Chassis performance wasn't all peaches, either, though. The bike's suspension lacked sophistication, at least by modern superbike standards. The firmly sprung shock and inverted fork sometimes gave a choppy ride over bumps that seemed to overwhelm their damping ability. One fork leg contains rebound damping while the other handles compression, a setup Yamaha says it utilizes on its M1 MotoGP racebike. Sadly, the rear shock doesn't offer a remote spring-preload adjuster, which means a spanner is needed. A brief attempt at suspension adjustment didn't help things much, so we'll wait till we have more time for tuning before passing final judgment.There was no doubting the power of the Yamaha's front brake, with its larger, 320mm discs and familiar four-pot calipers. Michelin Pilot rubber, the rear a fat, 190/50-spec bun, made the most of reasonably generous cornering clearance, although really quick or aggressive riders might find the centerstand touching down when carrying a passenger. Yes, you read that right--a centerstand. The FZ1 has one, along with a reasonably roomy seat and useful passenger grab handles.