FZ8 to FZ-09

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Hey guys so I’m looking for some input from the group. I’m getting rid of my 2011 FZ8 and upgrading to the FZ09. I know the issues that plagued the 2014/15 models and then what was furthur ‘corrected’ between the 16 to 17 models, so my question to you is if you think it’s worth getting a new 2017 over a new 2016. I love the new front end appearance but have heard the new headlights really don’t make a huge difference as far as functionality. I like that the new models include some added safety features as far as ABS and TCS, the slipper clutch, new mapping, redone fork/suspension, etc. but a lot seems to be shit guys are replacing anyways…so what’re everyone’s thoughts? I don’t want to spend an extra grand or two for a new bike only to spend another couple grand to make upgrades that I would’ve done on a 2016 anyways. I can easily rationalize to myself buying the brand new model so I’d appreciate some objective advice!

Dan 6 years 22 Answers 1576 views 0

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    14/15 models were plagued with issues?! When? Lol

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    I’d personally opt for a 14 and mod it to your liking\nEspecially how low they can be found now

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    I’m in the same boat as you. I’m probably going with the 2016.

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    I bought the 17. I love it but i wish i didnt buy it new

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    Totally worth the extra, get a 17

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    I bought my 14 brand new and have about 3grand in shit done to it.. but it feels good knowing that your the only person who has had the Bike!..

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    17’s headlight sucks balls.

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    I like the Cyclops look on the 14 15 as well

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    I don’t remember my 15 being plagued with issues…people on YouTube need your attention for views so everything is sensationalized. If you find a clean 14/15 for cheap then go for it. They’re awesome. If you want to spend more money for the same experience then have at it I guess.

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    Issues that plague the 14/15 models? On the super early model 2014, it did have the cam chain tensioner issue, and the factory remap necessary, but other than that, I didn’t know of any major issues. I bought mine brand new in August of 2014, 24,000 miles later it is still completely flawless, and at 20K miles when I checked the valves, they were still Within tolerance.\n\nMines for sale btw… lol

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    My 15 has had zero issues.

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    Has anyone done the projector retrofit for the cyclops headlight? hows the lighting at night??

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    The answer is yes

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    Has anyone changed the entire headlight on a 14-16? Or just upgrading the actual bulbs? I put a $30 HID eBay kit in my current FZ8 and it’s fairly bright but I’m always one for more light!

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    Let me just add that I’m finding new 2016 and 2017s that are only 2-300 difference in price. I’m not opposed to used but the warranty is def appealing. I bought my current bike used w 6k mi but it came w a transferable extended warranty from dealer.

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    2016 love it

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    Where do you live? I am selling my 2015 FZ09 about 5500 miles. https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/mcy/d/yamaha-2015-fz09-upgrades/6427076072.html

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    I have a 2015 and I wasn’t plaqued with issues. Still have it and I love it..

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    Had this exact same question before making my purchase. I’ve rode both and can assure you the extra money you spend for a 17 is well worth the upgraded suspension. And safety features

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    P.s the motors are the exact same since 14. Great motors with very little issues.

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    Also forget what year but I swapped my rear shock for a gsxr shock. Night and day difference.

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    I bought a 16, love the style and color, no issues and love the bike

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