[quote=“teach_gc”]I’ve been doing some web based research of late and the FZ’s have really caught my eye. I prefer it to the FZR in terms of looks but are the two significantly different?
I’d also like to know whether the FZ differs much from the FZ2’s?? If so, what are some of the improvements made?
Hope someone can help me out on these points? Do any of you have one or have you owned one previously? Verdict??
Thanks!! :)[/quote]FZs have a more comfortable riding position than FZRs. But the stock saddle is still painful. FZRs are liquid cooled whereas FZs are aircooled. I suppose that that means that FZRs have slightly longer engine life but on the down side there’s more stuff to maintain. I believe that FZRs may be quicker steering bikes than the FZs because of the different handlebar position.
All the bikes are heavy. They are not that great in town due to the heavy steering and the general weight. While their acceleration is adequate to keep you out of trouble around town, you may find the performance frustrating after a while. They should be faster than the four-stroke 125s and 150s around at the moment, but nothing compared to the two-strokes. On the plus side, they have a very good frame and the suspension is pretty good as well. If you get decent saddles on then they are reasonably comfortable and safe bikes for touring, including with a passenger.
Don’t buy one thinking it will keep its value. It won’t. I have spent over 50,000 on mine, but if I sold it to a dealer I don’t think I’d get 20,000. I’d get a more reasonable amount through a private sale but still nothing like the money I’ve put into it. You’ll probably have to do a fair amount of maintenance and replacement of parts. Some parts are cheap. Others, such as a decent back shock absorber (5000NT) are not.
Sorry, I don’t know what the differences are between the FZ and the FZ2. Only minor differences I think. I have an FZ2 and it has a ‘Breeze’ logo on the side.