2017 Yamaha FZ-09 and FZ-07 first look

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Those of you who love the way the Yamaha FZ-10 looks will appreciate the "even more extreme style" Yamaha gave the FZ-09 for 2017. The rest of you... well, just focus on the important stuff, like the new ABS and traction control on the FZ-09 and optional ABS on the FZ-07.

2017 Yamaha FZ-09

The FZ-09 has always been an intriguing bike, with a combination of great bang for the buck and annoying glitches with the suspension and fueling. For 2017, Yamaha not only gave the FZ-09 a face that everyone will love (except for everyone who hates it), but also added traction control and ABS to the package that already included rider modes. Yamaha also changed the front fork, and since suspension was one of the areas where many FZ-09 owners made modifications, it will be interesting to see how the new fork performs.

2017 Yamaha FZ-09Styling is an issue best left to each rider's individual taste. You know what you like. But you know when Yamaha uses both "extreme" and "radical" to describe the new styling of the FZ-09, it's clear they weren't trying to blend in with the crowd.

Non-faired bikes with standard ergonomics seem to be diverging into two styling branches: the retro look, of which Yamaha's SCR950 and XSR900 are examples, or the "Japanese dark side" style, which is all about visual references to crouching predators and evil machines. Understandably, nobody wants to make the bland bike in the middle, and Yamaha has decided the FZ line is going in the futuristic direction, not the nostalgic one.

2017 Yamaha FZ-07

2017 Yamaha FZ-07 gets ABS option

The news with the smaller Fizzer is that ABS is now available. You can get the FZ-07 for $7,199 without ABS or $7,499 with the anti-lock system. Frankly, for a bike like the FZ-07, I think ABS is a no-brainer bargain at $300. This is a bike that will be ridden by many newer riders and ridden in urban traffic, and if ABS saves you from just one tipover in an emergency braking maneuver, it will pay for itself. The ABS version is only available in red.

Either way, you still get the same light weight, nimble handling and tractable power from the 689 cc vertical twin engine that made the FZ-07 so popular in the first place.

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