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Any FZ1 or FZ6 riders out there?

Thinking of one for a street commuter/sporttourer...What is your experience?
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I looked into them, I did lots of research and what it came down to was that I didnt want to jump into a litre bike as my forst street bike, but I knew that with my many years on a dirt bike a 600 would have needed to ber upgraded in a short time, so I wnet with the Kawi 750. If I decide to go with another naked down the road, it wil be an FZ1 for sure. I have heard the FZ6 can be a little buzzy. The FZ1 by far is the most comfortable bike to sit on. but everyone is different. Go sit on them and find out which one fits you better.
They both a reliable machines. Its really up to you to decide.
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I know people with both the FZ1 and FZ6, who love them. So I tested one (the FZ6) at Biketoberfest. Nuh uh.... 30 minute ride, and it was scratched off the maybe-list forever.

Throttle response was like an on-off switch... FINE when you're trying to take off from a stop, but NOT so fine when you just wanna roll off a bit to slow down a tad. It was very lurchy, making maneuvering around at low speeds (i.e. in a parking lot) very sketchy.

And the vibrations in the seat? My tushie, inner thighs and *ahem* parts were numb for about an hour afterward (the guy behind me no the FZ1 reported the same problem).

It IS a seriously comfortable bike.... almost TOO upright for my tastes, but great position for commuting.

Like GR said, see if you can test one out... you might not encounter the vibration problem, and it might suit you fine, but I'd say look at the SV650S or SV1000 as well. Equally comfortable, and just overall superior bikes in my opinion.
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Thinking of one for a street commuter/sporttourer...What is your experience?
if you want a gay naked bike, then go with the SV instead of the FZ
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if you want a gay naked bike, then go with the SV instead of the FZ
Pray tell (and I take no offense personally, since I ride a fully faired bike) but why makes naked bikes homosexual (insert Seinfeld reference here...not that there's anything wrong with that)?
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Pray tell (and I take no offense personally, since I ride a fully faired bike) but why makes naked bikes homosexual (insert Seinfeld reference here...not that there's anything wrong with that)?
what's so gay about a naked bike?

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[QUOTE=neebelung;262676]I know people with both the FZ1 and FZ6, who love them. So I tested one (the FZ6) at Biketoberfest. Nuh uh.... 30 minute ride, and it was scratched off the maybe-list forever.

Throttle response was like an on-off switch... FINE when you're trying to take off from a stop, but NOT so fine when you just wanna roll off a bit to slow down a tad. It was very lurchy, making maneuvering around at low speeds (i.e. in a parking lot) very sketchy.

And the vibrations in the seat? My tushie, inner thighs and *ahem* parts were numb for about an hour afterward (the guy behind me no the FZ1 reported the same problem).

Hmmm Ithought the vibrations would be a selling point for some!!

I am looking at the SV1000 as well, although I don't know about it's riding position or two up capabilities

And I am completely at home with my masculinity, so I could ride a pink bike and not feel gay
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my dad just bought a 06 fz1. traded in his tl1000s. he loves hte fz. its not twitchy in any way compared to the buckin bronco tl (same as the sv1000). i rode it . seems fine to me. doesnt come alive till you get above 7k rpm. comfy bike except teh plywood seat. he dropped a tooth in the front sprocket so now it will power wheelie pretty easy.

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if you want a gay naked bike, then go with the SV instead of the FZ
these gays are riding faired bikes.

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post #10 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-05-2007, 05:48 PM
 
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I have an FZ 1 and love it
i take it to track days and also ride it to work.
it is a great all around bike.
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post #11 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-05-2007, 06:48 PM
 
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The FZ1 is a great bike! It's comfortable, still gives you the sporty look, and best off all you get the 1000cc engine. Well and it's a Yamaha!!!

I go on a FZ1 rally every year at Deals Gap, and there must be about 100+ FZ1 guys on the rally.
A member on TWF "EarlZach" has an FZ1 and he can fill you in more on this bike.
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post #12 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-08-2007, 07:52 PM
 
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if you want a gay naked bike, then go with the SV instead of the FZ
wow, I hate being gay and even worse, I'm gay with a big butt...I mean trunk.

I will agree the vibrations can be pretty tough at cruising speeds but have greatly improved over the past two years. The throttle is way touchy, but again, after a bit you get plenty used to it, and if I do recall there is a similar problem in the R6 and R1 in '04.

But just ruling it out cause it's naked????that's just retarded! And I've never had any problems keeping up with any of those hetero faired bikes.
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I have both Fz1's 01-05 and 06-07 and love them both.
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After riding GSXR's (750 and 1000) for the last 6 yrs. I recently bought an 03 FZ-1 and absolutely love it. Most of my riding here in Hawaii is commuting, and since the traffic is ridiculously thick here, the FZ-1 is very comfortable when I'm sitting in bumper to bumper traffic and creeping along at about 15 mph. Excellent choice if you're looking for a commuter and it still has the power and agility to have some fun in the turns....granted it's not a "full sportbike" in comparison to handling, but it handles very light and easy, which IMO is perfect for real world riding (daily commuting and weaving through traffic). Back when I started riding, I never thought I'd be riding a naked bike, let alone owning one. I hope this info may be helpful to someone.
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post #15 of 33 (permalink) Old 03-30-2007, 03:36 PM
 
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I have an Fz6 and I LOVE it.

What I love:
Comfortable
Light weight
The naked look (by the way, you can buy plastics for)
Did I say comfortable?

What was not so great:
Dogbones cannot be used on this bike.
Throttle; idoling too low or misfiring too high. Pretty sure there was a recall though.
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my dad just bought a 06 fz1. traded in his tl1000s. he loves hte fz. its not twitchy in any way compared to the buckin bronco tl (same as the sv1000). i rode it . seems fine to me. doesnt come alive till you get above 7k rpm. comfy bike except teh plywood seat. he dropped a tooth in the front sprocket so now it will power wheelie pretty easy.
I'm looking at upgrading to the SV1000, which has been much revised to eliminate all the negative charateristics of the TL, but keeps the kick @** V twin! My buddy already has his money down on a FZ1, so hopefully get a real life comparo this summer!
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wow, I hate being gay and even worse, I'm gay with a big butt...I mean trunk.

I will agree the vibrations can be pretty tough at cruising speeds but have greatly improved over the past two years. The throttle is way touchy, but again, after a bit you get plenty used to it, and if I do recall there is a similar problem in the R6 and R1 in '04.

But just ruling it out cause it's naked????that's just retarded! And I've never had any problems keeping up with any of those hetero faired bikes.
My next bike will be naked... I like all the parts that make a motorcycle a motorcycle...

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I'm looking at upgrading to the SV1000, which has been much revised to eliminate all the negative charateristics of the TL, but keeps the kick @** V twin! My buddy already has his money down on a FZ1, so hopefully get a real life comparo this summer!
SV1000 is on my shortlist... I need to get out and start riding some of these bikes!!!
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I love my FZ1, My wife and I have road quite a distance together it Rides great two up or like a rocket alone. I have straight titanium bars and a fully blacked out scream it is a sleeper in apperence but will flat out fly at the twist of the throttle.
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I own an FZ1, and can't say enough positive about this machine. Both on the street (whether agressive through the twisties or touring with a passenger) and on the track, the bike really does shine.

Stock suspension is poor, esp the Gen-1 (2001 - 2005) and esp for heavier riders (180+), but that's not really unique to the FZ1.

Want more details? ... shoot me a PM and I'll be happy to talk about the bike. Or check out the FZ1 owner's forum:

http://www.yamahafz1oa.com/
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I love my two fz1s great all rounders.
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