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2014 Yamaha FZ-09 - Coolness Factor: 78.3%

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:51 am

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2014 Yamaha FZ-09

The Darkside of Japan

The new 2014 FZ-09 boasts a game changing 850cc triple engine with cross-plane crank that pumps out exhilarating power and a throaty exhaust note.

The all new 2014 Yamaha FZ09. "Naked" sportbike features a revolutionary 850cc, triple cylinder engine with a cross-plane crank which provides awesome engine torque and feel along with a unique pulse and sound. Its slim design provides an overall light in weight and a nimble ride unlike any other.

Introducing the all-new 2014 FZ-09, a sports model powered by an all-new liquid-cooled, 850 cc in-line 3-cylinder, fuel-injected engine. The FZ-09 has been developed around the concept of a “Synchronized Performance”, that allows a rider to enjoy the feeling of complete control in typical everyday riding situations. In other words, the FZ-09 has been designed to respond to your every command.


2014 Yamaha FZ-09 - Total Motorcycle USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: MSRP* $7,990 (Liquid Graphite) Available from September 2013; $7,990 (Rapid Red) Available from September 2013
Canada MSRP Price: 8,999.00 CDN



Engine
Engine Type 847cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke; 12 valves
Bore & Stroke 78.0 x 59.1mm
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel Injection
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 6-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive O-ring chain

Chassis
Suspension / Front 41mm fork; adjustable preload and rebound damping; 5.4-in travel
Suspension / Rear Single shock; adjustable preload and rebound damping; 5.1-in travel
Brakes / Front Dual hydraulic disc, 298mm
Brakes / Rear 267mm disc
Tires / Front 120/70-ZR17
Tires / Rear 180/55-ZR17

Dimensions
Length 81.7 in
Width 32.1 in
Height 44.7 in
Seat Height 32.1 in
Wheelbase 56.7 in
Ground Clearance 5.3 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 25.0°
Fuel Capacity 3.7 gal
Fuel Economy N/A
Wet Weight 414 lb

Other
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)


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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha FZ-09: Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:51 am

This bike JUST came out of the gates and TMW had it up first thing that morning before everyone else (and may I add with massive amounts of information for it and HD photos too!).

Anyways, this is Yamaha's FIRST 3-cylinder bike in a very, very long time... how long? Well, if my memory serves me right (and I'm not Googleing this) Yamaha's last 3-cylinder bike was in the late 70's and I believe it was a 2-stroke (XS750)?

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(I did Google the photo of one after I wrote the above, and it appears it was a 3 cylinder, but am I right that it was the last one from Yamaha... but I think I was wrong that was it a 2-stroke?)

Is it a Triumph Street Triple beater? Or even a copy of the MV Agusta Brutale 800? or something completely new?

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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha FZ-09: Vote Today

Unread post by Wrider » Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:57 am

I know the XS850 was a triple and I think it was made through the 80s, but I could be wrong. Definitely a 4 stroke though. Fun to ride!

That said, I love the FZ8. The FZ9 is lighter, more powerful, and a triple... Love it!
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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha FZ-09: Vote Today

Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Fri Jun 14, 2013 4:24 pm

I love the idea I love a triple but it's brandy new so I only gave it a cool but with awesome undertones :D
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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha FZ-09: Vote Today

Unread post by Gummiente » Sat Jun 15, 2013 5:46 am

I voted "cool" for the technology and interesting styling. I particularly like the swingarm design and the way the stubby exhaust tucks up underneath it. But what is with the "1yr limited warranty"?
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Unread post by dr_bar » Sat Jun 15, 2013 3:20 pm

Gave it a cool, the only reason I didn't go higher was the headlamp... I guess us old guys and change... LOL
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Unread post by storysunfolding » Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:54 am

The headlight does seem... incomplete. But the rest of the package at that price has me voting awesome. I may be biased as I own a 1980 XS 850 Triple (4 stroke :p ) but I've been waiting for an affordable mid level bike for shenanigans to augment my aging V-strom for awhile. This is the first one that speaks to me.
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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha FZ-09: Vote Today

Unread post by storysunfolding » Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:56 am

Gummiente wrote:But what is with the "1yr limited warranty"?
Fairly standard for a Japanese bike.
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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha FZ-09: Vote Today

Unread post by Gummiente » Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:59 pm

storysunfolding wrote:Fairly standard for a Japanese bike.
If they can offer a 5yr warranty on their Royal Star lineup, why can't they do the same for the rest of their models? By comparison, Ural offers a 2yr unlimited mileage warranty, Royal Enfield has a 2yr/10k warranty, Harley has a 2yr warranty, BMW offers a 3yr warranty...
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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha FZ-09: Vote Today

Unread post by Hanson » Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:27 pm

Cool

I also don't like the headlight which I think is part of a trend towards angularity in motorcycle forms. We can also see this in the new Honda CB500F and it certainly follows styling queues from the Ducati Streetfighter and the MV Agusta Brutale offerings with the Rivale being the extreme example of angularity in design.

