Just picked up a Gen 1 FZ1... Thoughts?

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  1. TypeRated

    TypeRated Wannabe Adventurer

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    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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  2. Dilligaf0220

    Dilligaf0220 Miserablist

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  3. TypeRated

    TypeRated Wannabe Adventurer

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    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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  4. TypeRated

    TypeRated Wannabe Adventurer

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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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  5. elementalg20

    elementalg20 Been here awhile

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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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  6. RonkoRider

    RonkoRider Wrong Island, NY

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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:
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    Good luck with her!
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  7. Chet Punisher

    Chet Punisher Adventurer

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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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  8. TypeRated

    TypeRated Wannabe Adventurer

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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.
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    Oh, almost forgot. Check out the forks before and after :eek1
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  9. 84blue

    84blue Its time to ride somethin

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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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  10. seantx

    seantx Been here awhile

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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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  11. AusStealth

    AusStealth Bohican

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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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  12. robfilms

    robfilms Been here awhile

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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
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  13. Ratvirgo72

    Ratvirgo72 Adventure Rat

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    I have an 05 Fz1. Fantastic all around bike. Enjoy!
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  14. seantx

    seantx Been here awhile

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    Not to be sarcastic, but carbs worked quite well for a long time. :lol3

    That said, I'll take FI any day.
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  15. rrub

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    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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  16. rrub

    rrub n00b

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    Most of the problem for people who's hands fall asleep are due to the funny inward angle of the stock handlebars. I used the GYTR top clamp with a Rizoma bar and my hands never fell asleep again.
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  17. TypeRated

    TypeRated Wannabe Adventurer

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    Thanks for the input guys. I'm loving it so far! So much smoother and more powerful than last few bikes. Today, I bought a jet kit and scored a new Micron exhaust off eBay. I'll soon be ready to put some miles on it. So far it's just been back and fourth to campus.
    To add to this, I'm fairly certain that these bikes have coolant flowing through the carbs to prevent icing.
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  18. SouthernCruizer

    SouthernCruizer Just Ride!!

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    great bikes! i regret selling my Bee last year. I miss it.
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  19. seantx

    seantx Been here awhile

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    Almost bought one of these too. A guy north of Houston had one but was WAY too proud of it.

    I should have never clicked on this thread.....
    The one I test rode was a gen 1 and it was a beast. Can't imagine what an FI gen 2 would be like with pipe, flash, etc would be like. If/when Yamaha releases an FZ based on the cross plane R1 lump marital strife will follow.
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  20. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    Going to look at a low mile 04 next week when I get home from vacation. If its still there. This time of year is a good time to buy. Riders in the north country don't want to store, the prices start to drop and the weather is still good enough to ride it home. The FZ1 and ZRX have been on my radar forever. I think the FZ would make a better tourer thanks to the fairing and centerstand. 200 less CCs make insurance a little cheaper too. Both great bikes!
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