2014 Yamaha Triple: FZ-09 / MT-09

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

  1. inroads

    inroads Wimberley,Texas

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    I agree that it was surprisingly easy to push thru deep gravel (@ slow speeds) after coming fromDual-sport bikes.Very good feel for what the front end was doing.
    Maybe partly do to the short reach to the tapered bars.
    Bottom Line: At 414 wet your just a skid plate and a set of tires away from
    Your next Mild off-road Adventure bike.
  2. PeteN95

    PeteN95 Long timer

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    The CB500X is no heavier than the FZ, holds more gas, has longer forks, and costs $2k less!?!?! Plus if you're not going to exceed 55mph, you could always put a stunter sprocket on the back and have all the torque you'll ever need! :deal
  3. cls

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    Actually, the FZ is lighter, but not by a terribly significant margin (430# to 414#, I believe w/o looking it up?). Even at under 55 mph, you'll feel a notable difference in power, throttle response, and attitude. There's no taking everything into account for anyone else (And maybe not even for one's self.); ya' just gotta' get what you like.
  4. GrahamD

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    Stunter sprocket on a FZ. Torque from 2K...Soft ride mode...:hmmmmm
  5. andmoon

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    Someone on the fz09 forums figured the zx10 shock year 2008 would fit. I bought an 09 zx10 shock off ebay. The bottom bolt hole on the shock had to be drilled bigger to fit the fz09 bolt. A little bit of a plastic tray that is under the gas tank had to be trimmed. Set at 1 in. sag with my 180lb on the bike the bike rides much smoother/ more controlled. The spring on the zx shock may be too soft but the dampening (high, low and rebound) is worlds ahead of what came on the FZ. The bike no longer chops out on bumpy turns.

    Now for the fuel controller to get here!
  6. TexaNate

    TexaNate Been here awhile

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    +1, my thoughts exactly.

    I'm looking to test both bikes back-to-back to see if there's a difference in their respective riding manners.

    Triple > Parallel twin (not for the power, but for the character)
    Dual discs front brake > Single disc
    Cartridge forks (if set up properly) > Damper rods
    Naked > Windshield (for my purposes)
    Streetbike that works as a softroader > Streetbike pretending to be a softroader
    All-new design > Rehashed CBR/CBF

    The FZ really stands out on paper and in pictures but if the CBX rides better, I will definitely go for it instead.
  7. MookieBlaylock

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    nice !
  8. FOXedupONE

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  9. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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    Saw this bike at the IMS in NYC, full on, Cialis grade wood!:1drink
  10. PeteN95

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    Unless you're a very good dirt rider, these are two big advantages for the CB500X.
  11. Greg the pole

    Greg the pole Been here awhile

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  12. vokus

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    I just wanted to drop off this video for future reference.
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  13. GrahamD

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    Thanks for all the effort you put into that. Much appreciated. :thumb

    :freaky
  14. cls

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    So you liked it or not?...Nice review. Much obliged.
  15. coast range rider

    coast range rider Been here awhile

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    The salesman at the Yamaha dealer in Merced CA just told me that all of the Yamaha dealers in the state of California are sold out of FZ-09's and that no showroom in California even has one to look at. Just thought I would pass that along so no one would waste their time like I just did. I'm lucky I ran across this salesman so knowledgeable about so many other dealerships because I never would have guessed Yamaha would have such a problem mfg bikes to keep even one in the entire state. And then TWO at ONE dealer in Phoenix! Go figure.
  16. T-cosmic

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  17. Mk5mike

    Mk5mike Been here awhile

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    Odd because the one that I demoed at house of motorcycles in vista,ca can't sell there demo until end of next year. And they have more coming in stock to sell.
  18. GrahamD

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    So bought or stolen?
    and who is that masked man? :D
  19. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    Damn the bike looks better in Euro-grey with the silver forks.
  20. ColdForged

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    The FZ has a darker frame than the MT, maybe they couldn't match the forks so they decided the gold makes for a great contrast since we also have to have amber signal lenses in many states. You'll notice the MT has clear signals. They are under a lot of scrutiny to make their machines available in differing countries. I appreciate what they have done with the gold forks on top of the darker hues of the chassis and engine, even the colored wheels would be an extra charge as a "premium feature" anywhere else.