Personally, I don't like this trend, but I do like that Yamaha is offering a triple.
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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha FZ-09: Vote Today

Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:56 pm

Gummiente wrote:
storysunfolding wrote:Fairly standard for a Japanese bike.
If they can offer a 5yr warranty on their Royal Star lineup, why can't they do the same for the rest of their models? By comparison, Ural offers a 2yr unlimited mileage warranty, Royal Enfield has a 2yr/10k warranty, Harley has a 2yr warranty, BMW offers a 3yr warranty...
I am sure their are a lot of reasons but probably comes down to it is much cheaper to replace a star engine or powertrain than the cost of a more costly to make sportbike engines and the msrp doesn't have enough in it. That and the way they are used and where the power is in the engines operation.
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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha FZ-09: Vote Today

Unread post by jstark47 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:13 pm

Triples are cool. Nakeds are cool. It gets a Cool vote from me.
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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:53 am

Nice engine, nice weight, nice looks, nice price. Cool then.
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Unread post by sapaul » Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:47 am

This bike does speak to me, although I usually reserve comment until I ride them, I give this an awesome. I just get that feeling that this is going to have loads and loads of low down grunt from that triple with lots of flick-ability and a slick box that is just going to make the ovaries tingle. A traffic carver with attitude. I like the whole thought process here. :D
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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha FZ-09: Vote Today

Unread post by Chabu » Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:27 pm

The gold forks kept me from hitting awesome. I checked the Yamaha site and it looks like its standard on 2014 and silver was on 2013. I have as much fondness for gold as I do for minivans.

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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha FZ-09: Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Jun 20, 2013 2:04 pm

I decided on: Awesome

Yamaha's first triple cylinder in over 30 years and it's a good sized (cc) one at that. Imagine this bike 30 years ago and it would blow the doors off of even the racing bikes in the day. Today, it's good to see Yamaha making a stride to do something different than their regular lineup. I used to consider Yamaha to be (out of the 4 Japanese makers) the "safe" choice, nothing crazy, nothing odd, nothing too out there. Yamaha is surely changing and innovating. I do think the FZ-09 is a bit of a MV Agusta copy though, but coping a top of the line manufacturer isn't so bad; manufacturers have been copying each other for decades.

I do like the looks of the bike, but like Hanson said, I'm not a fan of the angular style movement. And I have to add I love the gold front forks even though they are not for everyone's taste. The instrument panel is just too weird the headlight odd and I'm not so sure it is that comfortable from it's looks. But a triple option. Really neat.

I wonder if this means the end of the FZ8 and FZ1 now? I wonder if Yamaha will produce a XJ triple?

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Unread post by High_Side » Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:34 am

I'll go with cool as I like that they are doing something different, but that "different" in my eye is very much a cheaper copy of a speed or street triple. I like the frame but the entire bike doesn't seem to really fit together. I think I need to ride one to be sure :mrgreen:

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Unread post by sunshine229 » Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:08 am

I'll go with Awesome
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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha FZ-09: Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:41 am

Your Coolness Factor of the 2014 Yamaha FZ-09 is.. 78.3% and finishes on our Cool Wall tied for 4th place (as of today)

Awesome (3 points) 51% [ 22 ]
Cool (2 points) 35% [ 15 ]
Uncool (1 point) 12% [ 5 ]
Fail (0 point) 2% [ 1 ]

Total votes : 43

Average points per vote: 101/43 = 2.35
Standardized to a maximum of 3 points: 2.35/3 x 100 = 78.3
...Therefore, this bike ranks a Coolwall Factor of 78.3%

Commentary: Some feel it's unique, others think it's a cheap knockoff of a higher end (MV Agusta) brand. No matter what it is/could be based on, it's Yamaha's first 3-cylinder bike in over 30 years. Yamaha says more 3-cylinder bikes are coming out, it will be interesting to follow this new trend in the future!
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