We get our first chance to ride the 2014 Yamaha FZ-09 850 Triple in about two weeks along with most of the U.S. press corps in San Francisco. The British publication MCN has already ridden the bike and posted a surprisingly thorough video review that you can find here.
With over 400 comments from our readers, the surprisingly inexpensive FZ-09 created a very passionate response on MD.
The European version (essentially identical to the bike we will be testing) is called the MT-09, rather than FZ-09. You can watch the video for yourself, but MCN concludes with a very positive first impression, particularly for the low price (U.S. MSRP is below $8,000), with its only complaints being a “snatchy throttle” response in certain settings (the bike comes with three separate maps) and some vagueness from the front end. Of course, we will draw our own conclusions when we test the bike ourselves.