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A good way to figure out whether Honda GL1800 Goldwing 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. The long personal list of favourite motorcycle models can be narrowed to just a few ones after comparing their pictures and technical specifications. A good way to find the most suitable one among them would be to sit on each of them and if possible ride it for a while.

Honda-GL1800 Goldwing   vs   Yamaha-Fazer FZ-1
Picture of Honda - GL1800 GoldwingPicture of Honda - GL1800 Goldwing
Honda manufacturer Yamaha
GL1800 Goldwing bike name Fazer FZ-1
Tourer mootorcycle type Sport touring
since 2000 year since 2006
263.5 / 94.5 / 145.5 cm overall size L/W/H(cm)206 / 65.5 / 112.5 cm
1832 cc engine displacement (cc)998 cc
Programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI) fuel supply method Fuel Injection
9.8:1 compression ratio 11.5:1
74x71 mm bore and stroke 77x53.6 mm
125mm (4.9 inches) ground clearance 135mm (5.3 inches)
3.7litres (3.9 quarts) engine oil capacity3.7litres (3.9 quarts)
25.0 litres (6.6 gallons) fuel tank capacity 20.0 litres (5.3 gallons)
230 km/h (143 mph) top speed246 km/h (153 mph)
118 hppeak horsepower 150 hp
167 nm (123.2 ft lbs)max torque 106 nm (78.2 ft lbs)
389 kg (858 lbs) dry weight204 kg (450 lbs)
407 kg (897 lbs) curb weight (wet weight) 220 kg (485 lbs)
45mm cartridge fork with anti dive system and 140mm wheel travel front suspension telescopic forks with 130mm travel
single sided swing arm with electronically controlled preload and 105mm wheel travel rear suspension link type swingarm with 130mm travel
170/70R-18 front tyre size 120/70-ZR17
180/60R-16 rear tyre size 190/50-ZR17
5-speed manual plus electric reverse transmission type 6-speed
digital electronic ignition / starting Electric
dual 296mm discs with 3-piston calipers and Anti-Lock braking system front brakes Two discs x 320mm
single 316mm disc with 3-piston caliper and Anti-Locking braking systemrear brakes One disc x 245mm
Shaft drivefinal drive typeChain drive
Liquid coolingcooling typeLiquid cooling
5.90 l/100km (39.9 mpg)fuel economy (consumption)6.25 l/100km (37.6 mpg)
technical specifications of Honda GL1800 Goldwingsee data separatelytechnical specifications of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1

The bigger engine size of Honda GL1800 Goldwing 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. It represents the relation between the biggest and the smallest volume in the combustion chamber while the piston is performing its stroke movement. 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 Honda GL1800 Goldwing 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. Measuring the fuel economy in mpg shows how many miles of ride are covered by a gallon of fuel and measuring in l/100km shows the average fuel consumption in litters for every 100 kilometers riding.
tire sizes The producer of each bike specifies the sizes of its front and rear tyre. Your type of riding is also to be taken into account here. 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. The second number show the aspect ratio. 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.
Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 has bigger ground clearance than Honda GL1800 Goldwing (135mm vs 125mm). 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. That, in other words, is the smallest distance between any mechanical body part of the motorcycle and the surface of the road.
The top speed of 246km/h makes Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 the faster of the two motorcycles. The other one (Honda GL1800 Goldwing) can achieve a maximum speed of 230km/h according to its technical specifications. However sources may vary as to whether these top speed parameters are precise or only approximate.Motorcycle with liquid cooling system
Both motorcycles are liquid cooled. Motorcycles with liquid cooling operate at narrower temperature ranges. The relatively consistent combustion environment of the liquid-cooled engine means that the mixture of fuel and air can be precisely controlled and optimised for better output. The main principle is circulation of the liquid between the radiator and the engine. The temperature is kept at a relatively constant level by a thermostat which turns on a fan to draw more air over the radiator if needed. A liquid-cooled engine happens to be quieter than the air-cooled one because all that liquid that surrounds the engine deadens mechanical noise.
As per their technical specifications both motorcycles have different types of final drive implementation.
chain driven motorcycle One of the bikes (Yamaha Fazer FZ-1) has the most frequently used final drive which is chain. Chain drives are by far the most popular final drive technology in the history of motorcycles and are the most economical way to drive power from the engine to the rear wheel. However all chains require keeping an eye on them and proper lubrication when they get dry and cleaning when they get dirty.The Honda GL1800 Goldwing is driven by shaft.
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. The compressio ratio of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 is 11.5:1 and it is 9.8:1 for Honda GL1800 Goldwing according to the motorcycles technical data above. Premium fuel might be recommended for some motorcycles with high levels of compression ration 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.
Engine oil is among the most important aspects of an engines health. Mineral and part-synthetic engine oils are cheaper when it comes to price in comparison with the most technically advanced synthetic motor oils. The engine oil is to be changed on every 3700 miles (or 6000 kilometers) as a general rule. More kilometers between two oil changes is accepted when synthetic oil is used. The oil filter needs to be replaced too and that is usually to be done with the oil change. As per the technical specs both motorcycles have the same engine oil capacity of 3.7 litres. This oil capacity values are with informative purpose only. Pouring exactly the proper amount of oil needed is achieved by observing the level sight window or the dipstick marks.


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