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The detailed comparison between Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorer and Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 can help you decide which one of them will suit you better. When trying to make your mind on the next motorcycle, your personal levels of comfort should be the leading criteria. After comparing one motorcycle versus another and so on, the circle of favourite models will be then eventually narrowed to several ones. Then the most appropriate judgement can be made when each of them is taken for a real ride.

Triumph-Tiger 1200 Explorer   vs   Yamaha-Fazer FZ-1
Picture of Triumph - Tiger 1200 ExplorerPicture of Triumph - Tiger 1200 Explorer
Triumph manufacturer Yamaha
Tiger 1200 Explorer bike name Fazer FZ-1
Adventure mootorcycle type Sport touring
2012 year since 2006
225 / 96 / 141 cm overall size L/W/H(cm)206 / 65.5 / 112.5 cm
1215 cc engine displacement (cc)998 cc
multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI fuel supply method Fuel Injection
12:1 compression ratio 11.5:1
85x71.4 mm bore and stroke 77x53.6 mm
165mm (6.5 inches) ground clearance 135mm (5.3 inches)
4.0litres (4.2 quarts) engine oil capacity3.7litres (3.9 quarts)
20.0 litres (5.3 gallons) fuel tank capacity 20.0 litres (5.3 gallons)
215 km/h (133 mph) top speed246 km/h (153 mph)
135 hppeak horsepower 150 hp
121 nm (89.2 ft lbs)max torque 106 nm (78.2 ft lbs)
238 kg (525 lbs) dry weight204 kg (450 lbs)
259 kg (571 lbs) curb weight (wet weight) 220 kg (485 lbs)
Kayaba 46mm inverted forks with 190mm wheel travel front suspension telescopic forks with 130mm travel
Kayaba monoshock with remote oil reservoir, adjustable preload, rebound damping adjustment. The wheel travel is 194mm. rear suspension link type swingarm with 130mm travel
120/80-R17 front tyre size 120/70-ZR17
150/70-R17 rear tyre size 190/50-ZR17
6-speed gearbox transmission type 6-speed
digital ignition and electric starting ignition / starting Electric
2x305mm discs and Nissin 4-piston calipers, ABS front brakes Two discs x 320mm
single 282mm disc with double piston caliper, ABSrear 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 Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorersee data separatelytechnical specifications of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1

Although Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorer 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 12:1 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 Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorer 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. The fuel economy of a motorcycle is either measured in mpg or l/100km, the first showing how many miles can be ridden with a gallon of fuel and the second showing how many litters of fuel are consumed on a 100km ride.
tire sizes Motorcycle tyres come in variety of sizes and these sizes are strongly specified for each model. Your type of riding is also to be taken into account here. 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 first number is the width of the tire in millimeters. 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. How many inches is the diameter of the rim - that is what the tird number reveals. A good way to save some time and money is to purchase your motorcycle tires online at competitive price.
Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorer has a better ground clearance of 165mm ( for Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 it is 135mm). 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.
Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 is the faster of the two with top speed of 246 kilometers per hour against the max speed of 215 km/h specified to its opponent Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorer. However sources may vary as to whether these top speed parameters are precise or only approximate.Liquid cooled engine of a motorcycle
Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorer and Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 are both liquid cooled. The pretty constant ranges of operating temperature are typical for the liquid cooled engines. Therefore the liquid-cooled engine runs more efficiently and consistently. The circulation of the coolant from the radiator to the engine is helped by the water pump. If the motorcycle slows down to a point where the air flowing through the radiator is not enough to lower the temperature of the coolant to the needed level, a thermostat will typically switch an electric fan on to increase the air flow through the radiator. However the water pump, the thermostat, the radiator and all the linking gear makes it a bit more complex.
As per their technical specifications both motorcycles have different types of final drive implementation.
motorcycle with chain final drive Chain final drive is used with 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. 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 Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorer 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. Based on the information from the technical data of the motorcycles the values are accordingly 12:1 for Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorer 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. Engines with higher compression ratio are more energy efficient because they are able to extract more mechanical energy from a certain amount of fuel.
One of the most important aspects of the basic level of maintenance of a motorcycle is the engine oil. Synthetic engine oils are considered the most technically advanced one and are more expensive than the mineral oils which come at lower price. It is commonly accepted engine oil to be changed on every 3700 miles (6000 kilometers). More kilometers between two oil changes is accepted when synthetic oil is used. Some oil filters can be replaced on every second oil change while others are to be replaced on each oil change. Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorer takes 4.0 litres of engine oil. The technical specs of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 determines its oil capacity to be 3.7 litres. The oil capacity here is just to give you a rough idea of how much oil you need on an oil change. 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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