Pros: awesome power, fully adjustable suspension, dependable, looks awesome, comfortable
Cons: wore tires out pretty quickly, chain adjustments, powerful enough to be scary
I had an FZ1 from April 30, 2003 to April 22 2004. The only reason I stopped riding was the bike and I wound up in a ditch together to avoid a deer and I broke my right arm in 5 places.
This was the third bike I've ridden, the first and second being a ninja 250 and a Virago 535. Over the course of the year that I had it, I racked up 22,615 miles on it. I drove it to work almost daily, took it to my brother's in Philadelphia (from Raleigh NC), took it to Florida twice, and drove it everywhere else. I loved this bike.
The only accessories I had for it were the Yamaha larger windshield, and a set of gerbing heated gloves for the winter months www.gerbing.com and givi cases.
She fired up and ran great every time I ever got on it. Only had a couple issues, one was the passenger footpeg bearing loosened up and rattled, and the other was the rear brake hose shifted during a tire change and almost rubbed into the inner lining before I caught it
I loved the handling, comfort, and especially the POWER. on country roads, I could pass someone without down shifting from 6th. I could scoot past someone in 5th. Drop it to 4th, and I buzzed right past them, push it down to third, I screamed past them like a rocket, and kicking it to 2nd and passing was just absolutely unbelievable.
Engine maintennance was pretty easy, valve adjustments are on 25,000 mile intervals, oil change is pretty easy, carb synch and plug replacement only takes moderate skill. The only thing I hated was constantly greasing and tightening the drive chain. I used the chain lube from the dealer. It's possible the sand in Eastern NC was getting in and tearing it up. On a trip to my cousin's in Florida and back I'd have to adjust chain tension and relube the chain twice. Like any sport bike, rear tires didn't last too long.
The tank was decent size, and I'd get anywhere from 28-44 mpg based on throttle usage.
I oignailly didn't add seat height in, I think that's something that a person has to get on the bike and decide for themselves if they like it. It was comfortable for me and I'm 6'0"
Overall, definately an Awesome bike. However, next bike I plan to get something shaft driven, even if it does mean a slight power sacrifice. I'm gonna look at an FJR 1300, Virago or Vstar 1100, or, a BMW R1150R