Yamaha fj-09 review




Yamaha fj-09 review

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  • We test ride the Yamaha FJ, the all-new sport tourer.

    Before I go any further, I want to be clear that this is not to be confused with a “ First Ride” review of the FJ Sean already wrote that back in.

    This adventure tourer offers multiple personalities at a very reasonable price point.

    Yamaha fj-09 review

    Yamaha fj-09 review

    Hold a counter shaft in your hand and tell me what, other than being run over by a train or direct hit with a. It will put close to hp to the rear wheel on a dyno, and it is only responsible for moving pounds of motorcycle including a full tank of gas! The only thing left to spend money on are the accessories, like hand warmers and racks. So on we went. Hard Or Soft Luggage?

    Yamaha fj-09 review

    Yamaha fj-09 review

    Yamaha fj-09 review

    Yamaha fj-09 review

    Yamaha fj-09 review

    Yamaha FJ | FIRST RIDE | Motorcyclist

    Timing, as they say, is everything. I had managed to rack up a little over 12, miles on my personal Triumph Tiger XCx over the past few months and the ol' gal was due for a check-up. While there are closer Triumph dealerships in the Philly area, Martin is far enough away to make for an enjoyable ride through the country. In addition to a friendly and knowledgeable staff, they usually have coffee and cookies available for customers to enjoy, and as it turns out, a loaner bike program for scheduled motorcycle services.

    I have yet to decide if this is a thoughtful way to attract service customers to their rural dealership or an ingenious marketing scheme to get folks to buy new bikes. Either way, it was working. With the push of a button you can disable traction control and change Drive Modes. Sean already wrote that back in when the FJ was released. The FJR is big, comfortable and easy. There is nothing wrong with that.

    Yamaha fj-09 review

    Plenty of riders are looking to burn rubber over big miles while still being able to walk fully erect at the end of the day without the help of Advil. It features an aggressively abrupt throttle, minimal wind protection, torque that will launch the front wheel toward the sky with ease, a stiff sport suspension, and brakes so strong the FJ will teach you how to perform a stoppie, even if you aren't actually trying to learn how. Commuting to RevZilla headquarters on the FJ made it hard to want to actually stop and do work.

    If these two bikes were animals, the FJR would be an ostrich, big, heavy, and fast. The FJ would be a hummingbird. A deranged, pissed-off, petrol-sucking hummingbird darting from branch to branch faster than the eye can follow. Personally, I prefer coffee to tea and I enjoyed the fully caffeinated version of FJ Taking the long way back to Philly, I learned how much this bike loves the two-lane blacktop of the Pennsylvania countryside. As it attacked the whoops and hollers, the cc Crossplane triple acted as if it were ferociously trying to outrun itself.

    Yamaha fj-09 review

    Cresting hills, the FJ would launch itself over the other side like a big cat pouncing on its prey. On one particular railroad crossing, I accidentally found myself with both wheels off of the ground as if I were casually running laps around a motocross track, instead of riding home for supper. Sharp handling makes the FJ is a blast in the curves, as well as the open road.

    Back inside city limits, the FJ felt like a caged beast. The FJ is a modern-day mechanical version of White Fang. It could survive in the city, but it belongs in the wild.

    After three short days, I returned the FJ and picked up my Tiger with a freshly balanced crankshaft and headed home. The long-travel WP suspension soaked up bumps too well. The bike as a whole felt too comfortable. My Tiger is a great bike, as is the FJR There is just something about the FJ It has a certain immediacy about it. I got beat up at highway speeds and at the end of a full day I was a bit stiff and sore. But it was all worth it. It is one of the most grin-inducing machines I have ridden.

    Yamaha fj-09 review

    The FJ's modern styling cues look at home in a variety of settings. As I mentioned in the FJR article, Lemmy prefers riding big bikes, big miles and I am sure there are a lot of riders out there who will agree with him. For those of you looking for comfort and refinement in Yamaha's lineup, there is the FJR. Coming to the end of a long sport-touring ride reminds me of getting to kick off your shoes after spending the entire night dancing at the prom.

    Both bikes make for great dancing partners. What type of dancing do you prefer? The FJR will waltz you down the highway with sophistication while the FJ will have you hanging out in the back parking lot with a boom box blaring Metallica and encouraging you to bang your head. Create an Account or Log In to store your bikes and shop exact-fit parts in a single click.

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