Yamaha FZ1 Fazer 1000 Review

by Deepak on October 13, 2008

Take a sneak peek into this machine and let me know your thoughts please! Yamaha bikes, if you compare with any other bike brands, are born to cruise on roads. Yamaha FZ1 is yet another model that Yamaha took all interest so it can race on tracks so much so it can perform as street cruiser, I can’t how good it will be at stunting. Unarguably, looks wise it’s a killer and its no big deal when you consider that it comes from Yamaha, one of the world’s leading bike makers. The muscular-looking monster (don’t get me wrong I am not misleading you with Yamaha’s competitor) is made to challenge any biking task as well as any bike on the road and on the track.

Yamaha FZ1 Fazer

The engine of Yamaha FZ1 is an R1 based engine and with 1000cc engine the bike is made to perform as a sports bike as much a daily office commuting one and a machine that gets abused by a weekend hitchhiker. Just the all rounder bike and please tell me one that comes close to FZ1? Well nothing crosses our minds! The fazer 1000 seems to be the best bet as of today for performance on tracks and roads if you feel that I am sounding over excited at the start of this preview, I beg your excuse. But, take a look at these pictures and if you are not charmed by this bike I will have to believe that you must be either be an Yamaha hater or one who has no interest in bike engineering. In any case just let me know).

Yamaha should be admired for the bold moves it takes every time it rolls in a new bike into the market, whatever segment it be. It surely doesn’t follow other bike makers, it, in fact, leads. The FZ1 1000cc standards are something that triggers other bike makers to retrospect their standards with respect to the suspension or chassis or brakes and handling design. As I told, taken from the R1, the 998cc motor of FZ1 is quite compact by size yet very powerful and ultra modern. With 4 valves for cylinder (a single cylinder of course) and four strokes, the liquid-cooled engine delivers great power, amazingly 148 bhp at 11,000 rpm and a torque of 78 lbs ft at about 8000 rpm. Yamaha claims that it has used its MotoGP technology engine in the FZ1 998cc bike.

The new thing in Yamaha YZ1 is the YCC-I or the Yamaha chip-controlled intake system that makes the intake tract different, it uses the variable velocity stacks. While at 140-mm velocity stack it gives an increased torque at low rpms and then at high rpms say beyond 10,000 and 65-mm velocity it gives maximum top-end power as well, that’s where it can beat the competitors and it is also designed to suit the everyday road performance as well. The braking is not appreciated by test riders as well as the suspension which many echo isnt great, and also the low-revolution torque deficiency makes the bike’s front tyre stutter and can be a thorn in the flesh. But what’s the maximum speed one can go on FZ1 you might wonder. An estimate says its about 155 mph consuming fuel of 1 liter of gasoline for every 38 miles.

But how is the braking? It’s the 6-piston brakes that give the charging 1000cc motor the right halt. There is an added slipper clutch that can give the biker easy downshifting (meaning keeping the bike stable while decelerating the velocity). While engine department gives all new beast-like charging qualities to FZ1 the braking system that is new also gives the bike advantage while street commuting.

FZ1 is fitted with 298mm discs and has a combo of radial-mount six-pistons with the Sumitomo calipers. In fact, one piston with caliper that is pin-slid is sufficient to keep the front tire on balance under acceleration.

The 6-speed gearbox will keep all your guts firing on the track as well as highway and pumps adrenaline full of your body. Throttle is designed to awe any speed lover and a slight twist of the throttle will accelerate the machine with authority. The combustion chamber with 4-valves uses high compression ration of 12.7:1 and the intake valves are light weight with titanium make that helps reduce overall dry weight of the FZ1 machine.

Yamaha FZ1 with the arresting looks is aimed and designed aimed to take the good name of the company forward with performance. The headlight is shield shaped and tail unit is quite attractive stubby one with a fairly extended pillion unit, and not to mention about the decals of the bike that have been hunched up to give it all macho look.

What is different with the chassis? It is made of cast aluminium with dual-sparred frame wrapping the 998cc engine and motor. The long swing arm renders more stability as well as cornering architecture to the bike. However, it looks narrow as compared to previous fazer editions and the bike also appears shorter; maybe suitable for up to 5-feet 10-inches height.

Finally, if you ask me to consolidate its pros and cons, well I present them here:

Pros:

  • Practical yet comfortable road-ride position without you having to over stretch your neck yet giving good visibility; with a decent track-ride position
  • Short seat height making even short people enjoy Yamaha biking experience
  • Amazing power at top end
  • Make quality as well as finish great
  • The fairing and screen also offer great wind resistance off riding
  • Fast up on top

Cons:

  • As many complain the gearbox is clunky and the sidestand doesn’t look great for a machine like Yamaha FZ1.
  • Suspension that can lift you off your saddle.
  • 208 kg dry weight is in no sense light weight (it probably looks lightweight hiding it)

Lastly, I believe people who appreciate performance and technology and love sports biking will be ones that buy this bike and it will also be a great machine in the hands of a cruiser who loves to hit the 500 miles mark every weekend. It’s a bike that has attitude, but do we have it? If so how long it needs to wait to see it in India

