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To compare the technical specifications and features of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 and Suzuki DR-Z400 is a good way to find out which one of these motorcycles will better match your style and requirements. 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.

Yamaha-Fazer FZ-1   vs   Suzuki-DR-Z400
Picture of Yamaha - Fazer FZ-1Picture of Yamaha - Fazer FZ-1
Yamaha manufacturer Suzuki
Fazer FZ-1 bike name DR-Z400
Sport touring mootorcycle type Enduro
since 2006 year 2005-2005
206 / 65.5 / 112.5 cm overall size L/W/H(cm)231 / 87.5 / 123 cm
998 cc engine displacement (cc)398 cc
Fuel Injection fuel supply method Mikuni BSR36 carburetor
11.5:1 compression ratio 11.3:1
77x53.6 mm bore and stroke 90x62.6 mm
135mm (5.3 inches) ground clearance 300mm (11.8 inches)
3.7litres (3.9 quarts) engine oil capacity2.0litres (2.1 quarts)
20.0 litres (5.3 gallons) fuel tank capacity 10.0 litres (2.6 gallons)
246 km/h (153 mph) top speed151 km/h (94 mph)
150 hppeak horsepower 40 hp
106 nm (78.2 ft lbs)max torque 39 nm (28.8 ft lbs)
204 kg (450 lbs) dry weight132 kg (291 lbs)
220 kg (485 lbs) curb weight (wet weight) 145 kg (320 lbs)
telescopic forks with 130mm travel front suspension 49mm telescopic fork, compression damping, adjustable spring preload
link type swingarm with 130mm travel rear suspension Link type fully adjustable spring preload, compression damping
120/70-ZR17 front tyre size 80/100-21
190/50-ZR17 rear tyre size 120/90-18
6-speed transmission type 5-speed wet multiplate discs, cable operated clutch
Electric ignition / starting Electric starting, digital CDI ignition
Two discs x 320mm front brakes single 250mm disc with twin-piston caliper
One disc x 245mmrear brakes 220mm diameter disc and single-piston caliper
Chain drivefinal drive typeChain drive
Liquid coolingcooling typeLiquid cooling
6.25 l/100km (37.6 mpg)fuel economy (consumption)4.50 l/100km (52.3 mpg)
technical specifications of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1see data separatelytechnical specifications of Suzuki DR-Z400

The bigger engine size of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 in comparison to Suzuki DR-Z400 doesn't mean that it is more powerful or better performing bike. The compression ration of the first of these bikes (11.5:1) is bigger than the other. It represents the relation between the biggest and the smallest volume in the combustion chamber while the piston is performing its stroke movement. When one of two bikes with same engine displacement has a higher compression ratio it also has a better fuel economy because the mixture of air and fuel in the combustion chamber is burning at higher pressure and with better thermal efficiency.
Suzuki DR-Z400 has a better fuel economy (52.3 mpg) compared to Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 which fuel economy is a 37.6 mpg. 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).
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 width of the tire measured in millimeters is shown first. The second number show the aspect ratio. 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.
Suzuki DR-Z400 has bigger ground clearance than Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 (300mm vs 135mm). Usually given in millimeters in the technical data sheets, the ground clearance refers to the space between ground level and underside of a motorcycle’s chassis and sometimes is called ride height. That, in other words, is the smallest distance between any mechanical body part of the motorcycle and the surface of the road.
Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 appears to be faster than Suzuki DR-Z400 with top speed of 246km/h against 151km/h for the other bike. In some cases these speed statistics are based on bike owners reviews and may be contradictory from various sources.Liquid cooled engine of a motorcycle
Both motorcycles are liquid cooled. Motorcycles with liquid cooling operate at narrower temperature ranges. Keeping the operating temperature at a very narrow range allows many engine components to be optimised for these temperatures. 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. Liquid-cooled engines are usually more forgiving because the hot engine has some surrounding coolant to heat up before causing any damage from overheating.
chain driven motorcycle Both motorcycles Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 and Suzuki DR-Z400 have the same final drive - chain. One of the most economical way to drive horsepower from the engine to the rear wheel of the motorcycle is achieved with the chain drive and therefore it is still the most used among the three options by bike manufacturers. However all chains require keeping an eye on them and proper lubrication when they get dry and cleaning when they get dirty.
Compression ratio 11.5:1 means that the volume of gas in the cylinder when the piston is at the bottom of its stroke refers to the volume of gas when the piston is at the top of its stroke as 11.5:1. The value of the compression ratio of Suzuki DR-Z400 is 11.3:1 based on the information in its technical data and for Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 the ratio is 11.5:1. To avoid engine knocking when compression ratio is high those motorcycles might be recommended to use premium fuel only. 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. 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. Depending on the oil filter it needs to be replaced on each or every two oil changes. The oil capacity of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 is 3.7 litres and the engine oil of Suzuki DR-Z400 is 2.0 litres as per their technical specs. 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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