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Looking at the detailed specifications of both motorcycles BMW K1300GT and Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 is a proper approach to determine which of the two is more likely to match your style of riding and to satisfy your preferences. When trying to make your mind on the next motorcycle, your personal levels of comfort should be the leading criteria. If you compare the motorcycles you are interested in by analysing their technical specifications, features and pictures, the list of favourite ones could be shortened to just a few models. Then the most appropriate judgement can be made when each of them is taken for a real ride.

BMW-K1300GT   vs   Yamaha-Fazer FZ-1
Picture of BMW - K1300GTPicture of BMW - K1300GT
BMW manufacturer Yamaha
K1300GT bike name Fazer FZ-1
Tourer mootorcycle type Sport touring
2009/2013 year since 2006
232 / 96.5 / 144 cm overall size L/W/H(cm)206 / 65.5 / 112.5 cm
1298 cc engine displacement (cc)998 cc
Fuel injection - electronic fuel supply method Fuel Injection
13:1 compression ratio 11.5:1
80x64.3 mm bore and stroke 77x53.6 mm
158mm (6.2 inches) ground clearance 135mm (5.3 inches)
3.8litres (4 quarts) engine oil capacity3.7litres (3.9 quarts)
19.0 litres (5 gallons) fuel tank capacity 20.0 litres (5.3 gallons)
252 km/h (156 mph) top speed246 km/h (153 mph)
173 hppeak horsepower 150 hp
140 nm (103.3 ft lbs)max torque 106 nm (78.2 ft lbs)
255 kg (562 lbs) dry weight204 kg (450 lbs)
288 kg (635 lbs) curb weight (wet weight) 220 kg (485 lbs)
BMW Motorrad doulever, central spring strut front suspension telescopic forks with 130mm travel
cast aluminum single swing arm, rebound damping adjustable rear suspension link type swingarm with 130mm travel
120/70-ZR17 front tyre size 120/70-ZR17
180/55-ZR17 rear tyre size 190/50-ZR17
6-speed gearbox, multiple plate clutch in oil bath transmission type 6-speed
Electric ignition / starting Electric
320mm double discs brake in floating arrangement and 4-piston fixed caliper front brakes Two discs x 320mm
single disc with 294mm diameter and double-piston floating caliperrear brakes One disc x 245mm
Shaft drivefinal drive typeChain drive
Liquid coolingcooling typeLiquid cooling
6.20 l/100km (37.9 mpg)fuel economy (consumption)6.25 l/100km (37.6 mpg)
technical specifications of BMW K1300GTsee data separatelytechnical specifications of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1

BMW K1300GT has bigger engine size than Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 but this is not a direct indicator for more power or better performance. The first bike has the advantage of greater compression ratio of 13:1 than the other one. This ratio is the relation of the volume in the cylinder when the piston is at the bottom of the stroke to the volume in the cylinder when the gas is compressed and the piston is at the top of the stroke. When the mixture of air and fuel in the combustion chamber has bigger pressure (higher compression ratio) when it is ignited then it burns more effectively and therefore these bikes tend to have better fuel economy (comparing engines with equal displacement).
The bike with a better fuel economy is the BMW K1300GT which can travel 37.9 miles with one gallon of fuel. Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 on the contrary can travel 37.6 miles with a gallon. Miles per gallon (mpg) is one way of describing the fuel economy of a motorcycle and liters per 100 kilometers (l/100km) is another.
motorcycle tiresEach motorcycle should be fitted with the type of tyres that are specified for it. Another considerable factor here is your own riding style. Tires have a code of numbers and letters printed on their sides and these are important to be understood properly when looking for matching tires. The first of these numbers shows how many millimeters the tire is wide. Both motorcycles have the same with of their front tires - 120 mm. The next number refers to the tire profile. How many inches is the diameter of the rim - that is what the tird number reveals. Prices of motorcycle tires can easily be compared online and purchesed at good price.
The ground clearance of BMW K1300GT (158mm) is bigger than the one of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 (bbb2mm). The distance between the chassis and the base of the tyre is called ride height or also ground clearance of a motorcycle and is usually given in millimeters in the technical specifications. This is the shortest line between the body of a motorcycle and the surface of the road.
BMW K1300GT is the bike with higher tested top speed (252km/h). On the other side Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 can achieve speed of 246km/h on the highway. However sources may vary as to whether these top speed parameters are precise or only approximate.Liquid cooled motorcycle engine
Those two motorcycle use the same cooling system - liquid. Motorcycles with liquid cooling operate at narrower temperature ranges. Keeping the operating temperature at a very narrow range allows many engine components to be optimised for these temperatures. The circulation of the coolant from the radiator to the engine is helped by the water pump. A fan is turned on if needed by a thermostat to draw more air over the radiator in case the motorcycle slows down. Liquid-cooled engines are usually more forgiving because the hot engine has some surrounding coolant to heat up before causing any damage from overheating.
As per their technical specifications both motorcycles have different types of final drive implementation.
motorcycle with chain final drive Chain final drive is used with the Yamaha Fazer FZ-1. One of the most economical way to drive horsepower from the engine to the rear wheel of the motorcycle is achieved with the chain drive and therefore it is still the most used among the three options by bike manufacturers. However all chains require keeping an eye on them and proper lubrication when they get dry and cleaning when they get dirty.The BMW K1300GT is driven by shaft.
Compression ratio 13:1 means that the volume of gas in the cylinder when the piston is at the bottom of its stroke refers to the volume of gas when the piston is at the top of its stroke as 13:1. Based on the information from the technical data of the motorcycles the values are accordingly 13:1 for BMW K1300GT and 11.5:1 for Yamaha Fazer FZ-1. This is actually the relation between the biggest and the smallest capacity of the combustion chamber. If you got a motorcycle with a greater compression ratio for its specific engine it is getting better fuel economy than it would if it had a lesser compression ratio.
Motorcycle oil is one of the most important components that keeps the engine running smoothly. Engine oils are different types as synthetic, mineral, part-synthetic and they all come at their price and qualities. As a general rule it should be changed on every 6000 kilometers or 3700 miles. Synthetic oil can be changed less often though. Depending on the oil filter it needs to be replaced on each or every two oil changes. According to the technical specs the engine oil capacity is 3.8 litres for BMW K1300GT and 3.7 litres for Yamaha Fazer FZ-1. When changing the oil it is advisable to put less than the specified oil capacity and to check the level. Observing the currrent level on the dipstick or the level sight window is the best way to pour the proper amount of oil.


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