Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Southern Ontario, in the GTA
Time for something a bit quicker..
I'm a relatively new rider, just 4 seasons and about 80,000km under my belt. Started on a Yamaha V-Star 650 (now sold), moved to a Suzuki VStrom 650 for a couple of seasons, and added the FZ6 this week as a second bike. The intention is to keep the Suzuki as the all day (or all week) bike, and use the FZ6 for shorter rides with buddies after work, that sort of thing. Anywhere that I'm sure I'll be on pavement.
The FZ is stock, except for upgraded levers, which I suspect were replaced after a minor drop. Also broke the left mirror and rear signal light, but both of them were repaired. A couple of small scratches on the plastic indicating that the bike was moving, but not very quickly when it went down, are the only other damage I can find. It came with a pair of, lets go with 'well worn' Bags-Connections saddle bags, along with the stays to keep them out of the rear wheel, and a Bags-Connections City tank-lock bag and the locking ring.
I've only got a couple of hundred kilometers on the FZ so far. Initial impressions are almost all that I'd hoped for. It's certainly a much more exciting ride than the VStrom, and surprisingly offers better wind protection on the lower body despite the smaller fairing. There isn't as much protection from the wind on the upper body, but that wind is much smoother than on the Suzuki, with no real buffeting, so I don't think it's going to be a problem. I think the cornering will be far better too, once I've had time to build some confidence on this much more powerful ride. Right now I find myself rolling off the throttle going into curves, even when my speed is already reasonable. That's likely nothing that more kilometers won't fix. It's not a comfortable enough ride to do the 1,000km days I do on the VStrom, but MY GOD is this bike fun to ride...
I got the bike dirt cheap, so I expected a couple of issues. The only thing I've found so far is an occasional shudder in the front brake under routine braking at city speeds. It felt like ABS kicking in, but I don't believe my bike has ABS. Planning to take the calipers apart this weekend to ensure that all the pistons are moving freely, I think uneven travel on the pistons could cause the shudder I'm feeling. Seems to be happening less as I ride the bike, and the previous owner told me it hadn't been ridden in three months, so it's possible (but I think not very likely) that the problem is simply disuse. If the problem persists after I've checked the calipers, I'll search the forum to see what anyone else has had to do about this.