Sounds like a runaway victory for the FZ-09, right? At $8,190 and 416 pounds, with 104 hp on tap? Well, no. The FZ has some shortcomings that put it right back in the mix. For example, even with the adjustable ride modes the Yamaha struggles with the same abrupt throttle response as the Kawasaki and Suzuki; it's worse than the Z1000, though it's not as bad as the GSX-S. The fork and shock, too, leave us wanting, especially during spirited rides on twisty roads. It's neither the first time for Yamaha to be dinged for soggy suspension nor the last unless some stiffer springs and better damping are applied. If you're after class-competitive suspension, plan to spend a good chunk of that $3,200 price delta to make the FZ-09 right.