Yamaha FZ1

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

  1. oldschoolsdime92

    oldschoolsdime92 Adventurer

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    It's gonna be a bit, but if you pay shipping its yours. It's functional, just looks bad.
  2. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    Awesome, thanks, I'll take it soon as you have your replacement. :)

    Rob
  3. hoax

    hoax Been here awhile

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    I cut down my stock screen to reduce turbulence.
  4. gtbensley

    gtbensley Been here awhile

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    I have a CeeBailey on mine and very happy with that.
  5. oldschoolsdime92

    oldschoolsdime92 Adventurer

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    Rob, I got to messing with the givi today, and just couldn't help myself. Its still yours if you want it, but heres what we did....



    I had an old givi screen with a cracked corner, and a good amount of scratchs. A friend of mine had it on his bike when he totaled it. So I decided to make my own adjustable lip. No, its not pretty, or clean. But its very functional. It was 45 degrees today, and I did 50 miles very comfortably. I had no idea the wind noise could be this quiet on any motorcycle. Its almost non existent. The engine purring at 5k even became annoying on the highway, because I could hear it!

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    I went to lowes, purchased a piece of lexan, and some L brackets.
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    made up some braces
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    marked my holes and got to drilling. All went smooth, until I got lazy. I didn't pilot drill my second mounting hole. Crap!
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    all gorilla glued back together and mounted up.
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  6. Hamie

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    I have an '05 Silver FZ1... I use a Zero Gravity Sport Touring shield for summer.. with the wind hitting me in the chest and helmet completely in the wind... for winter I have the Madstad kit with a 22" shield where the wind just touches the top of my helmet.. buffeting is not a problem but my helmet is noisy so I wear ear plugs all the time..

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    I have been fooling around with a 650 Burgman Clearview shield on my Madstad brackets... it is shaking to much right now because of fairing flex.. but going to brace it some more. lot more protection than the 22" shield..plus my hands are behind the shield..

    Madstad with Burgman shield....

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  7. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    Augh! You killed it. Drat. BUT... your research and discovery was probably worth it.

    I've been considering doing something similar on my FZ1 and my DR650 too. Now that you've done that, I may try something similar.

    My FZ1 is down for a while anyway. Found a nail in my rear tire last night. And the rear tire is almost worn square, and down to the wear bars. And the front tire is down to the wear bars. So, it's time for tires. No money for tires at the moment, so it's parked and I'm riding my DR650 to work. Maybe in a couple weeks.

    BTW what'd that piece of lexan cost you?

    Rob
  8. oldschoolsdime92

    oldschoolsdime92 Adventurer

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    the entire setup cost 15 and some change. The lexan was 1.58 :D Thanks for not being upset. I cracked the thing and i thought oh man, Robs gona be upset!
  9. reenmachine

    reenmachine Rain or Shine

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  10. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    Yep, that's the European name of the bike. You're golden.

    Rob
  11. reenmachine

    reenmachine Rain or Shine

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    Thanks for the fast reply!
  12. NONo443

    NONo443 Been here awhile

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    I hate looking at these threads and realizing I don't have money to buy another motorcycle; but I hope that changes in the near future, because I liked the 2007 that I test rode. Sorry for not adding anything of substance, but you all have very nice FZ1's.
  13. Davethestick

    Davethestick Registered Rider

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    I just bought a 2006 Gen II with a couple insignificant mods. By far the most comfortable and powerful bike I have ever ridden.

    The only complaints I have are the brakes and the handling. Im going to swap out the pads and re-bleed the front calipers. I think some tweaking with the suspension adjusters and new tires will make a big difference. I just ordered a new rear Pilot Road 3.
  14. Capt-Kevlar

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    Congrats!!! Plenty of info about the brakes and handling on http://www.yamahafz1oa.com/forum/index.php.:deal
    Plenty of easy and relatively cheap solutions will fix any problems you have. Enjoy the new ride.
  15. Jon_PDX

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    I picked up this 2009 a few weeks ago with 3,600 miles on it. I called Yamaha and found out that it was purchased new in February of this year so it's still under the original factory warranty :clap

    Here are a few iPhone shots from the first real ride...

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    So far I'm really enjoying it a lot.

    I used to have an FJR1300 but the weight was a little to much at times. The FZ1 on the other hand feels so much lighter and the COG feels lower. So at low speeds (commuting) it's a lot easier to control.

    At high speeds, well, lets just say I could loose my license in 3rd gear without hitting red line :lol3

    And at my weight (155 lbs) the stock suspension is working great on the local mountain roads.

    Jon...
  16. lucas123

    lucas123 Been here awhile

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    Is that lower fairing a factory accessory?

    Awesome looking bike.
  17. Rob.G

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    Jon, gorgeous bike! Major score. That's my favorite of all the FZ1 colors.

    I sure love mine... I used to commute on my DR650, but this one is so much fun that it's the new commuter, even in the rain. New Pilot Road 2 tires are fantastic in the rain.

    To the guy who complained about brakes and handling. Brakes can be fixed with better pads... Carbone Lorraine pads (I'll get these next too) are awesome. Handling.. do the tweaking you mentioned, but if you want to go even farther, look at Traxxion Dynamics. The PO of my bike had both ends resprung and revalved by them and the difference is amazing. My 70,000 mile-old 2001 outhandles my old 2010 Kawi Z1000.

    Rob
  18. Jon_PDX

    Jon_PDX Long timer

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    Yes it's the factory fairing. The previous owner installed it and it totally transforms the bike. I also like the stock "street fighter" look and was all set to buy a new one when I came across this one. The cost savings and low mileage was too hard to pass up.

    Jon...
  19. Jon_PDX

    Jon_PDX Long timer

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    Rob,

    Thanks, it is a fun bike that's for sure. And if I remember correctly you scored pretty good yourself on your bike.

    I've heard good things about the Pilot Road 2's. I'll either go for those or maybe the new Pilot Road 3's. As you know living where it rains a lot wet traction is very important.

    Jon...
  20. Rob.G

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    I finally broke down and got a real windscreen to replace my ghetto modified stock screen. I got the Givi touring screen from Twisted Throttle.

    Nice improvement! The extra width takes a lot of pressure off the arms and shoulders, and the extra inch of height, combined with the more rounded shape and slight lip move the air blast up about two inches. There's a bit more noise in my helmet now, but with earplugs, it's not a big deal. Definitely a worthy trade off.

    Rob

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