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Old 10-15-2012, 01:03 PM   #31
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Fellow fz1 owners, I could use a little help please. I am leaving in two weeks for a cross country trip, Maine to California and back, and am working on getting my bike in good condition. One problem or complaint I have had with the bike is poor, notchy like shifting. I realize this is a common complaint with the bike, however, mine seems worse then just a notchy trans.

I run rotella t 6 15-40. Shifting into first can be rough, almost like it goes click, click, click, and then pops in.

I have pulled the clutch cover and checked to see if the cap at the end of the shaft is still there, which indeed it is. I am at a loss for why it shift like crap.

Also, how far do you go on a tank? I hit the light about 160 miles but only seem to fill about 3.6-4.1 depending on how I ride. It's a 5.5 gallon tank correct?
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:00 PM   #32
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Fellow fz1 owners, I could use a little help please. I am leaving in two weeks for a cross country trip, Maine to California and back, and am working on getting my bike in good condition. One problem or complaint I have had with the bike is poor, notchy like shifting. I realize this is a common complaint with the bike, however, mine seems worse then just a notchy trans.

I run rotella t 6 15-40. Shifting into first can be rough, almost like it goes click, click, click, and then pops in.

I have pulled the clutch cover and checked to see if the cap at the end of the shaft is still there, which indeed it is. I am at a loss for why it shift like crap.

Also, how far do you go on a tank? I hit the light about 160 miles but only seem to fill about 3.6-4.1 depending on how I ride. It's a 5.5 gallon tank correct?
Correct on the tank capacity. I get right around 40mpg city and 45 highway and also get the light around 160 miles on a full tank.

Re: the shifting, I can't offer a solution but i have notice that the shifting action gets much smoother once I've done a few miles and everything is up to temperature. The first few miles after startup can definitely be clunky. Also smoother after making some spirited sweeps through the rev range.
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Old 10-17-2012, 02:44 AM   #33
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Thank you for the response.

I seem to be the opposite, my bike shifts better when cold.
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:56 AM   #34
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Almost to Arizona on my Xc trip so far, have put on just shy of 3k miles with no problems yet other then a weeping clutch cover gasket. I expected that to happen and have a replacement for it. Lets hope no problems arise. Bike his a bit over 36k on it.
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:47 AM   #35
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I just bought a 2003 with 47000 kms. Coming from a r1100gs, the power is stunning!


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Old 11-04-2012, 11:33 AM   #36
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Fellow fz1 owners, I could use a little help please. I am leaving in two weeks for a cross country trip, Maine to California and back, and am working on getting my bike in good condition. One problem or complaint I have had with the bike is poor, notchy like shifting. I realize this is a common complaint with the bike, however, mine seems worse then just a notchy trans.

I run rotella t 6 15-40. Shifting into first can be rough, almost like it goes click, click, click, and then pops in.

I have pulled the clutch cover and checked to see if the cap at the end of the shaft is still there, which indeed it is. I am at a loss for why it shift like crap.

Also, how far do you go on a tank? I hit the light about 160 miles but only seem to fill about 3.6-4.1 depending on how I ride. It's a 5.5 gallon tank correct?

Mine is bone stock and has 93k on the clock. it shifts exactly like you say. except for just after a oil change. I have found that if i pull the clutch in before I crank it and never let it out until I drop it into first i don't get the nasty grrrrrrCLACK. when I'm riding and stopping a lot I tend to leave it in first when I park, again i always crank it with the clutch pulled. and mine is better warm. but let the temps outside get over 100 and it get's bad notchy again. I'm running the same oil as you as was the previous owner and he put 85k on the bike. figured if it got that many miles with no problems I'd keep using it. I've got 220 miles out of a tank before the light came on running 70 to 80mph with bags on the side and a wedding dress strapped down on the back. (I was at a friends for the weekend, they had some dresses and my daughter liked one so if i could get it home it was free and i wouldn't have to buy one for her wedding, so soft bags got moved to one side hard case to the other from the top and bundgie net the dress on. i got some looks on the interstate running 80 with that on there.)



when i figured it up i got 70mpg on that trip. I get around 170 to 180 miles on a tank before the light comes on around here going back and forth to work. For some reason mine get's better millage at 70+ then it does below 70. I guess it's due to all the long trips it has taken in it's life running at those speeds.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:37 PM   #37
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I purchased my new '02 FZ-1 in the spring of '02. Installed HyperPro Combi front and rear springs, Factory Pro 1.0 jet kit, Factory Pro advancer, K&N air filter, Ti-Force ti slip-on, Galfer brake lines, and Sargent seat. Of my current 14 bikes the FZ-1 offers the best blend of comfort, acceleration, braking, and suspension. Absolutely zero problems. Still runnin' the OE "GS" brand battery too.
those things are amazing. I jst replaced mine ('01) last year. I can't understand why no other battery sold will last even half that long
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:17 AM   #38
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I am going to look at one tomorrow, I believe a 2002 if I remember correctly. A friend of mine and/or his son have owned it the past four years, so I know it has been taken care of.

If this works out, I'll have pics to post tomorrow night
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:13 PM   #39
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I liked my 2002 so much, I bought it twice. Literally. Best bike I've ever had. Maybe I should get another.
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:34 PM   #40
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I tried to make mine a standard but was never quite happy with the look.

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Old 02-01-2013, 06:22 PM   #41
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I tried to make mine a standard but was never quite happy with the look.

I like it! What all was involved with the round headlight conversion?
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:51 PM   #42
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I like it! What all was involved with the round headlight conversion?
SV headlight and "ears", Buell fly-screen to cover the unfinished look to the back of the gauge cluster. I made the other brackets from aluminum stock. There is a lot of space between the front of the fuel tank and the steering-head that you don't notice when the fairing is in place...
From the saddle the front-end just disappeared.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:24 AM   #43
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Which Model years are the generation 1s ?
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:37 AM   #44
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which model years are the generation 1s ?
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2001-2005
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:16 PM   #45
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OK, so I just bought one

Someone should have warned me about the poWAW!!! Coming from an ex500, man is this fast...

I'll get some pictures in a bit. Although it almost looks like everyone else's.
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