Yamaha FZ1 Fazer Specifications:

Displacement: 998.00cc
Compression: 11.5:1
Fuel system: Injection
Fuel control: DOHC
Ignition: Digital TCI
Cooling system: Liquid
Gearbox: 6-speed
Dry weight: 198.7 kg (438.0 pounds)
Seat height: 815 mm (32.1 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Overall height: 1,204 mm (47.4 inches)
Overall length: 2,141 mm (84.3 inches)
Overall width: 770 mm (30.3 inches)
Wheelbase: 1,461 mm (57.5 inches)
Front suspension: 43mm telescopic fork w/adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping
Front suspension travel: 130 mm (5.1 inches)
Rear suspension: Single shock w/ piggyback reservoir
Rear suspension travel: 130 mm (5.1 inches)
Front tyre dimensions: 120/70-ZR17
Rear tyre dimensions: 190/50-ZR17
Front brakes: Double disc
Front brakes diameter: 320 mm (12.6 inches)
Rear brakes: Single disc
Rear brakes diameter: 245 mm (9.6 inches)
Fuel capacity: 17.97 litres
Color options: Raven, Cobalt blue

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Motorbeam.com October 13, 2008 at 8:19 am

The bike looks awesome. The FZ16 looks like a 150cc in front of the FZ1. Wait the FZ16 is 150cc.

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sudarshan October 13, 2008 at 2:09 pm

hi deepak
this in response to tell you that i know of few bikes which in my opinion are better than the fazer 1000 simply because they are much more comfortable and have better and bigger engines.i for one would rightly point you that these bikes are the true cruisers,sport tourers and one can easily go on a world tour on these bikes because they are bullet proof reliable and durable.i for one have driven few of these bikes and can definitely vouch for it.here goes the list:the cream of the ultimate production bikes manufactured around the world

kawasaki zx 14 1352 cc hyperbike and concours torque tuned sport tourer(both bikes have same engines tuned differently zx14 for power, concours for torque)and vulcan 2053 cc classic lt

yamaha vmax 1679 cc new, old edition and mt01 1670 cc torque sports

suzuki 1783 cc 1800 torquemeister m109r boulevard (have you ever even seen it)

honda goldwing 1832 cc this bike is just superb.i just love it

i have driven the 08 zx 14 in states once and it was biking heaven for me. i challenge apart from the 08 hayabusa no other bike can even do this, i drove the bike from a standstill(0 km/hr) in 6th gear all the way upto 150km/hr the max speed limit for bikes on the interstate freeway in the states and the bike was still pulling strong. i thought the engine pull was so strong the bike could have maxed out to the top speed of 300+ km/hr easily, needless to say the bike did not even break into a sweat. i cant think of any other bike that can do this apart from the hayabusa.there is so much torque 154 nm to be exact, higher than the busa for that matter from the 1352 cc engine of the zx 14.

iam going to buy a silver zx 14 in a couple of years time, right now i have started saving up for the zx 14.as for now i have to make do with my new silver karizma i guess.the zx 14 is the ultimate bike for me.

mt01 is another superb bike i have driven, my friend harish owns one in bangalore and i drove it on bangalore highway, this bike blows you away with its pickup and the momentum it gains in just a few seconds its spine tingling and though the bike has only 5 gears the pull is so good even from 40 to 210 km/hr the bike accelerates like a bullet and that too in 5th gear.now thats a trick only a torque laden bike can do and not even a super bike.

the suzuki boulevard 1783 cc i drove in the states was mind blowing to say the least.i test drove the bike from a childhood friend of mine raghav and i was seriously impressed.the bike has a low slung design but man was it comfortable and the throttle response was just fantabulous.i rate it to be the best comfy bike i have ever driven and the most stress free engine ever i have experienced.

but one thing a driver must remember when driving such high powered machines is that the reaction time is much less compared to our indian bikes as we indian commuters just cant fathom out how difficult it is to drive these bikes as we are conditioned to drive 100 cc or in most extreme cases a 535 cc bullet.we must give 200% of our concentration.i suddenly realised how carelessly i used to drive my yamaha gladiator and now my new karizma on the highways and on the streets with out a thought in the world and care for the people around me.

driving these bikes is very cumbersome as, one its not your bike and your mind is preoccupied with this thought.the fear of a crash lingers on in your mind as you drive the bike.so you just cant enjoy the ride

second you are not used to such power and you must be conscious of the throttle opening you give,

and lastly the sorroundings you drive these bikes in people,traffic,cyclists,potholes,redlights,cops etc.i now realised on driving these bikes how thin the line was between staying alive and being dead.as everything happens so quickly before you know it you might end up dead if you dont know how to control these bikes.

