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2006 Yamaha FZ1 Photo Gallery

The geezer sportbike gets sharper in 2006, with more power, a stiffer chassis and bolder styling. See what we thought of the bike after our 2006 Yamaha FZ1 First Ride.

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2006 Yamaha FZ1 - First Ride
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2006 Yamaha FZ1 - First Ride
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Did we say the FZ1 doesn't like to wheelie? I'll find a way...
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2006 Yamaha FZ1 - First Ride
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The FZ1's fairing, though not especially large, provides useful protection from the elements. A taller accessory windscreen from Yamaha is in the works, as are a chin spoiler and different seats and handlebars.
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2006 Yamaha FZ1 - First Ride
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2006 Yamaha FZ1 - First Ride
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Style, power and grace - the FZ1 serves it up in a stunning and relatively inexpensive package.
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A wide handlebar and steeper steering rake results in athletic agility, underpinned by a stiffer chassis that never lets it get out of shape.
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2006 Yamaha FZ1 - First Ride
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The Liquid Silver FZ1 at dust - is there a better looking near-naked bike?
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2006 Yamaha FZ1 - First Ride
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Somewhere between sportbike and sport-tourer, appealing to young commuters and old racers, and costing less than an R6, the FZ1 cuts a wide demographic swath.
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As you'd expect from the R1-sourced motor, this thing rips in the upper part of the rev band.
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2006 Yamaha FZ1 - First Ride
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A wide handlebar and steeper steering rake results in athletic agility, underpinned by a stiffer chassis that never lets it get out of shape.
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The 2006 FZ1 has a familiar face, but it's actually new from the ground up.
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It's days like this that make journalism school and low salaries worthwhile.
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'An R1 for the real world' was the tagline for the old bike, and it holds true today.
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A steeper rake for '06 allows the FZ1 to be chucked into corners easier than before.
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Somewhere near Point Reyes, California - paradise when it's not raining.
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A fatter rear tire, inverted fork, and fresher styling liven up a popular machine.
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Exiting a corner at about 55 mph plus a tug at the bars gets a mildly crossed-up wheelie.
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Clock, fuel gauge, twin tripmeters, digital speedo and analog tach - all you need and easily readable.
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Unlike the sit-up-and-beg handlebar of the previous model, this new one is sportier and perfectly placed. Note the rubber mounting above the triple clamp that quells vibration.
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Stylish, yes. Tasteful, we're not sure. Buck Rogers, we have your ray gun.
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Literbike power calls for literbike braking. These rotors come from the current R1, while the calipers are similar to the '03 R1.
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A stubby radiator shows off the engine's chrome head pipes. Also notice the inverted fork that wasn't there last year.
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The pillion perch might not rival that of a Gold Wing, but at least your screaming passenger has sturdy grab rails.
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If it looks like an R1 motor, that's because it is. Milder cams and a heavier crank comprise the differences.
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The longer swingarm might have benefits in traction and suspension control, but when it looks this good, it almost doesn't matter.
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Shift Red or Liquid Silver, each accented by lovingly shaped black aluminum - there is no bad choice.
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Yamaha proves once again that it is the leader in styling among the Japanese OEMs.
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Yamaha flew us over to Jolly Olde England to test the FZ1. Uh, actually, this was taken in 'sunny' California.
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Although the naked FZ1 sold in Europe looks sportier, there's a case to be made for a bike with a fairing.