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I've had my FZ07 for just about a year and a half now and although it's not as nimble or fast as my 2008 FZ1 was, it is a very reliable and fun bike for my 2 cents. I'm pretty sure the FZ07 is as fast as all but about three or four of my other bikes from the past and none of those were as much fun to ride due to it's light weight and decent handling. I see people complaining about the suspension being too soft or not having the adjustability of other sport bikes but I don't see many people complaining about the $6990 price tag. Anyone who wants to compare apples to apples, should also include the apples behind the $ sign. When I first started to read about the FZ07, I knew it was just what I was looking for, a bike with a very good power to weight ratio, one that handled pretty good, looked right, and wasn't going to cost much to buy or ride. Of course there are a few people who seem to have so much money that things like insurance and mileage are of no concern, but If I were one of them, I'd be looking at one of those $13-$15,000 bikes that do everything they wanted in the first place.
 

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It has been a great bike for the money. After 6 months riding one, my biggest complaint is the soft suspension, mainly the forks, which tend to dive so easily when braking hard. Loss of rear wheel traction is typical and I am sure this is something city riders experience a lot. Other than that, it is not a bike for long rides. A 200-mile ride will wear you out big time. But again, I what I was getting into by buying a naked bike. My future upgrade (in about 2 more years) will probably be a tourer, like an FJ 09.
 

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It has been a great bike for the money. After 6 months riding one, my biggest complaint is the soft suspension, mainly the forks, which tend to dive so easily when braking hard. Loss of rear wheel traction is typical and I am sure this is something city riders experience a lot. Other than that, it is not a bike for long rides. A 200-mile ride will wear you out big time. But again, I what I was getting into by buying a naked bike. My future upgrade (in about 2 more years) will probably be a tourer, like an FJ 07.
I suppose it depends on your size. Some riders need an 800 lb. Electraglide Ultra to tour and some can do it on a Honda Dream 450. It's obviously more comfy to go long distances on a heavier bike, but I've done the 4 corners of the U.S. on sport bikes and had a real blast. One thing about a light bike, when you get into the really tight stuff, you won't have a problem getting turned around when the road stops...............If you ever get a chance, take route 66 from Kingman, AZ to Oatman, AZ you'll see some of the roughest, tightest tarmac that is part of the old westward trail. I've done it on a V-Rod, FZ1 and the FZ07 wouldn't want to take it on a Goldwing but I suppose someone has.
 
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