Share this Article Print Email a Friend Best Value Motorcycle of the Year: Yamaha FZ-07 By Troy Siahaan Bang for the buck. That’s what it comes down to when you talk about value. Whether it’s refrigerators or motorcycles, getting a good value boils down to receiving more than expected for an item’s price tag. Of course, it doesn’t hurt when that price tag is a mere $6990, as is the case with the Yamaha FZ-07, Motorcycle.
com’s returning champion in the Value category. Best Value Bike Of 2014 What makes the FZ-07 a good value is its 689cc, 270-degree parallel-Twin. It’s a gem of an engine that doesn’t sound or behave like your typical inline-Twin. However, what makes the FZ a great value are the line items you won’t see on a spec chart. Simply put, the bike makes you smile. Twist that throttle and the bike comes to life, easily whooping up wheelies in the first two gears (and the third one, too, if you’re really good).
That wonderful engine is supported by brakes that also perform better than expected for the price. Sure, the suspension could use an upgrade to suit heavy and/or aggressive riders, but it handles surprisingly well with the budget KYB suspension. If you consider the FZ a blank canvas just waiting for customization, its value increases even more. 2015 Yamaha FZ-07 First Ride Review In addition to winning our Value category last year, the FZ-07 scooped up a few other awards, too.
In our 2014 Middleweight Mash-Up Six-Way Shootout, the Yamaha proved that low price doesn’t have to mean boring performance, as it went on to win top honors in a test among its peers. It punched so high above its weight class, we even awarded it Honorable Mention for our coveted Motorcycle of the Year award in 2014. We love the bike no less this year, but the crop of new entries means the MOTY runner-up spot won’t be going to the FZ.
Still, how can you beat a bike that’s as fun and affordable as the FZ-07? Yamaha calls it “the ultimate sportbike for under $7k,” and you know what? We agree. Honorable Mention: CSC Cyclone RX3 by Tom Roderick When it comes to an Adventure-Touring motorcycle in size 250cc resembling a BMW R1200GS or Triumph Explorer, the CSC Cyclone RX3 is the only game in the U.S.A. Dimensionally, the RX3 isn’t too big nor too small.
Its 31.3-inch seat height is shorter than full-size A-T bikes but minimally taller than the 250cc/300cc sportbikes from competing OEMs such as Honda’s CBR300R or Yamaha’s YZF-R3. At 386 pounds (claimed curb weight), the Cyclone isn’t the lightest 250 to be found, but it’s sub-400 heft is much easier to manage in off-road circumstances than traditional full-size A-T bikes. 2015 CSC Cyclone RX3 Review Zongshen is the name you’ll see on the fuel tank badge, but CSC is the U.
S. representative responsible for selling the bikes, spare parts, accessories and addressing warranty issues. CSC Motorcycles is probably best known for its line of modern Mustangs, while Zongshen is one of China’s largest motorcycle manufacturers, producing in the neighborhood of 4,000 engines per day. Cyclone RX3 sales are consumer direct from CSC Motorcycles, but don’t be nervous, CSC recently hired Gerry Edwards, former service department manager at Brown BMW and RideNow, as the company’s service manager, indicating CSC’s commitment to providing customer service and support.
For $3,495, plus shipping ($500 max) the Cyclone RX3 comes exactly as pictured (after being either self-assembled or assembled by a local mechanic), including luggage and crash guards. The lockable hard bags don’t hold much and don’t have a quick-release function, but they’re standard equipment on a $3,500 bike!. Missing are handlebar brush guards, included are passenger grab handles. CSC offers a two-year unlimited mileage warranty further increasing the RX3’s value.
If we’ve piqued your interest, make sure to read our review of the RX3 or check out the company’s website. Motorcycle.com Best of 2015 CategoriesSee Also: Honda Brio 2012 Price
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Short of carving up your factory seat or buying an aftermarket seat (see Best Motorcycle Seat, adding a pad of some sort my prove to be your best option. There are a number of choices, each with its own advantages. There are basically five types of pads -- foam, gel, air, bead and sheepskin. No matter which one you choose, however, one advantage is that when you sell your ride, you can move your favorite pad to your next motorcycle, something that may not be possible with an expensive aftermarket seat.
Here is how they compare. The foam pad is typically closed cell foam. Most factory seats are of open cell foam. Closed cell foam is firmer, which may sound less comfortable but the truth of the matter is that a broad, flat firm seat often proves to be more comfortable than a squishy seat that mashes down. Also, the foam pad will raise the rider and provide more legroom between the seat and the pegs.
Gel pads originated with the medical industry for wheelchair bound patients to protect them from sores. Some riders find them comfortable, but others feel like they are squirming around on the seat and do not favor them. Air pads would seem ideal, but again some riders don't feel solidly connected with their ride and are uneasy using them. One advantage of the air pad is that the amount of air can be adjusted.
The bead seats have one huge advantage in hot weather -- air circulates under you and helps keep you cool. They also help keep your crotch dry in rainy weather by allowing the water to drain away from your bottom. They also claim to distribute pressure points. Finally, the sheepskin seat covers. They supposedly keep you cool in summer, warm in winter. They are available in a variety of colors and thickness.
Rain can be a problem, but you can remove them in advance or put a cover over them. You could also roll it up and use it for a pillow if you are camping. Below are listed the best known sources for the five different kinds of seat pads. Butt Buffer Motorcycle Seat Cushions Carolina Butt Buffer Motorcycle Top Cushions & Polymer Inserts provide the performance riders are looking for without the associated hassles.
BeadRider.com - Why Wooden Beads! BeadRiders allow air to flow between the rider and the saddle, keeping you dryer and cooler. Beaded seats also allow for the dispersion of your pressure points over a larger area. CrossGel : GEL TEC Seat Cushions Each Soft-Bottom Comfort Seating cushion is made up of individual, interconnected gel cells that promote consistent blood flow by allowing body weight pressure to be evenly distributed which means no more pressure points and numbness! AIRHAWK Motorcycle Seat Cushions Patented system eliminates painful pressure points and promotes consistent blood flow for a longer, more comfortable ride.
Alaska Leather -- Sheepskin Buttpad Sheepskin is a natural product that works like magic. Often used in medical applications to prevent bedsores, it keeps your "buttbones" from burning and is cool in the summer, warm in cold weather, reduces sweating, and keeps the bitch factor down.