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Looking at the detailed specifications of both motorcycles Yamaha XJ 600 and Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 is a proper approach to determine which of the two is more likely to match your style of riding and to satisfy your preferences. 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. A good way to find the most suitable one among them would be to sit on each of them and if possible ride it for a while.

Yamaha-XJ 600   vs   Yamaha-Fazer FZ-1
Picture of Yamaha - XJ 600Picture of Yamaha - XJ 600
Yamaha manufacturer Yamaha
XJ 600 bike name Fazer FZ-1
Sport touring mootorcycle type Sport touring
1992-2004 year since 2006
217 / 75 / 121 cm overall size L/W/H(cm)206 / 65.5 / 112.5 cm
599 cc engine displacement (cc)998 cc
4x28mm Mikuni BDS28 fuel supply method Fuel Injection
10:1 compression ratio 11.5:1
58.5x55.7 mm bore and stroke 77x53.6 mm
155mm (6.1 inches) ground clearance 135mm (5.3 inches)
3.2litres (3.4 quarts) engine oil capacity3.7litres (3.9 quarts)
17.0 litres (4.5 gallons) fuel tank capacity 20.0 litres (5.3 gallons)
187 km/h (116 mph) top speed246 km/h (153 mph)
61 hppeak horsepower 150 hp
46 nm (33.9 ft lbs)max torque 106 nm (78.2 ft lbs)
182 kg (401 lbs) dry weight204 kg (450 lbs)
196 kg (432 lbs) curb weight (wet weight) 220 kg (485 lbs)
41mm telescopic forks, preload adjustable. 140mm wheel travel front suspension telescopic forks with 130mm travel
monoshock preload adjustable, 110mm wheel travel rear suspension link type swingarm with 130mm travel
110/80-17 front tyre size 120/70-ZR17
130/70-18 rear tyre size 190/50-ZR17
5-speed transmission type 6-speed
Electric starting with transistor controlled ignition ignition / starting Electric
two 320mm discs front brakes Two discs x 320mm
single 245mm discrear brakes One disc x 245mm
Chain 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 XJ 600see data separatelytechnical specifications of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1

The bigger engine size of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 in comparison to Yamaha XJ 600 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 Yamaha XJ 600 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. 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. 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. The first of these numbers shows how many millimeters the tire is wide. After that comes the aspect ration shown by the second number in the code. The third of the code numbers reffers to the size of the rim and it is measured in inches. Since many internet stores are offering motorcycle tires it is an easy way to get proper pair of tires online at reasonable price.
Yamaha XJ 600 has bigger ground clearance than Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 (155mm vs 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. This is the shortest line between the body of a motorcycle and the surface of the road.
Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 appears to be faster than Yamaha XJ 600 with top speed of 246km/h against 187km/h for the other bike. However sources may vary as to whether these top speed parameters are precise or only approximate.
final drive implemented with chain These two motorcycles (Yamaha XJ 600 and Yamaha Fazer FZ-1) have the same type of final drive which is chain. 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 chains have their down points - more frequent need of maintenance (lubrication and cleaning) which means that a biker should always keep an eye on the chain especially in rainy days or dusty roads.
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. As mentioned in the information of their technical data the values of the compression ratios are 10:1 for Yamaha XJ 600 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. 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.
The good quality of the engine oil is an important factor in keeping the motorcycle in peak condition. Mineral and part-synthetic engine oils are cheaper when it comes to price in comparison with the most technically advanced synthetic motor oils. The oil is usually to be changed after 6000km (3700 miles) after the previous oil change. If you you synthetic oil then bigger mileage can be allowed between oil changes. The oil filter needs to be replaced too and that is usually to be done with the oil change. The technical specs show that the Yamaha XJ 600 takes 3.2 litres of engine oil while the oil capacity of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 is 3.7 litres. When changing the oil it is advisable to put less than the specified oil capacity and to check the level. The exact amount of oil you pour in is to be judged by the current level shown on the oil level sight window or dipstick.

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