Yamaha FZ1 Reviews from United States of America - Page 2 of 3

2006 Yamaha FZ1

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired5700 miles
Most recent distance5850 miles
Previous motorcycleBuell XB12SS

Summary:

Great bike; it's too bad Harley didn't realize what they had before they cut Buell

Faults:

A wire went bad, and caused the fuel pump to not work. Was a warranty repair.

General Comments:

Was a great bike overall. Had plenty of torque, and the low end power one would expect from a big v-twin.

Was very uncomfortable for long rides.

Great around town.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2010

2004 Yamaha FZ1

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance27500 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CBR1000F

Summary:

Awesome! Owners report 100K + life in these motors!

Faults:

Nothing!

General Comments:

O.K., here we are 5 years and 27,000 miles later, and now for the REAL truth! WOW, still! Yes, I am still in love with this awesome machine. More into the Sport and Sport Touring now.

I have several long distance trips, 2200, 1700, and even an 1100 miler with the wife.

I have replaced tires twice, soon to get the third set. The drive chain once (20K). Iridium Spark Plugs. Best MPG is 50.3 and worst is 44.1, riding two-up with 60 lbs of baggage and gear, at 70-75 mph.

Of course regular service and 3-4k oil changes (synthetic) and air filter cleaning (K&N). At 24K valve check (all 20) no adjustment needed :)

Original brake pads still on (F&R).

Nothing has ever gone wrong or needed repairs! Without a doubt the most reliable bike I have ever owned! :)

Still a hoot to ride in the twisties, it does anything you ask of it and delivers all and more and with flair and plenty of power to spare! It adapts to any style of ride and road conditions. WOW!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 2009

2008 Yamaha FZ1

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance1400 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki ER-6n

Summary:

Excellent for the sport-tourer who wants the emphasis on the sport side

Faults:

The rear wheel has some blemishes in the powder coating around the hub. It's strictly cosmetic. However, Yamaha will replace the wheel.

General Comments:

What I Like:

- Precise handling: confidence inspiring in the twisties.

- Aggressive ergonomics, for a standard bike, yet all day comfort.

- Exhilarating acceleration starting as low as 4000 RPM rpm and smoothly building to redline.

- Excellent quality.

- Large rear tire. Excellent stock rubber; i.e. Michelin Pilots.

- Stiff frame with engine as stress member.

- Brakes are impressive and have good feel; two to three finger.

- Half fairing does a good job yet still allows wind to circulate in the cockpit.

What I don't like:

- Seat not comfortable after some hours. Will look into aftermarket options.

- Foot pegs are a bit high. Aftermarket has lower kit for pegs.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2009

2008 Yamaha FZ1

Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired7 miles
Most recent distance3500 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda VTX1300C

Summary:

A fine ride

Faults:

No problems.

General Comments:

Light weight and quick handling at slow and highway speeds.

Pulls strong thru out all gears and stops on a dime, good brakes.

Seat could use some improvement, but I can empty a tank and still feel my rear end.

Riding position is good, but takes getting used to the foot peg layout.

The paint and overall quality is very good.

Hard ride to beat for the price.

The engine is silky smooth.

I love it.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2009

2008 Yamaha FZ1

Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired1 miles
Most recent distance1500 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda VTX 1300

Summary:

Fine cruiser

Faults:

Blower never came on when the bike was overheating at slow speeds, and stopped at traffic lights; never got an over heat light. Had it at the dealer several times and the problem was never corrected. They would not troubleshoot the problem, their answer was leave it with them and they would occasionally ride it to see if they could duplicate the problem. Well I solved the problem for them, I bought a new FZ1 and I love it. Amazing how often the blower kicks on in July and has never came close to overheating.

I'm heading for Durango Co. second week in Sept. and I know the trip will be wonderful on the FZ1. Love it.

General Comments:

Good looks, low seat height and easy to ride, no problems except for over heating that was a major problem and very disappointed with the dealer.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2008

2006 Yamaha FZ1

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Most recent distance7000 miles
Previous motorcycleHarley-Davidson FXDL

Summary:

A great bike, but needs to be able to do long rides

General Comments:

I am very disappointed that Yamaha made the following changes to the FZ1: reduced the gas tank from 5.6 to 4.75, moved the riders pegs 1 inch back and up half an inch, lowered the handlebars 1 inch.

I love riding the bike, but the extended rides would have been much more enjoyable if Yamaha would have left well enough alone.

I am glad the FZ1 is now fuel injected, and it handles like a dream now that 51 percent of the weight is on the front end.

Yamaha should realize that a lot of buyers of FZ1 want to put some serious miles on the bike, and the aforementioned changes deter long rides.

Overall a great bike, and plenty of power and a blast to ride.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2008

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 14 reviews