Monday, March 28, 2011

2006 - FZ6

Lets take a trip down memory lane. Light half naked Yamaha built around 600cc of high rev fun. It had a quick engine and under tail exhaust. One night in Santa Cruz a 3 inch lip of asphalt caught my tire and sent me and the bike down on our left side. Usually within 6 months of purchase most motorcyclists have an accident. I got away without being run over and only minor injuries. The bike had heavy cosmetic damage but, was not totaled. My insurance skyrocketed.

The Yamaha took me south to SLO via Hwy 1. Went to Laguna Seca for the MotoGP. Got one speeding ticket on 280. Got pulled over twice before and let go with warnings. You would think a little 600 is only a step above a scooter. But, it had the engine from the supersport and easily topped 100. Though it took a couple seconds longer to get there. The repairs brought some upgrades. LED brake light, rear fender eliminator, mini turn signals, steel braided brake lines.

Changing the oil on this bike is really easy. Compared to the current 800 VFR i ride today.
The FZ6 got me 20,ooo miles in two years. Taught me alot about riding and was forgiving on early mistakes. This is the most fun around town - a very light and agile bike with a standard upright position. But, everything had a high rev buzz at long drawn out highway runs.

That is why i decided to trade up to the Honda VFR in 2008. Smoother running and hard saddlebags for the long run. I wish i could have kept this FZ6 - no hassle quick little bike.

These shots were early on taken at Uvas near Morgan Hill. The following are the changes made to the bike prior to trading it in for the VFR.

One of the last rides on the FZ6 - up to Mount Diablo. Ducati sandwich. Pair of 1098s and a new 848.

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