CBDR1000RR to 2nd Gen FZ1

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by MGN54, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. MGN54

    MGN54 Been here awhile

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    Currently have a 2007 1000RR that is a wonderful machine. But my 58 year old bod is starting to think otherwise. Have an opportunity to move/trade to a 2008 FZ1 with the retro body kit on it. Just wondering if anyone had made this same move and if so, could you give me a little compare and contrast? If nothing else, can anyone give me an idea in the power delivery on the FZ1? Wonder how it is in the lower/midrange compared to what I'm used to.

    This FZ1 is cherry with the body kit, corbin seats front and rear, GYTR carbon exhaust, CRG levers, and a few more things I'm forgetting. And all the stock parts come with it. Around 12k miles. Owned by an older gentlemen.

    Still scratching it trying to decide what I might want to do.
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  2. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer

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    If you don't do it, please pm me the FZ1 owner's contact info...

    The FZ1 is a reasonable moto for guys our age...

    Thanks,

    NFE
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  3. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    MGN54...I'm skirting the actual question(s) you've asked, but, is the reason you're considering the move to a different bike the sportbike riding position of the RR? If that's it, have you considered Helibars or some other bars/clip-ons that would relax the riding position a bit?

    I bought, a new, leftover '09 GSX-R600 a couple years ago and sold it again rather quickly, partially because of the riding position, mostly out of stupidity. Hindsight being in better focus than foresight (for me at least) I wish I would have kept the GSX-R. It was only the 2nd bike I had ever bought brand new and now it's gone. I wanted to do some solo touring on it and wanted to be able to sit (reasonably comfortably) through a tank of gas. I'm 60 now and if I ever find a decent deal on another orange/black GSX-R600, I'll be all over it and Helibars will be on order.

    Good luck in whatever you decide.

    Lynn
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  4. MGN54

    MGN54 Been here awhile

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    NFE, will do. Hope to get a close look and maybe a test ride later this week.
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  5. BatteryMan

    BatteryMan Adventurer

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    I had a 2008 CBR1000RR and for the same reason sold it and got a 2010 Tiger1050.
    Tiger was a nice bike. More comfortable but it just didn't do it for me.
    So, I went to plan B. Got the old bod in better shape and bought a 2012 YZFR1. Lovin the the R1 and feeling better too.
    You gotta grow old but you don't gotta grow up.
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  6. ramon

    ramon weezin' the juice!

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    The FZ1 with retro kit is way cool! I'd buy it just because! I rarely hear any negativity about the FZ1:deal
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  7. Capt-Kevlar

    Capt-Kevlar Adventurer

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    I went from an R1 to the FZ. It was a great move. The FZ is fantastic street bike. I have much more fun on it than the R. It responds well to some simple and fairly cheap mods that will net you near R1 power that is even more useable on the street. Decisions decisions....aint life grand. :evil
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  8. SxyRdr

    SxyRdr Been here awhile

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    I've been toying with replacing my 07 CBR1kRR with something else but then keep going back to ^. It'd be a lot cheaper. LOL

    I haven't ridden an FZ1 because I don't fit on one. But the couple of people I know who have had one had good things to say about it. The only "negative" I heard was that it felt extremely top heavy at low speeds.
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  9. olie

    olie Long timer

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    Age is a bitch... 3 months ago I went from a Aprilia to a Super Tenere. No regrets as my body loves it.
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  10. preyj

    preyj n00b

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    Been there, done that. You will not regret going to an FZ1. I have done 300+ mile days on the FZ1, but never on the CBR. The first mod is to put a bigger windscreen on....

    Jeff
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  11. SGrider

    SGrider 376 miles to Chicago

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    I had a gen II FZ1, I wish I still had it. To me it is the best bike for street riding, all I did to mine was change the seat, windscreen, and grips and I was able to ride a 1000 mile day on it. I want to get another one after having a Multistrada 1000, it just did everything better for me. I had an R1 before the FZ1 and the biggest adjustment for me was that the FZ1 has a little longer wheelbase and won't transition side to side nearly as quick as the R1 would. So that is just a minor trade off but the riding position much better for everyday riding and the FZ1 will not be as noticeable to police as a fully faired sportbike.

    Personally I think it is really one of the best values available, and there are some great aftermarket products and support for the bike.
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  12. optimum_malarky

    optimum_malarky Premium nonsense

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    What about the power delivery? I have an interest in an FZ1 as my first experience with a 4 cylinder bike (having owned only twins and triples to this point), but I keep reading that the power down low is disappointing. My SV1000 pulls hard low and has a decent top end, but no rush high in the power band. I'm curious what that feels like...
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  13. bearcat1

    bearcat1 Been here awhile

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    I'm a few months shy of 49 and ride a stock 06 FZ1. I love this bike! It has a split personality and can lug around town in low rpms, very smooth, very linear electric-like power delivery. Wind it up to ~8K RPM and get ready! I have never experienced acceleration like this. It left my friends DL1000 for dead once she wound up.

    Initially I was concerned about the FZ1's low RPM "lack of torque" after 4 years on a 1200 HD Sportster. No worries the FZ1 does just fine, well at least for me! The bike runs on 87 octane gas and will return ~ low to mid 40s mpg commuting. If you get into the throttle you can ignore that last statement.

    Ergonomically it has a fairly upright riding position compared to clipons of sport bikes. My bike has 1" lowering foot pegs from Knight Designs out of Oregon. That works well for my 32" inseam. The seat is no better or worse than most stock seats on other bikes. I use a chunk of memory foam encased in a fine Corinthian pleather cover stuffed under a sheepskin pad for 100+ mile rides.:lol3 Anything over about 75 miles on the stock seat and my backside hurts!

    I feel it is one of the best used bike values out there. I purchased my bike this spring and put 8,000 miles on it so far. I like this bike and I've owned a few of them over the years (dirt & street).

    Oh and if you are a "seasoned" rider insurance is very reasonable. Not so much for younger riders.

    Did I mention that I really like the Gen II FZ1?! :D
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  14. MGN54

    MGN54 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for all the replies, guys! Good info and overall good endorsement of the FZ1. I was able to spend about 40 miles on the bike yesterday. Have to say I was pretty smitten with it. Couple of updates on it.....has a Graves exhaust with a power commander. Has been dyno tuned and runs sweet. I like the exhaust sound a lot. Bike has 8k miles on it instead of the 12k I thought it had. The body kit looks really good and I couldn't find a scratch on it. So, if we can make the numbers work, I may just have to pick it up! Will let you know.
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  15. bearcat1

    bearcat1 Been here awhile

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    Good luck! I've been through some bikes and think the FZ is going to be in the garage for a while!
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  16. GigAg04

    GigAg04 n00b

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    This is a lame first post, but I found this thread via google. I'm active on FZ1OA and twtex, for those on those forums...

    I love the FZ1. I am on my second.

    I have an 07 Raven FZ1, however, if anyone here is interested, I would consider a swap for a 600 or 1000 super sport as I move towards a track build.

    I work in law enforcement and am at work now, but I will post a proper intro after I get home.
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  17. ramon

    ramon weezin' the juice!

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    Well?
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