Normally we wouldn’t bother reporting on such minor model updates but we’ll make an exception in the case of Yamaha’s brilliant FZ-09 and FZ-07 pairing (known as MT-09 and MT-07 respectively outside of Northern America). The bikes remain pretty much unchanged from when they were released, which is both good and bad.
Good in that for the most part, they’re nearly perfect machines. The jerky throttle issue that plagued the FZ-09 when it was originally released is now rectified, though the underwhelming front end suspension remains as is. It does retain the absolutely brilliant 847cc in-line 3-cylinder engine that makes it such an absolute joy to ride. New color schemes include Raven ($8,190) and Impact Blue ($8,190).
The FZ-07 also returns as is but with new color schemes too which includes the aforementioned Raven ($6,990) and in our opinion, the brilliant looking Matte Silver ($6,990). Unfortunately, both the FZ-09 and FZ-07 remain without even the option of ABS brakes in the USA. We’re beginning to think that someone at Yamaha USA has a religious opposition to ABS, with these two machines and the R3 all lacking the feature which is either an option or standard elsewhere in the world.
No doubt these updated color schemes will make their way into other markets as well. Our sources indicated that a non LAMS version of the MT-07 will make its way to Australia next year and that ABS will be made available on both it and the MT-09 for the 2016 model refresh too.