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Old 05-08-2014, 03:34 PM   #421
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Which year gen I?

I have my eye on 2 different Gen. I Fz1s and I could use the collective experience!

One bike is a 2001 with about 35k and a boatload of mods, including pipe, jetting, suspension work, servicing, steal-braided lines, etc...

The other is a 2003 Bee edition with about 30k, pipe and...

It seems like the 2001 is the bike to pursue, but the Bee is definitely a looker.

My question is if there are any significant reasons to look at the 2003 Bee beyond the flashy paint job. Any tweaks to the motor, transmission, brakes or suspension that would make the 2001 less of a deal?
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Old 05-10-2014, 07:03 PM   #422
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All the Gen 1 models from 2001-2005 are essentially the same mechanically. The only significant differences are the color schemes...
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Old 05-11-2014, 05:05 AM   #423
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Which ever one you go with, make sure you get after it in second gear. This is there one weak spot, it will jump the gear under hard acceleration. I have 50k on mine and love it.
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Old 05-11-2014, 12:34 PM   #424
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Which ever one you go with, make sure you get after it in second gear. This is there one weak spot, it will jump the gear under hard acceleration. I have 50k on mine and love it.
I guess I don't ride mine hard enough.

Or is that only a gen-1 feature?

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Old 05-11-2014, 09:09 PM   #425
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What's the tank range on the old Gen 1's?
I typically get right at 40 mpg with mine. So, 5.x gallon tank means 200 miles pretty easy. I typically fill up at about 160-170 miles, and I have yet to see the low fuel light come on.

Here is my Fuelly log.
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:13 AM   #426
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What's the tank range on the old Gen 1's?
240 miles or more isn't uncommon. My best is 243, and I could have gone a bit farther.
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:22 AM   #427
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My light comes on around 175
Thats with all tthree bags and loaded
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:23 AM   #428
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I am struggling with the seat. Still hurting from a 700 mile weekend
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:27 AM   #429
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I am struggling with the seat. Still hurting from a 700 mile weekend
I have a Sargent saddle and it's "all day every day" comfortable.
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:29 PM   #430
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Thot about the sargent
Dont like the looks of the corbin
Lot o money tho
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Old 05-14-2014, 10:43 AM   #431
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I have a Sargent saddle and it's "all day every day" comfortable.
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Thot about the sargent
Dont like the looks of the corbin
Lot o money tho
It was on the bike when I got it so someone else swallowed that pill.
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Old 05-14-2014, 05:30 PM   #432
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I am struggling with the seat. Still hurting from a 700 mile weekend
Go on the FZ1OA website. Send a PM to Dirt Road. He will take your stock seat and totally transform it for far less than a Corbin or Sargent will cost Most people see mine and assume it is a Sargent, and it feels much better than Corbin's that I have owned on other bikes, or Sargents I have tried. Can easily do multi-day, several hundred mile rides, and feel no discomfort at all.

He did my first gen seat, with silver piping and a textured cover, shipped to my door for a little bit over 200 dollars. Turn around time was 4 days, including shipping time from Marysville, Tn. to rural Northern Kentucky.
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Old 05-14-2014, 06:32 PM   #433
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Sweet!!!
I will contact him as soon as i see the bike agian‼️
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:15 PM   #434
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Loving my 02 with just over 5500 on the odo. I use it about town and on the track until I can save enough nickels to purchase a S1000R. Here I am at Summit Point last Fall:



Even with my fat ass on the bike, I estimate I had the beast up to 153 on the straightway on NYST last fall.
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:03 PM   #435
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They're fast. All the raving you hear about the new Wasser Boxer GS and the old Fizzy will hang right with her. I own both so don't tell me I'm mistaken
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