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A good way to figure out whether Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic or Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 is better matching your personal style and requirements is to compare their specifications and features in details. You certainly have your own comfort zones in speeding, handling and sitting position and these should guide you to your choice of motorcycle. If you compare the motorcycles you are interested in by analysing their technical specifications, features and pictures, the list of favourite ones could be shortened to just a few models. 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-V-Star 1100 Classic   vs   Yamaha-Fazer FZ-1
Picture of Yamaha - V-Star 1100 ClassicPicture of Yamaha - V-Star 1100 Classic
Yamaha manufacturer Yamaha
V-Star 1100 Classic bike name Fazer FZ-1
Cruiser mootorcycle type Sport touring
2006-2012 year since 2006
246 / 94.5 / 109.5 cm overall size L/W/H(cm)206 / 65.5 / 112.5 cm
1063 cc engine displacement (cc)998 cc
Two Mikuni carburetors fuel supply method Fuel Injection
8.3:1 compression ratio 11.5:1
95x75 mm bore and stroke 77x53.6 mm
140mm (5.5 inches) ground clearance 135mm (5.3 inches)
3.0litres (3.2 quarts) engine oil capacity3.7litres (3.9 quarts)
17.0 litres (4.5 gallons) fuel tank capacity 20.0 litres (5.3 gallons)
180 km/h (112 mph) top speed246 km/h (153 mph)
50 hppeak horsepower 150 hp
85 nm (62.7 ft lbs)max torque 106 nm (78.2 ft lbs)
272 kg (600 lbs) dry weight204 kg (450 lbs)
285 kg (628 lbs) curb weight (wet weight) 220 kg (485 lbs)
41mm telescopic fork with 140mm travel front suspension telescopic forks with 130mm travel
single shock adjustable link, mono cross with 114mm travel rear suspension link type swingarm with 130mm travel
130/90-16 front tyre size 120/70-ZR17
170/80-15 rear tyre size 190/50-ZR17
5-speed transmission type 6-speed
Electric ignition / starting Electric
Two discs x 282mm front brakes Two discs x 320mm
One disc x 282mmrear brakes One disc x 245mm
Shaft drivefinal drive typeChain drive
Air coolingcooling typeLiquid cooling
5.40 l/100km (43.6 mpg)fuel economy (consumption)6.25 l/100km (37.6 mpg)
technical specifications of Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classicsee data separatelytechnical specifications of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1

The bigger engine size of Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic 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 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 V-Star 1100 Classic which can travel 43.6 miles with one gallon of fuel. Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 on the contrary can travel 37.6 miles with a gallon. 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).
how to buy motorcycle tires The producer of each bike specifies the sizes of its front and rear tyre. The right choice also depends on your style of riding, whether you are speeding and riding agressively. The code designators located on the side of each tires is something that you should be aware of if you want to find proper tires for your bike. Firstly the code shows the width of the tire measured in millimeters. The aspect ratio of the tire is represented by the second number of the code. How many inches is the diameter of the rim - that is what the tird number reveals. Looking online for motorcycle tires is a good way to easily find the right size at low price.
As per the data sheets Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic has a bigger ground clearance (140mm) than Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 (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. This is the shortest line between the body of a motorcycle and the surface of the road.
Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 is the faster of the two with top speed of 246 kilometers per hour against the max speed of 180 km/h specified to its opponent Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic. However sources may vary as to whether these top speed parameters are precise or only approximate.
As per their technical specifications both motorcycles have different types of final drive implementation.
chain final drive The final drive of the Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 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. The down points of the chain drive are the frequent maintenance required as it needs to be regularly cleaned and oiled. Besides it is not as smooth as a shaft or belt drive.The Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic is driven by shaft.
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. Its value for Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic is 8.3:1 and for Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 is 11.5:1 based on the technical data of the motorcycles. In other words it represents how tightly the mixture of fuel and air in the combustion chamber is pressed before the ignition. If you got a motorcycle with a greater compression ratio for its specific engine it is getting better fuel economy than it would if it had a lesser compression ratio.
To keep the engine in good health it is important to observe the good qulity and proper level of the motor oil. Synthetic engine oils are considered the most technically advanced one and are more expensive than the mineral oils which come at lower price. 3700 miles (6000 km) between oil changes is widely accepted rule. Synthetic oil can be changed less often though. Replacing the oil filter is also to be considered on each engine oil change. The technical specs show that the Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic takes 3.0 litres of engine oil while the oil capacity of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 is 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. The best way to pour the exact quantity of oil is to observe the dipstick or the level sight window.

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