Yamaha's FZ-09 & FZ-07 - Aggressively Naked

Yamaha used the 2016 AIMExpo to highlight the 2017 models of its popular naked motorcycles, the FZ-09 and by association, its FZ-07.

With its aggressive styling and impressive performance, the original FZ-09 blew the naked sportbike segment wide open. Wanting to further that reputation, the FZ-09 is back with radical new styling and a host of performance updates for 2017. New features for 2017 include adjustable Traction Control, fully adjustable front forks, an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), and an aggressive look that takes its styling cues from its big brother, the FZ-10.

The new look is most obvious with the FZ-09’s new, floating-style quad-LED headlights and a sculpted 3D taillight combine with sleek new radiator shrouds, air scoops and a swingarm-mounted license plate bracket, all adding up to a more extreme style that Yamaha hopes places it squarely in the front of the naked sportbike class.

As for its powerhouse, the FZ-09’s 847cc, crossplane-concept, liquid-cooled, inline, three-cylinder, fuel-injected engine for 2017. Yamaha outlines the advanced, high-tech components, included in the engine such as Yamaha DMode which are user-selectable, electronically controlled drive modes and Traction Control, to deliver an exciting, torquey, and quick-revving engine character.


The FZ-09’s ‘Crossplane Crankshaft Concept’ engine provides linear torque development in response to the rider’s throttle input, for responsive engine thrust with a strong feeling of power in the low- to mid-rpm range. To boost refinement and provide a smoother ride, the CP3 engine uses a compact counterbalancer to cancel out vibration.

To develop the FZ-09’s broad torque curve and create its unique intake sound, the three intake funnels have been designed with uneven lengths. This staggered design gives the CP3 engine an excellent spread of torque across the entire rev range.

Helping this aggressive performance, the ride-by-wire Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) system senses the slightest throttle input by the rider and instantaneously calculates the ideal throttle valve opening, and then actuates the throttle valves to actively control intake volume. This technology contributes to the rider’s feeling of torque and controllability from the 3-cylinder engine.


Combined with an Assist & Slipper (A&S) Clutch plus new ABS-equipped brakes, the 2017 FZ-09 is ‘built around rider-centric control across a wide range of road conditions and individual riding styles’ according to Yamaha.

Performance-minded FZ-09 riders can also install a new Genuine Yamaha Quick Shift System as an accessory, which delivers clutchless, full-throttle upshifts for maximum acceleration.

Looking to the FZ-09’s handling, using new separate-leg fork damping for independent compression, rebound and preload adjustments, the FZ-09’s inverted fork offers enhanced tuneability, from aggressive sport riding to comfortable commuting.  

By placing the muffler low in the frame and as close to the center of the machine as possible, overall handling is improved. Featuring a short, slash-cut exhaust outlet, the FZ-09 reportedly howls with a ‘sweet 3-cylinder exhaust note’.  

The 2017 FZ-09 will be available in Candy Red, Matte Silver and Intensity White, will retail for $8,999, and will be available in dealerships beginning in February.


The FZ-09’s younger brother comes in two flavors, with and without ABS. The FZ-07 ABS includes a new Anti-Lock Braking System, which supports the potent triple-disc brakes and boosts rider confidence by preventing wheel lock-ups in reduced-traction conditions.

The FZ-07 ABS and FZ-07 both feature the same 689cc, crossplane-concept, liquid-cooled, inline, twin-cylinder, DOHC, 8-valve engine with fuel injection, which provides outstanding low- to mid-range torque with very linear throttle response. Chassis dimensions and design ergonomics work with the qualities of the compact twin-cylinder engine to achieve a sporty, light, and neutral handling character.

The FZ-07 ABS will be available in Rapid Red and retail for $7,499, while the non-ABS FZ-07 will be available in Rapid Red, Glacier Blue and Matte Silver and retail for $7,199. Both models are due to arrive on Yamaha dealership showroom floors beginning in February.

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