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2015 Yamaha FZ-07 First Ride

Monday, June 30, 2014
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Come along for the ride as we sample Yamaha's latest middleweight Twin around Seattle and Bainbridge Island logging riding impressions for our 2015 Yamaha FZ-07 First Ride video.
 
We buzzed out of the parking garage of Seattle’s Hotel Max, hornets riled by a stick, the faceshields of over a dozen riders like bug eyes reflecting the angular, aggressive lines of Yamaha’s latest motorcycle. Our swarm of 2015 FZ-07’s have an early morning appointment with a ferry to Bainbridge for a jaunt around the island. The first twists of the receptive throttle hint at the power looming within, torque in-hand from the get, but city stoplights and morning downtown traffic means we seldom see above second gear. With its 689cc Parallel Twin delivering so much torque, front wheels are already popping off pavement, the want to wring out the bike’s throttle growing during the half-hour long ferry ride to the other side of Puget Sound.

Though it’d be easy to dismiss the FZ-07 as a scaled-down version of the FZ-09, this would deny the bike its due. It is its own beast, nimble yet strong, with a growl when you’re on the pipe like a dog warning you to get back. A new Parallel Twin gives the FZ-07 its own character, its high-tensile steel frame new as well. The Twin-powered FZ sports a freshly designed asymmetrical steel swingarm, too. A cable-actuated clutch replaces the ride-by-wire system of its bigger sibling, the list of differences between the models too long not to recognize the FZ-07 as a motorcycle to be reckoned with in its own right. Because it is.



“More motor than expected.”

We overheard another veteran motojournalist say this during the press launch of the 2015 Yamaha FZ-07. This same journalist spent much of the afternoon on one wheel, pulling wheelies at will through the bike’s first three gears. After spending a day flogging the FZ around Seattle and Bainbridge Island, we second his observation. The 689cc Parallel Twin of the FZ-07 provides immediate bursts of torque thanks to its Twin arrangement, the gratifying grunt even more grin- inducing thanks to crisp throttle response. The powerplant has plenty of familiar Twin character, from its thumping pistons to the snarl of its exhaust. It also comes with a Twin’s pounding pulse that produces a buzz in the bars midrange that moves to the tank around 8000 rpm.

The 689cc Parallel Twin of the FZ-07 features DOHC and 4-valves per cylinder. It also has Yamahas Crossplane Concept 270-degree crank with an uneven firing interval.
The 689cc Parallel Twin of the FZ-07 features DOHC and 4-valves per cylinder. It also has Yamaha's Crossplane Concept 270-degree crank with an uneven firing interval.
The 2015 Yamaha FZ-07 is an urban assault vehicle  nimble  quick  and deft at dodging traffic.
The 2015 Yamaha FZ-07 is an urban assault vehicle, nimble, quick, and deft at dodging traffic.
The FZ-07 feels solid and stable mid-turn  the muscular Twin ready to punch its way out.
The FZ-07 feels solid and stable mid-turn, the muscular Twin ready to punch its way out.
The FZ-07s chassis revamp includes an asymmetrical swingarm and KYB suspension.
The FZ-07's chassis revamp includes an asymmetrical swingarm and KYB suspension.
The 689cc Parallel Twin inherits Yamaha’s Crossplane Concept with its 270-degree crank, the technology trickling down from its M1 GP bike. The pistons of the oversquare engine are closely aligned and the offset cylinders have been moved 7mm toward the front of the engine in an effort to reduce friction. The design helps keep the powerplant fairly compact as a result. The 270-degree firing order meanwhile aims to cut down on inertial torque. It also helps spread that wonderful hit of initial torque throughout the powerband in a linear manner, the spread of power generous before fading off on the top end as it approaches its 10,000 rpm redline. It makes for manageable power for less experienced riders, and the fact the Twin has the ability to drop way down and pick back without bogging or requiring a downshift will work in their favor as well. But don’t be fooled by its modest power numbers of 75 hp at 9000 rpm and 50.2 ft-lb torque at 6500 rpm. If you’ve got the skills and want to channel your inner hooligan, the FZ-07 has the goods to get the adrenalin flowin’.

