Riding A Graves Motorsports FZ-07, FZ-09 & YZF-R3
A few months ago during the Shoei X-Fourteen introduction at Chuckwalla Raceway, I was given the chance to spin some laps aboard a Graves Motorsports Yamaha FZ-07, FZ-09, and YZF-R3. The two FZs were equipped with a variety of performance upgrades available from the Graves Motorsports catalog while the R3 was one of the Graves Racing Services’ race-prepped bikes.
By flashing the FZ-09’s ECU with a Graves FTECU Flash, installing an Öhlins shock and Öhlins fork kit Graves solved the two biggest issues with the FZ-09. Add to that the 310mm Braking Wave rotors up front with a brake line kit, Marchesini wheels, Graves adjustable rearsets, and a smorgasbord of other hop-up goodies, and the FZ-09 is transformed from a fun street bike into a track day weapon. The same can be said for the FZ-07, with just not as much, or the same, go-fast goodies available, but enough to elevate the FZ-07’s game.
To see everything Graves Motorsports has available for your FZ-09, FZ-07 or a wide variety of other sportbikes, check out the company’s website.
For the aspiring racers out there, Graves Racing Services has a race-spec Yamaha YZF-R3 available. This unintimidating little racer is an absolute blast to ride, and will teach you all the basic skills needed to pilot a more powerful weapon. Graves claims a 15% increase in power and a 12% reduction in weight for the R3. The base package for an assembled R3 racer includes:
- Graves Stainless and Carbon exhaust
- FTECU Remapped ECU tuned to match the Graves pipe
- YamaLube 15W 30 Full Synthetic Racing Oil
- Graves basic chassis, control and protection kit
- Race bodywork w/ Zero Gravity Screen
- Graves Spec racing brake lines and racing front brake pads
- Ohlins steering damper with Graves mount kit
- Ohlins Rear Shock and Andreani fork kit
For more information, ordering details, and pricing about the race-kitted YZF-R3 go to gravesracingservices.com.