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Old 11-19-2012, 07:08 PM   #1
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Well, I finally admitted that my supersport dreams are just that, due to back problems that refuse to quit. I sat on an FZ8 this past weekend, and it felt like seating position was maybe a bit more upright than the ol' 250. Seemed like it would be a fun bike, and reviews I've read seem positive. Just wondering if anyone has ridden one and has an opinion. I think it's on my short list of next bike possibilities.
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I like that bike a lot. I rode an FZ6 for a while years ago, if they are anything alike its a great bike.
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Well, I finally admitted that my supersport dreams are just that, due to back problems that refuse to quit. I sat on an FZ8 this past weekend, and it felt like seating position was maybe a bit more upright than the ol' 250. Seemed like it would be a fun bike, and reviews I've read seem positive. Just wondering if anyone has ridden one and has an opinion. I think it's on my short list of next bike possibilities.

I looked and couldn't see the point. Get a FZ1 instead. Or if you're really smart, a Bandit
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I demoed it and really liked it. The motor rips, so much low end torque. It's. feels a lot lighter than its stated weight. Would love to own one, very easy to ride fast with quick turn in.
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Perhaps you can find a demo day close to your area. Yamaha Motorcycle Display and Demo Schedule
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That would be nice, but there's never anything closer than 200+ miles. Drawback of living in Louisiana. Almost impossible to work out any test riding here. The area dealers that are listed as demo dealers bring out the "it hasn't been serviced" excuse if you ask for a test ride. I have a pretty good relationship with our Honda/Kawasaki dealer nearby, and they might be inclined to let me test ride since I've purchased 2 bikes from them, but I'm out of luck for Suzuki/Yamaha. Makes it difficult to make an informed decision.
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The motor is really made for low end torque and mid range, that's what remember the most. Compared to a 600 SS the powerband is a lot tamer.
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That would be nice, but there's never anything closer than 200+ miles. Drawback of living in Louisiana.
I have the same problem in Missouri. Closest to me would be Chicago. I would dearly love to test drive a YZF-R6. I wonder if you could find a 2012 FZ8 for sale on Craigslist? Someone might let you test drive one that way.
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