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Aug 5th 2016, 03:09 PM   #1
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  Feb 2016
  Bellingham, WA

  Yamaha FZ-07
Yamaha Demo Truck - Skagit Powersports 8-26 and 27

I am going down on Friday to do some demo rides. Is anyone else heading that way?
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Aug 15th 2016, 09:24 AM   #2
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  Apr 2016
  Renton

Yeah, I can ditch work Friday. Demos are always fun. I'm mostly curious about the R3. Not that I'd buy something smaller than what I have, but it sounds like it would be fun to rip around on - if I even fit on it LOL.

Saturday and Sunday is the big airshow at JBLM. Should be a good weekend

Edited by HalcyonSon on Aug 15th 2016 at 09:32 AM
Aug 15th 2016, 10:10 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

[QUOTE=HalcyonSon;23703]Yeah, I can ditch work Friday. Demos are always fun. I'm mostly curious about the R3. Not that I'd buy something smaller than what I have, but it sounds like it would be fun to rip around on - if I even fit on it LOL.

Better be careful. I did a comparison 'commuter bike' test ride for someone between an R3 and an RC390. Very impressed with the R3. Very refined little bike. Went back a few weeks later and bought one. Very happy with it.
Aug 15th 2016, 10:22 AM   #4
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  Feb 2016
  Seattle

  ZX14 Barking Spider
I might head up Friday afternoon.
Aug 15th 2016, 10:46 AM   #5
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  Feb 2016
  Bellingham, WA

  Yamaha FZ-07
I am planning on leaving Bellingham to get there at 10 am Friday morning so I can get my name on the list early. I want to at least ride the FZ-10 and XSR900.
Aug 15th 2016, 11:35 AM   #6
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  Apr 2016
  Renton

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Originally Posted by HalcyonSon
Yeah, I can ditch work Friday. Demos are always fun. I'm mostly curious about the R3. Not that I'd buy something smaller than what I have, but it sounds like it would be fun to rip around on - if I even fit on it LOL.
Better be careful. I did a comparison 'commuter bike' test ride for someone between an R3 and an RC390. Very impressed with the R3. Very refined little bike. Went back a few weeks later and bought one. Very happy with it.
Maybe, if I had my own garage. No room for a second bike right now, and I'm not letting go of the 650R. Still planning to keep it till it won't go anymore. At ten years and 50,000 miles in, it may last longer than I do.

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I am planning on leaving Bellingham to get there at 10 am Friday morning so I can get my name on the list early. I want to at least ride the FZ-10 and XSR900.
Huh... I assumed the XSR900 was some new cruiser. Looks like it's a plain-jane standard with an attempt at retro-industrial styling. I kinda dig it.
Aug 27th 2016, 08:01 AM   #7
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  Apr 2016
  Renton

Well, that was fun. Rode the XSR900, R3, FZ-07, Super Tenere, and FZ-10. The R3 was by far the most fun, followed by the FZ-10. I couldn't ride the R3 for more than about 15 minutes at a time, but it could be a tiny little track monster. The FZ-10 is an inspiration to bad behavior. I put in about 165 miles on my Ninja up and back, and about 16 miles on each of the demos.

XSR900 - Nice gauges. To my surprise, the digital dash remained visible in bright sun or shade. The seat and footpegs worked for me, but the bars put my throttle wrist at an uncomfortable angle and lots of weight on my arms. Lower and farther forward would work better. The mirrors were complete junk. Definitely calls for bar-end mirrors. The throttle and brakes in "A" mode was one hell of a surprise coming off a 650. Pulled an unintended wheelie leaving the parking lot. "B" felt neutered, and "STD" is pretty mellow and easy to ride. The situation around the footpegs is complicated for my big feet. The left rubs on the swingarm, which is no big deal, but the right gets hung up on the passenger peg bracket and exhaust guard. Suspension was way too soft, pogo-ing on and off throttle and brakes. Another, lighter, rider said it was too firm.

