2008 Yamaha FZ1

2001 was the first year that the FZ1 was produced. Models produced in the period 2001 to 2005 were known as FZS1000S (Fazer in Europe). They had a modified Yamaha YZF-R1 motor in a steel tubular frame. The FZ1 was carburated and produced around 140 horsepower. They were virtually unchanged over this period, except for different color options. In some European countries the 2005 model saw the introduction of an exhaust based catalytic converter, albeit of a rudimentary design.

The FZ1 has the same 998cc inline 4 cylinder motor found on the R1, but slightly detuned for street use. Considering the reduced compression ratio & milder cam shaft, the FZ1 still packs quite a punch throughout the transmission range. It delivers enough low/mid range torque to get the adrenaline pumping, and enough top range torque to make you scream in your helmet. The multiplate clutch allows for clean shifting through all 6 gears. However I wish it had a slipper clutch like the R1, in order to reduce the engine braking inherent in all 4-stroke engines. The exhaust system runs from 4 into 1, and uses an automatic EXUP system. This is basically an exhaust valve that is controlled by the throttle position. It works automatically to ensure optimum back pressure throughout the rev range. The single highly stylized muffler has built in heat shields, and is used to control both noise and emissions.
COMFORTABLE RIDER POSITION:

Unlike typical sports bikes, the FZ1 allows for a more upright and relaxed rider posture. The wide handle bar allows me to put the bike through some quick turns and swerves. It also makes the bike more maneuverable in heavy traffic. The rider foot pegs place the feet right under me, and makes it easy to quickly lower my feet to the ground when stopped at a light or splitting lanes thru bumper-to-bumper traffic. The upright posture also prevents me from having any lower back pain on long rides. The bike uses a rigid frame that pushes the rider & motor forward. This allows for better balance, handling and stability in almost all situations.

SUSPENSION & BRAKES:

Both the front & rear suspension allow for five inches of travel, and can be individually customized for different riding conditions. You can make them tighter for running hot laps at the track, or soften them up for touring purposes. Supposedly the front suspension is similar to the one used by Valentino Rossi on his MotoGP bike. One side is used to dampen the rebound, while the other side is used to dampen compression. The rear suspension is one large shock absorber similar to Motocross bikes. The front brake system has two 320mm discs with 4 piston calipers. Yamaha beefed up the front brakes because they are responsible for up to 90% of the bikes braking power. The rear brakes use a single 245mm disc and single piston caliper. These are perfect for gently slowing down in traffic, or gentle speed control. By themselves they are useless for emergency stopping. It is much safer to train yourself to USE BOTH BRAKES ALL THE TIME.

ACCESSORIES & ADD-ONS:

Yamaha sells a wide range of accessories and apparel on their website: http://www.yamaha-motor.com/sport/products/modelsubcontaineritems/5/7/187/2029/2007/0/1.aspx
However you can Google-up numerous companies & websites that sell aftermarket parts and accessories for the FZ1. Here is a list of stuff I have purchased to date:
– Corbin Smuggler Trunk: replaces passenger seat, very high quality, matched paint job.
– Gold billet aluminum handle bar ends
– Gold replacement engine oil cap
– Gold racing foot pegs
– Gold Pazzo racing levers – short
– Carbon tank pad
– Carbon front fender & rear wheel hugger
– Rear fender eliminator
– Adjustable fuel cap mount for video camera, GPS or cell phone
– Motovation frame sliders

THE BOTTOMLINE:

The (2007) FZ1 quite capably addresses the needs of the urban rider / commuter, while delivering super sports bike performance, all packaged in an attractive contemporary naked design. It has more than enough power for running hot laps at the track, and a relaxed rider position for taking the long comfortable leisurely ride back home. The low & mid range is just right for city riding, while the high gears are tall enough for fast sustained highway riding. However if you are into stunting, you may want to consider the R1 instead. I only wish it had under the seat exhaust pipes, and a slipper clutch.

MSRP* $9,299 (Granite Gray) Available from October 2007
$9,299 (Candy Red) Available from October 2007
Engine
Type 998cc liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder; DOHC, 20 valves
Bore x Stroke 77 x 53.6mm
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Carburetion Fuel injection
Ignition Digital TCI
Transmission 6-speed w/multi-plate clutch
Final Drive O-ring chain
Chassis
Suspension/Front 43mm fork; fully adjustable, 5.1-in travel
Suspension/Rear Single shock; adjustable preload and rebound damping, 5.1-in travel
Brakes/Front Dual 320mm floating discs w/4-piston calipers
Brakes/Rear 245mm disc w/single-piston caliper
Tires/Front 120/70-ZR17
Tires/Rear 190/50-ZR17
Dimensions
Length 84.3 in
Width 30.3 in
Height 47.4 in
Seat Height 32.1 in
Wheelbase 57.5 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 25.0°
Trail 4.3 in
Fuel Capacity 4.75 gal
Oil Capacity (with oil filter change) 3.8 L
Dry Weight 439 lb
Other
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
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