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2007 Yamaha FZ1 Comparo Photo Gallery
The 2007 Yamaha FZ1 has been Yamaha's big bore streetfighter, ever since the Tuning Fork brand crammed its R1 motor into the stripped FZ1 frame back in 2002.
MotorcycleUSA takes the latest batch of nakeds and tossed them together - relax its nothing dirty, just our '07 Streetfighter Comparo. Check out who came out on top in our
2007 Streetfighter Comparo II
Yamaha decided to stuff the venerable R1 mill into a mostly naked, rider-friendly streetbike called the FZ1 back in 2001 and it has been an overdressed staple of the streetfighter scene ever since.
The information console on the FZ1 includes an analog tach and digital speedo, with the Yamaha also including an electronic fuel gauge.
With the Yamaha serving up seemingly endless acceleration it's a good thing the brakes are up to task. Bringing the Yamaha to a safe halt is a pair of 320mm rotors with four-piston calipers up front and a 245mm rear disc with single-piston caliper out back.
Yamaha's 998cc literbike engine is utilized by the FZ1, with the powerplant claiming top honors in the horsepower battle, cranking out just shy of 130 ponies at the rear wheel.
The Yamaha's handlebar was the highest placed of the comparo test bikes, complimenting a very upright stance.
Serving up smooth linear power, the Yamaha's Inline-Four delivers plenty of punch from the bottom to top of the rev range.
The relatively low MSRP also had our street hooligan, Steeves, listing off all the immediate changes he'd make to a potential project FZ1 with the thousands of dollars he'd save compared to the Italian bikes and he has a point.
The fuel-injected motor runs so smooth from top to bottom that it was almost possible to stick the Fazer in second and ride it like a high-speed scooter on the track.
The Yamaha pulled last place in the Appearance category, in part, due to its boxy right side exhaust.
While not popular in the styling department, the Yamaha's wind protection is the best of our nekkid group thanks to a front half-fairing.
Sporting a budget-friendly $9199 MSRP, the Yamaha FZ1 delivers a lot of bike for the money.
The upright riding position on the FZ1, combined with a comfortable seat and the decent wind protection, made the Yamaha a bike that could be ridden many miles in comfort.
With a wheelbase of 57.5 inches, the Yamaha FZ1 was the lengthiest bike in our comparo. While it took a little extra to tip over in a turn, once it did it was very stable.
The Yamaha FZ1 was the least naked of our streefighter testing crop, with the most modest of entries betting on its beefy Inline-Four to make up for its looks.
It may not have been the winner, but before you think the Yamaha doesn't have the oomph to hang with nimbler rivals, Mr. Filice displays its one-wheeled potential.
While the FZ1 hides its bulk well at low speeds, once the pace picks up a rider starts to feel all of its tank-empty 467 lbs.
The FZ1's 25-degree rake and 4.3 inches of trail are almost identical to the Aprilia Tuono (trail 0.2-inch shorter), but in the handling portion of our scoresheet the bikes were on the extreme opposite ends of the spectrum
On the dyno the FZ1 flexed its juice-free four-cylinder muscle by taking top honors in peak horsepower with an impressive 129.3 at 11,500 rpm.
On the dyno the FZ1 second-place in the torque courtesy of a bulging 66.2 lb-ft at 9,500 rpm. The FZ1 means serious business in a Clark Kent sort of way.
In spite of the mammoth horsepower on tap, the delivery of that power, while not anemic, is not as brutish or lively as the other four in this class.
On extreme turns the Yamaha was more prone to drag some pegs than its competition.
2007 Yamaha FZ1
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