Test: Yamaha FZ1 ABS

Test: Yamaha FZ1 ABS

Test: Yamaha FZ1 ABS

FZ1: Yamaha’s naked athletes in the test

Because Yamaha’s naked athletes do not act as confidently as the displacement dictates, Yamaha reacted and packed many bits and bytes into a new mapping in the new FZ1.

Test: Yamaha FZ1 ABS

When it comes to value for money, Yamaha’s naked athlete FZ1 has always been a hot tip.

Hardly anywhere else in the naked bike segment was there so much power for a moderate 11,000 euros, namely a whopping 150 hp. Despite the impressive key data, you could hear some criticism of the performance characteristics here and there. The easy-revving four-cylinder, which originated from the super athlete R1, made the hearts of the sports freaks beat faster, but lacked the sovereignty in everyday life a little. Anyone who wanted to accelerate out of the corner in high gear or casually surf torque waves was amazed. There wasn’t much going on in the speed basement, so you first had to step through the aisles during the intermediate sprint.

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Test: Yamaha FZ1 ABS

Test: Yamaha FZ1 ABS
FZ1: Yamaha’s naked athletes in the test

FZ1 up to around 6000 revolutions rather cautiously to work, in order to increase it all the more energetically. Which certainly has a certain kick for friends of ambitious locomotion. The test bench runs underpin the subjective impression: the performance curves of the current version and the predecessor are largely congruent. The main difference is the even greater increase in performance between 7000 and 8000 tours with the new one. Which you have to move more like a 600: keep it at speed and shift a lot, which is an easy exercise in view of the exact six-speed gearbox. The tamed foursome gives off permanent slight vibrations in the speed range relevant to country roads, but these are kept away from the driver by rubber-mounted handlebars and footrests.


Straightforward: Dragbar with a unique look and decent ergonomics.

Equipped with the Dunlop Sportmax D 221, the Yamaha relies on confidence-building measures. It flows freely through the angled terrain, the fully adjustable upside-down fork and the rear shock absorber, which is also fully adjustable up to the pressure level, work sufficiently transparently and also allow higher speeds. So get down to work, curve ahead, focus on the turn-in point, downshift, adjust the speed with the now standard ABS-equipped, powerful and finely adjustable brake, bend and: kkkkrrrrrrrkkk. Early in the morning, the nipples brush the asphalt. The only thing that helps is turning it out or rubbing it off. In two-person operation, the notches go to the bottom even faster. Incidentally, the pillion rider sits much better than the rather small seat bun suggests, but there are no grab handles or luggage hooks. The missing main stand, which is only available on the Fazer, is also annoying in everyday life. The now completely black instead of two-tone muffler, however, both have.

Technical specifications & Performance chart

Drawing: archive

Diagram: power on the crankshaft; Measurements on Dynojet roller test stand 250, corrected according to 95/1 / EG, maximum possible deviation ± 5%

Water-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, two overhead, chain-driven camshafts, five valves per cylinder, bucket tappets, wet sump lubrication, injection, Ø 42 mm, regulated catalytic converter, 560 W alternator, 12 V / 11 Ah battery, mechanically operated multi-plate oil bath clutch, six-speed gearbox , O-ring chain, secondary ratio 45:17.
Bore x stroke 77.0 x 53.6 mm
Displacement 998 cm3
Compression ratio 11.5: 1
rated capacity 110.3 kW (150 PS) at 11,000 rpm
Max. Torque 106 Nm at 8000 rpm

Landing gear:
Bridge frame made of aluminum, upside-down fork, Ø 43 mm, adjustable spring base, rebound and compression damping, two-arm swing arm made of aluminum, central spring strut with lever system, adjustable spring base and rebound damping, double disc brake at the front, Ø 320 mm, four-piston fixed calipers, disc brake at the rear, Ø 245 mm, single-piston floating caliper, ABS.
Cast aluminum wheels 3.50 x 17; 6.00 x 17
Tires 120/70 ZR 17; 190/50 ZR 17

Mass and weight:
Wheelbase 1460 mm, steering head angle 65.0 degrees, caster 109 mm, suspension travel f / h 130/130 mm, seat height 815 mm, weight with a full tank of 230 kg, load 180 kg, tank capacity / reserve 18.0 / 3.4 liters.
guarantee two years
Colours Blue-silver, black, white
price 11,195 euros
Additional costs around 170 euros

Pluses and minuses


Yamaha FZ1: The proven one-piece brake calipers are ABS-controlled as standard.


  • Brake ABS now on board as standard
  • Range 300 kilometers are there
  • Practical service interval of 10,000 km
  • The pillion is almost as comfortable as the driver


  • Lean angle limited
  • Torque below is still poor
  • Knee closure through fat tank wide
  • Main stand only available from Fazer

Yamaha FZ1 – price-performance ratio gets even better!

Used Yamaha FZ1 in Germany

The price-performance ratio of the Yamaha F Z1 is almost unbeatable. 150 PS for 11,000 euros is hardly available anywhere else – except on the used motorcycle market. There are many Yamaha FZ1s in good condition and very cheap: Used Yamaha FZ1s in Germany

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