2009 Yamaha FZ1

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2009 Yamaha FZ1

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I’m not exactly sure it happened, but at some point the last few years something in me I hate to admit it but I think become a little bit soft. At one I was the guy you would see riding his motorcycle months a year in the worst of hail, wind and whatever mother earth decided to out.

In fact I used to of enjoy the challenge of maneuvering a through traffic in a steady or getting the bike to slide a touch on some open in freezing conditions. Moving to from the Great White some 10 years ago I used to at what Californians considered conditions. If the snot running from your nose freeze mid-stream before your upper lip, it was enough to get in a quick ride.

delivery of the 2009 Yamaha FZ1 I myself checking the weather and cringing at the forecast of cold and steady showers. How could it be? How the boy who grew up in sub zero weather become a victim of Californization. must be a cure for this

So for the next two weeks I checked into motorcycle rehab in an to find a cure. The stages of my would take place in the and snow topped hills of and Orange County.

Yamaha has an impressive track for pumping out good looking and the FZ1 is no exception. The FZ1 has a clean, attractive The tank and upper fairing enough curves and angles to things exciting and fresh. The is especially nicely done, the low exhaust looks modern and

While the appearance of the FZ1 is attractive it is not mean looking for a … with 150 HP and I wouldn’t mind a little more bad-tempered in the styling to really make the run for cover. Designing a … is surely a difficult task it has to be made up of equal parts of commuter, canyon carver and bike. Yamaha have to us they can build a dangerous bike, after all this is the that brought us the V-Max, but went for a much more appearance with the FZ1.

it might not be the meanest looking on the block, it has the sound of a …. a few downshifts and the exhaust lets out a that sounds more a muscle car than a motorcycle. The of the FZ1 motor had me charging into signs a little harder normal just so I could some hard downshifts the revs up high to hear the music pouring out of the FZ1 exhaust.

So we know the FZ1 sounds the business but it was to find out if the engine performs on the or if it was a case of the bark being than the bite. The FZ1 features an 998cc, DOHC, 20-valve, 40 degree inclined, in-line engine producing 150 hp at 10,000rpm. The pistons, cylinder and cylinder are based on the 3rd generation R1 power-plant to ’06).

This is no dumbed technology, camshafts that been designed for more at lower revs and the crankshaft has given an increase in weight for tractability. Yamaha’s EXUP valve also helps the low-end.

Looking at the specs on the FZ1 I was prepared to wear an oversized buckle proclaiming my intercontinental king status. Naked 150 HP, and some Red Bull floating the liver, the title was surely for the taking. I even took out on Yamaha fork seals I would be going through in the dozens.

It was not to be however. In reality the on the FZ1 is extremely smooth, maybe too if that is possible. The power on seamless and strong but I couldn’t but wish it would tug on the arm sockets a harder and really have you notice. The motor has been down slightly from the R1 to soften the hit and increase low end power.

While this probably the FZ1 a better street bike I was for something a little more and unrefined. A little less Holmes. a little more Jameson. The engine starts to get around 8,000 RPM and revs all the way to a top end redlining at 12,000 RPM and features a rev limiter to protect the engine.

The FZ1 R1-style fuel injection computer-controlled sub-throttle valves for power delivery across the rev range. The R1 of recent years has a … spot down low in the RPM but of this is evident on the FZ1. injection is crisp and throttle is spot on.

The FZ1 weighs in at 485 pounds wet and a light and rigid aluminum Rolling around through the lot the FZ1 felt slightly on the heavy once out on the twisty roads the did not seem to be an issue and the FZ1 flicked side to side quite Yamaha claims a mass-forward for the FZ1 with a 51 percent front-wheel bias to improve handling.

supersport-like weight bias, with the wide motocross bars giving great made the motorcycle very to throw into the corners at and overall gave me a good of confidence even at higher

Accelerating hard out of bumpy was getting the FZ1 slightly unsettled and a small wag at the bars, but it was slight that it never turned a full blown headshake or me to have to back out of the throttle.

The FZ1 uses 43mm fully inverted forks with damping circuitry in the left leg and in the right, a trick used on the Moto-GP bike. The rear shock has adjustable preload and damping. The suspension may have fully adjustable but I’ll I didn’t fiddle much the knobs. The truth is the suspension was set up much to my liking, even if on the stiff side.

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Some of may be due to the stiff springs up front and was likely the cause of the slightly feeling up front under acceleration over rough A quick pace through the California landscape did not faze the FZ1 but riders may look for a slightly plush feel for the not-so-scenic commute every day.

on the FZ1 comes courtesy of two 320mm discs squeezed by monoblock calipers and a single 245mm disc. While not radially like the R1, the brakes do a good job speed and feel from the lever was top notch.

The transmission on the FZ1 borrows the R1′s six-speed gearbox with a taller 5th and 6th gear to make the FZ1 relaxed for highway speeds. I the Yamaha street fighter benefit from some shorter gearing to liven up around town. If longer commutes are what you are used to, the FZ1 may suit you just fine.

on the long hauls was never a for the FZ1. The footpegs gave room for my knackered knees and the felt fine after a day. Wind protection was minimal as you would expect a … bike.

The FZ1 features tachometer, digital speedometer, trip meter with on reserve function, odometer, temperature and lights for neutral, beam, low fuel and turn a fade-in lighting feature adjustable brightness. Speaking of fuel gauge, the fuel bars seemed to be disappearing fast once the FZ1′s fuel tank ventured half empty.

While back into the city deep in the canyons on a route I done many times I did get a bit of a scare as the fuel bars suddenly gone leaving me one lonely one flashing repeatedly in my Fears of a man vs mountain lion taking place on my walk to civilization started to creep my brain. Luckily the Yamaha me home and you won’t be seeing me on animals …” anytime

Yamaha calls the FZ1 “the street brawler” but is the Yamaha the toughest kid on the block? Well as we all it’s not always the toughest fighter who wins the fight but the one the most skills. The Yamaha may not the looks of a … but it definitely the goods to hold it’s own any of the other so-called street on the market.

The FZ1 is an extremely well motorcycle with few faults and it right at home in seemingly any Now if only we could get Yamaha to do a cross-breading with it’s model to add a few vicious DNA!

Yamaha FZ1 MSRP – $9790

colors – Granite Gray/Raven and Blue

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