"Season" ? What, you can't get traction ?I was really close to buying a FZ8 but i wasnt a big fan of the matte paint and the triumph always caught my eye.The FZ-09 is def. the bike i will go after now,more power,less weight + price vs. fz8 makes it a no brainer!! Just sucks for me tho as i live in NY and by the time october gets here the riding season is over!! It will be along winter i guess!!
those are pretty straightforward and relatively inexpensive fixes though. try modding an fz8 to get it to the 09's level in terms of engine performance and weight and see how much that runs you.After so much reviews... the snatchy throlle and cheapy suspension doesnt make the FZ09 a full tier upgrade over the fz8 imho.
i'll concede that's one of the advantages of being a parts-bin bike. what's the torque curve look like on that?FZ8 is a great bike too. Exhaust, PCV and R1 cams swap and that thing fly! 115 WHP... Google R779 conversion. Still happy I got the FZ-09 but I did consider the FZ8 for quite some time.
Torque was similar to the FZ 09. 57 ft.lb at the wheel but much higher in the rev... typical inline 4. The 09 engine is much better, meaning excellent for everyday riding.i'll concede that's one of the advantages of being a parts-bin bike. what's the torque curve look like on that?
shaving 50 (let's say 44 to make up for the 09's smaller fuel tank) pounds off a modern bike - especially a naked one - is really really difficult. basically impossible without breaking the bank.
the last couple of bikes i've had were all inline fours, i wanted something a little different this time around.
The twitchy throttle is something you can overcome in about 10 minutes of riding. I noticed it as soon as I pulled out of the dealership. Switched to "A" mode and it went away. The reduced weight, added power, and less cost than a FZ8 makes it a no brainer. Just put the $1000 that is saved buying the FZ09 over the FZ8 back into it and it'll be that much better than the FZ8. IMO it's a better bike out of the box.After so much reviews... the snatchy throlle and cheapy suspension doesnt make the FZ09 a full tier upgrade over the fz8 imho.
The bike ride just fine. If you had few twins and Duc... that thing will be smooth as can be. Its all throttle control...After three Ducati V-Twins I was getting kind of sick of motorcycles. A Ducati has a way of ruining your riding pleasure unless you are over 6k on the Tach...and then it's Italian nirvana. But I'm old now and I like to ride slow once in a while. I think if you pay 10 grand for a bike then you ought to be able to ride it slow or fast if you want. To complicate all that ..I've been hooked on fast cornering up in the Georgia Mountains and once in a while I need to see the "red mist" and just haul ass around the corners with my buddies. So I went back to inline fours....and couldn't be happier with what I have now.
But then I saw the FZ-09 and got excited about bikes again. I knew it was what would suit my needs. Until I read in every test or review about that twitchy jerky throttle. So now I'm waiting till spring to ride one and decide. At this point someone either needs to come up with a fix that works....or I buy a used one and put carburetors on it...or I just keep what I got. If you can't ride an FZ-09 SLOW...like 7mph if I wanted to....without being jerky....I don't want it. I'd have to come up with a fix.