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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by lake_harley, Apr 12, 2012.
^^^^ :eek1 That's awesome!
can others see the photos I posted above, they seem to have been deleted?? not sure why.
Not sure how much you know about them, but the 2009 FZ6R is NOTHING AT ALL like the pre-2009s.
The 2009s have a heavier, cheaper steel tube frame rather than the aluminum twin-spar, and a different engine with 2/3rds the power of the original FZ6. It has a full fairing to appeal to new sport bike riders (not that there's anything wrong with that), but sliding pin brake calipers, stamped steel parts, and was built to a price point. It was definitely a few notches down from an older FZ6.
Just do some homework before you decide. The 2009 was not a natural refinement and upgrade from the 2008...
Here's a link to some info:
I don't want to dis anyone who rides a 2009, I just want to get the story out there. I hope this helps...
Ya, I think they made the newer FZ6's crappier/cheaper to spread the difference between the FZ6 and the newer FZ8.
It really just simplified their global lineup - Europe has always had the XJ6, XJ6 Diversion, and now the XJ6 Diversion F (our FZ6R) in the lineup alongside the FZ6. They are the successors to the Seca II that was sold here in the 90's. The FZ6R wasn't a new model when it came here, simply a renamed Euro model. http://www.yamaha-motor.eu/uk/products/motorcycles/xj-series/index.aspx
Dropping the FZ6 gave them a more obvious gap to the FZ8, sure; in the US, it gave them a more obvious competitor to the Ninja 650R and GSX650F.
I have a friend who just bought an FZ6R and finds it to be brilliant, well-balanced and with a more accessible powerband. I don't know that it is any lesser of a bike, only different.
Tried putting these up yesterday, My mate on his '07 FZ6, just clocked up 40,000km and he will take it more places than some would take their dual purpose bikes. And he is pushing 70. Who said u need a dual purpose bike. Haha
Crossing a ford riding up the Nevis Valley, Central Otago, New Zealand
Crossing the Manuherikia River.
The FZ is a great gravel-road bike. Keep the revs down so it doesn't go bananas, and you can powerslide around with the best of them.
My FZ6, a R100GSPD, and two Wee Stroms. I didn't hold anybody up.
Some other day out screwing around.
It really is quite a capable all-rounder.
Throttle body sync gave me a large improvement in idle and throttle quality. I built my manometer for under $20 with the instructions on fz6-forum. :)
Nice bikes everyone. I have an 06 slower model in red.
^ ^ ^ Awesome!
I agonized over which tank bag to get, and I'm very happy with this magnetic Cortech Super 18. It fits the FZ6 like a glove. Cost about $115 at my local dealer.
Not too big, not too small
Looks like it was made for the FZ6
Very high quality, easy operating zippers
Sticks like glue to the FZ6 tank, VERY stable and secure
Small-ish main opening
Small-ish map pocket
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In addition to picking up that tank bag, I just got e-mail confirmation of the shipping of my Cee Baileys windscreen and Givi toprack and PLX sidecase rack mounts! Pictures when I get 'em mounted...
FWIW, ready to replace a rear BT023 after about exactly 9k miles. Would have gotten somewhat better life if I had better roads here. Couple thousand miles of full-on superslab, and a lot of city riding as well in that duration.
Nice round profile, good wet performance right up to the end, buying another one. For $130 from Dennis Kirk, it seems an obvious choice.
Maybe I'll go easier on the throttle this time around and shoot for 10k miles, but that seems highly unlikely.
As this is the Official FZ6 Thread I wanted to add my own!!!!
Just over two happy years and about 21,000 miles
Once I find how to post pictures I'll add some here...
Yeah I am well aware of the differences between the two. I also think Yamaha did very well with it. It is a good bike for the price point.
Welcome to the madness!
This is definitely one of the milder, tamer threads around here! There's little of the general abuse tossed around some of the others!
few pics of mine
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Got my license plates today and the bike about a week ago. My bike is a red 2007 with 2800 miles in very clean condition, $3900. I really am tall at 6'7" and plan on doing a good bit of highway driving so I did get a madstad windscreen. Takes away from the sporty look of the bike for sure, but it is a nice screen and it for sure has made a difference at highway speeds.
Almost got clobbered today driving on a circle highway off ramp by a driver behind me who I guess didn't see me. I really didn't need that on day one, but hopefully it wont be a regular occurrence.
Anyway, looking forward to learning more about the bike and getting some good day trips in!