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2011 Yamaha FZ1 Comparison Review. Read more in the 2011 Road Sport Shootout.

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2011 Yamaha FZ1 Dyno Chart
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Despite its cc disadvantage, the FZ1’s superbike lineage exerts itself on the dyno where it turns the drum up to 129.8 rear wheel horsepower.
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The Yamaha's 67.22 lb-ft of torque ranks at the bottom (the beefy BMW twisting its crank with more than 20 extra lb-ft of force), but the FZ1 makes up for its torque deficit by revving higher.
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The Yamaha instrumentation and switchgear doesn’t stand out either, but they exude practicality. We particularly dig the large, easy-to-read digital speedo.
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On the street, the FZ1’s top-end biased powerband chases some of the larger competition.
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It feels steadier in the corners than the Kawasaki, and while the BMW is a more stable mount, the Yamaha proves far more responsive to rider inputs.
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The Yamaha shines in the handling department, where it bests all but the sublime VFR.
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Aiding performance in the twisties is a sporty suspension package, with a three-way adjustable inverted fork and preload/rebound-adjustable rear shock.
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the FZ1’s neutral handling and upright riding position make it both easy and comfortable to attack curvy asphalt.

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The FZ1 delivers sporty engine performance, which it complemented by a potent brakes and supple suspension
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Despite sporting the highest-revving mill, the Yamaha registers the best fuel efficiency (39.8 mpg) and longest range (191 miles) during our test.
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While the Yamaha stands out with its skimpy looks, it’s the R1-derived Inline Four that delivers unique performance on the road.
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2011 Yamaha FZ1 Comparison Review
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While some in our testing troop favor the naked lines of the Yamaha, there’s no getting around that it’s the longest in the tooth.
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The biggest argument for the Yamaha is its $10,490 MSRP. Riders get a lot of bang for the buck with the versatile FZ1, more than five grand less than the BMW and Honda!

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2011 Yamaha FZ1 Comparison Review