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The detailed comparison between Ducati Monster 1200 and Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 can help you decide which one of them will suit you better. The decision on your next motorcycle purchase should be all based on your personal preferences for speed, handling and comfort. 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. The best way to explore them is to actually sit on these bikes and check how much comfort you get with each of them.

Ducati-Monster 1200   vs   Yamaha-Fazer FZ-1
Picture of Ducati - Monster 1200Picture of Ducati - Monster 1200
Ducati manufacturer Yamaha
Monster 1200 bike name Fazer FZ-1
Naked mootorcycle type Sport touring
2014 year since 2006
220 / 81 / 104 cm overall size L/W/H(cm)206 / 65.5 / 112.5 cm
1198 cc engine displacement (cc)998 cc
electronic fuel injection system, 53mm throttle bodies fuel supply method Fuel Injection
12.5:1 compression ratio 11.5:1
106x67.9 mm bore and stroke 77x53.6 mm
155mm (6.1 inches) ground clearance 135mm (5.3 inches)
3.7litres (3.9 quarts) engine oil capacity3.7litres (3.9 quarts)
17.5 litres (4.6 gallons) fuel tank capacity 20.0 litres (5.3 gallons)
259 km/h (161 mph) top speed246 km/h (153 mph)
135 hppeak horsepower 150 hp
118 nm (87 ft lbs)max torque 106 nm (78.2 ft lbs)
182 kg (401 lbs) dry weight204 kg (450 lbs)
209 kg (461 lbs) curb weight (wet weight) 220 kg (485 lbs)
43mm fully adjustable inverted forks with 130mm wheel travel front suspension telescopic forks with 130mm travel
progresive linkage with fully adjustable monoshock. The rear wheel travel is 249mm. rear suspension link type swingarm with 130mm travel
120/70-ZR17 front tyre size 120/70-ZR17
190/55-ZR17 rear tyre size 190/50-ZR17
6-speed transmission type 6-speed
Electric starting, electronic ignition ignition / starting Electric
two 320mm semi-floating discs with radially mounted Brembo calipers front brakes Two discs x 320mm
Single 245mm disc with twin-piston floating calipers and standard ABS equipmentrear brakes One disc x 245mm
Chain drivefinal drive typeChain drive
Liquid coolingcooling typeLiquid cooling
6.10 l/100km (38.6 mpg)fuel economy (consumption)6.25 l/100km (37.6 mpg)
technical specifications of Ducati Monster 1200see data separatelytechnical specifications of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1

Although Ducati Monster 1200 has a bigger engine displacement than Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 it doesn't necessarily mean it is more powerful or better performing bike. The first bike has the advantage of greater compression ratio of 12.5:1 than the other one. This parameter shows how the volume in the engine cylinder when the piston is at the bottom end relates to the volume when the piston is at the top end. 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 Ducati Monster 1200 which can travel 38.6 miles with one gallon of fuel. Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 on the contrary can travel 37.6 miles with a gallon. There are two ways of showing the fuel economy of a motorcycle - describing how many miles it can travel with a single gallon of fuel (mpg) or how many litters of fuel it is burning on a 100 kilometer trip (l\100km).
bike tiresEach motorcycle should be fitted with the type of tyres that are specified for it. The right choice also depends on your style of riding, whether you are speeding and riding agressively. 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 number is the width of the tire in millimeters. Both motorcycles Ducati Monster 1200 and Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 have the same width of their tires - 120 mm for the front tire and 190 mm for the rear one. After that comes the aspect ration shown by the second number in the code. The third number shows the size of the rim - its diameter measured in inches. Buying motorcycle tires online can save you precious time and cash.
The ground clearance of Ducati Monster 1200 (155mm) is bigger than the one of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 (bbb2mm). Usually given in millimeters in the technical data sheets, the ground clearance refers to the space between ground level and underside of a motorcycle’s chassis and sometimes is called ride height. To say it shortly, this is the smallest of the measures between the road surface and any mechanical part of the motorcycle.
Ducati Monster 1200 is the faster of the two with top speed of 259 kilometers per hour against the max speed of 246 km/h specified to its opponent Yamaha Fazer FZ-1. However sources may vary as to whether these top speed parameters are precise or only approximate.liquid cooling system of a motorcycle
Those two motorcycle use the same cooling system - liquid. Liquid-cooled engines have a narrower range of operating temperatures compared to the air-cooled ones. Therefore liquid cooled motors can run with carburetion set to burn all the fuel in the mixture. 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. Water jackets in a liquid cooled engine act as sound insulators and make it quieter.
motorcycle with chain final drive These two motorcycles (Ducati Monster 1200 and Yamaha Fazer FZ-1) have the same type of final drive which is chain. 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. Many bikers may complain of the need of constant care though. Since the chain is exposed to dust, sun and rain it needs to be periodically cleaned and properly lubricated.
Compression ratio - this parameter refers to how the cylinder's space changes from when the piston is down at its lowest point to when the piston is up at its highest point in the stroke. The value of the compression ratio of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 is 11.5:1 based on the information in its technical data and for Ducati Monster 1200 the ratio is 12.5:1. Premium fuel might be recommended for some motorcycles with high levels of compression ration in order to avoid engine knocking. It plays a big role in engine efficiency because bigger compression ratio means better thermal efficiency and more mileage with the same amount of gas.
The good quality of the engine oil is an important factor in keeping the motorcycle in peak condition. Synthetic engine oils are considered the most technically advanced one and are more expensive than the mineral oils which come at lower price. As a general rule it should be changed on every 6000 kilometers or 3700 miles. Synthetic oil can be changed less often though. A good practice is to replace the oil filter with each or every second oil change. Both motorcycles have the same oil capacity of 3.7 litres in their technical specs. When changing the oil it is advisable to put less than the specified oil capacity and to check the level. Pouring exactly the proper amount of oil needed is achieved by observing the level sight window or the dipstick marks.

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