the three golds match - atrociously bad, looks like it was amateur hour at the factory when they made that one.... :deal
  19. OConnor

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    Wow he was right, the gold tints are all slightly different.

    :hide
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    :lol3