The tightly packaged engine serves as a stressed member of the frame and is slung below the steel trellises of an all-new chassis. The frame is narrow and the bike overall is light and lithe, claimed to tip the scales just shy of 400 pounds ready-to-ride. The chassis revamp includes an asymmetrical swingarm and KYB suspension front and rear, a link system connecting the horizontal rear to the engine. The KYB laydown shock offers nine-position preload adjustability. The FZ-07 may not have the aluminum frame and its suspension has less adjustability than the FZ-09, but its chassis is surprisingly composed, staying rigid at lean with no twitchiness on the throttle upon exit. It’s solid and stable mid-turn with a muscular Twin ready to punch its way out of the apex.

On the winding roads of Bainbridge Island, ferns and fauna are sheets of green in our periphery as we race by, the land lush and thick. The FZ-07 turns in with thoughtless effort, the bars up and in providing solid leveraging. The bike is light and carries much of its weight low, and though we feel up a bit up in its saddle at 31.7-inches, it transitions fluidly.

The motorcycle’s light steering gets an assist from a two-finger clutch pull and slick-shifting transmission, gears smoothly slipping into position with the faintest pop. Though the FZ-07 lacks the sophisticated YCC-T ride-by-wire system and rider modes of the FZ-09, its cable-actuated clutch works quite well, teaming with spot-on fueling for clean, crisp throttle response.

Yamaha tweaked the riding position of the FZ-07 compared to the FZ-09, the bars 40mm higher and 24mm farther back so there’s little wrist pressure. Its seat is narrow at the tank allowing riders to snug up tight to the bike, the saddle fairly flat and forward lean moderate. Its foot pegs have been moved 70mm forward and lowered by 28mm compared to the FZ-09, the added legroom appreciated by a six-foot-tall rider. Between its seat and riding position, the FZ-07 provides a comfortable riding platform though admittedly our continuous stints in its saddle were limited.

In the shadows of Seattle’s Space Needle, the FZ-07 is a dart in traffic, nimble and quick, its deft maneuvering enhanced by light steering and light-action controls. Competent brakes come in handy for city driving, the wave-rotor arrangment responsive at the lever, the bite firm and not overly aggressive. The front features dual 282mm wave rotors paired to an Advics four-piston caliper while a single-pot Nissin caliper squeezes the 245mm rear. Since the bike doesn’t have much mass, the brakes are more than up to the task of scrubbing speed quickly. In keeping the bike’s price point down, ABS is not an option.

The riding position of the FZ-07 sees a taller handlebar closer to the rider while the foot pegs are more forward and lower compared to the FZ-09.
The riding position of the FZ-07 sees a taller handlebar closer to the rider while the foot pegs are more forward and lower compared to the FZ-09.
The 2015 Yamaha FZ-07 comes in Rapid Red  Pearl White  or Liquid Graphite w blue wheels   frame at an MSRP of  6990.
The 2015 Yamaha FZ-07 comes in Rapid Red, Pearl White, or Liquid Graphite w/blue wheels & frame at an MSRP of $6990.
Though the fuel tank on the FZ-07 is small at 3.7 gallons, Yamaha is claiming the bike’s capable of 58 mpg and a range of approximately 200 miles. Yamaha says factors that attribute to the lofty mpg are the use of a torquier engine rather than a high rpm one, the bike’s light weight, and the efficiency of its offset cylinders. Realistically, to achieve this you’d have to keep it in the “Eco” range that flashes in its digital display when the motorcycle is operating at maximum fuel efficiency. But the way we were riding this thing around the city, heavy revs between stoplights, we’d never achieve this range as its throttle begs to be twisted.

At just under $7K, the FZ-07 doesn’t look like a budget bike. Its plastic panels sport a carbon-fiber pattern, the blue wheels on the Liquid Graphite version look exceptionally sharp, it has clean aluminum frame accents, wave rotors and a handy five-way adjustable brake lever. Its LCD display is large and useful, a digital speedo and gear indicator joining a bar-graph fuel indicator as primary readouts. It also has a bar-type tach, neutral indicator, dual tripmeters, a clock, and ambient temperature gauge. From our position in the saddle, the display sits a little below our line of sight and requires a quick downward glance to read. Its bars are no-frills, the back-to-basics approach a common theme in the overall design of this bike, like its ability to run on 86-octane unleaded gas.

In releasing the 2015 FZ-07, Yamaha believes it is filling a perceived niche in its sporty offerings, one with subtle differences in engine character compared to the FZ6R and a bit more rider-friendly than the FZ-09. Yamaha says that market conditions recently have seen an increase in sales of street-oriented bikes that are more usable than pure sportbikes. Yamaha also said its big brother, the FZ-09, is one of the reasons company sales are up 12%. With a price point of $6990, we believe the FZ-07 has the capacity to continue that upward trend.

