`Motorcycle Consumer News is ....well, how can I say this. They mean well.
Their tests are written by guys originating from.......ok, lets say we grab two of us here, at random, and give us a printing press.
They tested a Honda something a year back. I remember them saying, We broke one sidepanal trying to remove it. We never did get the other one off.
OK, is that an acceptably answer to go to print with?
Thats where they miss. No follow through. A call to Honda tech support, a visit to a dealer, it was a bad place to leave us hanging.
Thats the problem, there. You dont get professional test riders. You get a few of us. Which is fine, except we are here, 24/7 and dont charge you 30.00, per year for our mis-information.
If you want a sample, of a good magazine, go onto ebay. Search "Cycle World 1981-1982" Buy one with something you like on the cover, and you'll see.
The other problem is this. I've never tried the fj09, but have ridden the fz09.
If you had all three bikes in your garage.
You would like the fz. Its small feeling, and its engine sounds cool.
You'd love the snap, the 2500-4000 wheelie the ninja 1000 offers.
You already have the suzuki.
To call one bad is foolish, and no one would.
Now, you have to rate them.
OK, so the yamaha is down 40 hp on the suzuki. The Kawasaki is nice, but 30lbs heavier.
The suzuki has fuel issues, and its suspension is too stiff.
2/3 of the readers will be angry, no matter who wins.