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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 05-31-2020, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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FZ-1 Owner (always will be) coming in.

Just bought a new 2018 A model this past week. LOVING it! My FZ-1 will never go anywhere but I am excited to have a traveler! Anything to watch out for a 2 year brand new bike? Dry clutch??
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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 05-31-2020, 10:10 AM
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Welcome. Like you I have multiple bikes. I need to update my signature. I just traded the Superduke GT for a 2020 Ninja 1000SX.

I bought a leftover 2017 FJR about 17 months ago that had been sitting for about a year and a half. I rode it out of the dealership and 250 miles home. Zero issues.

We have a great group of folks on this forum. Many of us are seasoned riders. In other words, we are old and have a lot of riding experience. We also have several folks who are very technical in nature and can offer great advice on all things FJR, and motorcycles and motorcycling in general.

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2018A owner here also. Coming upon second birthday and 30K miles. No issues yet.



Also 2 time FZ-1 owner. 04 which I sold to my son and then an 01 to replace it so we both had FZ-1's. Loved those gen 1 FZ-1's.

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The dry clutch problem seems to have dried up.

It was not as wide spread as some believe and seems to have been models prior than 2014.

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welcome to the forum flys low. FZ1s are awesome bikes, I toured on a 2001 and then a 2008, from 2002 to 2015, then got distracted by a 2 year fling with a VFR1200 (nice bike, but ruined completely for touring by dismal range) and then found my way back to Yamaha with the FJR. To me the FJR is just a grown up FZ1, just a bit better in every respect other than a bit of extra weight. The only particular thing I can think of to check on a new bike is the head bearing torque...it seems like a lot of them either come a bit on the loose side, or they settle in and become quite noticeably loose. Enjoy your new machine!
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2008 fz1, contrary to many FZ1 fans, I actually preferred the Gen 2 bike over the Gen 1(not that the Gen 1 wasn’t a great bike also).
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FZ-1's are awesome bikes indeed. Had a 2001 I was never going to part with. But Wife Inc decided to ride as passenger again, so sold the FZ to get FJR for week / weekend trips together.
Now almost a year later, she wants her own R3 or Ninja 400. So will begin the search for another Gen 1 FZ-1 to add back to the herd.
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post #8 of 32 (permalink) Old 05-31-2020, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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I love my Gen 2 I have NEVER had a problem with it. Until now, It needs a new camshaft. Could be worse and I will do it. She is down on power on the top end. When I did the valves last time I measured the cam and it was under spec several thou. Now it wont top out in 6th (140 on a track of course). I think she is not breathing as well as she wants too. CAM TIME.
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I presently have a Gen 2 FZ1 which I'm very happy with. Prolly the only one with BST carbon wheels. Spent a ton of money on it to make it very unique. Had an original 01 which was an excellent ride also. Just sold my Gen 3 MT to get my FJR.
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post #10 of 32 (permalink) Old 06-01-2020, 08:34 AM
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My buddy has a 1st gen FZ1 that is the reason I bought my fjr, quite an incredible bike and seems to do everything well... to bad that Yamaha quit making them, great bike.

As far as things to check on your newly acquired Fjr, as yammieboy suggested above check the headbearing torque and I would also go over the bike and check torques. I would also flush the clutch and brake system along with a abs activation. Fresh oil in the engine and the differential and I think you’re good for awhile.

On the “dry” clutch thing, if when You’re going down the road and pull the clutch in to shift, watch the tach and if the rpm drops relatively quickly then the clutch is good, if it hangs for some time and shifts hard then it will probably need cleaning and a soak, it’s probably fine though.
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