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Old 11-18-2005, 07:09 AM   #1
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Default Re: Fixing the fizz in an FZ6

"Gutless below 7000 RPM and VERY buzzy above. Has anyone successfully tuned in some low-end torque?"



I did. Just jack up the gas cap and slip a Hayabusa under it.
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Old 11-18-2005, 07:28 AM   #2
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Default Re: Fixing the fizz in an FZ6

I was wall set to buy an FZ6 when they first came out. Then I rode one--NO THANKS!



I wound up getting a Buell XB9S Lightning instead. Better ergos, much better handling, way more low end, just a better motorcycle.



I would also choose a 2001-newer Bandit 600 over the FZ6. You can get them used in good shape around $3k.
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Old 11-18-2005, 07:44 AM   #3
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Default Re: Fixing the fizz in an FZ6

I'm sure you've thought of sv650's as well; if you don't get the S version the ergos are pretty much the same as the FZ6.
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Old 11-18-2005, 08:00 AM   #4
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Default Re: Fixing the fizz in an FZ6

Honda is bringing back (if that's the right way to describe it) their 599 for 2006, which is pretty cheap, I think. You might consider the F4i too. How about a used or leftover Daytona 650? Triumphs should be cheap if you can find one used.
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Old 11-18-2005, 08:14 AM   #5
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Default I second the F4i

Great all-around bike, if pricier and less comfy than the FZ6.



I just rode an '05 R6 about 150 miles yesterday- it blows my mind how smooth that motor is and how buzzy the FZ6's is. It's a shame.



Not to sound like a broken record, but if you can find an '05 Triumph Speed 4, it's what the FZ6 should be. Very smooth, great suspension and brakes, and fairly comfortable. A $300 handlebar kit from LSL makes it a great commuter/wannabe motard.



Check out my article here: http://www.motorcycle.com/mo/mcgabe/...ph/index.motml
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Old 11-18-2005, 08:28 AM   #6
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Default Re: Fixing the fizz in an FZ6

Yamaha claims this model is "tuned for enhanced midrange" already". I doubt you will be able to tweak it much better than it already is. The usual pipe & jet mods may acutally cost you midrange. Chances are, if you don't like it now, you won't like it ever.



From the sounds of it you want a comfortable, affordable, torquey and sporty commuter. Probably better off with a twin, or triple. You can get an earlier generation Triumph Speed Triple (or other models) for a reasonable price these days. The Buell thing is a nice alternative if you can afford it, stay away from the tube-frame models. Guzzi Breva 750 maybe? Good Luck!
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Old 11-18-2005, 08:29 AM   #7
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Default Re: Fixing the fizz in an FZ6

OK, so the FZ6 is an FI bike so you won't be jetting but power commandering etc.
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Old 11-18-2005, 08:42 AM   #8
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Default Re: Fixing the fizz in an FZ6

Check out the MO middleweight comparo in the archives. I felt the same way about the FZ-6.



The Buell City X might be a good choice for you.
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Old 11-18-2005, 08:57 AM   #9
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Have you considered a KLR, Interceptor, Concours? Sorry, but's been a while.
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Old 11-18-2005, 10:09 AM   #10
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Default Re: Fixing the fizz in an FZ6

O fer crissake wear thick gloves. In my day all bikes were like grabbing a downed power line in your mouth and that was the Good part. Ya don't even need to put in quarters for the massage...
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