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:
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!