The 2012 Yamaha FZ1 is a capable street bike that provides the kind of top-notch real-world performance that can make even your daily commute seem exciting. Bolstered by cutting edge sport bike technology, the 2012 FZ1 boasts an engine and chassis design that is state of the art. Despite the excellent performance and handling the bike delivers, it also comes through in terms of rider and passenger comfort. The bike’s cutting edge style and power, which were inspired by the Yamaha R1, are contained in a twin spar aluminum frame that sports aggressive chassis geometry. With a 51 percent front wheel weight bias, inspired by Yamaha Supersport bikes, the 2012 FZ1 provides for handling that’s quick and nimble. The bike’s compact 998cc engine is tuned with mid-range power in mind, but is still capable of delivering a lot of juice on the top end. A precise fuel/air mixture is provided by the FZ1’s computer-controlled fuel injection with sub throttle valves. The bike has a closed-deck cylinder block that provides for good structUral soundness, while enabling its narrow engine. The cylinders are lined with high silicon-content ceramic-composite that helps reduce friction and maximize heat dissipation; ensuring power delivery that’s consistent under most conditions. The 2012 Yamaha FZ1’s radiator was inspired by race bikes and is cooled by twin ring-style fans. The bike’s aggressive profile stems in part from its half-cowl fairing design. The instrument display features a high-tech design and includes an analog tachometer, digital speedometer, dual trip meter with miles on reserve function, odometer, water temperature and lights for neutral, high beams, low fuel and turn signals. There’s also a fade-in lighting feature with adjustable brightness.