2008 Yamaha FZ1
This bike is a jack of all trades, master of none, but will never disappoint you
Fell over into the gas pump while dismounting, because I did not make sure the side stand was down, as the spring had pulled it back up. The side stand is small, and is at times difficult to find until you become used to it. I always check it now before dismounting.
Fit and finish, looks, and overall appearance give the impression that this is a machine with bolts and nuts, not a toy wrapped in plastic parts.
My father once said, keep the wind at your back, and with this bike my response is simply that, I AM the wind.
It is an older man's sports bike, in that it pulls, yet you are not going to need corrective surgery on your back and wrists.
The bars are very responsive, and the bike handles much like something much smaller.
Probably one of the more versatile bikes you can buy, and the lower price than that of full on sport bikes gives it more appeal to those on a budget.
I have an aftermarket gel seat, and this has aided in increasing the touring range due to discomfort experienced on the stock seat after 200 kms or so.
The motor is smooth, and the power is there, no matter where the needle in the tach is pointed, quite linear in its delivery.
Acceleration is there, just merging onto a highway from a ramp I have often found myself at foolhardy speeds without realizing just how fast I was going. So I don't recommend this bike to a first time or novice rider.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th February, 2010