Yamaha scored big when it dropped its Inline Triple crossplane engine into a naked bike for the 2014 model year, creating the FZ-09. The motorcycle’s popularity has maintained and the sport naked gets a refresh for 2017, with updated styling alongside some electronics enhancements and mechanical refinements.
Similar alterations were announced previously at the Intermot Show in Germany to the European counterpart MT-09. Yamaha held off on confirming that the changes would be made to the US version until the 2016 AIMExpo show, though. These changes include new floating LED headlights, a 3D taillight along with updated radiator shrouds and air scoops. The license plate bracket is now mounted to the swingarm also.
Beyond looks, the 2017 FZ-09 will include some electronic components to make the bike more versatile. Adjustable traction control is one such element, ABS is another. Alongside the new slipper clutch and returning selectable drive modes, the FZ-09 is poised to please hooligans and mellower pilots alike. Riders will also be able to dial in the suspension more than before thanks to fully adjustable front fork on the 2017 model.
There’s also a Genuine Yamaha Quick Shift System that can be installed separately, giving the rider the ability to shift up the gearbox without need for a clutch.
The torquey 847cc Triple engine remains unchanged, as do the braking and rear suspension set-ups. Riders are still given a 3.7-gallon fuel capacity. Yamaha lists the curb weight of the new FZ-09 at 425 pounds.
Retailing at $8999, the 2017 FZ-09 is $809 more expensive than last year’s model. It will be available in Candy Red, Matte Silver and Intensity White colorways starting in February.
Yamaha also revealed some information on other sport naked models, including the FZ-07, which receives optional ABS in 2017. The ABS version will retail for $7499 while non-ABS can be had for $7199 starting in February. Four-cylinder aficionados can look to the returning 600cc FZ6R, which carries over from last year without any major changes. It will price starting at $7799 and be available starting this October.
Photos by Shanda Hurst.