Yamaha FZ1 (2006 - present)

owners of the old Fazer 1000, and certainly those acquainted with the current R1's twistgrip, may wonder what's going on in the lower reaches of the rev range.
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£7199
Available from
2006
An R1 engine in a naked bike? Bring it on!!!
Good handling but the motor is too top-endy.
Why build one bike when you can have two at twice the price? Yamaha's new FZ1 naked and half-faired FZ1 Fazer emerge into the cold light of day

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Submitted by nitronotty on Thu, 10/01/2008 - 15:47

Overall Review

good bike but a couple of small problems as mentioned

Strengths

looks, handling , brakes, power (above 6000rpm)

Weaknesses

gearbox , slightly snatchy fuel injection

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Submitted by 711 on Sun, 13/01/2008 - 12:39

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If you're looking for a bike with a realistic road riding position but with some sports feel to it, then I'd recommend having a look at this bike. I've toured, done track days, long distance slogs and some commuting and I really can't think of another bike that would have done all those things so well. If you are single minded about any of those things however, you might want to look at some other bikes. I think the original TWO review is being a bit harsh on this bike, but one thing they do say is that it could be a good bike to have as your first thou; I totally agree with that, mainly perhaps due to the riding position that makes you feel comfortable, in control and offers good visibility without having to crick your kneck and head towards to horizon. I've since added a 1050 Speed Triple to my collection, so I'm now aware of what low down stomp is, but I'm still happy with my FZ1-S :D

Strengths

Comfortable, road riding position that is still usable on track. Bearable seat height for shorties. Feels like a good mix of sports bike and road bike. Nice power at the top end. Build quality and finish is good. Givi do the new "low profile" side cases for it; full fairing option The bikini fairing and screen do a better than expected job of keeping the wind blast and weather off the rider. Touring in Germany I did some cruising at 130 - 140 on the autobahn and it was not a feat of endurance.

Weaknesses

I get about 130 miles out of a tank, a little more would have been nice for the touring angle. Standard screen is probably a bit low if you're touring, I've gone for the optional touring screen which makes a big difference and doesn't look too bad. Low down stomp is quite lacking, this bike will fly but it makes most of it at the top end. The fuelling could be a little smoother, but once you get used to it's behaviour it's nowhere near as bad as people make out. I bought the Ivan's Performance Products Fuel Cut-off Eliminator (FCE) but I've not got around to fitting it yet. Standard fuelling can't be that bad then can it :D Handling is very sensitive to having luggage fitted. You WILL need to adjust the rear sussys to keep some feel in the front with lots of luggage loaded. Aluminium sub frame at the back limits the weight you could put in the top box.

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Submitted by Rogersb on Fri, 18/01/2008 - 13:57

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Good fun bike - perhaps not a first bike! Sort out the terrible fuelling - cheap FCE and Powercommander - and it's a great ride.

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Submitted by Ragnar on Tue, 22/01/2008 - 17:54

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If can only afford one bike and want to use it for everything, this is the one to get.

Strengths

Comfortable, split personality, depending on your mood. No fueling glitches in my '07 bike! Done track days, touring etc. and use it for commuting throughout the year. Build quality top notch!

Weaknesses

A bit harsh on standard setup when taking it easy. Gearbox sometimes a bit clunky.

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Submitted by gram on Thu, 28/02/2008 - 17:33

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still running the bike in so early days but looks like its gonna be a real fun bike.

Strengths

Looks, build quality, engine.

Weaknesses

Footpegs are huge and not positioned right, side stand is tiny and not easily flicked out. bike is heavier than you might think.

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Submitted by Jeff John on Wed, 12/03/2008 - 17:20

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My main bike is a cruiser but having changed up from a 600 to the 1000 i'm finding it hard to leave the FZ1-S in the garage on sunny days. I often go out for a blast on my own in dodgy weather and love every minute (untill I lose the feeling in my fingers on cold days!) I really think this is one of the best bikes you can buy.

Strengths

Great engine, pulls from 30 in top (even 2 up) and keeps going smoothly with no fuel gliches. Comfortable riding position, no aching wrists or back. Great handling, complete confidence even in the wet. Looks fantastic, I allways look back at it with pride after I've parked it!

Weaknesses

Sidestand awkward to put down, takes some getting used to.It's a bit small and tucked under the peg. My wife found our FZ6 more comfortable.

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Submitted by bajamilos on Wed, 26/03/2008 - 20:36

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Almost a SS with true every day commuting abilities perfect looks and reliability. I ride 30 mile-a-day in london weekdays and enjoy weekend blasts in sunny/rainy/snowy days. Long trips need to be broken in 100-120 mile intervals but who cares? You have to stop for refuelling anyway.. Might be an issue for those who tour a lot but then would nt be looking at a bike like this (naked).

