Yamaha FZ1

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by skysailor, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    Any strong opinions out there on an FZ1. Looking very serioursly at one. Looking for a reliable pavement gobbler for sport touring.:freaky
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  2. BobFV1

    BobFV1 Long timer

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    IMO the FJR is set up much better for the "touring" part of "sport touring".
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  3. arshishb

    arshishb Been here awhile

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    Very good bike for sport touring if setup correctly. Oh & they are cheap. They do love tires but thats mainly dependent on the right wrist :lol3

    Heres what I have done to make it worthwhile for touring:

    1) Windshield. There are many many options out there, what works for you may not work for someone else, so this is a hit or miss. Unfortunately the only way to accomplish this is to keep trying different shields. Not to worry though, the FZ1 classifieds are very active in this regard :D

    2)Seat. Sargent or Corbin, both are good, cant go wrong with either, though the common verdict leans towards the Sargent.

    Thats about all I did & set out for my 3000 mile trip to Louisiana. YMMV.
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  4. Milhaus

    Milhaus Made in Denmark

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    I have several mates that ride these and can't say enough good things about them.

    Bob has a good point about the FJR being a great platform too, but you asked about the FZ1 and I would say it is a solid choice!
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  5. agoailam

    agoailam All meat is meat!

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    I love mine. I have a Gen 1 that I commute 80 miles/day on. It's an excellent commuter. Ergo's are not the greatest for long distance, but there are things you can do to help that. I have a Sargent seat that I'd recommend as well as a Rifle screen for long trips and/or winter.

    In twisties, it's fun. It has lots of power in an accessible RPM range. Handling is predictable, and for its size it's nimble. I'm coming from an older 600 bike, and to me the Fizzy is big. But I like the way it rides on the highway.

    It's a great bang-for-the-buck bike. Buy in is low, and versatility is high. Post up or PM specific questions if you've got 'em.
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  6. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    I have an FZ1 (02) and an FJR (06). The FZ is much lighter and
    frisky feeling. The FJR is comfortable and a great bike for distance.
    The FZ is a little buzzy in the bars. I call it an "FJR lite" great taste
    and less filling. I have it set up with a Givi trunk and soft bags. So if
    I want to use it for a weekend get away it's up for it. Any long stuff
    I lean towards the FJR. It's Been very reliable and the performance/handling
    made my old Bandit 1200s seem so dated.
    If most of your riding is commuting, short get aways, and some twisties
    I would lean towards the FZ. If distant horizons are your thing, the FJR.
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  7. MrVvrroomm

    MrVvrroomm Been here awhile

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    I've owned both a Gen1 FZ1 ('02) and a Gen1 FJR ('04). Both can eat lots and lots of miles.

    If I were buying a new bike for ST duties today it would be the latest Bandit 1250. It's a poor man's FJR.
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  8. Infallible

    Infallible Into the Wild Blue Yonder

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    Whats the range on a tank of the new ones? I've read in the past of averages of around 35mpg, which doesn't make a lot of trips easy if your are traveling through long stretches of desert land.
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  9. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    This has about 45000 miles and he's asking 4K CDN. Is this high miles for an FZ1?
    If I go new, it'll be a Bandit 1250 with ABS (the only way they come in Canada)
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  10. Starwarrior

    Starwarrior Wannabe

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    R and R did a review of this a while back--maybe it will help you out.
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  11. I.P. Freely

    I.P. Freely Ragin Cajun

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    FZ1's are great bikes. I've had four of them, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, and I prefer the 1st generation FZ.

    The first generation FZ1 has a bigger gas tank, gets better mpg, comfortable seat, more low end, and was a hell of a lot more comfortable than my 07 FZ.
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  12. hoax

    hoax Been here awhile

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    I've got an 03. It's easy for people to say what they like about their bikes. Here are a few things you should be aware of before buying.

    1. The stock mirrors and windshield create turbulence for the rider's head during freeway riding. I'm 5'10" and ended up replacing the mirrors and cutting down the stock windshield. This may or may not be an issue for you.

    2. You can't see directly behind you with the stock mirrors. A cop could park directly behind you and you'd never know.

    3. Seat height is on the tall side. This may or may not be an issue for you.

    4. It's a buzzy motor. Plan on getting bar ends.

    5. Lot's of people don't like the seat. Personally this has not been an issue for me.

    6. The big 5.5 gallon fuel tank is nice, but it's also wide and splays your legs outward.
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  13. agoailam

    agoailam All meat is meat!

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    ^^ Good Observations ^^

    Especially about the mirrors. That is an issue. But I modded my mirrors to sit out further and see behind me. It's an easy trick.

    Also, as for MPG's... I get 40 on average. I try not to hit redline in every gear, though.
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  14. jwmitch

    jwmitch Running on empty

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    Don't forget the Honda CBF1000, I've got an 07 ABS model in blue, with matching luggage, they will commute and tour with ease.

    The de-tuned Frireblade motor has lots of torque, I came from an FJR1300, and I wasn't dissapointed at all.
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  15. jmoto

    jmoto Adventurer

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    I had a very early 1st generation. I agree about the mirrors and buzzy but tolerable engine. My problem was the extreme susceptibilty to air turbulence created by big trucks on high speed 4 lanes. Sort of like driving an old VW bus in gusty crosswinds. The bike was great on two lane roads though.
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  16. ctfz1

    ctfz1 Long timer

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    Google FZ1OA for more than you want to know.
    Traxxion can revalve/respring the rear shock (was $300) and service high mileage forks, if required.
    They are soft sprung. Over 100,000 miles been done several times with no issues. Ivans carb kit (my choice) or Holeshot, are plug and play and smooth the engine while adding responsiveness. Work with stock or aftermarket pipes.
    Worst known area, carb boots can crack (shallow cracks not a problem), occasionally a high miles bike needs replacements.
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  17. arshishb

    arshishb Been here awhile

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    Ivan's Jet kit completely eliminates most of the I4 buzz, Very well thought out kit. Dale Walkers kit while may not affect the vibes that much but a good improvement over stock & good mileage. Have nice heavy bar ends & the buzz is virtually gone.
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  18. Fenrir

    Fenrir Been here awhile

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    Just wanted to chime in quickly. I picked up my gen1 05 a few months ago and I love it. It does have a few short comings as noted above, but nothing that has really gotten to me. I would like a new saddle for it, but the current one doesn't kill me. But then again I rode a CBR F2 before it. :deal
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  19. DavesNotHere

    DavesNotHere Aging squid

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    I have an 07 and love it. I get a low fuel warning light after about 135 miles after a fillup. That's OK because I would just as well take a break at that point anyway.
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  20. AusStealth

    AusStealth Bohican

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    I had a 1st gen, the longest I've ever kept one bike. Not sure I'd be doing the same with 2nd Gen.

    Only thing I'd say against it was the airflow at reasonably high speed (above 125 mph) was a pain, cruise at anything up to 110 was fine. Don't ever run them with Bridgestone BT020, but Pirelli Diabolo were great and transformed the handling. OK two-up if the pillion was small and light (and preferably tight).
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