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A good way to figure out whether Harley Davidson Softail or Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 is better matching your personal style and requirements is to compare their specifications and features in details. 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 most appropriate method of exploring them is to actually ride each of them or at least sit on them to see how they feel.

Harley Davidson-Softail   vs   Yamaha-Fazer FZ-1
Picture of Harley Davidson - SoftailPicture of Harley Davidson - Softail
Harley Davidson manufacturer Yamaha
Softail bike name Fazer FZ-1
Custom bike mootorcycle type Sport touring
since 2004 year since 2006
240 / 93 / 131 cm overall size L/W/H(cm)206 / 65.5 / 112.5 cm
1584 cc engine displacement (cc)998 cc
electronic sequential port fuel injection (ESPFI) fuel supply method Fuel Injection
9.2:1 compression ratio 11.5:1
95.25x111.25 mm bore and stroke 77x53.6 mm
130mm (5.1 inches) ground clearance 135mm (5.3 inches)
3.2litres (3.4 quarts) engine oil capacity3.7litres (3.9 quarts)
19.0 litres (5 gallons) fuel tank capacity 20.0 litres (5.3 gallons)
187 km/h (116 mph) top speed246 km/h (153 mph)
67 hppeak horsepower 150 hp
125 nm (92.2 ft lbs)max torque 106 nm (78.2 ft lbs)
297 kg (655 lbs) dry weight204 kg (450 lbs)
318 kg (701 lbs) curb weight (wet weight) 220 kg (485 lbs)
41.3mm telescopic, chrome dust covers front suspension telescopic forks with 130mm travel
horizontal-mounted, coil over shock rear suspension link type swingarm with 130mm travel
MT90-B16 front tyre size 120/70-ZR17
150/80-B16 rear tyre size 190/50-ZR17
6-speed multiple plate wet transmission type 6-speed
map controlled spark ignition ignition / starting Electric
single 292mm disc and 4-piston calipers. The ABS is optional front brakes Two discs x 320mm
one 292mm disc with 4-piston calipers, optional ABSrear brakes One disc x 245mm
Belt drivefinal drive typeChain drive
Air coolingcooling typeLiquid cooling
6.70 l/100km (35.1 mpg)fuel economy (consumption)6.25 l/100km (37.6 mpg)
technical specifications of Harley Davidson Softailsee data separatelytechnical specifications of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1

The bigger engine size of Harley Davidson Softail in comparison to Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 doesn't mean that it is more powerful or better performing bike. The second bike has the advantage of greater compression ratio of 11.5:1 than the other one. This represents the biggest volume of the cylinder when the piston is located at the lowest point of the stroke compared to the minimum volume of the cylinder when the piston is at the highest point 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 Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 which can travel 37.6 miles with one gallon of fuel. Harley Davidson Softail on the contrary can travel 35.1 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.
how to buy motorcycle tiresIf the time to replace your motorcycle tyres has come then you need to find the proper new ones. The right choice also depends on your style of riding, whether you are speeding and riding agressively. You need to know what the code designators printed on the tire mean in order to be able to find the proper size for your bike. Firstly the code shows the width of the tire measured in millimeters. The aspect ratio of the tire is represented by the second number of the code. The third number shows the size of the rim - its diameter measured in inches. Looking online for motorcycle tires is a good way to easily find the right size at low price.
The ground clearance of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 (135mm) is bigger than the one of Harley Davidson Softail (bbb2mm). The parameter ground clearance refers to the space between the ground and underside of the chassis and is also called ride height of a motorcycle. In other words that is the shortest distance between the road surface and the lowest mechanical part of the motorcycle.
The top speed of 246km/h makes Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 the faster of the two motorcycles. The other one (Harley Davidson Softail) can achieve a maximum speed of 187km/h according to its technical specifications. However sources may vary as to whether these top speed parameters are precise or only approximate.
As per their technical specifications both motorcycles have different types of final drive implementation.
final drive implemented with chain The Yamaha Fazer FZ-1is driven by a chain.Most motorcycles are produced with chain drive because of its economical way to transfer power to the rear wheel and convey the biggest percentage of engine power in that process. However they are not as smooth as belts and shafts and also require frequent care like cleaning and keeping the chain properly lubricated.The Harley Davidson Softail is driven by a belt.
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. As mentioned in the information of their technical data the values of the compression ratios are 9.2:1 for Harley Davidson Softail 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. Higher compression ratio means bigger pressure of the fuel/air mix in the combustion chamber and better efficiency achieved of its ignition.
Engine oil is among the most important aspects of an engines health. Many different types of engine oils are available as minerral, part-synthetic and synthetic and they all come at different price. 3700 miles (6000 km) between oil changes is widely accepted rule. If you you synthetic oil then bigger mileage can be allowed between oil changes. Depending on the oil filter it needs to be replaced on each or every two oil changes. The technical specs show that the Harley Davidson Softail takes 3.2 litres of engine oil while the oil capacity of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 is 3.7 litres. The oil capacity information is only to get an idea of how much oil roughly will be needed on oilchange. Pouring exactly the proper amount of oil needed is achieved by observing the level sight window or the dipstick marks.

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