After you get some seat time on it I think you'll agree it needs some suspension work and a smoothed-out throttle in STD and A mode. Most people who own it would agree that. Regarding aesthetics though, yeah. I plan on putting some functional stuff on it like a windscreen and shorty levers but that's about it.My graphite FZ should arrive at my dealer in two more weeks.. Waiting is no fun.
Just wondering I love the sound and look of the bike as it is from the factory.. Anyone else out there leaving it completely stock? I'm gonna..
Ditto for the wife! At this point I'm just thrilled to be getting it! My dealer is going to put my vstar on consignment and hopefully that'll go quick! I have an 85 mile ride home on the new bike so we'll get a good chance to feel out the seat..Mine is stock for now and will probably remain that way for some time... just getting my wife to be OK with the purchase was a feat in and of itself... if I try to start spending money on mods I may get myself in trouble lol. That said, down the road I do plan to reflash the ECU, upgrade the suspension, get a fender eliminator, and perhaps a new seat... although the stock one hasn't bothered me much yet (I also haven't done really long trips either though).
I can't blame anyone for keeping it stock though, it's a great package out of the box!
Huge improvements on the stock suspension can be made simply by installing fork springs and rear shock spring set up for the rider's weight for about $200. Some have reported adding heavier fork oil helped as well. Fork oil is a cheap and easy mod.It's funny because I constantly hear how terrible the suspension is on the FZ. While I agree it's not great, it's probably not going to hold back 95% of the riders on this forum. It is soft for sure for heavier riders but it doesn't make the bike unridable by a long shot. I'm 180lbs and it worked for me pretty well. I've upgraded the fork springs/oil and went with a Penske double clicker - I noticed the improvement but it's not a game changer. I would guess I would notice more improvement on a track but not on the backroad twisties. All this to say I think the $1000 it takes to do the minimum improvements is probably not going to be worth it for most riders.
I'd also add that a friend of mine just bought an 09 with completely stock suspension. He's about 240lbs and he's a great rider. After chasing him through some great backroads a couple days ago, I can confidently say the suspension's not holding him back too badly.