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2007 Bandit 1250 vs. FZ1

This is a discussion on 2007 Bandit 1250 vs. FZ1 within the Other Bikes forums, part of the General Forums category; Originally Posted by savanna13 That extra valve just makes ownership and service so much more difficult. Especially with Yamaha's valve adjustment intervals being so heinously ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by savanna13 View Post
    That extra valve just makes ownership and service so much more difficult. Especially with Yamaha's valve adjustment intervals being so heinously frequent.

    Hate to tell you this, but 5-valve Yamahas have industry-leading, 26,000 mile valve adjustment intervals. ,BK

    '08 CRF230, '07 SV650,

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    I remember ready this thread when I was trying to figure out which bike to buy. I thought I would resurrect it since it helped me out at the time. A couple months ago I had to pick between a used 2007 1250 Bandit and a 2005 FZ1. The bike shop guys steered me towards the Bandit. Probably a good choice for me with fuel injection and it also had some good aftermarket mods. I'm sure either bike would have been good but I like the one I got.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyle Hern View Post
    Ok, I currently ride a Yamaha FZ6 2008 model. I plan to purchase either a Suzuki Bandit, or 09 Yamaha FZ1. However, which one to buy?

    The Suzuki wins hands down on real world usable power (I'm 50 and don't desire to run 100+ mph or do any racing). The big Bandit looks to have a nice comfy seat, and it looks great. A big pluss is the grand saved by choosing the Bandit over the FZ1. I hear Suzuki improved the fork damping and ride quality in the curves.

    The Yamaha FZ1 is about 70lbs lighter with a 1" shorter wheelbase. I assume the handling award in the twisties goes hands down to Yamaha. From what I've read the FZ1 is good for all day rides, especially in the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. That big ol muffler on the FZ1 will have to be replaced with one that supposedly boosts power in all the rpms, and give it a nicer look. Yamaha claims to have solved the carburation problems on the 09 version.

    So, which one is best for me? I need a backrest on either bike. I don't desire to put a trunk on a sports touring bike, but use soft luggage on the semi rare occasions of touring. However, the wife wants a backrest, and I can understand that. The only option I've seen for sport bikes is the Corbin Seat with the optional backrests. However, those puppies are expensive. Does anyone know if anyone makes a removeable backrest for either of these rigs?

    The big issue: Yamaha engines share parts with the R series, is made to run high rpms for long periods, so I assume at normal speeds these things should last a long time. Anybody know how the Bandit will do in reliability compared to the FZ1 over a 10 year or so period? How do they compare, not counting the regular oil changes, tires, etc. Which one has less trouble with cables and that other necessary stuff? Which engine and bike is going to have less shop time?

    Help me out guys.

    I have taken a 2008 1250 Bandit out that had a backrest. I was attached to the rear passenger grab bar......held into place by a bolt which makes it removable if not wanted riding solo. I tried looking everywhere online but can't find one though.

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