2014 Yamaha FZ-09 Quick LookNo question about it, the Yamaha FZ8 was a huge favorite here at Ultimate MotorCycling. You may think we’d be disappointed that it will be gone for 2014, but that’s only until you take a look at the FZ-09’s new three-cylinder Crossplane crankshaft and a wet weight of 414 pounds—53 pounds lighter than the FZ8.
The 2014 FZ-09, with its all-new aluminum frame and swingarm, has a shorter wheelbase and steeper rake than that FZ8, which means the FZ-09 should be quite adept at turning.The ergonomics on the FZ-09 have also been relaxed, with higher bars that are closer to the rider and lower footpegs. The 847cc motor is claimed to crank out 65 ft.-lb. of torque (four more than the FZ8).For our First Ride Review of the 2014 Yamaha FZ-09, click here. For a look at all 2014 motorcycles, check out our latest edition of the Ultimate MotorCycling Digital Buyers Guide.Also, check us out on Facebook and Twitter.2014 Yamaha FZ-09 Quick Stats:
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.