Next is a Yamaha FZ1. I've long been a fan of the Fizzer, and can recall seeing one for the first time, down in the dungeon-like shop Motorcyclist used to have in our Wilshire Avenue digs. I thought it was kinda funny looking, weirdly angular and missing a few pieces of plastic. Then I rode it, and fell in love. I've owned quite a few bikes but it would be hard to imagine not owning a first-generation FZ1. It's just such a good all-arounder, a comfortable long-distance runner with good fuel range, tremendous comfort (especially with the GYT-R low handlebar risers), and enough speed to be entertaining. But there's something more: I've put so many miles on FZ1s over the years that I feel totally connected, like I can read the bike better than most. Almost nothing it does surprises me. I wanted to love the second-generation bike as much, but never got along with it. Yamaha made the original FZ1 from 2001 to '05, so mine could be any of five vintages. I like the '05 because of the blue (called Bruise by FZ1 cognoscenti) bodywork and black frame/engine combination.