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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.

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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.

For 2017, the FZ-09 receives adjustable Traction Control and ABS.

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.

The FZ-09 shares the in-your-face styling of the FZ-10.

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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