Yamaha’s ultimate street brawler, the FZ1, brings 998cc of fuel-injected previous generation R1 power to the fray, in a light-and-strong aluminum frame. So can you ask for more? Definitely no, but the unmatchable design and low price are also benefits that make sure you don’t leave your local dealer without Yami’s most versatile sports motorcycle.
Yamaha considered that it would be wonderful to offer a street motorcycle featuring the R1 engine and pretty much all the technology available for the super sport model so after the YZF-R1 became THE machine to ride, its manufacturer launched the sport-tourer FZ1. The idea was absolutely brilliant and it leaded to great popularity and excellent sales numbers.
The first Yamaha FZ1 history page was wrote in 2001 when the model was launched as a street motorcycle manufactured by the Yamaha Motor Company. The carbureted 998cc, liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder; DOHC, 20 valves engine was capable of 143 hp to the crankshaft and approximately 120 hp to the rear wheel. Most European sports models achieve that today (with V-Twin engines, that’s fair), but the FZ1 stood for progress and advancement. Until 2005 the FZS1000s, as it was know in Europe, changed nothing but colors. Being such a great product, there wasn’t the need to improve it so Yamaha focused on developing future generations of YZF-R1’s. In some European countries the 2005 model featured and exhaust-based catalytic converter, but the bike was still the same.
2006 saw the introduction of the second generation of FZ1’s, a model featuring a 998cc DOHC 20-valve R1 engine, which produced 150 horsepower at 11,000 rpm. The powerful motor was placed in an all-new compact aluminum frame that required brand new suspensions. As all the technical on the 2006 model was completely new, so the bodywork couldn’t have been different and you know it wasn’t.
The monster was dressed in beautiful clothes, developed now more power, it was lighter, and better looking so it could be very proud of its big step forward. It proved it by smashing its competition and that was the last evolutionary step made by the FZ1. We look forward on seeing what Yamaha reserves for the future.
2009 Suzuki Bandit 1250S
Suzuki also made sure that its 1250S Bandit would became the favorite of a wide range of riders worldwide by delivering its own package of performance, style and value.
The new Bandit is even better as for 2009 as it combines heavyweight power with distinctive styling and the quality of an all-new, technologically-advanced liquid-cooled engine and an advanced digital fuel injection system.
Its balance of power, style and technology is developed by a team of dedicated Suzuki engineers, working together to produce a street machine of unmatched quality and a strong competitor for the FZ1.
2008 Kawasaki Z1000
Kawasaki updated the ante in the naked bike arena with the entrance of the 2008 Z1000. Beyond its muscular torque delivery and radical styling, the Z1000 dishes out a visceral riding experience. This purpose-built Kawasaki is equally at home in the garages of both practical motorcyclists – simply seeking a smile-producing weekend ride and owners desiring a bike that doesn’t fit the norm. This excellent motorcycle also fights the Yamaha but it must face the Suzuki first.