An Incredibly Responsive 3-Cylinder Engine and Taut Chassis Add Up To Major FunThe 2014 Yamaha FZ-09, Yamaha’s eagerly-awaited replacement for the very excellent FZ-8 has finally broken cover and I had a chance to ride the bad boy around the streets of San Francisco today.
Yamaha’s claimed 414 lbs wet weight coupled to some 65 ft/lbs of torque from their all-new Crossplane crankshaft triple adds up to some pretty mouth-watering specifications and the FZ-09 didn’t disappoint.The looks are very much aggressive-urban-naked-upright with a hint of supermoto thrown in for good measure, and immediate impressions from the comfortable seat is a narrow, light, highly maneuverable machine. The narrow waist of the tank and front of the seat will mean inseam-challenged riders will find themselves able to ride the FZ-09 comfortably, and in town they will have less to fear from traffic light stops and parking lot maneuvers.The fully adjustable KYB suspension at the front and rear is softly sprung so it works well in town and on the ridiculously rough roads of San Francisco, but first impression is that damping is excellent and I’m curious as to how it handles at speed–the signs look good.But it’s the motor that’s the real jewel in this crown. Controlled by Yamaha’s YCCT ride-by-wire fueling, the 3x D-modes each have noticeably different response. The default is STD (Standard) and it reverts to that every time the key is off. A small button next to the twistgrip switches modes on the fly as long as the throttle is off. A is more aggressive, and B (Rain mode) has a noticeably softer response–ideal for around town.Overall the motor is snappy in the extreme, and the whole machine feels very reactive to any input. Wheelies are ludicrously easy, but thanks to spot-on fueling they’re beautifully easy to control. Hitting the freeway showed that the FZ-09 has power to spare, and the balanced three-cylinder 847cc motor is very smooth; vibes are simply not a factor. Seat-of-the-pants dyno tells me this machine is quite a bit faster than the 675cc Street Triple and probably not far from the liter-class Speed Triple, but a real test will reveal all.The brakes are radial Advics calipers up front biting on to 298mm rotors for reduced weight and quicker turning; feel is excellent and stoppies are almost as easy as wheelies if you’re so inclined.The seating position is comfortable, and happily Yamaha didn’t fall into the trap of making the tapered aluminum handlebars too wide, leaving them nicely shoulder-width; the new Meter (instruments) are easy to read and now have a gear position indicator as well as MPG and so on.The FZ-09 has been hyped a great deal, and I was not disappointed. Yamaha have clearly thrown all its engineering expertise at this bike and created a super-fun machine that straight out of the box works incredibly well. For a bike with such attention to detail and excellent build quality, it is amazing that it’s priced at just $7990—almost a grand cheaper than the FZ8 if you can believe that! It will come in three colors: Graphite, Red, and Orange.Look for more in-depth testing in an upcoming issue of Ultimate MotorCycling magazine and online. For a preview of the 2014 Yamaha FZ-09, including full specs, click here.
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE + Scott Casey – Living with PTSD and the Rolling Barrage
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
The new Suzuki V-Strom DE has just been announced, and Avery Innis, Training and Publications Manager from Suzuki Motor USA, is just the expert to explain its nuances to us. The V-Strom has always been a superb, yet inexpensive platform, and the new DE variant gets more serious about ADV riding. I find out from Avery whether the new upgrades are worthwhile; and the place that the new V-Strom has in the current market.
Our second segment covers a subject that’s a little more serious than usual.
Many veterans and first responders suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aka PTSD.
Scott Casey—himself a sufferer—decided to try and help his fellow vets, and started a cross-Canada charity ride in 2016 called the ‘Rolling Barrage’. It was—and is—incredibly successful.
It’s not just a tremendous ride. The Rolling Barrage is a place for like-minded sufferers and their supporters to ride together. They get some serious “wind therapy” whether it’s on just a stop, or a leg of the ride, one day, a weekend, or even the whole ride. Scott opens up with Associate Editor Teejay Adams about his personal history, and how he came to create such a brilliant and worthy real-world event that truly helps.
The Rolling Barrage is a supportive network of brothers and sisters. To quote Scott Casey: “this is the family you never knew you had”.
It was a Nation exploding into civil war. In 1992, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia triggered an international armed conflict that would last more than 3 years and eventually see nearly 100,000 people killed. Canadians were thrown into what was declared a peacekeeping mission, but it wasn’t. They were going well beyond the rules of engagement that were provided by the UN. Told by Scott Casey, Former Canadian Peacekeeper.