There was an FZ-09 at the hangout today and one guy was commenting on liking the "laydown" style shock. I got to wondering why Yamaha used this design feature and think I have the answer. Take a look at the mass centralization and compactness of the two layouts of the 8 and 9. Note the position of the clutch basket/transmission relative to the seat and tank and the proximity of the cylinder head to the front tire. Any comments on how this setup would affect feel?
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