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Old 11-05-2016, 06:58 AM   #1
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The FZR Thread

So after trolling old threads and such I have come to the conclusion that I was destined to become an FZ1 owner and never knew, it seems a lot of us have owned the FZR in its various displacements and have moved on to the FZ1.

I got mine 9 years ago and put it through everything from daily transportation in the Florida rain to mountain runs in its twilight years.

So post up your FZR pics, it seems a few even still have theirs

Below, first time I rode it (belonged to a buddy at the time), after buying it, and after my first attempt at a paint job once I sourced some fairings.
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Old 11-05-2016, 07:03 AM   #2
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Took her to a drag strip south of Tampa and had my friends older LT1 Vette just keep missing me on the time sheets, I want to say it was low 13's.

A trip to Deal's Gap where we saw a guy with a tricked out 400 doing laps like nothing, iirc he had a lot of suspension work and was running slicks in a full suit.

Mine of course and another FZR rider who last I heard had moved on to an 1125r.
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Old 11-05-2016, 07:09 AM   #3
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Moving to the mountains you get a lot more practice leaning and a lesson in ground clearance that my camera paid of the price for scraping on Blood Mountain, still worked but the quality is pretty bad.

Just pretty fall colors, people don't ride in the cold much up here so if you're a polar bear like myself you can have the mountains nearly to yourself.

But sometimes you must park it, poor thing lived outside for most of the past 9 years and amazingly kept going.
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Old 11-05-2016, 07:14 AM   #4
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The dreaded blue wire that left many an FZR owner sans headlights

and lastly fall colors with the sun low, wringing the neck on that poor worn 600 on a fall day was pure happiness.
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Old 11-05-2016, 03:22 PM   #5
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Very nice. Never had an FZR. Always did and still till today lust for an 87 to 89 FZR 1000. I started my sportbike riding on an original 1987 FZ700 . Thats right 700 not the 750. Only made one year for homologation reasons. I was just about to pull the trigger on an FZR 600 but realized it was too small for me and lacked the two up comfort I needed at the time.
See, the wife said she'd love to ride with me. After a few months and several track schools, she just couldn't hang. I scared her then and still scare her as hard as I ride. Any how, fast forward 29 years, I own a 2nd gen FZ and absolutely adore it. However, still keep an eye out for another FZ 7 or 750 and I still would buy the right FZR 1k.
I believe we have a resident FZR guru here from Baltimore. I am sure he will chime in sometime as I know he still has a fizzer around.

Good on you for keeping a true classic sportsbike going.
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Old 11-05-2016, 04:14 PM   #6
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That bike dominated the 600 class in club racing for good bit. A legend for sure.
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Old 11-05-2016, 04:29 PM   #7
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Never owned one but I had several friends that did. This is my son (when he was younger) with my Friend Jeremy's FZR.

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Old 11-05-2016, 05:27 PM   #8
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At 6'5" and nearly 300lbs I was once called a bear on a bicycle, but damn I was one happy circus animal in the mountains. The FZ1 fits me better and not surprisingly is more stable mid corner with the longer wheelbase and more modern suspension but the FZR has less rotating mass (smaller engine and smaller wheel diameter) so it drops into a corner easier. They have good low end torque (much like the FZ1) so I can see them doing well in a series.

bradd, I would say from that rear swingarm your friend had an 89, all the FZR600 models have an 18" rear making tire options very limited (like the 16" on early fireblades up front) and the 89 was a 1/2 in more narrow than the following years making it even worse. A lot of people put in a YZF swingarm and do a few other modifications for better rubber options.
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Old 11-05-2016, 05:28 PM   #9
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Man, the vacuum hoses through the frame intakes were high tech back then. I loved them. That and the ZX7 with them routed through the gas tank. Totally bitchin dooooooooood!
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Man, the vacuum hoses through the frame intakes were high tech back then. I loved them. That and the ZX7 with them routed through the gas tank. Totally bitchin dooooooooood!

Haha, on the FZR they were decorative and didn't even feed into the air box. Mine had repurposed hose from someone's old vacuum when I got it, a common stand in for the original tubes when they're missing.
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Old 11-05-2016, 06:21 PM   #11
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Good stuff Will, great pictures. I have seen a few around here, usually looking ridden and enjoyed like yours.
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About 10 minutes after I left this thread last night I looked around and low and behold: 1990 FZR1k about an hour away low miles he claims, missing bodywork but good shape and running well. Working on more info and a price. We will see

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There's a few companies making reproduction body work at decent prices depending on what you want to invest in it. Good luck on the purchase
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Old 11-06-2016, 06:25 PM   #14
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Great bike for some great roads. Was up there last weekend enjoying the fall colors, not on the bike though.
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There's a few companies making reproduction body work at decent prices depending on what you want to invest in it. Good luck on the purchase
Well, needed a bit more than just bodywork but got it for $400. Should be a fun project.

Do you have names of these companies? I looked at Airtech last night. Straight up fiberglass bodywork in various styles. I thought it was a 90 but its an 89.

First up: Pressure Wash, take off what's left of bodywork and pressure wash again. Carburetors need gone through right away. Wont idle at all. Rev's and then falls flat on its face. Drain oil and look for metal/whatnot as well as cut open filter to have a look.


Suppose I should start a rebuild thread as well.
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That is sweet. Heck of a bike back in the day.
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Hard to find an unmolested one. I always wanted a FZR400 with the 600 engine.
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Hard to find an unmolested one. I always wanted a FZR400 with the 600 engine.
Thats what I set out to do. Dawggone 400 frame is unicorn blood. Im sure Tom might have one but I know I'm better off restoring this 1k. Mind you the 4/6 hybrid would be great fun, the thou should have better torque to move my "svelte" 245lb frame around.
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Well, needed a bit more than just bodywork but got it for $400. Should be a fun project.

Do you have names of these companies? I looked at Airtech last night. Straight up fiberglass bodywork in various styles. I thought it was a 90 but its an 89.

First up: Pressure Wash, take off what's left of bodywork and pressure wash again. Carburetors need gone through right away. Wont idle at all. Rev's and then falls flat on its face. Drain oil and look for metal/whatnot as well as cut open filter to have a look.


Suppose I should start a rebuild thread as well.

It seems airtech may be the only one left after a quick search but looking on eBay and you can have both side and a front fairing for 300 plus shipping for the various parts.


Gamecock, that 1993 is a beauty and hopefully in the same condition today.


As for the 400/600 builds, they're supposedly a nice combo but I haven't seen anyone do a 400/660 build where they throw the top end from a yzf600 on the FZR bottom end and essentially wind up with a big bore kit. One of the wrenches (technical experts) on the FZR board did one in his 600 frame and said it felt more 750 than 600.

Being 45lbs more than coyote, I'd probably go 1k if I went for another FZR; post up some pics when you get a chance.
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