2007 Yamaha FZ1
Poetry in motion!
Well, I'm about 650 miles and a week into my purchase of a new 07 FZ1, and I have been pleasantly surprised in every way with this bike so far. It has exceeded my expectations in every way.
After putting about 4000 miles on my previous "new" bike purchased 7 months ago, getting on my FZ1 has made me happier in every way. I won't mention the make/model of the other bike to avoid negative perceptions, since that bike was nice too, but after riding the FZ1, I have NO desire to ride the previous bike.
My FZ1 rides smoother, the engine runs smoother than expected, and is very predictable. The bike is easy to ride slow, as strange as that may sound, as well as fast. The engine is smooth and the bike is easy to ride from 10MPH through 140+ (haven't taken it past that yet, and probably shouldn't, but for those that want to, there was plenty left to go after the 140 mark, I just ran out of road at the time, or maybe I just scared myself silly and backed off. Probably a good thing.)
Cornering is very stable, and I feel much more steady and confident in the corners than with my previous bike, and that bike is "known" for its handling ability. I didn't realize how nervous or uncertain I was in the corners with my previous bike until got on my FZ1 and rode my same favorite corners. With my FZ1, those same corners went from occasionally unnerving work to smooth, steady, and FUN!! The way they should be!
If you are "on the fence" about buying this bike, don't be. For me, this bike is tame when I need it to be, a guided missile when I want it to be, and an absolute joy everywhere in between! I've had four other bikes (all bought new) over the years, and this FZ1 is hands down the most satisfying, and fun ride I've ever had on a bike!!
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th July, 2007
I liked your review, since I'm someone who last rode a 400cc bike 8 years ago, and want a bike that will be easy to ride at slow speeds without lurching in busy traffic. I'm still a little scared, though I was a very good rider then. Just rusty. Perhaps I'll get the FZ1 if I feel I can manage to ride it EASILY at 20-40 mph till I get more comfortable.