Strengths

looks-I even like the critisized stubby exhaust manouvreability in town is excellent with good visibiliy and flickability love the engine high up brakes and handling excellent

Weaknesses

fuel sensor and reserve sensitive to bike position at engine start. I refuel every 120 miles to be juuuuust safe pillion comfort long distance rider comfort wind blast above 80 mph-naked version fuelling a bit on-off.It is true that its getting used to but I would prefer it not to be there. Love the engine sound on the come back though

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Submitted by Steve Harrison on Mon, 02/06/2008 - 22:34

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Yamaha oh so close, could have had a class leading bike if only. The fueling was sorted for those not in the know, the motors fine below 4500 rpm but if its reved over that and run on a closed throttle it comes back in with a lurch. The weird thing is some bikes are worse than others, mine is not to bad. There is a fix by way of a device called a Evans fuel sensor £125 . Back to my bike. She looks great in the yellow and black with the Yamaha belly pan. I have fitted a carbon stubby Scorpion can, looks great and sounds fantastic with the baffles removed. This also transforms the engine letting it rev freely, without the stupid power valve nonsense. I have also added a proper fly screen makes 100 mph comfy. The Tank range is not much more than 100 miles before you need to look for gas. The other problem I found was the foot pegs being to far forward, fixed this with adjustable varo/pegs. Handling brakes no problem, all really good. To sum up you have a very good bike with a nuclear power plant of an engine, don't worry about all the its got no mid range rubbish. It will roll along at 30 mph in top if you want to. But dial in a fist full of throttle and hang on because this baby flys !!!! Clutch and gearbox are sweet just gota get a Corbin seat and its sorted.

Strengths

Looks, Handling, Engine , Brakes,

Weaknesses

Engine, foot pegs, Tank range, Standard exhaust can ( looks like a Dyson vac cleaner ) and strangles the motor to death.

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Submitted by toofast4u on Tue, 01/07/2008 - 09:09

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I waited a long time for this bike to arrive and was bitterly disappointed when I first rode it in 06. The fuelling was a mess and the vibes were like an old Kwak Z1000! So, I sulked away and kept the XJR for the moment. I thought I would wait and see what Honda would offer with new CB1000R. Anyway, I was in the Yam dealers last September having a look to see what was about and the sales guy said "have you tried the new Fazer?" "Yes I have" I said "It's pants" I said. "No not last years" he said " the new one is sorted" So I tried it. Wooooo hoooooo! This is the bike I was waiting for! Two weeks later I was the proud owner of an 07 FZ1S. I did 1200 miles in the first week (well, 6 days really as it was back to the shop for a day for it's first service). I fitted a Mivv GP can and released the midrange that was lacking with the dustbin on it. Sorted out the forks and rear shock and this bad boy is now a quick machine when I want it and a pussy cat if I need that as well. I have read all sorts of rubbish (MCN) about how this bike will not pull at low revs. Let me tell you this, my bike pulls smoothly from 30 mph in top gear. I rode XJR1300's for years so I know a thing or two about pulling power. "Won't wheelie" says MCN. Bollox! I sometimes wonder whether these guys actually ride the bikes! I think MCN are reluctant to give a decent review to anything by Yamaha because they are not on Yams Xmas card list because MCN keep releasing spy shots of new machines. The obvious exceptions to this are the R1 and R6. I mean, lets face it, you have to rate these bikes as they are both class leaders. The trouble with MCN is that they have become like any other red top, full of bull and sensationalism. They love to wind up their readers and go by the old adage of" never let the truth get in the weay of a good story. Believe me when I tell you that I can hang with any sports bike and have even wasted Firestorms and 998 Ducatis. This is an awesome bike and is perfect for road use. In fact this bike is more suited to fast road riding than a litre class sports bike.

Strengths

Engine, chassis, brakes

Weaknesses

Seat

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Submitted by lardyboy66 on Wed, 02/07/2008 - 19:07

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Had the bike for a week and really enjoying it. Came from a 1050 Tiger which did all I want but just didn't have the performance buzz I miss from my R1. Have to say the Fazer (08) is a good compromise of the two giving me a good riding position for 450 klm days apart from the seat which is bloody awful, (cant remember the R1 being as bad) Weather protection as good as the Tiger but with a lot more top end and much more fun on the twisties. The 08 bike doesn't suffer from any of the fueling issues of the 06 model and drives really well in town or from low down from roll ons. Riding on my own means 160 to a dry tank but riding with company means 180. Big problem is the fact that you want to ride it like a 600 as the delivery isn't as scary as a R1 so you tend to start ringing its neck then realise what speed you are doing !!

Strengths

Engine Build Quality Flexability

Weaknesses

Seat !!!!!!!

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