Yamaha FZ1 | Price $10,299
That shallow area before the power spike at eight grand feels like it takes forever to push through, but once the Yamaha's 20-valve head starts breathing freely things get exciting in a hurry. More than 20 horsepower come online in less than 1000 rpm, but as soon as the power peaks at 11,000 rpm, the party is over.
Engine type: l-c inline four
Valve train: DOHC, 20v
Bore x stroke: 77.0 x 53.6mm
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension: 41mm Soqi fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Soqi shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual Akebono four-piston calipers, 320mm discs
Rear brake: Nissin single-piston caliper, 245mm disc
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Dunlop D221F
Rear tire: 190/50ZR-17 Dunlop D221
Rake/trail: 25.0°/4.3 in.
Seat height: 32.1 in.
Wheelbase: 57.5 in.
Fuel capacity: 4.75 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty): 500/472 lbs.
Measured horsepower: 125.7 bhp @ 11,000 rpm
Measured torque: 67.4 lb.-ft. @ 7750 rpm
Corrected 1/4-mile: 10.48 sec.@132.2 mph
Top-gear roll-on 60-80 mph: 3.21 sec.
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 30/26/28 mpg
Colors: Raven, Candy Red
Warranty: 12 mo., unlimited mi.
Yamaha Motor Corp. USA
6555 Katella Ave.
Cypress, CA 90630
The FZ1 follows the old formula of paring down the bodywork and installing a tubular handlebar, or in this case a flat drag bar. A little wind protection goes a long way, but what makes the FZ1 win in the comfort department are a civilized seat, less vibration and nearly an inch more legroom.