We’re still buzzing from our time aboard the FZ-07. Its Parallel Twin is a torquey son-of-a-gun, its throttle quick to respond, steering light, and handling sharp. These traits serve riders well in a city, and become even more fun when you get outta dodge and into back country. The 2015 FZ-07 rides like an angry hornet with a serious sting, with a bang for the buck that’s hard to beat. 
 
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OutOfTheBox   July 24, 2014 02:53 PM
Thanks...I've seen one for an mt-07 also the fz-09 makes 110hp in std mode too, it's just down off-idle compared to A mode. Anyway Yamaha will demo the bike just outside of pittsburgh this weekend (7/28 & 7/29) and I will try to make it up there to take another look at one of the two, either the 7 or 9. Probably the 9 since so much has been said about its "fueling problems" and the 7 I think I got a good ride on it, not much debate about it. The real issue is why not just buy the 9 since they're the same price and the 9 has adjustable preload and rebound-damping.
MCUSA Bart   July 22, 2014 11:50 AM
Box once we get access to a FZ-07 we'll run the dyno, weigh it and do our best to get performance test data. We have never had a manufacturer ask us not to publish our independent data.
OutOfTheBox   July 20, 2014 12:09 AM
It's virtually impossible to find dyno-charts, 1/4-mile or top-speed test results for the FZ07, which says that it's getting the CBR500 treatment: either not enough power to be interesting enough to even test, or the mfg has put a damper on the publication of such data. Second the FZ09 only makes 110 hp in a mode and only at one RPM. Even assuming a flat torque curve at half the RPM it makes half the HP. Third with 60lb-ft of torque, a 400lb curb weight and a 200lb rider, that's 10lb-ft of torque per 100lbs. The 100/60 numbers are on par with the FZ1 and slightly better than the FZ8 and FZ6R, with all of those bikes outweighing the FZ09 by at least 50lbs wet. So the FZ09 has a solid "performance" power/weight ratio, even in B mode (the only really usable mode, some would say) where it's down 10% on peak power. The FZ07 is just not in that class. Not only is the displacement and cylinder-count down significantly but the power peak is lower, occurring at a lower RPM, and the drop-off past the power peak is much sharper. Personal experience, ok? The powerband is about 4k, starting at 4k. Nowhere near the aforementioned Yamahas. It will outrun a CBR500, definitely, but that's not saying much. And yes your old Katana is pathetic compared to modern-day bikes in the same displacement range (like the Gixxer 750). It's both much heavier and underpowered, not to mention air-cooled and carbureted, with 18" wheels. C'est la vie.
Tripleking   July 18, 2014 07:03 PM
I find it humorous to read that a 70 horsepower is underpowered. It find it hilarious to read comments that the FZ-09 (with 115 HP, I think) has good power. I can't believe that we survived for years with 40 and 50 horsepower bikes. I guess my old GSXF 750 Katana is pathetic. It only has 100 HP. Yes, I know 100 HP is nothing these days, but I don't use all the performance the Katana has. I much rather ride my little bikes anyway. It is more fun to ride a small bike quick on back roads than to blast down the highway at 20 MPH over the limit. When I was in my 20s, going really fast was exciting. However, after you have been well over triple digits the first 100 times it loses something. I like the FZ-07. It makes a nice commuter and has MORE than enough power (especially with its light weight) to be a fun bike for someone who can only own one bike. I have not yet tried the FZ-09, but with more power than my Katana and 70 fewer pounds, I won't get board of it. It should perform commuter duty well, freeing up by 79 CB400 and 75 GT380 for weekend duties.
OutOfTheBox   July 9, 2014 03:49 PM
I have it on good authority that dyno tests have shown stock fz07 70bhp @ 8500rpm, dropping off rapidly after the peak, back down around 20hp near the 10k redline. Ninja 650 about 65hp @ 9k, CBR500 43hp @ 8500, CBR650 55hp @ 9k (but flat out to redline). So, kid. How much power do you need?
motrhead   July 3, 2014 10:45 PM
I rode the FZ07 and FZ 09 back to back to back today...the 07 is definitely not lacking in hp! It has more hp and significantly less weight than the Ninja 650, and as much power as the late SV650, with less weight. I don't hear a lot of complaints about either of those bikes. The 07 has enough power to be quite exciting. Yes I did wheelie it, and I had no trouble getting it to license endangering speeds. I didn't find any problems with the throttle of either bike. I kept the 09 in A mode and it was just fine. The 07 was almost too civilized. I am 190 pounds and was riding over some broken pavement on secondary roads, and I found the suspension of both bikes just fine, even through a couple of tight corners- no head shaking, nothing to complain about. The seats do suck though. I loved both bikes, but the engine in the 09 is just incredible. I think I have to have own one.
