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Old 09-04-2013, 12:14 PM   #4261
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Today the Yamaha FZ-09 has grabbed me by the balls & is pulling hard. Just bought my Daughter a CB 500 F...
+1 And amazingly, it is lighter than the CB500!?!
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:20 PM   #4262
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Today the Yamaha FZ-09 has grabbed me by the balls & is pulling hard. Just bought my Daughter a CB 500 F, so I won't be in the market for a new bike for at LEAST a year but, when the day finally comes I haven't seen ANYTHING currently on the market that would keep an FZ-09 out of my garage. Currently filling up a piggy bank that's labeled FZ-09!
So...Is this a conceptual infatuation, or have you seen one in person? I can't get past the styling.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:59 PM   #4263
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So...Is this a conceptual infatuation, or have you seen one in person? I can't get past the styling.
Of course Mr. Spikes will speak for himself, but from my POV it isn't too offensive.
The headlight can be changed, the erector set out back can be eliminated, and the color highlights on the wheels be painted over. Then it would be about on a par with most of it's contemporaries, of which none are going to win any beauty contests.

I'd get the red one.
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:16 PM   #4264
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Great looking bike. Is it just me, or does it bear some resemblance to a TDM 950 - a beefier TDM perhaps?

I wonder what a flat plane triple sounds like?
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:46 PM   #4265
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Too soon to mention the Griso again?

Not even a little bit. I've always loved the bike, but after sitting on one today, I feel like I owe it to my heirs to buy one before they stop making them. Shitty weather is fast-approaching the NE and I'm still trying to justify buying it immediately if not sooner...

Remove a couple of cheesy stickers, the rear fender, and you've got a timeless, all-the-power-and-performance-that-I-realistically-will-ever-need-in-the-street, looker that will always turn heads and make you smile.

And yes, it took entirely too long to insert all those hyphens.
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:44 PM   #4266
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:50 PM   #4267
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Had one back in 2001. Good bike. Traded it on a 2003 1150GS. I wish I still had that GS.

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Old 09-04-2013, 08:53 PM   #4268
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:16 PM   #4269
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The caption with that XS650 reads "Distinctly Styled" but looks looks very much like an RD350 from the same era. Is the point of posting that scan from a brochure your way of saying that's the bike you want today? Kinda sad.

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Old 09-04-2013, 09:24 PM   #4270
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Is the point of posting that scan from a brochure your way of saying that's the bike you want today? Kinda sad.
Why is it sad? Lots of people love their XS650's.
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:08 PM   #4271
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Brochure pix notwithstanding, I'd take either of those Yammies.
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:57 PM   #4272
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:12 AM   #4273
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Why is it sad? Lots of people love their XS650's.
Of course, you're right.
I shouldn't let my taste in bikes spoil it for someone else.
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Old 09-05-2013, 09:19 AM   #4274
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So...Is this a conceptual infatuation, or have you seen one in person? I can't get past the styling.
At first sight the looks didn't do anything for me either way. After reading the September issue of Cycleworld, I thought it was dead sexy & the coolest new bike in all of Japanese motorcycling. However, I just read on the FZ-09 thread that it gets 33.8 mpg. I find that hard to believe but, if it's true I'll be looking for something else.

The 2013 690 Duke on page 18 of the same issue may be down on power from the FZ but, it's lighter & would probably make better time on the twisties here in hill country. $1,000 more but, it gets 57 mpg. with the cycleworld crew flogging it much harder than I would.
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Old 09-05-2013, 09:35 AM   #4275
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Of course, you're right.
I shouldn't let my taste in bikes spoil it for someone else.
I think when Yamaha said "distinctly Styled" they felt it could be applied to any of their bikes. The RD 350 & XS 650 are both good (IMO) looking bikes. I like the styling of the RD better but, only because it reminds me (just a bit) of my old GT 380. (sorry no photo, my psycho ex wife destroyed the only two pix I had of it cuz there were girls in the photos)
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