The world’s best streetfighter is all new for 2006, blending exceptional style and character with open-class performance like only Yamaha can.

  • 2006 Yamaha FZ1
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
  • Displacement:
    998 L
  • Top Speed:
    167 mph
  • Price:

Key Features:

  • All-new FZ1 is more powerful, nine pounds lighter, great handling, tougher and just plain cooler.
  • All-new compact aluminum frame, current-generation fuel-injected R1 engine, standout styling and more aggressive naked-bike stance guarantee excitement.
  • Adjustable suspension at both ends lets the FZ1 be dialed in for a wide range of uses—everything from track days to urban assault to sport touring.


  • Current generation 998cc DOHC 20-valve R1 engine is tuned for tremendous mid-range punch.
  • R1-style fuel injection with computer-controlled sub-throttle valves provides precise fuel/air mixture for superb power delivery across the entire rev range.
  • Closed-deck cylinder block provides great strength while allowing a narrow engine in spite of big, 77mm bores.
  • Narrow-angle five-valve combustion chambers produce a highly efficient 11.5:1 compression ratio. Big valves and high-lift cams flow plenty of air.
  • Carburized connecting rods with fractured big ends produce a quick-revving engine with excellent high-rpm durability.
  • Four-into-one chamberless short-style exhaust contains stainless steel EXUP and three-way catalyst with O2 sensor for outstanding power delivery throughout the rev range and low emissions.
  • High silicon-content ceramic-composite cylinder sleeves ensure great heat dissipation for consistent power delivery and reduced friction.
  • Curved high-capacity radiator with twin ring-style fans keeps everything cool under all conditions.


  • Aggressive chassis geometry for quick handling: the engine’s carried 1.3 inches farther forward for excellent handling.
  • More aggressive ergos: new 4.75-gallon tank is 2.5 inches shorter and shaped to move the rider forward into a position of total control—supersport-like 51 percent front wheel weight bias means confident, quick handling.
  • All-new 52-percent-lighter aluminum frame uses a special mold casting technique that allowed engineers to minutely vary metal thicknesses for optimal rigidity throughout.
  • Stressed-engine design holds the engine in place with six mounts, for excellent vertical stiffness and handling.
  • Two-inch longer and more rigid Controlled Fill aluminum swingarm reduces drive chain-induced suspension movement for excellent handling, tire grip and looks.
  • 43mm fully adjustable inverted fork contains compression damping circuitry in the left leg and rebound in the right— proven effective on the YZR-M1 MotoGP bike—as well as stiffer springs for excellent handling.
  • Two 320mm front discs squeezed by monoblock four-piston calipers and a 2mm bigger master cylinder for strong stopping power; 20-percent lighter, 245mm rear disc with thicker pads for longer life.
  • Removable subframe for easy maintenance, and detachable passenger footpeg mounts for even more stripped-down style.
  • Lighter (10-percent front, 8-percent rear) R1-spec five-spoke wheels and fat radial tires, including a 190/50-ZR17 rear, complete the look.

Additional Features:

  • Fairing features a half-cowl design with R1-style headlight layout that creates a super-aggressive naked bike profile.
  • Restyled high-tech instrument display features analog tachometer, digital speedometer, etc.—also a fade-in lighting feature with adjustable brightness.
  • Two-piece seat serves up great comfort along with total control.
  • Passenger grabrails for riding comfort.
  • Durable O-ring-sealed drive chain provides longer chain life.
  • Dual 12V 60/55-watt multireflector headlight features a sleek, R1-type profile for superb aerodynamics and visibility.
  • Standard toolkit located in convenient storage compartment under passenger seat.
Cyril Demortier
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  (6020) posted on 11.23.2006

martin, the FZ-1 doesn’t have a throttle cable, it’s a fly-by-wire design.

  (6020) posted on 11.23.2006

Got my bike in September this year, and use it for the daily commute to and from London. No problems whatsoever since then, and covered about 3000 miles already. It’s a great handling bike although a bit hungry for the unleaded. Other than that spot on...

  (6020) posted on 11.18.2006

i brought a new fz1 2006 ended up with new wheels because the paint come off,then a front wheel bearing broke up while i was riding,then to top it all throttle cable snaped after 6 months,im a bit concerned about this new bike anythiughts

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