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Bike recommendation...like FZ-09

This is a discussion on Bike recommendation...like FZ-09 within the FZ-09 General Discussion forums, part of the Yamaha FZ-09 Forums category; I brought in the Shadow to get inspected and went next door. I sat on the SV650, it was almost comfortable. It was also the ...

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    I brought in the Shadow to get inspected and went next door. I sat on the SV650, it was almost comfortable. It was also the same 8k.as the Yamaha. I also sat on a ninja. I was not in love. The FZ made an impression. Sigh.

    The back thing is from two car accidents where I was rear ended on my way home from work, at the same exit on a parkway in NY. You can't make this stuff up.
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    Hey Jen! Welcome to the forum!

    A lot of good advice in this thread already, especially Meridians (if there was ever a post explaining EXACTLY why a newer rider should not buy an FZ-09, that is it).

    If you are set on a new bike, I'd point you towards the new Honda CB500X based on what you've said. It's upright, has a more comfortable seat than the FZ, has a torquey parallel twin engine, decent wind protection, averages 53mpg, and weighs 400lbs - maybe the perfect bike for cruising at 45mph! Plus I believe they are a grand or two less than the Yamaha, at least they are here in Canada.



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    ^^^^That's a good lookin bike right there^^^^
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    Kawasaki Versys - sporty and comfortable. old technology, 454lbs
    Honda NC700X - comfortable, not so sporty -best gas mileage you'll ever get. Very smooth power delivery, great as a commuter - 475lbs
    Honda CB500X - comfortable, fairly sporty - lighter than the NC700X (430lbs vs 475)

    Wait a few months and get the Yamaha FZ-07. Sporty, lighter even than the fz-09 (360lbs vs 414) - better fuel mileage - and cheaper to insure. FWIW - it's styled similar to the FZ-09, but with several things that I prefer (the dash is centered, I like it's tail better...).


    Insurance costs will vary greatly - check around before buying so you don't get a good price on a bike you can't afford to insure. My insurance company quoted me $225 for the NC700x and over $1000 for the FZ-09. I was leaning towards an NC700X until the FZ09 showed up (for carrying my daughter it would be better - but I was a bad daddy and gave in to what I wanted)... I switched back to Dairyland insurance for $600 on the FZ-09... One way to get lower insurance is to keep your old bike and make the new one the second on a policy - or get a small enduro or scooter to be your primary. For young drivers, or drivers with a questionable record it can really save a lot.
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    I thought the FZ 07 wasn't coming to the U.S.???? Did I miss something here?
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    I would suggest you go to yamahamotor corp. Facebook page and demand that they bring the brand new MT-07 to the USA. It sounds like it would be the perfect bike for you, and many other people as well.

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    Also, do sport bike dealers let you demo the bikes? If I was able to ride the '09, even if just around the parking lot, I would have an idea if I wanted the bike. The dealer I went to said that they don't offer test rides. The Harley dealer will let you demo a new 25k bike and I can't demo an 8k Yamaha. Weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jen View Post
    Also, do sport bike dealers let you demo the bikes? If I was able to ride the '09, even if just around the parking lot, I would have an idea if I wanted the bike. The dealer I went to said that they don't offer test rides. The Harley dealer will let you demo a new 25k bike and I can't demo an 8k Yamaha. Weird.

    Try a different dealer. Yamaha has a demo program that many larger dealers will participate in. I was able to demo an FZ at a large dealer in MN.

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    It depends on the size of the dealership and how many they have. I know one who bought a demo bike just for giving test rides...your dealer may have only 1 fz...in which case they can't give rides on it. Where in pa are you? Maybe someone on this forum could give you a test ride. I am in philly, for one. There are some folks in the lehigh valley/ easton area also...where else?
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    To echo everybody else...not a beginner bike, and there are a lot of other options. The 09 definitely helps with back pain...i had a FZ6R which is upright too but it hurt after about 20 minutes. I'm surprised your suzuki backfires, I bet it has an aftermarket exhaust that wasn't done right. I have a friend with a S50 and his had no issues with backfires. S stands for sport and C is either cruiser or comfort in suzuki terms and the m's are supposed to be in between. Definitely get a test ride in before you buy it...its an amazing motorcycle, but it kicked my ass and i have about a years worth of experience on a 600cc inline 4 and i went down within a few weeks although i was being foolish. ride safe!
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