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Hi, everyone. I'm hoping that people who have ridden both bikes can give me a little feedback between the 07 and the 09.

I currently live in Seoul, Korea and have ridden a Hyosung GT650 for the last two years (it's basically a cruder version of an SV650). The bike has been great, but I am looking to upgrade to something a little more exciting and better made. I test rode a 09 very briefly in heavy traffic and could not really get a feel for just how crazy the engine is. From the reviews I've been reading, the 09 sounds like it is a monster and probably has more power than I will ever need. Unfortunately, there aren't many video reviews in English yet of the 07 other than the press launch.

To me, the 07 looks a little better, has gotten better reviews, and has a better fueling range for sport-touring. I ride in a combination of about 30% heavy city traffic and 70% weekend sprints through the mountains. I sometimes like to go fast and ride in a group with liter bikes, but I am certainly nothing more than an intermediate rider. I occasionally like to carry a pillion as well, which might be a problem because I am a big guy (5'10", 230 pounds with gear.) The 07's haven't arrived yet in Korea, and I'm not sure I will be able to test them for anything more than 10 minutes in city traffic.

So here's my question: is the MT-07's engine noticeably more powerful than an SV650? I'm not looking for a race bike, but I want to buy something that will keep me happily entertained for many years to come. The MT-07 seems like a much wiser choice for my needs, but I'm just worried that I may later regret not going for the bigger bike when I had the chance. Any input would be greatly appreciated- thanks!
 

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Do a you tube search for cager on two wheels. He does long reviews on both. Or go to fz07 threads where I posted the fz07 videos of the review.
 

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Thanks, Willowbilly. I've seen both of his reviews for the '07 and the '09, and he's kind of scaring me off the '09 a little. I don't really know what his riding ability is, so it is hard to judge his claims of the '09 being too difficult to handle. He claims the '07 feels like a 600 supersport, which would definitely be more thrilling than my GT650 V-twin. On the other hand, one of my friends in Korea just bought the '09 and loves it. He thinks I would get bored with the '07, but neither of us have ridden the '07 so we really can't say. I should probably ask some of the guys over in the MT-09 forum because there are probably more MT-07 riders over there.

BTW, my father retired in Talkeetna, AK and it's a very lovely part of the world. Kind of a short riding season, though.
 

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Talkeetna is just up the road a bit from me. Motorcycle riding last 5-6 months usually.

Cager has been riding a couple years and owns a Honda NC700x which is only about 50 hp or so. So the 09 does seem pretty crazy to him. The fz-07 looks quite capable as well.

Maybe you can eventually test them both. Good luck with your choice.
 
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