humanistfury Posted May 1, 2015 Share Posted May 1, 2015 Hey y'all - Just picked up a 2015 FJ-09 earlier this week, and am very confident this bike is gonna make a lot of sense for me over the next few years. I've been riding for about 5 years now, and most of that time has been on the 2010 H-D Sportster 883XLN I traded in. It was a good bike to learn to ride on, mainly due to the low center of gravity, mechanical simplicity, and atrocious low power/weight ratio. This past riding season I became acutely aware of the bike's limitations, and soon concluded that our relationship had run its course. My motorcycle is my primary means of transportation whenever possible, and the FJ-09 satisfied most all of my requirements for practical, reliable two-wheeled transportation. I also wanted a bike that wouldn't leave me bored & annoyed whenever I felt the need for some self-administered adrenaline therapy. I also probably prioritize safety more than most riders I know, so ABS and the D-Modes were a strong selling point for me. Finally, most all of these requirements were also satisfied by the BMW F800GS/GSA, but I quite literally walked out of the dealership when I added up the base price plus BMW's criminally high service/repair costs. Besides, Yamaha is a respected company that's definitely still rising. When I objectively compared the two bikes, it became clear to me that the added $4K, plus however much more in annual maintenance costs would be almost purely for a single feature - the logo on the fairing. Anyhow, I've definitely learned that a good, active forum is critical in maintaining, troubleshooting, and generally enjoying any bike. I hope I'm able to contribute as much as I learn. Y'all take it easy! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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