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Old 07-01-2015, 09:36 PM   #1
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Z1000 or FZ09

Z1000 (2010-2013) or FZ09 (2014-2015)?

Anyone owned both? Care to share your thoughts?

Starting to think about my next bike and these are high on my radar (among others). My needs are ... 90% local riding, 10% touring. Interested in fun more than convenience.
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:54 AM   #2
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I'd do the FZ-09 simply because you'd be getting a new bike. Plus the FZ is a great bike. Less power but who cares.
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Old 07-02-2015, 11:15 AM   #3
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The yamaha seems to win on fun and you should have enough cash left over for touring farkles.
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Old 07-02-2015, 11:20 AM   #4
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Is the suspension on the 2015 FZ09 any better than the first iterations? I read that the fork especially was the main complaint on these bikes, behind the throttle response....

I want one though. Power wheelies abound, or so I hear.
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Old 07-02-2015, 12:55 PM   #5
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Overall NOT impressed with the FJ9 or FZ9 at all, I rode both recently at Yamaha demo. The motor is nice though. Hopefully it will be put to better use in coming years.
Have riden Ninja 1000, and thought it was great.
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Old 07-02-2015, 08:04 PM   #6
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The fz09 is something you need to ride to see how you like it. Some LOVE the bike, and I thought I would too, unfortunately, i really hated it. Oh well. I'd probably lean towards the z1k as well, though I have never ridden it.

You really should consider this too, if you're buying new:

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Old 07-02-2015, 08:16 PM   #7
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+1 on that Suzuki. Then the Z1000. FZ09 would be my last choice.
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Old 07-02-2015, 09:29 PM   #8
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Fz 09 handles similar to a supermoto but with power of a supersport. Beautiful thing. I'd go with the 09 just for being a more modern bike,more simplistic design and that triple sound..
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Old 07-02-2015, 09:47 PM   #9
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I'd say go with the Yamaha because of the mechanical reliability aspect I've seen, my bike has been going strong for the past 25 years with minimal mechanical mainenance. Granted, I think that most of the use it's had has been with me, but I've never had to do anything major to it. Can't say I'm too impressed with the electrical endurance though....
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Old 07-03-2015, 07:39 AM   #10
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No FZ for me. Bought one and sold it shortly thereafter. The Z is a great bike, but I'm waiting for the GSX-S 1KF. I hope that will be the ticket. We shall see.

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Old 07-03-2015, 11:08 AM   #11
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I have ridden both recently (dealer demo), and I would take the Z1000 in a heartbeat. (Please note that I have been a Yamaha fan for many years!)
Z1000 is much faster, stable at speed, comfortable and has more controlled ride due to a firm suspension. The downside on the Z1000 is IMO vibration in pegs and bars + drivetrain lash. However, the MT09 / FZ09 vibrates MORE and has many other shortcomings or compromises, like mushy suspension, odd ergos, some cam chain tensioner issues etc.
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Old 07-03-2015, 11:33 AM   #12
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Z1000 I rode was a riot!

Everything I've read and heard about the FZ-09 is that the motor is awesome and the suspension sucks.
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Old 07-03-2015, 12:48 PM   #13
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And it v-v-v-vibrates, too. But I guess the motor leaves an over-shadowing impression, obscuring some of the less "in your face" characteristics of the bike...
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Old Yesterday, 05:21 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the inputs. I think I need to ride both for a little bit before I decide.

The Suzuki is out of my budget... I'm buying used.
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Find an older Speed Triple if you're going used. Fun, torquey and pleasing to rhe eye. a nice one can be had for pretty cheap. And pretty damn reliable.
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