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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by skysailor, Aug 4, 2008.
Ingenius idea, well done!
Picked up a gen1 from my brother in law, who is a gear junkie, and can't say enough good about it. Traxion dynamics and an Ivan's kit make it mean, and a bar un-riser makes it a little more sporty than stock. The only downside to that is that it does not suffer fools...you gotta be careful, 'cause it'll get up quicker than a bigger bike should and will leave you behind if you don't pay attention. It's fatter in the middle than my VTR, so really twisty roads aren't as simple as before, but for SPORT-touring on a budget it's a really tough bike to beat.
It seemed like an easy option, considering how the pillion seats can be purchased from Yamaha for a surprisingly low price. About $80.00 USD, for the complete passenger seat assembly, including the pan, latches, foam, and cover.
My used First generation Fizzy, may well be the best bang-fer-yer-buck EVER!
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I have attached mine the same way. Except that I am a cheap ass & I bought my pillion seat used on the forums.
Whenever I have a passenger (which is very rare) I just pope the case out with my key & pop the "unmolested" pillion seat on.
I tried to find a used one, but to no avail. But eighty bones wasn't too bad for a new one. I figured they'd be a lot more than that through the stealership. Now I have a spare cover and foam, at least.
I have a 07 Bandit 1250 and my son rides an 09 Fz1. He loves his bike but wishes it had more low end grunt. There are many ways to improve its bottom end but compared to my Suzuki it feels pretty weak until about 7k then it leaves me for dead. But around town stoplight to stoplight and top gear roll ons torque rules. The FZ1s 26k valve adjustment intervals are a big plus in my book as my Suzuki only goes 15k. But you cant go wrong with any of the bikes mentioned here, before my Bandit I had an 05 FJR and it was a great bike.
My buddy has a 1250S, and I'm always amazed how effortlessly the FZ1 pulls away from the Bandit. As you say, as soon as the tach goes past halfway around the dial, the Bandito gets left in the dust and disappears like a tiny dot in the rearview. And if the road gets twisty, the Bandit doesn't stand a chance, either. Big low end or not.
From today's ride along the coast...
Every test I've seen says the FZ1 feels really week until you get to the top end....I don't particulaly want to have to scream the engine before you get some thrust...
That said it is a nice looking bike.
Trust me...You don't have to. The FZ1 has plenty of midrange. But hang on tight above 8,000 RPM, when all hell breaks loose.
It's not really weak, it's just that when the tach swings past 7000 RPM it's like warp drive that seems to distort peoples perceptions.
Another couple of shots from today's ride up the cost with my buddies...
In stock form there bikes feel congested. However once the common intake and exhaust mods are done it feels like a new bike. Some are making 150hp or more once the mods are done. In stock trim it just can't breath.
I've had many powerful bikes over the years, including a Yamaha Vmax, and my Gen II FZ1 feels just great in stock trim. It's a pussycat in the first half of the rev range, and a fire-breathing dragon in the second half. The engine is also as smooth and linear in it's power delivery as an engine can get. And as far as comfortable bikes go, not many motorcycles in this class can touch the FZ1 in the handling department, either.
Just the way I like it.
Another shot, from a recent ride...
Under different light conditions the granite gray almost looks silver. Great looking bike! I am looking for the next bike and am all over the board. One hour it's a Versys, the next hour it's a Gen II FZ1 . Two different but very cool machines.
DRZ400SK4, if I end up with a FZ1 it will be your fault! Yamaha should give you a prize for all the nice pictures you post.
Most people who buy the FZ1s tend to keep them for quite a while. I think that speaks volumes. The FZ1 will do everything the Versys will do, but it looks way better and has roughly twice as much power.
Yeah, this color seems to look very different, depending on the light. Anything from black to silver...
I've had my 05 since Aug 07 and couldn't be happier. I'm so happy I can't even think of another bike I might consider possibly thinking about buying.
Your buddy rides like old people fuck, slow and sloppy.....