Motorcyclist: BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK
THE BEGINNING OF YAMAHA’S VALUE RESURGENCE?
To say that Yamaha’s FZ-09 outperforms its $7,990 price tag is a huge understatement. In terms of engine performance, it hits as hard as bikes costing half again more.
Yamaha’s frisky naked bike wheelied onto the scene earlier this year with an all-new 847cc triple residing in an aluminum twin-spar frame with an inverted fork and radial-mount brakes—no recycled, prior-model motor or chassis here. Fit and finish are excellent, and the bike even has a ride-by-wire throttle, engine modes, and a comprehensive instrument cluster. All for less than $8,000.
We love triples and the way they make power, and Yamaha’s creation is an especially sporty example of the layout. The engine cranks out more than 105 hp and more than 60 pound-feet of torque, with 50 pound-feet available right off idle. The FZ-09 clobbers other bikes in the price range in terms of power, delivering unprecedented bang for your buck.
The FZ-09 doesn’t shy away from the scales either. Its wet weight of just 417 pounds is in line with that of a premium supersport, helping make the FZ-09 an especially flickable machine. True, suspension and fueling aren’t perfect from the factory, but the FZ-09 makes up for its deficits with that enthralling and entertaining motor and a genuinely affordable price tag.