I thought about making an adventure bike out of mine. I really miss dirt roads and there are a lot of them down here. But i also don't want to loose the current cornering ability. I'm trying to find the best tires for the 09 that will allow dirt and street riding.
I know pretty much everybody on here thinks its a bad idea. But its my bike
tires are the least of your worries.
The clearance is simply not there on the current FZ.
What yamaha did right on the tenere is send the pipes on the side of the motor, and not underneath. Motor protection would be my first mod, if I was going that route. Luckily I have a 2012 Tenere in the garage, so that's job done then. I recently pulled the altrider skid plate off my tenere, as I'm upgrading to a better set up. After 37km the underneath looks battered, the front tire spray alone took off about a 1/16" from the aluminum.
Yamaha will probaly stuff the fz9 motor into a smaller tenere.