I have told this story else were on the forum. I purchased the FZ-09 on October 31st in Santa Barbara California which is 65 south of my home. My son lives in Santa Barbara and parked the bike in his garage until could get a ride down to drive it home. I got it home last Thursday and took some picture today. The last picture of me on bike was taken by a neighbor at his house. He has a FZ8 and we swapped bike and drove around the neighborhood. The FZ8 has way smoother throttle response but is more cramped the 09 and heaver. The FZ-09 is much better to me.