OutOfTheBox   July 3, 2014 03:14 PM
" especially when the two represent 66% of the vertical-twins on the market between them," oops I forgot the Ninja 650 :) which in the MCUSA test only got 37.5mpg. Should be interesting to see the inevitable vertical-twin shootout.
OutOfTheBox   July 2, 2014 03:33 PM
"but it just seems a bit absurd to compare it to a Ninja 300 which, while 15 or so pounds lighter, dynos out at 35 rwhp while the FZ 07 will likely dyno out at 65hp+. Hard to believe the Ninja 300 at 9hp per 100 pounds is nearly as fast as the FZ07 at near 16hp per 100 pounds. "you say that it seems a bit absurd, I say that it is perfectly logical and natural to compare one vertical-twin to another, especially when the two represent 66% of the vertical-twins on the market between them, and one represents the lions' share of motorcycle sales in the USA, in and of itself. As far as the lack of objective, independent testing the best I've seen so far are rumors of 10.5sec quarters from the fz09 and 58mpg from the fz07. What would you say if the fz09 could produce 40mpg and the fz07 could do 12sec quarters? I'm going to assume that it's somewhere between the CBR500 and the Gixxer-750 in terms of, ahem, objective, independently-measured performance.
MCUSA Bart   July 2, 2014 11:26 AM
I have to second GAJ's statement. While I haven't ridden the FZ-07 yet, it seems like a smart play by Yamaha. The FZ-09 and FZ1 are great bikes, two of my all-time favorites actually (and I've ridden quite a few). But the various FZ models all target different buyers. And of all the manufacturers, Yamaha is one of the most revealing when it comes to explaining its market analysis during press intros. The FZ1 is a full-bore sportbike, with fully-adjustable suspension. It's got a half-fairing and is really versatile, and the ones I've seen on the road are often kitted out as sport-touring rigs. The FZ-09 is hooliganish, but the suspension is setup softer for street/urban duty. The 09's major selling point, besides its playful Inline Triple, is its sub $8K price range (the FZ1 is nearly $3K more). The FZ-07 is a step down from the 09 for sure, but it's also only $6995! That's an amazing feat. One of the big stories in 2013/2014 is how Yamaha came in with super aggressive pricing for its new models - and I was told during the FZ-09 launch that it's not a coincidence that new Bolt and FZ-09 both register just under the $8000 barrier. This FZ-07 pricing is even more remarkable when compared to its class rivals: the Kawasaki Versys/Ninja 650 is $7999 (price of FZ-09) and Suzuki sells its SFV650 for $8149?! What's Honda's closest model? The NC700X I suppose, which is $7799. I wonder how Yamaha's making any money off these bikes (maybe poaching rival sales), but consumers should celebrate the variety of options!
GAJ   July 2, 2014 10:54 AM
I've checked out the reviews of this bike in the Euro press, who have had access to it longer, and all have been as complimentary as this Moto USA take. I appreciate OutOfTheBox's impressions but it just seems a bit absurd to compare it to a Ninja 300 which, while 15 or so pounds lighter, dynos out at 35 rwhp while the FZ 07 will likely dyno out at 65hp+. Hard to believe the Ninja 300 at 9hp per 100 pounds is nearly as fast as the FZ07 at near 16hp per 100 pounds. Sounds like another winner for Yamaha. I liken the FZ07 to a much improved SV650; a huge hit for Suzuki back in the day.
cggunnersmate   July 2, 2014 06:43 AM
Just busting your balls a bit Brian. No offense meant, you guys provide for free on the internet what we have to pay for to read in one of the bike magazines. And most of, if not all of us would love to get paid to ride and review motorcycles for a living. And when you're writing articles for a bunch of bike nuts we're gonna jump on even silly honest mistakes like writing cable clutch instead of throttle. And it's easier to do over the anonymity of the internet.
weitzman   July 1, 2014 06:26 PM
For a grand more you get a 900cc triple that is much more powerful, smoother, loads of other features with a still small size. Why would you buy this 700? Spend another $20 a month and buy the 900 triple.
Poncho167   July 1, 2014 02:14 PM
It gives a feeling of being fast and powerful only after getting off of a Harley.
