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I put a Corbin Seat on my FZ07. Made a big difference. Nothing to ride for long distances now.


Joe
Swannanoa, NC
Monday, March 20, 2017
My Suzuki S40 one-cylinder was easy to handle when not moving as I could put both feet flat on the ground, but it had only five speeds, vibrated a lot above 50 mph, lacked instrumentation (only a speedometer and turn signal lights), and it wasn't fuel-injected. I now have a Yamaha FZ-07 fuel-injected twin, very smooth on the freeway, plenty of power, six speeds, and all the extras I appreciate: fuel gauge, gear indicator, trip meters, tach, liquid cooling, etc. A large windscreen is currently unavailable so I fight the wind a bit, but my main complaint is I can't get both feet flat on the ground when stopping. I'm 5 feet 4 inches and had put some test miles on it before buying, and quite a few after with only one minor incident. My husband insists it's a mental thing because we did hillclimbing and dirt riding on tall motocrossers back in the '70s, but I just can't get comfortable leaning a little at lights or resting on just the balls of my feet. Any suggestions beside lowering links? Thanks.



Saundra
Tucson, AZ
Friday, August 26, 2016
Editor Response
Yamaha put a extra effort into making the FZ-07 fit shorter riders — you'll notice how the seat is tapered and the body is narrow so that it's an easier reach to the ground. It looks like your boots have a good sized heel, but if you're still struggling and don't want to lower the bike (and lose suspension and handling), take a look at our tips for shorter riders here. Hope it helps!
Tricia Szulewski, Assistant Editor
I'm wondering how you think this bike would go on long trips. Is the seating position and seat itself comfortable enough for touring?

Dana
New York, NY
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Editor Response
Hi Dana,
The FZ-07 could function well as a fun get-away bike for short trips, however for longer trips I would warn against fatigue. This bike has no windscreen at all, and the only Yamaha accessory offered is a small one. For extended riding at highway speeds without a larger windshield, you are likely to become quite tired from "fighting the wind."

I found the seating position to be comfortable for my height (5 foot 7 inches), but my rear end was sore after a full day of riding. The other journalists on the ride also complained about soreness in their butts and lower backs after our full riding day. Yamaha offers an accessory "comfort saddle" which may help this issue.
Tricia Szulewski, Assistant Editor
My wife test rode one yesterday. It should be noted that they are very cramped and low for anyone tall. (She is 5-feet-11.)

She rode the 09 afterwards which is far more roomy, though more expensive. The 07 is like a toy bike for anyone over 5 feet 8 inches or so.

Mike
Manchester, FY, United Kingdom
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Editor Response
Thanks for the valuable feedback, Mike.
Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
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