Since its initial release, the Yamaha FZ-09 has garnered praise for having tremendous bang-for-the-buck. In fact, MO readers named it Reader’s Choice Best Value Bike Of 2015. However, there were still some heretics that felt the grunty Triple didn’t quite live up to its potential. The common refrain was, “Why on earth should an owner need to flash the EFI and upgrade the suspension to get a bike that performs like it should out of the box?”
Since I was one of those who thought the FZ-09 should deliver more than it did, E-i-C Duke tapped me to attend the introduction of the 2017 Yamaha FZ-09 in the local mountains around Malibu. The thought was that, if one of the deniers could be converted, Yamaha must have exorcised the FZ-09’s evils. The prescription was straightforward. The EFI received fuel and ignition maps from the XSR900 and FJ-09. Additionally, the fork gained fully adjustable components – plus 83% more compression damping for greater front-end control.
After sampling those well-placed modifications, I have to admit that I’m now a convert to the FZ-09 fold. Take a look at the video to learn all the details.