Yeah... the fz is a WAY better looking bike than the Triumph. Never understood that headlight set up. Ruins the whole flow of the front end IMO. Love the single light on the FZs and our dukes! So many bikes, so hard to choose. Don't know what's harder, choosing what bike to buy, or convincing the wife that it make sense to buy another, hahaI had a 2010 Non-R Street Triple. Brakes at speed were marginal, rotor shudder mostly coming off triple digits hard. Back shock totally inadequate if not downright dangerous, mid corner bumps scary, terrible seat. Nice engine but not as nice as the FZ-09, not as much bottom to mid-range grunt. Nothing wrong with the FZ that a 10wt fork oil change, calibrated springs and the FJ 09 shock (for under $300 new retail) can't fix for 90% of street use, IMO. The price difference between the R-Triple and the FZ doesn't make sense, I feel, and the 30% difference in torque curves between the 2 motors would take some serious $$ to overcome. IF you want a hard core track bike a beefed up FZ still less $$ even after major suspension upgrades and still has greater power on tap, especially coming hard out of corners.
Personally for me, when Triumph ditched the twin can exhaust they killed the looks of the bike. The media comparisons between the Triumph and the FZ were always based on the R-spec Triumph, never the base model that I'm aware of, and obviously not a fair comparison.