R3 - Could probably put a 10 year old on this and they'd be fine. Not going to get in trouble very easily. I wrapped WOT on nearly every shift and leaving every stop and had to bang through the gears to reach highway speed. Every other bike rolled from 25 to 65 easily in second. This little guy had the most predictable suspension, shift, and brakes out of the lot. Huge grin and laughing maniacally in my helmet the entire time.

FZ-07 - least refined Yamaha I've ever ridden... in a good way. Torquey fun engine, decent suspension and brakes. The transmission was clunky and sticky though, and the rear brake was worthless. The seat is hugely tapered front to back and too high on the tank. The gauges are too close in, so I couldn't see a damn thing without putting my chin to my chest. The bars vibrate worse than any japanese bike I've ridden, so both wrists were killing me. Also, rubber foot pegs. I hate rubber pegs - they just feel dead.

Super Tenere - Too tall and handled like a boat. "S" mode throttle is horribly jerky. "T" mode is better, but bleh. Too much shit on the bars and dash. Kept hitting the wrong button, and the dash was blinking at me the entire time - something to do with the suspension mode. I kept trying to set it to "single rider, no luggage" but it was blinking "two riders with luggage." The gear indicator is junk - Shifting from 3rd to 2nd to 1st and stopping displayed "-" "2" "3" "4." I don't believe it ever showed "1." I stalled the thing twice leaving stops, and it didn't want to restart. The lever adjustment is different from side to side. Who does that? Either both are the same, or one/both have no adjustment.

FZ-10 - Apparently it has electronic cruise control? Nobody was willing to try it on the short straights we rode. Ya know, it's really not as awful looking in person... One grumpy old cruiser dude thought the engine was great, but the mirrors sucked, the riding position was wrong, the handling was wrong, and the bars were too small in diameter. This sportbike rider thought the bars were fine, mirrors fine, riding position perfectly reasonable, and handling acceptable. Kinda wide about the tank, but the most street-able bike I demoed. Not the strongest brakes, but fine for street use. I got separated form the main body of the group at an intersection and had to pass a car to catch up. Third gear power wheelie while pulling into the oncoming lane for a pass? Yep. Whoopsy. They asked if anyone wanted to take one last ride... I said no thanks, I'll get in trouble on this thing. Might ride it all the way home.
Aug 27th 2016, 12:17 PM   #8
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  Feb 2016
  Bellingham, WA

  Yamaha FZ-07
Nice write up. I rode the XSR900 and FZ-09. I wanted to rude the FZ-10, but I did not want to wait three hours for it. It was definitely a fun day. FWIW, I put R3 foot pegs on my FZ-07...no more rubber foot pegs.
Aug 27th 2016, 03:48 PM   #9
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  Apr 2016
  Renton

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Nice write up. I rode the XSR900 and FZ-09. I wanted to rude the FZ-10, but I did not want to wait three hours for it. It was definitely a fun day. FWIW, I put R3 foot pegs on my FZ-07...no more rubber foot pegs.
I don't know what the fuck they were doing with the FZ-10. I got there at 9:55 am and it was already booked through 3 pm. They weren't letting anyone I saw book more than one ride, and nearly everyone went out every time. The FZ-10 stayed at the truck at least two of the trips it was scheduled. They never cut me off, so I kept signing up for more rides until I was finally able to get the FZ-10 after 4 pm. Some of them I wish I hadn't. If somebody had offered to swap me a cruiser for the Supere Tenere, I would have taken it. I went to lunch after riding the Supere Tenere and came back for the FZ-10. Considered calling it a day at lunch, but I'm glad I went back.

Edited by HalcyonSon on Aug 27th 2016 at 03:53 PM
Aug 27th 2016, 04:18 PM   #10
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  Feb 2016
  Bellingham, WA

  Yamaha FZ-07
I did two rides on Friday morning and then they said I could not do any more until the afternoon. I decided to leave as the only other bike I wanted to ride was the FZ-10 and it was booked until too late in the afternoon. I am not sure why they were cutting people off as there were bikes that did not go out then also.
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