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Looking at the detailed specifications of both motorcycles Harley Davidson XL 1200S Sportster 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. Your choice of motorcycle should be all about your individual preferences and comfort level. After comparing one motorcycle versus another and so on, the circle of favourite models will be then eventually narrowed to several ones. Then these bikes in question could be best explored on the road where handling, performance and comfort of sitting position can be best felt in action.

Harley Davidson-XL 1200S Sportster   vs   Yamaha-Fazer FZ-1
Picture of Harley Davidson - XL 1200S SportsterPicture of Harley Davidson - XL 1200S Sportster
Harley Davidson manufacturer Yamaha
XL 1200S Sportster bike name Fazer FZ-1
Custom bike mootorcycle type Sport touring
2001 year since 2006
224.5 / 81 / 115 cm overall size L/W/H(cm)206 / 65.5 / 112.5 cm
1199 cc engine displacement (cc)998 cc
Fuel injection - digital CDI fuel supply method Fuel Injection
9.7:1 compression ratio 11.5:1
88.8x96.1 mm bore and stroke 77x53.6 mm
170mm (6.7 inches) ground clearance 135mm (5.3 inches)
3.4litres (3.6 quarts) engine oil capacity3.7litres (3.9 quarts)
17.0 litres (4.5 gallons) fuel tank capacity 20.0 litres (5.3 gallons)
238 km/h (148 mph) top speed246 km/h (153 mph)
59 hppeak horsepower 150 hp
87 nm (64.2 ft lbs)max torque 106 nm (78.2 ft lbs)
240 kg (529 lbs) dry weight204 kg (450 lbs)
264 kg (582 lbs) curb weight (wet weight) 220 kg (485 lbs)
Showa 39mm fork front suspension telescopic forks with 130mm travel
preload dual adjustable rear suspension link type swingarm with 130mm travel
100/90-R19 front tyre size 120/70-ZR17
150/80-R16 rear tyre size 190/50-ZR17
5-speed transmission type 6-speed
Electric ignition / starting Electric
Single 292mm disc with 2-piston caliper front brakes Two discs x 320mm
Single 292mm disc with 1-piston caliperrear brakes One disc x 245mm
Belt drivefinal drive typeChain drive
Air coolingcooling typeLiquid cooling
5.90 l/100km (39.9 mpg)fuel economy (consumption)6.25 l/100km (37.6 mpg)
technical specifications of Harley Davidson XL 1200S Sportstersee data separatelytechnical specifications of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1

Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 has a smaller engine displacement than Harley Davidson XL 1200S Sportster but the size if the engine itself is doesn't mean that the bike is more or less powerful. The second bike has the advantage of greater compression ratio of 11.5:1 than the other one. This is the ration of the volumes in the cylinder in two stages of the stroke when the piston is at the lowest and then at the highest point in the cylinder. 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 Harley Davidson XL 1200S Sportster which can travel 39.9 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 tires The size of the tyres is specified by the producer for each motorcycle. The right choice also depends on your style of riding, whether you are speeding and riding agressively. The code designators located on the side of each tires is something that you should be aware of if you want to find proper tires for your bike. The first number is the width of the tire in millimeters. 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. Since many internet stores are offering motorcycle tires it is an easy way to get proper pair of tires online at reasonable price.
The ground clearance (ride height) of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 is 135mm and is smaller than the clearance of Harley Davidson XL 1200S Sportster which is 170mm. The ground clearance is also called the ride height and that is the distance between the base of the tyre and underside of the motorcycle’s body (the chassis). In other words that is the shortest distance between the road surface and the lowest mechanical part of the motorcycle.
Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 appears to be faster than Harley Davidson XL 1200S Sportster with top speed of 246km/h against 238km/h for the other bike. 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.
chain final drive Chain final drive is used with the Yamaha Fazer FZ-1.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. 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.The Harley Davidson XL 1200S Sportster is driven by a belt.
Compression ratio Imagine an engine's piston is at the bottom of its stroke (step one) and moves up compressing the gas in the cylinder till it reaches its top position of the stroke (step 2). The compression ratio is the ration of the volume in step one over the volume in step two. Based on the information from the technical data of the motorcycles the values are accordingly 9.7:1 for Harley Davidson XL 1200S Sportster and 11.5:1 for Yamaha Fazer FZ-1. Motorcycles with higher compression ratio may be recommended to use premium fuel only in order to avoid engine knocking. With internal combustion engines the higher compression ratio allows higher efficiency because the combustion temperature is reached with less fuel.
One of the most important aspects of the basic level of maintenance of a motorcycle is the engine oil. There are different types at different prices on the market - mineral, highperformance, all-purpose part-synthetic and synthetic oil. As a general rule it should be changed on every 6000 kilometers or 3700 miles. The quality of the synthetic oil allows up to 5000 miles (8000 km) between oil changes. The oil filter needs to be replaced too and that is usually to be done with the oil change. Harley Davidson XL 1200S Sportster takes 3.4 litres of engine oil. The technical specs of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 determines its oil capacity to be 3.7 litres. The oil capacity information is only to get an idea of how much oil roughly will be needed on oilchange. The best way to pour the exact quantity of oil is to observe the dipstick or the level sight window.


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