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Old 09-10-2014, 11:41 AM   #1
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FZ1 to ?

Current ride is a 2003 FZ1 with a ton of farkles. Ivan's jet kit, slip on, reworked suspension front and rear (springs, gold valves, valving) renthal bars, Corbin seat the list goes one. Has 34k miles and rides great.

My primary riding is a 22 mile boring slab commute to work. There is an alternate route, it's 35 miles and WAY more fun. I alternate between the two based on how quick I need to get home or to work.

With a 3 month old son, fun rides with the buds are few and far between. The wife has no interest in riding on the back.

The FZ1 is a great bike and a missile once the tach swings past 7k. The problem is that it doesn't see past 7k very often. Of course I wind it up through 1st and 2nd getting onto the freeway, but that drives the speed to 100+. I feel like I'm using a 12ga shotgun to kill flys riding this.

About me, 33 years old, 6'4", 240lbs. Lots of dirt experience, moto x racing and desert riding. One year of street/commuting experience.

I'm thinking along the lines of it would be better to ride a smaller bike and use more of it. Any suggestions? SV 650, VFR, Street Triple, FZ8, FZ09 or ?
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Old 09-10-2014, 01:10 PM   #2
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Gear your FZ1 down a tooth on the front
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Old 09-10-2014, 01:18 PM   #3
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The SV650 is a great bike - best road bike for the money/used.
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Old 09-10-2014, 02:28 PM   #4
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Seems like you have the Fz set up for your size. If you're happy with the year and mileage, depending on how money would play out in your scenerio, I'd keep the FZ1.
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Old 09-10-2014, 02:44 PM   #5
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Seems like you have the Fz set up for your size. If you're happy with the year and mileage, depending on how money would play out in your scenerio, I'd keep the FZ1.
This! from a fellow FZ1 owner, whatever you do SByota, make sure you keep the FZ1 while you get another ride to be sure... cause you might regret selling it.

Do you really want smaller and have to shift more during your commute?
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Old 09-10-2014, 02:49 PM   #6
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Keep it. Just because you have all that power doesn't mean you need to use it all the time. But when you want to, it will be there. And for 22mi of (super?)slab each way it sounds perfect.
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Old 09-10-2014, 02:56 PM   #7
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My first thought was

Early dementia has struck.. You have your FZ1 just the way you want it. But because you don't redline it often, you are thinking of a smaller engine!

Given your size, you will look like a monkey fu@@ing a football on a smaller bike.

Keep what you have and spend the extra dough on your son!!
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Old 09-10-2014, 03:09 PM   #8
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From FZ1 to FS1?



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Old 09-10-2014, 04:39 PM   #9
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from one desert racing, six foot + guy with a baby at home to another, keep whatever bike you have now and if anything try and add to your collection if possible because anything you sell probably wont be replaced if for anything else, life happens.
I have a Speed Triple for my fun bike and its pretty dammed fun..... geared way lower and way more useable power band.

plus they look cool and sound amazing
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Old 09-10-2014, 06:13 PM   #10
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I've never owned, but have ridden a first gen FZ1. Wow, what a great bike! I would think it would be hard to rode something with a lot less power after being used ti what the FZ1 has.
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Old 09-10-2014, 06:16 PM   #11
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I've ridden an FZ1 for many miles and I've owned an SV650 for 2+ years (10k miles).

After riding the FZ1, I would not want to ride the SV. The SV is a fun little bike on it's own, but the FZ1 is awesome too.
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Old 09-10-2014, 06:32 PM   #12
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Unless you want a different type of bike (dual-sport, cruiser, etc.), why sell a known bike you like for an unknown bike you possibly might like?

Keep the FZ1
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:03 PM   #13
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A new FZ1 with ABS?
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:13 PM   #14
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Big bore sumoto. You ride solo 100%? Hell, even a WRR sumoto. I prefer a 450/5XX KTM but there are lots of options. Honkin brakes, wheelie power, light weight.

You are a dirt guy, ride what ya know!

Or check out my Ninja 300 in the 300 thread and see the KTM 390 released this winter...
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:13 PM   #15
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Current ride is a 2003 FZ1 with a ton of farkles. Ivan's jet kit, slip on, reworked suspension front and rear (springs, gold valves, valving) renthal bars, Corbin seat the list goes one. Has 34k miles and rides great.

My primary riding is a 22 mile boring slab commute to work. There is an alternate route, it's 35 miles and WAY more fun. I alternate between the two based on how quick I need to get home or to work.

With a 3 month old son, fun rides with the buds are few and far between. The wife has no interest in riding on the back.

The FZ1 is a great bike and a missile once the tach swings past 7k. The problem is that it doesn't see past 7k very often. Of course I wind it up through 1st and 2nd getting onto the freeway, but that drives the speed to 100+. I feel like I'm using a 12ga shotgun to kill flys riding this.

About me, 33 years old, 6'4", 240lbs. Lots of dirt experience, moto x racing and desert riding. One year of street/commuting experience.

I'm thinking along the lines of it would be better to ride a smaller bike and use more of it. Any suggestions? SV 650, VFR, Street Triple, FZ8, FZ09 or ?
First suggestion.....sprockets, change them, gear that bitch out.

As to the rest, the Street Triple R is one of my favorite bikes that I have never owned.....of course I've had a speed triple for 12 years and a Daytona 675 for 6......
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