Yamaha FZ-09 Aftermarket ExhaustDue to its low price point, performance and styling, the Yamaha FZ-09 – which replaced the popular FZ-8 – quickly became a favorite in the naked sportbike market.
And now, Akrapovic has released an upgrade for the machine featuring Yamaha’s 847cc inline three – an new Racing Line exhaust system. The system will allow the engine to breath freely, delivering higher horsepower (+5.4) and a more resonant exhaust tone.The Racing Line system is a full-length exhaust constructed from quality stainless steel with a titanium alloy outer sleeve on the muffler body. A new “slash-cut” tail section has been designed to retain the narrow lines of the FZ-09 and has a removable baffle plate, which features three stylish exit ports.Constructed in two sections for ease of fit, the front section consists of three manifold tubes – linked by crossover tubes – precisely welded into a short collector. The muffler body and front section are connected by interference fit and secured by race specification springs.A bracket assembly utilises the standard FZ-09 frame mounting points. Akrapovič replacement manifold clamps are used to mount the manifold tubes in place on the cylinder head.Another performance aid is weight reduction. The Akrapovič Racing Line exhaust is considerably lighter than the stock item. Even though the exhaust increases performance and throttle response, there is no need for additional tuning providing the original Yamaha lambda sensor is retained – provision for this is provided on the collector tube.Yamaha FZ-09 Akrapovic Racing Line Exhaust Features:
Increased power-to-weight ratio with weight reduction of 2.4kg (5.3 lb) compared to stock exhaust
Peak power gain of 4.0kW (5.4HP) @ 9900rpm
Peak torque gain of 5.3Nm (3.9ft-lb) @ 5000rpm
Increased torque and power output throughout the midrange
One-piece welded manifold assembly for ease of fit
Improved throttle response
Retains standard Lambda sensor
EPA approved (not CARB approved. Optional Akrapovič catalytic converter available for regions where it is required)
For additional information, visit Akrapovic’s website.
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
The next guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—one of the most iconic sportbikes ever. Check it out in person at your local Suzuki dealer now, or visit suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!