Originally Posted by cleverusername
...subsailor - guess who has an FZ1 now? how do you like yours? how do you compare it to the RC51?
I was looking for a "standard" bike to complement the RC51.
Last January I found a good deal on an '08 with only 258 miles and with the $1200 accessory body kit installed.
Currently I'm pushing 15K. Valve check intervals are every 26.6K miles.
I found the stock suspension way too soft for my weight, both front and rear.
Plus the bike came with a 2Bros slip-on which I did not like.
So I pulled off the 2Bros and put an Akrapovic slip-on on.
Then I installed an Ohlins YA-906 shock and Race-Tech springs up front along with 5 wt oil.
Now it handles and sounds much better than before.
I have fender eliminator, I just haven't had time to install it yet.
I also installed Sato rearsets for better ergonomics.
If you want a 2Bros carbon-fiber slip-on, I'm more than willing to part with it.
Performance-wise, it's not too bad. I've had to 145 and it had a bit more left.
However I do miss my RC51 when the going gets faster.
The RC51 is just so effortless compared to the FZ1.
The first thing I found was the I-4 didn't have near the engine braking of my twin. I often have to drop it down 2 gears to approach the engine braking of my Honda.
Oddly enough, the fuel range is about the same as the RC51's.
Roughly 120-130 miles per tank if ridden casually.