Two machines inhabiting the same class and packing essentially the same price tag could not be more different than the GSX-S750 and Yamaha’s raucous little FZ-09. Where the Suzuki is staid, the Fizzer is wild, with more torque, sharper handling, and a megaton more character. We’ve whined about the 2014 FZ’s jumpy throttle response, it’s true, but Yamaha did the model a solid for ’15—its fueling is vastly improved, though it remains a relative live wire compared to the Suzuki, whose low-rpm responsiveness can best be described as soft. The Yamaha’s more upright riding position makes it less comfortable at highway speeds, but it also has more legroom, a consideration for taller riders. And where the Suzuki’s firmer suspension keeps the chassis level, the lightly sprung Yamaha seems always in motion, which, while not ideal, fits its personality perfectly. Our recommendation? No question the Suzuki is the better choice for low-experience riders or those coming up from smaller bikes. The Yamaha takes a little more taming, but you’ll be happy with it for longer.