Gen1 FZ1's

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by jnor, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    Seems to me, if a fella has 14 bikes, and the one he likes the best is the 10 year old one, that bodes very well for the bike in question.
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  2. oldxr

    oldxr Long timer

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    It loves rear tires.I bought a 2002 new and still have it.I get about 5k miles out of a sport touring rear tire.If you whack the throttle wfo in first gear at 15 mph it pulls hard-then lofts the front wheel at about 30 mph and will hold it to 60 mph.Mods are Ivan's full jet kit,yosh sllip on,-1 front sprocket
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  3. theWolfTamer

    theWolfTamer Lupie on a Mission

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    Supported by the stay that is attached to the neck with a couple of bolts and nuts. Zoom in on this picture for a closer look.

    The faring is held onto they stay by seven screws that go into the fairing through the headlight tabs and under the windscreen. Here's a close up from my damaged fairing:
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    Headlight tabs
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    Inner farings are held by 3 screws (2 phillips), the one on the side goes through both the fairing and inner fairing and is held on with a nut.

    I can't tell you about the lower fairings, I don't have them and wouldn't buy them. Why hide this beauty?
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    Except under dirt, he needs a bath.:D
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  4. garrett the nerd

    garrett the nerd Sprocket Protector

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    Love my first gen! Bought it two years ago. Great do-it-all kinda ride. Now has 35K and counting.

    Tour mode:
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    Taken a few weeks ago:
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  5. Gryphon12

    Gryphon12 Long timer

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    Wolftamer - thanks! Just what I needed. Although, for some reason, I couldn't see the photo highlighted by your link. My PC is giving me all kinds of graphic trouble lately.

    Cheers!
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  6. theWolfTamer

    theWolfTamer Lupie on a Mission

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    You're Welcome. Here's that pic

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    don't know if you can zoom in on this one.
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  7. gtbensley

    gtbensley Been here awhile

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    I don't want to start a war but I'm curious what oil people are using? I have noticed on cold mornings my bike shift much better then when it's warm out. I am currently running 15-40 in it, rotella. How about you?
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  8. theWolfTamer

    theWolfTamer Lupie on a Mission

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    I'll bite: Rotella Syn. t6.

    I cleaned mine today.

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  9. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Sold mine a month ago. It was a great bike. I am just not a fan of I-4 bikes. To revy.
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  10. CatTracker

    CatTracker CatTracker

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    Here's my 2001 Gen-1. Bought it last year with a seized engine for $850. I use Rotella T 15W40 in the transplant and I routinely get +45 MPG. Best bike I've ever owned!

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  11. gtbensley

    gtbensley Been here awhile

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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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  12. garrett the nerd

    garrett the nerd Sprocket Protector

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    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. :D
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  13. gtbensley

    gtbensley Been here awhile

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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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  14. gtbensley

    gtbensley Been here awhile

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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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  15. Dunewar

    Dunewar Been here awhile

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    I just bought a 2003 with 47000 kms. Coming from a r1100gs, the power is stunning![​IMG]


    Four wheels good, two wheels better
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  16. Switchblade315

    Switchblade315 Long timer

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    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.)

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    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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  17. Carlo Muro

    Carlo Muro SupercĂ zzola

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    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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  18. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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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 :deal
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  19. Fireman1000

    Fireman1000 Long timer

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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.:D
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  20. OConnor

    OConnor Bad juju

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    I tried to make mine a standard but was never quite happy with the look.

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