Kawasaki Ninja 1000 vs. Suzuki GSX1250FA vs. Yamaha FZ1 Comparison Test…

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Kawasaki Ninja 1000 vs. GSX1250FA vs. Yamaha FZ1 Comparison | Battle of the Super-Standards


started off as UJMs, or Universal Motorcycles: bare-bones … that could be used in an of situations. Then came the bikes that were but still … for the most and with that came the bikes that combine performance with practicality and

Over the past few years motorcycles have received approval, especially from riders who are looking for a bike is versatile enough to be used for during the week and canyon on the weekend. But in 2011, the super-standards has been somewhat jumbled.

In past the category has been by … bikes with more than a fly screen up but thanks to the introduction of Kawasaki’s faired Ninja 1000 and GSX1250FA (perhaps a response to the bike market’s dwindling in the U.S.) the category has received a facelift. For 2011, we take a at each of these all-new and put them up against the just-barely FZ1 to see which bike is versatile to be crowned king.

Yamaha FZ1 points

Since the second-generation FZ1 was back in 2006, very few have been made to the aside from color. each year however, has adapted the bike’s ECU mapping the hope of improving the bike’s throttle response. Not so shocking is the fact that for 2011, the revision to the FZ1 is to the ECU mapping, which has revised to achieve improved response in the low-speed range.

And our stints around town and the canyons, it became quickly that Yamaha has finally got the injection figured out; not is the throttle response quick, but isn’t as noticeable a flat in the lower rpm range.

During our stints around and through the canyons, it became evident that Yamaha has got the fuel injection figured out

the FZ1 does come up short still—especially in the company of the Ninja in the midrange, and it isn’t until the gets close to the 8500 rpm that the 998cc engine comes to life. Unfortunately, means that the FZ1 feels at home on faster roads in day-to-day city riding and in the canyons, which is where people will spend time on these super-standards. up some of that slack is the FZ1’s buttery smooth which provides seamless

Despite being the only bike of the bunch, the FZ1 is fitted a decently sized front that adequately deflects blasts at legal speeds, there is slightly more buffet than on the Ninja And in terms of ergonomics, the FZ1 is a few nicks the competition thanks to its low, handlebar that tends to put you in an hunched-over position.

To its credit that tubular handlebar can be out with a different bend any of the numerous aftermarket handlebar Of the group, the FZ1 has the hardest seat as

When the riding turns the FZ1 and its fully adjustable suspension are the most part—and capable of you can throw at it, although our test did ascertain that the steering a little heavy mid-corner you begin to pick up the throttle and lean angle is increased. And featuring rather aggressive settings, longer stints on the are comfortable and accompanied by little than a slight buzz the handlebar anywhere north of rpm.

Test Notes Yamaha FZ1

— Turns into well

— A lot of power up top

Smooth transmission

– Not much until after 8500 rpm

– wide when lean is increased

– Slightly stiffer

x No real updates but hey, the mapping is finally up to par

Suggested Settings

FRONT: Spring lines showing; Rebound clicks out from full Compression damping — 5 clicks out full stiff; Ride fork caps flush triple clamp

REAR: preload — position 5 from full Rebound damping — 1 click out full stiff

Suzuki 82.7 points

Based off the but now European-only Suzuki Bandit, the 2011 GSX1250FA combines performance with touring The most obvious difference the semi-… Bandit and GSX1250FA is of the full fairing that the latter (a change that was likely made in part due to the of …-bike sales in the U.S.), provides a sufficient amount of protection and creates little for the rider.

Where the GSX1250FA sets itself apart the competition is in terms of comfort, is enhanced by the plush seat, relaxed riding position and suspension. In standard trim, the bar and relaxed footrest position the GSX1250FA the most comfortable of the group—especially for taller riders.

the riding position need tuning to better fit your though, the seat can be adjusted up or 20mm by flipping over the spacers between the seat and seat rails. And as with the the tubular handlebar of the GSX1250FA can be out for a different bend, should you not for the rather upright riding the stock unit offers.

Opposite the FZ1 and Ninja 1000, the features a conventional 43mm fork and steel tube-type Adjustable for preload only, the soft front fork of the absorbs all of the breaks in LA’s highways exceptionally well and is competent in the canyons—especially considering the comes in at a hefty 567 pounds.

As though, the Bridgestone BT-021-equipped reaches its limits quicker the FZ1 and Ninja 1000—which are both with fully adjustable forks—when the riding turns spirited. Due to the GSX1250FA’s excess transitions and corner entry a bit more energy, although is something to be said for how fluid the is from the bike and how well it mid-corner.

