2003, same as the 2002, awesome bike
Nov 3, 2004 (Updated Aug 16, 2009)
Review by tsalconocieht
Rated a Very Helpful Review
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.
Recommend this product?
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
Read all comments (2)
Amount Paid (US$): 8000.00
Model Year: 2003
Share this product review with your friends
GENUINE YAMAHA FZ1 TOURING WINDSHIELD FITS 2006 - 2014 YAMAHA FZ1 The FZ1 Touring Windshield features durable polycarbonate construction and is 4 tall...
R&G Radiator Guard BLACK - Yamaha FZ-1 / FZ-8
YAMAHA FZ1 FZ 1 OIL PUMP GASKET 5LV-15456-00 YAMAHA OIL PUMP COVER GASKET #5LV-15456-00-00 This listing is for 1 gasket that will fit the following ap...
You are bidding on a new 7Jurock replacement windshield for YAMAHA FZ1 2001-2005 Models. Windshield is 18 tall, 18 wide (+6 Taller, 6.5 Wider). Handcr...
You are bidding on a new 7Jurock replacement windshield for:YAMAHA FZ1 2006-UP Models Height:20Width: 18Color: Clear Handcrafted from 0.187 (3/16)thic...
The Yamaha YZF R1 comes as close to off the track as possible while retaining its street legality Replacement air filter specially designed for asphal...
The AD series is optimal for common street riding on scooters, cruisers and street bikes.
Yamaha FZ1 Fazer Frame Fairing Plugs (2006-2011) Specifications:High quality Rubber Frame Plugs Set Easy installation! Snuggly fit to cover the ugly...
Yamaha FZ1 FZ6 FZ6R all years Finish: Black Materiel: Steel Manufacturer Retail Price: $49.95 Mount Direction: Vertical Sold in Units: Each In Stock, ...
Clymer manuals are the most user-friendly repair manuals available today. They are written for the do-it-yourselfer as well as the experienced mechani...