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The detailed comparison between Yamaha Tmax 500 and Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 can help you decide which one of them will suit you better. When you know what specifications and features of a motorcycle will make you personally comfortable with it then your choice should be all about this criteria. The long personal list of favourite motorcycle models can be narrowed to just a few ones after comparing their pictures and technical specifications. The most appropriate method of exploring them is to actually ride each of them or at least sit on them to see how they feel.

Yamaha-Tmax 500   vs   Yamaha-Fazer FZ-1
Picture of Yamaha - Tmax 500Picture of Yamaha - Tmax 500
Yamaha manufacturer Yamaha
Tmax 500 bike name Fazer FZ-1
Scooter mootorcycle type Sport touring
Since 2001 year since 2006
219.5 / 77.5 / 144.5 cm overall size L/W/H(cm)206 / 65.5 / 112.5 cm
499 cc engine displacement (cc)998 cc
Fuel injection - digital CDI fuel supply method Fuel Injection
10.1:1 compression ratio 11.5:1
66x73 mm bore and stroke 77x53.6 mm
124mm (4.9 inches) ground clearance 135mm (5.3 inches)
3.6litres (3.8 quarts) engine oil capacity3.7litres (3.9 quarts)
15.0 litres (4 gallons) fuel tank capacity 20.0 litres (5.3 gallons)
173 km/h (107 mph) top speed246 km/h (153 mph)
44 hppeak horsepower 150 hp
46 nm (33.9 ft lbs)max torque 106 nm (78.2 ft lbs)
197 kg (434 lbs) dry weight204 kg (450 lbs)
225 kg (496 lbs) curb weight (wet weight) 220 kg (485 lbs)
38mm telescopic forks with 120mm wheel travel front suspension telescopic forks with 130mm travel
swinging arm with 120mm wheel travel rear suspension link type swingarm with 130mm travel
120/70-R15 front tyre size 120/70-ZR17
160/60-R15 rear tyre size 190/50-ZR17
CVT - continuously variable transmission transmission type 6-speed
Electric ignition / starting Electric
Twin disc x 267mm front brakes Two discs x 320mm
Single disc x 267mmrear brakes One disc x 245mm
Belt drivefinal drive typeChain drive
Liquid coolingcooling typeLiquid cooling
4.90 l/100km (48 mpg)fuel economy (consumption)6.25 l/100km (37.6 mpg)
technical specifications of Yamaha Tmax 500see data separatelytechnical specifications of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1

Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 has bigger engine size than Yamaha Tmax 500 but this is not a direct indicator for more power or better performance. The second bike has the advantage of greater compression ratio of 11.5:1 than the other one. This ratio is the relation of the volume in the cylinder when the piston is at the bottom of the stroke to the volume in the cylinder when the gas is compressed and the piston is at the top 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 Yamaha Tmax 500 which can travel 48 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.
how to buy motorcycle tires The size of the tyres is specified by the producer for each motorcycle. Another considerable factor here is your own riding style. You need to know what the code designators printed on the tire mean in order to be able to find the proper size for your bike. The width of the tire is represented by the first number. Both motorcycles have the same with of their front tires - 120 mm. The second number show the aspect ratio. 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.
As per the data sheets Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 has a bigger ground clearance (135mm) than Yamaha Tmax 500 (124mm). 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). 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 Yamaha Tmax 500 with top speed of 246km/h against 173km/h for the other bike. However sources may vary as to whether these top speed parameters are precise or only approximate.Motorcycle with liquid cooling system
Yamaha Tmax 500 is liquid cooled and so is the Yamaha Fazer FZ-1. Compared to the air cooled motorcycles the liquid cooled ones have a very narrow range of working temperatures. Once the operating temperature is reached (the engine is warmed up), it runs at a pretty constant temperature. 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. Liquid-cooled engines are usually more forgiving because the hot engine has some surrounding coolant to heat up before causing any damage from overheating.
As per their technical specifications both motorcycles have different types of final drive implementation.
chain final drive The Yamaha Fazer FZ-1is driven by a 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 they are not as smooth as belts and shafts and also require frequent care like cleaning and keeping the chain properly lubricated.The Yamaha Tmax 500 is driven by a belt.
Compression ratio 10.1:1 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 10.1:1. Based on the information from the technical data of the motorcycles the values are accordingly 10.1:1 for Yamaha Tmax 500 and 11.5:1 for Yamaha Fazer FZ-1. To avoid engine knocking when compression ratio is high those motorcycles might be recommended to use premium fuel only. With internal combustion engines the higher compression ratio allows higher efficiency because the combustion temperature is reached with less fuel.
The good quality of the engine oil is an important factor in keeping the motorcycle in peak condition. Many different types of engine oils are available as minerral, part-synthetic and synthetic and they all come at different price. As a general rule it should be changed on every 6000 kilometers or 3700 miles. With synthetic oil though you can run as far as 8000 kilometers (5000 miles). Replacing the oil filter is also to be considered on each engine oil change. Both motorcycles have different oil capacity according to the technical specs - 3.6 litres for Yamaha Tmax 500 and 3.7 litres for Yamaha Fazer FZ-1. This oil capacity values are with informative purpose only. The proper amount of oil needed is best judged while observing the reading on the level sight window (or the dipstick).


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