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There are no welds on the frame itself...

You have the left and right sides of the frames as single piece objects, which both lowers the cost and removes weak points (welds) from the design. Switching from steel to aluminum means the frame is now lighter as well.

The engine is also a stressed member, so the frame being bolted at the tripple-clamp is not a weakpoint, as the left and right sides are actually joined at several places through the engine.
 

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Who cares......????

Who cares about marketing, magazines, or any of your opinions?? I sure as hell don't. I just think both versions are really cool. I love the frame, the exhaust, the styling of the fairing / headlight. If they could make it a convertible..... naked / faired, it would be perfect. Very sweet machine, I too can see it with soft or hard bags for weekend trips.

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These bikes are fun and I bought my wife a Yamaha Radian 600yx 89' vintage. If it wasn't for my mechanical curiousity that bike would be collecting dust in a corner. To buy parts for that bike is an exercise in bendover and let Yamaha drive it home. The prices they charge are a sin. Harleys may initially cost more but Jap bikes catch up in maintenance costs unless you are a tight asss like myself and do all your own work.
 

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Re: Fazer 600 Information (It's a damn shame)

The Speed Four is a wonderful bike (owner bias acknowledged!). Triumph screwed the pooch initially by charging too much for it. Now it's $6499, and at that price, it's damn hard to beat.
 

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Speed 4

I love the looks of that bike in orange. Looks like it would just be a nice around town bike to zip around on. I just wish they'd make them so the seat was about 28" off the ground so I could get a used one for the wife. I'd look a smidgen big on it but it'd still be a blast.
 

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This is a no-brainer for Yamaha, thus insuring it is unlikely to come to pass. SVs are selling like...well, they're selling. I've always liked the SV, but would never consider buying one because a) I'm significantly north of six feet tall; b) I like to ride two-up, without subjecting my significant other to what is, at best, an undignified post position; and c) I'm a child of the 70's and 80's and have notions about what motorcycles are supposed to look like, and Japanese motorcycles are supposed to have four across.



This Yamaha scratches several itches. They got the styling right, especially on the unfaired model. They chose a real engine, and from the sounds of things, may have tuned it they way we want it. It feels like time for a motorcycle that isn't a monster (displacement-wise, not knocking Ducatis). And, miracle of miracles, they put a real saddle on it. Remember when they called them saddles? Dang!



I think that neither myself nor my usual Baggage would object to riding this thing. Bottom line: I started out on Yamaha motorcycles over 20 years ago, but haven't had one in a long, long time. If Yamaha brings this one, I'll buy it. Are you listening, Yamaha?
 

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Dude- no offense- but this FZ6 would stomp a mudhole in your Nighthawk. They're similar in the fact that they both have handlebars and two wheels, but performance wise they're in two completely separate classes. You do know that you can have power and comfort at the same time right?
 

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Triumph dealer network is almost non-existing in some areas of the country. I almost bought sprint st last year, now the only dealer in my area is closed. The closest dealer is 250 miles away. I heard some horror stories about Triumph parts availability. I take yamaha any day over triumph.

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