While the original FZ-1 was one Cycle World’s bikes of the year, Yamaha made a substantive update for 2006. With miles in the 1,000-per-year neighborhood, this Tennessee example looks excellent.
Yamaha brought their aluminum casting technology to bear on the new FZ-1 chassis, cradling the R1-derived liter, and steadying it during its 147 hp moments. The 20-valve four had a heavier crankshaft than the R1, along with torquier cams and a smoother balance shaft. Fuel injection is electronic, but this FZ-1 pre-dates any power nannies. Brakes are up to the task with 320mm disks and four piston calipers. 43mm forks separate compression and rebound damping duties, and are fitted with an almost straight across the top handlebar. In a close-up the angular fairing could be mistaken for a superbike part.
Despite a little sticker-mania, the owner has taken nice care of their FZ-1, looking excellent with no particular damage. Interested bidders will have to ask, since there aren’t enough pictures and not much history in the comments from the eBay auction:
Condition is Used. This bike is in perfect condition. No scratches or dents. Looks like it came off the showroom floor. It has been taken excellent care of and is ready to ride. Clear clean title.
The FZ-1 caught both far ends of the R-1 spectrum, riders who weren’t ready for a superbike statement, or maybe could no longer deal with the R-1’s ergonomics. The performance put most nakeds to bed, with Yamaha tech and build quality. The ask seems at the top of the range, but maybe the Make Offer button will make an appearance in a re-listing.