If you like the looks of the FZ-10 but prefer a Triple instead of an inline-Four, you are in luck! This morning at the AIMExpo, Yamaha took the wraps off of the 2017 FZ-09. The styling influences of its larger sibling are immediately apparent. Four aggressive, “floating style” headlights give the FZ–09 an pugnacious, insect-like visage that hints at impending trouble. The swoopy radiator shrouds and the updated air scoops add to the visible tension.
However, the changes aren’t all from the styling department. The FZ-09’s 847cc, crossplane-concept, liquid-cooled, inline, three-cylinder engine now offers adjustable Traction Control to the FZ’s list of sporting qualifications, which include: YCC-T, Yamaha D- Mode (user-selectable, electronically controlled drive modes), ride-by-wire, and a Assist & Slipper (A&S) Clutch. An optional Genuine Yamaha Quick Shift System will make running through the gears a full-throttle, clutchless experience that is sure to put smiles of the faces of riders.
ABS brakes land on the FZ-09 for 2017, feeding the radial mounted, four-piston calipers. This functional addition to the dual 298mm discs should benefit all riders, regardless of skill level, when braking traction is limited.
Arriving in February, the 2017 Yamaha FZ-09 will feature a $8,999 MSRP and will come in three colors: Candy Red, Matte Silver and Intensity White.
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