Up until now, the FZ-09 has been widely regarded as having fallen short of its potential. The suspension was insufficient, throttle too abrupt and a lack of electronic goodies made it a little too simple for the price and current competition. Yamaha saw the error of its ways and set about the business of correcting past mistakes with a significant re-design for 2017 that improves in all the most-criticized areas on its predecessor. The MY17 FZ-09 sports improved throttle-response mapping along with traction control and ABS, so improvement was definitely made in the electronic gadgetry department. But, does this newest version meet popular demand and expectation? I wanted to explore that and I’ll share my findings with you.
Yamaha moved away from the cyclops headlight of the previous models with a dual LED headlight setup that brings with it a wide, but flat, headlight housing for a completely different look up front. Beefier cheek fairings and small side covers add some visual weight to the front, and not only do the side covers enclose and protect the ends of the radiator, they also serve as a handy spot to mount the front turn signals to get them off the headlight housing.
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