“with great power comes even greater responsibility” and i think this saying is well justified in this case.

driving these bikes is not a romantic ideal as every indian dreams it to be.no sir its not, even a scratch on the bike would end up in the owner having sleepless nights for days on end.and the worst part is the engine heat that gets to your legs in indian weather conditions your legs will end up like a chicken tandoor drumstick with the heat that emanates from these bikes engines.

and these bikes run only on 97 octane petrol and the mileage in city use would be around 10 and on the highways 16 km/ltr.so the amount of money involved in running these bikes are really heavy guys

i guess the reality and dream world are two different things altogether.so if any body wants to buy a bike like this think twice.will it be suitable for our roads.since i live in chennai and hit the track or the highways every weekend the zx 14 would suit me fine and i would use my karizma for city use.but for different people the case is different.

so there you go folks an enlightenment session from a person who has experienced such high powered bikes and thought and reflected about the sacrifices and implications of owning a zx 14 on chennai roads.

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jaja October 14, 2008 at 5:17 am

hi..your review is good ..keep it up.. but I think at least some parts of your review have been copy pasted from some american article..because we in india don’t usually mention the following line..

“”its about 155 mph consuming fuel of 1 liter of gasoline for every 38 miles.”"

it would be nice if you mentioned your source .. they are journalism ethics.. still good work keep it up

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Deepak October 15, 2008 at 9:26 am

Hi Jaja,

Just a clarification! The article source is definitely taken from USA bike site reviews! So said, its definitely not a copy+paste work. Didn’t you see the preview is posted in the Imported Bikes Category the first place? And, didn’t you see my site is copyscape protected? So, I respect copyright policies and infringement laws.

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Justin Kelley August 25, 2011 at 8:07 am

If the source is USA bike reviews then it is likely 38 miles per gallon… 38 miles per liter is nearly 150 miles per gallon and that is astronomical.

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sudarshan October 15, 2008 at 5:01 pm

dear jaja
i can vouch for what deepak says.my article was posted on this site and this site is copy space protected mine was an original article.since we guys live in india not everybody gets to ride a superbike.so we have to rely on upto date facts from some reliable source and certain US websites are really good,US is the most happening place when it comes to bikes.so its ok

even i had seen this same bike in the chennai race track during 12 june when r15 was launched in chennai.since then this bike had been doing rounds around south india.different bikes are used by yamaha to promote their products though fazer 1000 is not for sale in india.only r1 and mt01 are for sale in india.

you must leave appreciative comments and encourage deepak on the wonderful articles he has been posting.believe me running and maintaining a website and adding new content in a personal website is really tough and a lot of effort and work and thought goes into it one needs a lot of patience.lately i have become a fan and regular user of this site as so much has been happening lately.

you can see my comment just after the first comment.i had given a few of the facts and opinions of the superbikes i had driven.i have properly pointed my initial reactions on riding such high powered bikes.not everybody gets a chance to do that.so the only way to post an article is to do some reference work and i dont blame deepak for that.

deepak must have seen the fazer 1000 in the flesh and got excited about it and decided to write an article on it and did some reference work so what big deal he is not commiting any crime as far as i can see as he did not get a chance to ride and it and see he just wanted to give correct and accurate facts on his site.anybody is bound to get excited when they see any superbike as these bikes are very rare on indian roads and to catch a glimpse of them on indian roads is itself a rare eventuality.

so please dont criticise him iam not taking sides with him or supporting him iam just justifying his stand as we must not forget we live in india and that my dear friend makes a lot of difference you know.

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jaja October 17, 2008 at 4:04 am

@sudarshan and @deepak…
no hard feelings man!!
i was never criticizing…I just noticed something…so posted comment
got a satisfactory reply… so its fine..
I would never belittle anyone’s effots..
and you can see clearly in my comments that I have applauded him for good work and told him to keep it up..
so again i quote the same line that I used in earlier comment..
” hi..your review is good ..keep it up.. “

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Ashwanth October 19, 2008 at 5:15 am

“An estimate says its about 155 mph consuming fuel of 1 liter of gasoline for every 38 miles.”.

That is wrong. 1 liter of gasoline for 38 miles, means that it gives the same mileage as pulsar 150 cc which is not correct. It consumes 1 litre of gasoline for 3.8 miles.

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Alejandro Polo February 26, 2009 at 6:07 pm

The correction of the gasoline consumption is correct. I think many people sometimes does not stop and think whatever they’re reading cause only 1 liter for 38 miles it’s impossible. I personally have an FZ1 sport 2009 and it takes almost 8 litres every 60 miles (100 kms) in city riding. (no sport riding at all)
Another mistake, is the number of valves, it has 5 valves per cylinder so it’s a 20 valve engine not a 16 valve one. Top speed aprox: 175 Mph (280 Km/h). The engine was taken from the R1 2006 model.

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Sam Smith May 28, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Looks like you copy-pasted from an R1 review. If you’re going to copy someone else’s work, at least copy one about the correct bike…

Variable velocity stacks, 6-piston calipers, slipper clutch, brake disc diameter…

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Alejandro Polo May 29, 2009 at 11:10 am

I agree with Sam Smith, at least copy & paste the info from the right bike.
Greets from Argentina

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