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Looking at the detailed specifications of both motorcycles Yamaha YZF600 Thundercat 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. It is not unusual to find it hard to find the most suitable motorcycle and comparing the technical specifications and pictures will help to shorten the list of favourite ones 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-YZF600 Thundercat   vs   Yamaha-Fazer FZ-1
Picture of Yamaha - YZF600 ThundercatPicture of Yamaha - YZF600 Thundercat
Yamaha manufacturer Yamaha
YZF600 Thundercat bike name Fazer FZ-1
Sport bike mootorcycle type Sport touring
1994-2007 year since 2006
206 / 72 / 106 cm overall size L/W/H(cm)206 / 65.5 / 112.5 cm
599 cc engine displacement (cc)998 cc
36mm Keihin CV downdraft carbureutors fuel supply method Fuel Injection
12:1 compression ratio 11.5:1
62x49.6 mm bore and stroke 77x53.6 mm
135mm (5.3 inches) ground clearance 135mm (5.3 inches)
2.9litres (3.1 quarts) engine oil capacity3.7litres (3.9 quarts)
19.0 litres (5 gallons) fuel tank capacity 20.0 litres (5.3 gallons)
247 km/h (153 mph) top speed246 km/h (153 mph)
100 hppeak horsepower 150 hp
66 nm (48.7 ft lbs)max torque 106 nm (78.2 ft lbs)
209 kg (461 lbs) dry weight204 kg (450 lbs)
223 kg (492 lbs) curb weight (wet weight) 220 kg (485 lbs)
45mm telescopic forks, adjustable preload, bump and rebound front suspension telescopic forks with 130mm travel
single shock with remote reservoir and adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping rear suspension link type swingarm with 130mm travel
120/60-17 front tyre size 120/70-ZR17
160/60-17 rear tyre size 190/50-ZR17
6-speed transmission type 6-speed
Digital TCI with electronic starting ignition / starting Electric
two 298mm floating discs with four piston calipers front brakes Two discs x 320mm
single 245mm disc with two piston caliperrear brakes One disc x 245mm
Chain drivefinal drive typeChain drive
Liquid coolingcooling typeLiquid cooling
6.10 l/100km (38.6 mpg)fuel economy (consumption)6.25 l/100km (37.6 mpg)
technical specifications of Yamaha YZF600 Thundercatsee data separatelytechnical specifications of Yamaha Fazer FZ-1

Yamaha YZF600 Thundercat has a smaller engine displacement than Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 but the size if the engine itself is doesn't mean that the bike is more or less powerful. 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 Yamaha YZF600 Thundercat which can travel 38.6 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 Motorcycle tyres come in variety of sizes and these sizes are strongly specified for each model. Picking the proper type that matches your individual style of riding is very essential. 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. Looking online for motorcycle tires is a good way to easily find the right size at low price.
Both motorcycles have the same ground clearance of 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 other words that is the shortest distance between the road surface and the lowest mechanical part of the motorcycle.
The top speed of 247km/h makes Yamaha YZF600 Thundercat the faster of the two motorcycles. The other one (Yamaha Fazer FZ-1) can achieve a maximum speed of 246km/h according to its technical specifications. However sources may vary as to whether these top speed parameters are precise or only approximate.Motorcycle with liquid cooling system
Those two motorcycle use the same cooling system - liquid. Motorcycles with liquid cooling operate at narrower temperature ranges. Therefore the liquid-cooled engine runs more efficiently and consistently. The coolant is circulating into the radiator and back to the engine driven by the water pump. The amount of cooling can be regulated via thermostat, which helps holding the temperature at a relatively constant level. A liquid-cooled engine happens to be quieter than the air-cooled one because all that liquid that surrounds the engine deadens mechanical noise.
motorcycle with chain final drive Yamaha YZF600 Thundercat and Yamaha Fazer FZ-1 are both driven by 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 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. Based on the information from the technical data of the motorcycles the values are accordingly 12:1 for Yamaha YZF600 Thundercat 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.
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. It is commonly accepted engine oil to be changed on every 3700 miles (6000 kilometers). If you you synthetic oil then bigger mileage can be allowed between oil changes. Depending on the oil filter it needs to be replaced on each or every two oil changes. According to the technical specs the engine oil capacity is 2.9 litres for Yamaha YZF600 Thundercat and 3.7 litres for Yamaha Fazer FZ-1. When changing the oil it is advisable to put less than the specified oil capacity and to check the level. 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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