Comparison of Suzuki SV 1000 / S and Yamaha FZ6 / Fazer
Just put on a fairing and a completely different motorcycle? It is really not so. But a piece of plastic can change its character as well as its appearance. MOTORRAD took a close look at two couples.
The fact that the question of “with or without disguise” does not arise for many is certainly not due to functional differences alone. It is often an aesthetic issue as well. Or an ideological one. In addition, ergonomics will often be decisive, because in many cases the clad version offers a dramatically changed seating position.
As in the case of Suzuki. SV 1000 or SV 1000 S ?? Opinions differ after the first try. Although Suzuki significantly defused the front wheel-oriented seating position of the sporty S variant for the 2004 model year and moved the position of the footrests down by 24 millimeters and eight to the rear, the different handlebar heights are particularly significant. The S is 89 centimeters
96 for the bare one, resulting from the handlebar halves lying just above the fork bridge on one side and a tourist cranked tubular handlebar on the other.
Tightly stretched over the tank on the »S«, the driver automatically changes the position of the upper body at higher speeds. Head and shoulders slide towards the cladding and thus into the protective slipstream of the flat half-shell. The cross comparison between the bare and the disguised FZ6 from shows that the different seating positions have a decisive influence on the wind protection that a fairing can provide Yamaha clearly.
Both offer practically the same ergonomic conditions. Only a different cranking of the tubular handlebar and the resulting four millimeters lower handlebar height differentiate the faired Fazer from the bare FZ6. And so the distance between the upper body and head and the disguise remains relatively large with the Fazer.
This fact is reflected in particular in an immense noise level. Even in comparison to the uncovered FZ6, the Fazer is a real noise maker, which cannot even be endured in the medium term without ear plugs. The cause: Because of the large distance to the fairing, the head is practically always in the area of violent turbulence when the driver is in a normal driving position. Only when the driver submerges completely or stands upright in the pegs does the noise level drop to or below the level of the naked sister on which the driver’s head is in a vortex-
To conclude from this fact that the wind protection is poor would be wrong. The sweeping Fazer cladding noticeably relieves the upper body of the oncoming violence. This is less relevant on country roads or at the recommended speed on the Autobahn. However, if a long journey, for example to the Alps, is to be covered quickly, the Fazer is a real recommendation. And that, although another paneling advantage hardly or not at all comes into play with the Yamaha siblings: The straight-line stability is something that both of them have-
outstanding. The naked FZ6 is also in the form of a voice image like that
wrong, but proverbial board on the road, can not be carried away to any fickleness up to the top speed (Fazer 220 km / h, FZ6 210 km / h). The rider, hanging in the wind unprotected, may pull the handlebars involuntarily and forcefully.
Which brings you to the Suzuki pairing. The straight-line qualities of SV 1000 and sister S differ
In the higher speed regions, this is basically what the cladding and the seat position play a major role in. Crouching low, largely unmolested by wind pressure and turbulence, the S-Class driver pulls his course unmoved up to the top speed of 250 km / h, while it is on the bare
SV is much more restless.
On it, people like to turn off the gas tap before reaching the top speed of 235 km / h. On the one hand, because the wind pressure then clearly tends towards a »hurricane«. On the other hand, because the restlessness initiated by the handlebars makes the load swing significantly. But even those who are not driving at full throttle on the autobahn will appreciate the blessings of
S-fairing are happy because the background noise never takes on such disturbing proportions as on the FZ6 Fazer.
The naked SV 1000 is particularly recommended for people who like to sit upright. However, those who appreciate a sportier posture will buy clear advantages with the current S version. The matter with the Yamaha sisters is not that clear. The undisputed advantage of the Fazer, its significantly better wind protection, is offset by the enormous noise development. When it comes to stability, both of them hardly do anything. That finally makes the choice a matter of taste.
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