2015 Yamaha FJ-09 First Touring Test Ride
With sport-touring motorcycle sales increasing every year since 2009, the 2015 Yamaha FJ-09 is a natural addition to the brand’s stable. Based on the universally praised FZ-09 naked sport bike, the new FJ-09 makes some wisely chose update to make it into a comfortable touring bike that retains the motor and chassis’ taste for sport riding.
Although they share many parts, the two bikes are distinctive from one another. Among the changes to the FZ-09 that make it into the 2015 Yamaha FJ-09 include a fairing and adjustable windshield, sport-touring tuning of the DOHC triple, relaxed ergonomics that can be personalized, less aggressive KYB suspension settings with a longer swingarm, high-mileage Dunlop Sportmax D222 Roadsmart II rubber, a larger fuel tank, a power port, handguards, a centerstand, and access to a range of Genuine Yamaha Parts and Accessories touring accoutrements such as hard touring bags (which should be standard on a sport-tourer).
Certainly, the 2015 Yamaha FJ-09 is more comfortable than its naked sport brother. The flatter seat and wider handlebar are raised and pulled back from their positions relative to the on the FZ, which opens the ergonomics up nicely without seriously compromising its sporting heritage. The three-position windshield (no tools needed, but must be move manually when at a stop) allows for the slightly more upright seating position to be used without causing undue fatigue when putting on miles at high speed.
With a further focus on reducing wear-and-tear on the rider, essential for a touring bike, the ECU has been remapped for the ride-by-wire FJ-09. Don’t worry, however. There are three Yamaha D-Mode power settings, and each change the characteristic of the bike, as well as the mindset of the rider. Switching between the modes can be done on the fly through its own control on the right handlebar, which I like.
The Standard Mode is perfect for touring. Engine response is good, but not snappy. The Crossplane Concept triple offers smoothly developing power, making it easy to ride at a good clip, yet you do not have to concentrate fully on the throttle. If you’re interested in the touring aspect of sport-touring, this leaves some of your attention available to take in the sights.
The B mode is either a rain or urban mode, depending on how you view it. Power is retarded, and throttle response is noticeably slowed. It’s not much fun, but it can be useful in certain situations and conditions.
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