OutOfTheBox   July 1, 2014 01:15 PM
maybe you'll forgive me 4 comments on this but "As far as the engine goes, I'm sticking by my guns. This thing pulls strong for a 689cc Twin. It's not a superbike, and at $7K it isn't meant to be one. But for what it is and for the targeted rider, it's a lot of engine with surprising power. " I agree that off-idle it's got the potential to toss you right off the back of the bike if you're not very careful, but I'm not sure that's a good thing. It sounds a lot like the same problem that people are complaining about with the FZ09. I would say that it pulls strong for a 300cc vertical twin. Maybe even a 500cc vertical twin. I don't know about "for a 700cc vertical twin". I know for a fact you can ride right through the top of the powerband at about 8500rpm, and to even get into the powerband it needs to be at about 4k. I also know that anyone can demo this bike and then demo a Gixxer 750 or any number of 600s, 650s, 700s, you name it, and see for themselves just what this bike is like to ride, "how well the motor pulls". I was not very impressed with it. But I had to admit that it was at least "serviceable" where a Ninja 300 is anemic. Is it better than the vertical-twin in the CB500? The number say yes. I've never ridden the CB500 so I can't say for sure. But I wouldn't want a bike that is significantly slower/with less motor than the FZ07, that I know. Though I guess the Ninja 300 is better than walking, I can't see paying serious money for one. Paradoxically though a cruiser version of that bike would make a lot of sense and likewise the fz07 is both faster *and* "cruiserish" and to me it does a very good job of being what it is. I liked it, while admitting that it was quite the milquetoast machine. It does that well. So...I'm happy with the fact that it isn't fast...and you're insisting that it's..."fast"...or something...this is the part that is slightly disconcerting. Fast compared to what, a good motor compared to what? I have to ask that. I have already said "compared to a Ninja 300", but seriously the Ninja300 motor is absolutely anemic. So that's not saying a whole lot. And ok I apologize beforehand about the 4th post and slight repetitiveness but still.
OutOfTheBox   July 1, 2014 11:13 AM
"Good to see the manufacturers starting to focus on something other than the one-upmanship that creates bikes that may be fine for a weekend blast by people who can afford to lose their driver's license, or how much fancy paint, chrome, and cubic inches can be parked out in front of a bar"....ah, Piggy...how much we've missed you...not...you and your RideApart nonsense are always amusing...sadly...
OutOfTheBox   July 1, 2014 11:11 AM
"Once actuates a the clutch engagement, the other controls the fuel going to the motor." yeah that's what I thought that I pointed out, but I guess that I was too vague...."I don't think the FZ09's suspension is anywhere near fully adjustable and seems to be the biggest complaint of that model and in serious need of fixing at the factory level. " I'm not so sure that it's the biggest fault with the bike that I saw. I wasn't all that happy with the suspension but the big problem I had with the bike was that the throttle was extremely touchy, even in B mode. I agree with the author, the YCCT leaves something to be desired, and I'd say that about just about every instance that I've seen of it. That was the basis of my first comment. But just because it isn't all-electronic doesn't mean that there isn't a chip controlling the throttle. You can still put an active circuit into the control loop and manage the throttle with better control than just a cable. Anyway both of these bikes are too good to just dismiss out of hand, even if not perfect they are still pretty-good. Especially in a market that doesn't ask for the most out of a bike.
OutOfTheBox   July 1, 2014 10:29 AM
" I was hoping for an honest opinion of the FZ07's suspension and if its as overly soft and under sprung as the FZ09's", no it's nice and firm at normal road-speeds. At least the way that one bike was set up, that I demoed. But I suspect this varies from bike to bike, from setup to setup...the fz09 that I demoed had too much rear preload.
harley1   July 1, 2014 08:57 AM