In terms of power the offers a great amount of accessible grunt at low rpm, is beneficial around town. as you creep into the midrange, is plenty of power to accelerate cars, that proves to be when accelerating past on the highway. Once through the however, the GX1250FA does to run out of breath, and in contrast to the FZ1, is practically no power up top.

noted during our test is the that the transmission of the Suzuki is not as as the Kawasaki’s and Yamaha’s, and each change is accompanied by a loud a tune that wasn’t music to our testers’ ears.

to the Suzuki Dual Throttle fuel injection, power from the GSX1250FA is extremely and fuel mileage is outstanding. In throughout our testing, the all-new consistently managed three-to-four per gallon more per tank the FZ1 and Ninja 1000. Combine with the bike’s large fuel tank and it’s that this bike is for the long haul.

All told, the is by far the most comfortable bike of the

Interesting to note is that of the bikes tested, the Suzuki is also the only one to be offered ABS, which is perhaps one why it is roughly $600 more the Kawasaki and $1100 more the Yamaha. The ABS could be very though considering these will be used in an array of and you never know what of conditions you will find in. Our testers did note however the Suzuki’s brakes were not as as the Yamaha’s or Kawasaki’s and had a mushy

All told, the Suzuki is by far the most bike of the group. Thanks to damped suspension, its plush and relaxed ergos, it certainly up a fight in this battle of the Still, in a category where is key, the Suzuki comes up a hair short to the Kawasaki 1000.

Test Notes Suzuki GSX1250FA

— ergonomics and plush seat

Gets the best fuel

— Only bike ABS

– On the heavy side

– Conventional is not up to par with the competition

– Brakes to feel a little mushy

Kawasaki Z 1000

x down the most comfortable of the group

**Suggested Suspension

** FRONT: Spring preload — 3 showing

REAR: Spring 4 of 7; Rebound damping — one turn out full stiff

Ninja 86.3 points

All-new for the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 is for the part a dressed up Z1000 but feature—among other small ergonomics and a larger fuel When compared to the Yamaha and the Ninja 1000 is definitely sport-oriented thanks to its clip-on bars, stiffer suspension and aggressive ergonomics, yet the ergonomics too aggressive and the seat, which is thicker than that of the is plenty plush for decent-length

Unlike most standards as the FZ1, the Ninja 1000’s powerplant was specifically designed commuting and canyon carving in As such, there is an abundance of torque and plenty of power the midrange to keep things Matched with the extremely powerband of the Ninja 1000 is a transmission that is not buttery like that of the FZ1, but not like the GSX1250FA.

Injection the 38mm Keihin throttle permits smooth power and the counterbalancer-equipped engine permits a slight buzz through the anywhere beyond 4500 And to help keep that to a minimum, the footrests are rubber Even still, competing the ever-smooth GSX1250FA is a challenge.

to the Suzuki (the only full-faired bike in the group) the 1000’s body panels do a more competent job of dispersing hot bay air away from the rider. And to the adjustable windscreen, which can be to a high, medium or low setting, buffet is kept to a minimum. is especially true when it is set to the setting, where the contoured almost perfectly deflects the air from the rider.

When the tighten up and the riding turns spirited, the Ninja 1000 is by far the adept bike of the group. And with the aluminum backbone the suspension gives the Ninja excellent handling characteristics. The stiffer damping of the 41mm adjustable front fork and mounted rear shock, is adjustable for rebound damping and preload, are plenty plush for stints, and albeit somewhat than the FZ1 in terms of turn-in, steering is light with the 1000 and holding your is a walk in the park.

Braking capabilities of the Ninja those of the FZ1, and the binders are potent enough to get the stocky slowed down. While do require you grab the lever some force, they good power, feedback and

While the Ninja 1000 feature a 5.0 gallon large-capacity tank, its fuel consumption are quite a bit lower than the This means you are definitely to hit the gas station sooner than you hope. And despite the other being fitted with construction touring-type tires, the Ninja 1000 comes with a set of softer Bridgestone that proved in our testing to significantly quicker.

Test Kawasaki Ninja 1000

Adjustable windscreen provides wind protection of the group

Plenty of low-end torque and power

— Fairing hot air away from lower

– U.S.-spec Bridgestone tires rather quick

– Fuel numbers are down compared to the and Suzuki

– Brakes require force

x This bike versatility

Suggested Suspension

Front: Spring preload — 7 out from full stiff; damping — 2 turns out from stiff; Compression damping — 1 out from full stiff. height — 30mm fork tube above top triple clamp.

Spring preload — position 5 of 10; Rebound turn out from full

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