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2014 Yamaha FZ-09 First Ride Review Photo Gallery
Yamaha's all-new FZ-09 delivers an exhilerating ride thanks to its playful Inline Triple.
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2014 Yamaha FZ-09 First Ride Review
The FZ-09 proves both lightweight and maneuverable in the corners.
At a brisk backroad pace the FZ's suspension feels soft, a tradeoff for the plush ride in the city.
The FZ-09 transitions with ease, the bike feeling slender and compact.
On smooth surfaced roads the FZ-09 showed its promise, with confident handling and stability.
An upright riding position is the highlight of the FZ-09 ergonomic package, though the seat is not overly comfotable for long-distance rides.
The FZ-09 makes for a thrilling ride when navigating the concrete jungle.
The FZ-09 can accommodate a sporty stance, but is an upright standard.
Our only real gripe with the FZ-09 Inline Triple is the harsh fueling on/off throttle, which can affect corner stability gassing it out of the turn.
The FZ-09 is game for backroad fun, where the 847cc Triple can stretch its legs.
The FZ-09 switchgear features some clever button-saving steps, like merging the starter and kill switch into one.
Yamaha has a history of Inline Triples, but it's been a long time since a Japanese OEM has used the configuration.
As a true nake, the FZ-09 doesn't offer much in the way of wind protection, so there is some fatigue hanging on at high speeds.
The three-cylinder FZ-09 mill sheds 22 pounds from the Inline Four powering Yamaha's outgoing FZ8.
Take me out of the city... Yamaha bills its new FZ-09 as an urban sportbike - a fair designation.
Taking in the sights in the City by the Bay. Geek note: the boats in the background at watching the Americas Cup - where Team USA came from behind to beat New Zealand.
Tossing the FZ-09 around the bend in one of San Francisco's famous hills.
The FZ-09 will be now be available in three colors, red, black and orange.
Dealer response to the FZ-09 has been so positive that Yamaha is changing production schedules and importing a third color into the American market to meet expected demand.
The FZ-09 replaces the FZ8 in Yamaha's sport lineup beside the FZ1 and fully-faired FZ6R.
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