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The journalistic wing of Revzilla, Common Tread, is at it again with the FZ-09. You may recall their last installment: Truth in Journalism: The FZ-09 Long Term Test. In this installment, Common Tread sat down with Nick from Stoltec Moto to discuss all things suspension.
As many of you know, there is some considerable room for growth in the suspension of the FZ09. Revzilla first met Nick Stolten of Stoltec Moto right here on FZ09.org. Something had to be done with the suspension setup on their long term test bike, and after they got a chance to ride Nick's bike, their suspension guy had officially been selected. Nick's solutions for the soft suspension of the FZ09 goes far beyond the "normal" fixes that you might see on most bikes, he designs the suspension setup for the individual as there is no such thing as a one size fits all setup. He will tailor a suspension setup specifically for you and your type of riding.
When a new bike comes out and the motoring journalists get their hands on it, they give you the story in the midst of the hype of the excitement. You get to hear about all of the things that the new bike does and how you are able to torque the front wheel off of the road with just a vigorous twist of the throttle. The mere hours that they got to spend on the bike testing all of the high points of the bike that have been touted by the manufacturer are not enough to tell the real story. The thrill of the acceleration, and the editorial flourishes that come with a short-lived summer romance with a motorcycle that sell magazines, get clicks, and entices readers into this endorphine rich love affair.
Fast forward 4 months, 6 months, 8 months. The romance is over. Sure you still grin when you really give her the beans when there is a gap in traffic. When she is all done up after a thorough wash and shine and sits in the driveway giving you that "come hither" look. Most often she has a decent coat of dust on her, and for the most part, she has been relegated to a good MPG-ing, always set to B mode, commuter. Why did the jouros all tell me that my hair would be on fire the whole time I was in the saddle?
Let me tell you. First, they want to be invited back to the next year's product release. Second, it is fun to ride a new bike, no matter what it is, especially if it is someone else's bike and you are riding it for FREE! Third, they want you to read their review, so they spice it up and tell you that you must have the bike and it is the best thing since sliced bread. That is not the exhaustive list, but that is a few reasons.
Enter the "Living with it" review. Undoubtedly, one of the testers will be smitten enough to actually purchase the bike and ride it. Day in. Day out. Really get to know the machine. This is one of the most honest and yet still favorable reviews that I have read about the FZ09. It was performed by TeamZilla's Lead Editor (I know! I thought that they just sold helmets and gear too! I guess they are spreading their wings.), Sean MacDonald.
Here is why you should read it really... It may or may not reference a guy that many of you might be familiar with. I know that I have talked to this guy on several occasions, and he is a great dude! This could be really cool for him as well!
A snippet follows:
Originally Posted by TeamZilla
The Yamaha FZ-09 is one of the most exciting bikes released in the past year. It may not have the insane numbers of something like the KTM Super Duke 1290 or the sex appeal of the BMW R nineT, but at $8,000, the bang-for-your-buck value is at the top of the charts. I’ve been living with one for about six months now, and here’s what I’ve come up with.
Weíve had lots of seat time on the FZ-09, and this sub-$8K naked bike has so much spirit, soul, and performance that the next time I rolled on the throttle riding a Honda NC700X, all I heard was the sound of quiet desperation.
We know the NC700X isnít meant to be the same thing, but you just canít help make the comparison because these bikes are going after the same entry rung and are just too close in price to ignore.
But there is no doubt the FZ-09 is the enthusiastís choice. Wicked fast in a straight line, this Yamaha triple blasts through the quarter-mile in 10.66 seconds. Thatís only a few ticks off our trio of exotics leading this Year of the Naked section and barely behind the Monster 1200 S, Speed Triple R, and Z1000, all of which cost considerably more.
Folks, we are talking mid-10s from a $7,990 motorcycle. And itís not just the 107 hp and 62 pound-feet of torque the bike makes on the CW Dynojet dyno; itís the fact that there are 43 pound-feet at just 2,000 revs and an excellent clutch that makes firing out the hole so easy. A 396-pound dry weight doesnít hurt either.
Steering is very good, the riding position ultra comfortable, and overall handling is held back only by the suspension, which suggests ďlowest bidder.Ē The spring-preload- and rebound-damping-adjustable fork and shock run short of composure, even with rebound cranked to max. Eh, be smooth and start considering upgrades (weíll update you in the next FZ-09 long-term-test installment soon).
There are plenty of reasons to peel greenbacks out of your wallet for bikes like the BMW S1000R, but if you donít have the funds, the FZ-09 and its new FZ-07 stablemate mean you have not been left out of the naked-bike revolution.
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