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The detailed comparison between Suzuki GSF 1200 S Bandit 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. A good way to narrow the circle of favourite bikes is to compare their technical specifications and select just a few that are really matching your style and needs. Then the most appropriate judgement can be made when each of them is taken for a real ride.

Suzuki-GSF 1200 S Bandit   vs   Yamaha-Fazer FZ-1
Picture of Suzuki - GSF 1200 S BanditPicture of Suzuki - GSF 1200 S Bandit
Suzuki manufacturer Yamaha
GSF 1200 S Bandit bike name Fazer FZ-1
Naked mootorcycle type Sport touring
2004-2006 year since 2006
207 / 76.5 / 122 cm overall size L/W/H(cm)206 / 65.5 / 112.5 cm
1157 cc engine displacement (cc)998 cc
Mikuni BSR36 carbureutors fuel supply method Fuel Injection
9.5:1 compression ratio 11.5:1
79x59 mm bore and stroke 77x53.6 mm
130mm (5.1 inches) ground clearance 135mm (5.3 inches)
3.5litres (3.7 quarts) engine oil capacity3.7litres (3.9 quarts)
20.0 litres (5.3 gallons) fuel tank capacity 20.0 litres (5.3 gallons)
236 km/h (146 mph) top speed246 km/h (153 mph)
98 hppeak horsepower 150 hp
92 nm (67.9 ft lbs)max torque 106 nm (78.2 ft lbs)
220 kg (485 lbs) dry weight204 kg (450 lbs)
245 kg (540 lbs) curb weight (wet weight) 220 kg (485 lbs)
43mm telescopic fork, oil damped, preload adjustable front suspension telescopic forks with 130mm travel
mono-shock, link type, adjustable rebound damping and adjustable preload 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
5-speed transmission type 6-speed
Electric starting and digital transistorised ignition ignition / starting Electric
dual 310mm discs with six-piston calipers and standard ABS front brakes Two discs x 320mm
one 240mm disc with twin-piston calipers, ABSrear brakes One disc x 245mm
Chain drivefinal drive typeChain drive
Air coolingcooling typeLiquid cooling
5.80 l/100km (40.6 mpg)fuel economy (consumption)6.25 l/100km (37.6 mpg)
technical specifications of Suzuki GSF 1200 S Banditsee data separatelytechnical specifications of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1

The bigger engine size of Suzuki GSF 1200 S Bandit 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 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 Suzuki GSF 1200 S Bandit which can travel 40.6 miles with one gallon of fuel. Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 on the contrary can travel 37.6 miles with a gallon. When measured in mpg the fuel economy shows how many miles can be traveled with a gallon of fuel. Alternatively when measure in l\100km it shows the fuel consumption in litters per 100 kilometer trip.
tire sizes The producer of each bike specifies the sizes of its front and rear tyre. Another considerable factor here is your own riding style. To get the proper tire size requires that you know the meaning of the numbers and letters printed on the side of each tire. The width of the tire measured in millimeters is shown first. Both motorcycles have the same with of their front tires - 120 mm. 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. Looking online for motorcycle tires is a good way to easily find the right size at low price.
Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 has a better ground clearance of 135mm ( for Suzuki GSF 1200 S Bandit it is 130mm). The ride height is the other name of the parameter ground clearance which refers to the measure from the tyre base to the underside of the cassis of a motorcycle. In simple terms that would be the shortest line among all the lines drawn between the surface of the road and any 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 (Suzuki GSF 1200 S Bandit) can achieve a maximum speed of 236km/h according to its technical specifications. However sources may vary as to whether these top speed parameters are precise or only approximate.
motorcycle with chain final drive Chain final drive is used with both motorcycles - the Suzuki GSF 1200 S Bandit and the Yamaha Fazer FZ-1. Chain final drives are known for their simplicity and efficiency in driving power from the engine to the rear wheel of the motorcycle and are one of the most popular final drive options by far. However all chains require keeping an eye on them and proper lubrication when they get dry and cleaning when they get dirty.
Compression ratio of a motorcycle engine is the ratio of the volume of the combustion chamber when the piston is at the bottom of the stoke and its volume when the piston is at the top of the stroke. Based on the information from the technical data of the motorcycles the values are accordingly 9.5:1 for Suzuki GSF 1200 S Bandit and 11.5:1 for Yamaha Fazer FZ-1. Premium fuel might be recommended for some motorcycles with high levels of compression ration in order to avoid engine knocking. Engines with higher compression ratio are more energy efficient because they are able to extract more mechanical energy from a certain amount of fuel.
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. 3700 miles (6000 km) between oil changes is widely accepted rule. Synthetic oil can be changed less often though. The oil filter needs to be replaced too and that is usually to be done with the oil change. Both motorcycles have different oil capacity according to the technical specs - 3.5 litres for Suzuki GSF 1200 S Bandit and 3.7 litres for Yamaha Fazer FZ-1. The values of the oil capacity here can not be used as a precise measurement when changing the oil. 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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