OK, rake me over coals for writing "throttle" instead of ride-by-wire. I made a mistake and admit it. I was trying to get the point across that the cable-operated system of the FZ-07 doles out power more evenly than the YCCT system of the FZ-09. It's less abrupt and it's powerband is more linear. Both the 41mm inverted fork and horizontally-mounted shock of the FZ-09 are adjustable for preload and rebound. The FZ-07 only has 9-position preload adjustability. Once again, I'll eat it for not being clear. I meant to point out that riders have more adjustability to the suspension of the FZ-09, yet the basic set-up on the FZ-07 isn't bad. Yes, it was a little underdamped for me at 225 pounds, but I didn't attempt any adjustments on the rear so didn't feel like I could report on that before trying to get it dialed in first. As far as the engine goes, I'm sticking by my guns. This thing pulls strong for a 689cc Twin. It's not a superbike, and at $7K it isn't meant to be one. But for what it is and for the targeted rider, it's a lot of engine with surprising power.
woodco100   July 1, 2014 05:36 AM
you can get a Sportster for the same price.
cggunnersmate   July 1, 2014 05:21 AM
Someone call an editor he's saying things that don't make sense. "A cable-actuated clutch replaces the throttle-by-wire system of its bigger sibling" A cable clutch and throttle by wire (I think he means fly by wire throttle) are two completely different things. Once actuates a the clutch engagement, the other controls the fuel going to the motor. And too much regurgitation of corporate gobbledygook. And I don't think the FZ09's suspension is anywhere near fully adjustable and seems to be the biggest complaint of that model and in serious need of fixing at the factory level. I was hoping for an honest opinion of the FZ07's suspension and if its as overly soft and under sprung as the FZ09's.
AM   June 30, 2014 10:28 PM
"A cable-actuated clutch replaces the throttle-by-wire system of its bigger sibling .... and fully adjustable suspension of the FZ-09. Mr. Harley, where that come from?
JSH   June 30, 2014 09:51 PM
"The 689cc Parallel Twin inherits Yamaha’s Crossplane Concept with its 270-degree crank, the technology trickling down from its M1 GP bike." ------ LOL, I love the marketing speak. Yamaha had a 270-degree crank twin way back in 1996; it was called the Yamaha TDM850. I'm sure this 270-degree crank twin has nothing to do with the TDM and is a direct decedent of a Moto GP bike.
Piglet2010   June 30, 2014 07:37 PM
Good to see the manufacturers starting to focus on something other than the one-upmanship that creates bikes that may be fine for a weekend blast by people who can afford to lose their driver's license, or how much fancy paint, chrome, and cubic inches can be parked out in front of a bar. Now add some reasonably priced commuting/light touring accessories, and we can get some more cagers using two wheels for real world transportation (and still having fun while doing it).
OutOfTheBox   June 30, 2014 07:16 PM
ok it's just weird to me how there's so much emphasis on the motor, the power and "torque" here. Now I only put 10 miles on the bike in one demo-ride and we didn't pull any wheelies but really I rode 3 other bikes in that same couple of hours and this bike came across to me as well down on power compared to the FZ09, though I'd say it has substantially more power than a Ninja 300. It was like what the Ninja 300 should have been. But "loads of torque"? Come on. It'll surprise you off-idle if you're not careful but that's a trend that's been coming on for the past couple of years, in the cruiser/standard market. The thing is what happens between 4k and 8k and what gear do you find yourself riding it in and why. I found that it ran out of power quickly accelerating uphill keeping up with traffic in first gear, I tended to ride it at 5k at least usually in 1st or 2nd gear, and overall I found it competent, certainly, but much more of a cruiser than a sportbike. The stock bars are quite narrow in relation to the FZ09 but the pegs significantly further forward...and in a good way. I liked the bike overall in a sort of around-town, commuter, beater way, but I'd like it better with the FZ09's triple rather than the "servicable" twin that it ships with. That triple is pretty good. A solid 3 out of 5 in terms of power, maybe even a 4. Slightly more than enough power for the street, really, but at least in B mode, mellow enough to let you enjoy it. but they were both decent bikes. I just wouldn't have thought that the power, or torque, of the fz07 was its outstanding characteristic. Before I read this article. In which it is gushed over.
OutOfTheBox   June 30, 2014 01:05 PM
"A cable-actuated clutch replaces the throttle-by-wire system of its bigger sibling" ...huh? I demoed both the fz09 and the f07 this weekend. I'm not giving the 07 a lot of points for power, that's for sure. Though I do have to ask now just how much the "fly by wire" affects the throttle response and power-output and how that's decided.