Yamaha sent their 2nd generation R1 across the hall to the Naked department, where they transformed it into an all-rounder, with a tune, handling, and ergoes for an afternoon around town. This FZ1 has been customized back toward the edge with choice accessories and mods, but hardly even break-in miles.
A showcase for the R1's 998cc 5-valve engine, the FZ1 put it all on display, but with a few changes to enhance the various roles. Carburetors are slightly smaller at 37mm, and internal changes make 143 hp available, and stretch out the band in which the 78 ft.-lbs. of torque is available. The steel cradle frame holds a more raked steering head and fully adjustable suspension front and rear. A classic 4-into-1 exhaust escapes below the generously sized radiator, making its way to the off-side. Dual-piston front brakes are right-sized at 298mm, and the expected pillion required a 268mm rear disk.
The owner has made some choice updates to this FZ, professionally done with a focus on black. The pillion is history, thanks to the neat monoposto seat and cover. Signals have been reduced to a manageable size and reflectors removed. The exhaust is now a 4-1-2, recalling a smokier era. Looking entirely new and unused, it might have never spent a night outdoors ! From the eBay auction:
The list is as follows:
Lower smoked windscreen.
Rizoma billet bar end mirrors.
Misc. pieces from side of bike and motor sent out for additional powder coat and anodize for complete Murdered out look.
Rear taillight conversion/ all amber blinkers/ side reflectors stream lined and tightened into the bike.
Frog Specialties rear tail cover, painted black to match the bike, cleans up the rear section behind the seat.
Devil twin carbon, stainless mufflers, sound is unreal.
All work performed by the original dealer plus Ducati of Seattle.
Rizoma plate frame.
Black anodized bar risers. Black bars.
Up against its more 1200-ish competition, the FZ1 reviewed sportier and more engaging, but still capable of a weekend trip with a good tank bag. The massaged superbike engine required more shifting, but could take the upright rider ( ducking behind the windscreen ) to 150 mph. This example presents as a new bike, blacked out except for the always appropriate yellow and black livery. The owner asks $7,800 and requests offers and can be reached here: firstname.lastname@example.org