Originally Posted by mollydog
I really loved riding the FZ-1
. But I'm not sure I'd want to do long distance on it over a period of time.
I'm only about 5'7" and find that even with my short inseam, the amount of knee bend required made things feel a bit cramped. I only ever rode an FZ-1 for a few hours at one go, and already I was sore and ready to call it a day.
The seat too, is not great. While not a torture rack, it's really about a "two hour" seat before you get to fidgeting on it.
I don't mind being stuck out in the wind at all but on a bike that fast you might get blown clean off the thing. This is a 150 mph motorcycle. A shield would help but might make it noisy?
But the bike is super fun, handles well (once set up ... which is a bit hard) has addicting power and of course is bullet proof. I'm sure you could fit hard or soft bags on the FZ so no worries there. Fuel range is about 150 miles?
Something like a Vstrom would not provide the excitement of an FZ-1 but is a better travel bike by far. The Tiger is more sporty and also comfortable but a lot more money.
I have the FZ6, 98hp. The FZ seats are notoriously crap but are easy to take apart and shape to the right fit. I am 5´9" tall and can ride 500 mile days without any discomfort anywhere at all.
The bike has done 20+ 000 km totally trouble free and is not difficult to service at all. Downside is that it is chaindrive. Which is not a problem if you look after it.
Great bike, carries lads of gear, is light with good fuel capacity.