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Old 10-04-2013, 06:40 PM   #1
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Just picked up a Gen 1 FZ1... Thoughts?

So I bought a '02 FZ1 today, she has a few cosmetic issues, but it's only racked up 11k miles, has a fresh oil change, fresh carbs, and new set of BT016s installed. Oh, and I'm getting a nice set of soft luggage thrown in too. For less than $3k, I can't complain too much. Here's what I'm thinking... Holeshot Stage 1 jet kit with advancer to smooth out some surging and get a few more HP out of it... Maybe a slip-on. Any opinions on a good (not deafening) choice that won't cost me a fortune? The real reason I got it is for longer trips. My girlfriend lives 440 miles away and I wanted something sporty that wouldn't kill my back/wrists. How is it after a few hours in the saddle? Any comfort mods recommended?
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Old 10-04-2013, 06:49 PM   #2
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Ivan's is the go-to kit for that bike.
Listen to his advice about skipping the ignition advance.

http://www.ivansperformanceproducts.com/fz1.htm
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:10 PM   #3
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Ivan's is the go-to kit for that bike.
Listen to his advice about skipping the ignition advance.

http://www.ivansperformanceproducts.com/fz1.htm
Interesting stuff... I've heard good stuff about both kits. I was just basing my decision on my previous Bandit 1200. The Holeshot kit was spot-on for it.
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:12 PM   #4
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Oh, and I know everyone likes visuals, so I'll post some pics tomorrow after I clean up this nasty thing
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:51 PM   #5
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Nice thing about them is they can be modded a bit relatively easily in terms of comfort, have to love tubular bars for that. Easy to add a set of risers or a different style bar if you'd like. Congrats!
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Old 10-05-2013, 04:44 AM   #6
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Be sure to check out http://www.fz1-forum.com/

I traded another inmate here on the board my 02 R1150R for mine about a month or so ago. It only had 4K on the ODO.

I swapped out the 'Stones for Pilot Road 3s for a track session I did last weekend. I got her up to 153 in the straight and road the twisty part of the NY Safety Track all day long at 90+ mph. Not too bad for my second time on the track.

Here is a pic taken from a video of my fat ass on the bike:



Good luck with her!
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Old 10-05-2013, 02:24 PM   #7
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I had one. My hands always fell asleep with it. Sold it and replaced it with a ZX-10R. Loved the ergonomics, but my hands were an issue on that bike for some reason.
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Old 10-05-2013, 04:22 PM   #8
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Here she is, as promised... Been cleaning on it all day. It was a mess. Still haven't tackled the engine yet. I'll handle that when I put the carb kit in. Had the new front tire put on today. It was included, but not installed. Also ordered a set of carb boots too, as these are cracked pretty badly. Sorry about the pics, I had the windscreen off for painting and the inner fairing covers off for cleaning.




Oh, almost forgot. Check out the forks before and after
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:04 PM   #9
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I really like my FZ1. And I had no problem doing long days on it. Here is a ride report I did on a trip to the gulf coast and east coast. A few simple mods and you will be ready to go. Enjoy!
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:44 PM   #10
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I was really hot for one for sale here locally about a year ago. Test rode it twice but someone beat me with the cash by 30 minutes.
In the process of finding another FZ I test rode a VFR. That was that.

Loved the power and ergos. Still hunt for a deal on one occasionally and would probably snap it up if the right opportunity came along.

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Old 10-06-2013, 04:06 AM   #11
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In the past 20 or so years the FZ1 was my longest 'keeper'. Great bike once I threw out the OEM tyres, fitted a Yoshi slip on and made a few other tuning changes.

The FZ1 Owners site http://www.yamahafz1oa.com/ is still running with a pile of info about Ivan's mods and other info.
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Old 10-06-2013, 06:17 AM   #12
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i would love to find a quality, low mileage fz1 gen1 but...

being from the northeast and having the desire to ride year round-even during the winter months (snow permitting)-i often wonder if the carbs on the fz1 gen1 will be an issue rather than the fuel injection on the gen2.

thoughts?

be well.

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Old 10-06-2013, 07:38 PM   #13
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I have an 05 Fz1. Fantastic all around bike. Enjoy!
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:11 PM   #14
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i would love to find a quality, low mileage fz1 gen1 but...

being from the northeast and having the desire to ride year round-even during the winter months (snow permitting)-i often wonder if the carbs on the fz1 gen1 will be an issue rather than the fuel injection on the gen2.

thoughts?

be well.

rob
Not to be sarcastic, but carbs worked quite well for a long time.

That said, I'll take FI any day.
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:47 PM   #15
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i would love to find a quality, low mileage fz1 gen1 but...

being from the northeast and having the desire to ride year round-even during the winter months (snow permitting)-i often wonder if the carbs on the fz1 gen1 will be an issue rather than the fuel injection on the gen2.

thoughts?

be well.

rob
I used to own a 2005 FZ1 when I lived in North Dakota. Started up and ran fine with no issues in temps down into the teens.
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