Motorcycles are like Forrest Gump describing a box of chocolates.
Thought it would be interesting to start a thread about other bikes that RC51 owners have ridden and can discuss/post here. Consider this separate from this thread of other bikes owned https://www.rc51forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=62097
This thread is an opportunity to discuss more general bike ride experiences beyond ownership.
Today I did a Yamaha test ride.
I think they have some of the best bike options out there now. As a second bike, I'm strongly considering something notably different from what I now own (RC51). So I did test rides of the FZ09, FJ09, and Tenere. From naked bike through to adventure tourer. I'm interested in a bike that I can tour and do some more significant miles in. Think lots of miles and various roads.
It was a very nice day weather-wise; added bonus. And I really like all the bikes in the end. I'd be happy owning all three fwiw. They all feel different and each have their own merits. That alone was a revelation
. I'm looking forward to a bigger stable.
The FZ09 is a city hooligan ride imo. Light, small and fun power. Lots of wheelie fun can be found here. It's a giggle machine, feeling and looking small, and if you aren't careful your license points will suffer. There is no need to get out of second gear below 60 mph (100 kmh). Ride it at 3K rpm, 6K prm, 9K rpm, it all works. Ride it like a sportbike and it rewards you like a sportbike. Suspension was too soft, but that couch feel was cool for me compared to my current ride, and a good rider can still get so much out of it.
The FJ09 was surprisingly notably different from the FZ09. The suspension wasn't as soft, more weight, and a softer tune meant it felt more balanced overall. Not a giggle machine, but still a lot of power there. Think instead of accidental wheelies, deliberate wheelies. A better speedo display, and a comfy riding position with good highway manners with the windshield. Also, this bike looks so much better in person than in magazine pictures. A very sharp looking bike.
The Tenere was a sleeper me. The bike was awesome; it had loads of character. Way more than the FJ and even the FZ. There was notable intake honk getting on the throttle; and tons of low end torque. The parallel v twin add to much of that character, and it had too much power for an adventurer tourer. I'd call it a hooligan adventure bike.
I got a kick out of the shaft drive jack effect with all the torque. At 4000 rpm the tenere had much more thrust than the FZ or FJ. Though at 6-7k rpm I'd start to consider shifting the tenere soon for enjoyment whereas the FZ or FJ was now getting into the fun zone.
Of note, the FZ09 and FJ09 in A mode throttle mapping, aka sport mode, were super twitchy, to the point of surge and mild whiplash. Notably more than my SP2 RC51, with PCIII and now PCV AT. Standard mode is the way to do it in the city. I guess the RC51 is not the most twitchy FI ride I've now done.
One ride leader at the event today has done lots of adventure touring. He said the FJ09 and Tenere can do the Alaska trip, though he mentioned beyond Fairbanks the Tenere is the one you want.
I've now experienced some excellent rides. And I'm looking forward to what other rides members here have tried and can give feedback on. Cheers