2014 Yamaha Triple: FZ-09 / MT-09

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

  1. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    Since Yamaha has been building off road bikes since 1968, they probably have a good handle on what a moto/motard shoud be. You are probably correct about the narrow seat.

    And anyone who has ridden a bike with a narrow seat knows they suck after about 15 minutes. A special edition isn't always better than the original, and the SR may prove to be not as good as the original, for actual use...tp
  2. cls

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    FZ-09 seems preferable over the SR, I'm thinking. Also thinking the FZ-07 (We hope.) is looking really sweet for the everyday, anywhere, economical, run-around Versys replacement. Very nice numbers for the task. Interested in price and mpg's. I'd guess in the ball parks of $6500-7000 and 60-65 mpg.

    I'd love an FZ-09R, also. Time? Cost? Actual improvements? Worth the wait? Ah, the draw of the game. Will they neuter the bike a bit in the upcoming annual "refinements?" How much will the price go up? OTOH, nice suspension and sweet fueling should have already happened. Nothing fancy, mind you, but this is 2013; quality suspension, brakes, and fuelling should be a given. Easy enough to fix and/or ride around, I'm thinking, again.
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    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    I'm thinking about the FZ\, but my bud at the KTM dealership is telling me to hold off. He wants me to get this from him. KTM Super Duke 1290R. Lord knows how much, but a little over 400 lbs, and 163 Dyno'ed HP, gotta be the best motorcycle available to us humans...
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  4. cls

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    Yep, looking at that, too. I had an '08 SD. They say this one is MUCH better in most every respect. Price and mpg's will be key to me. Yes, mpg's, even on this bike. If I'm just commuting, it's gotta' do decently. If it's over 40, it'll be hard to say no for less than $15K. In my book, anyway. Lotta' cash but way cool and impressive.
  5. versysrider

    versysrider Been here awhile

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    I believe msrp on the '08 SD was $13K. The current '13 SMT is listed @ $14K, with the same 990 engine as in the '08 SD. Do you really think your gonna pick up a 2014 1290 SD for $15K?

    When monkey's fly.

    But yes, it's the most BadAss bike on the planet, and I'd probably kill myself on it.
  6. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    If it's for commuting, the new SDR may not be the right bike, but if one wants the epidomy of today's ultimate naked motorcycle, the 1290R has to be IT. Aprilia, KTM, Ducati and MV, may not be practical, but instill the senses more than any motorcycle currently built... And in our hearts, that's what it's all about, affordable or not... tomp
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    That ain't what I said. I said it'd be hard to say no to at that price. They've said folks will be surprised at their aggressive pricing and that'd be my magic "Do it" number. I think it'll be well north of that. Very cool and I love Katooms, but $15K is about my limit for "reasonable" these days, for anything in motorcycling. I'm trying to stay well away from even that. I've had my fun w/the cool, high dollar stuff.
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    Were I only going to have one bike, the SD would make much more sense for commuting and everything. Alas, I don't think I can make that commitment.
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    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    I have a Harley, a KLR650 and an R150RT. I''m considering trading them all for the new SDR. Emotions are,a bitch... tp
  10. stripple

    stripple Runnin' Hard

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    Brother, fucking do it. We aren't here for all that long. Do you want to be in your golden years, sitting around and recalling the days when you could ride, and wondering what it would have been like to ride the 1290, or do you want to be remembering the lunacy, the passion, and all the times that that crazy ass bike made your heart skip a beat.

    Emotions aren't a bitch. Passion is an emotion, and it is the elixir that makes our lives memorable. Drink it up, my friend.:freaky

    Once you have that 1290 howling down the road with one tire up in the air, you wont give two shits about a KLR.:evil
  11. cls

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    Yep, I have several bikes, as well (Most of which are currently up for sale.). Had a bunch of 'em. The SDR certainly ticks all the boxes, except for ease of ownership, overall economy, and (maybe) reliability. Pretty big exceptions, really. Nevertheless, I say again, IF it's around $15K it's probably worth the leap to me. Something about having the best. Yeh, that emotion/passion thing. Crap!

    Alas, the FZ is just way...easier. And probably smarter. Probably...
  12. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    You sound like a salesman.

    I'd rather ride a bike that's paid for, than falling for that head-game of "you only live once". There will always be a bigger, better, newer, faster, toy tomorrow. So, even if you buy the "best" today you'll be wishing for something better before long.

    I'd rather retire younger & ride more.
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    me too, i had a triumph 1050 speed 3 and while it was fast it started to suck at anything over 70 mph. I have had several ktm twins and while i liked them they were never as good as that triple motor so it will take a whole lot for me to buy a new bike now. I'm thinking the yamaha triple in a bike w/ a 19" front wheel and some wind protection would do the trick
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    Gotta' find what you like. I'm a 17" wheel guy. One reason I never could get into the great V-stroms for everyday, do-it-all bikes. That's why there are different ones out there. All good.
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    Is that how one ends up having owned dozens and dozens (and dozens and dozens...) of bikes? Who'd have thunk it? You mean folks actually make up their own minds and make their own choices in life? Yeow!

    Easy w/the judgement deal. I wouldn't trade my biking fun for anything. And I'm still set to retire at 50. Very fortunate and thankful, for sure. Folks are responsible for themselves and we're all in different situations. Freedom, responsibility, and the like.

    Press on.
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    Speaking of riding more, I'm outta' here. I hear the mountains calling.
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    UNTIL you have to wrench on it or pay the shop to. I LOVED my GIXXERS but, I always felt a hollow spot while out ridding country roads & I passed by an ATV or Jeep trail.
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    What if (God forbid) you never make it to retirement? I've seen it happen all to often.
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    El Pescador Been here awhile

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    Does one of you have a halo and the other a pitchfork? 'Cause that's how I'm imagining this conversation.