Reader Ride. A Nice and Naked FZ1…

Carlos Fragoso write in:
After having sent some pics of my classic Royal, I now want to share with
you some pics of my daily ride. It’s a FZ1 Yamaha, with a Akrapovic exhaust
and some other features as the handlebar from Deprettomoto.
Most of the pics were taken in May 2009 on a journey to Spain at Picos da
Hope you like it as well.

I love it. If Yamaha would sell the naked version of this bike in the U.S. I think I’d own one. Just a great line to the bike that the faired version can’t pull off.

One Clean Honda Hawk GT. Oh what might have been….

It’s always been strange to me that a few years after Honda completly gave up on this excellent motorcycle that Suzuki introduced the wildly successful SV650 (in 3 different formats: naked, sport-faired and Adventure DL model) which was answered years later by Kawasaki with the Ninja 650 lineup…. including the “Bike of the year” Versys varient. Obviously Honda pulled the plug way too quickly and with much to little support leaving the field wide open to he rest of the players (although yamaha is trying with the 4 cylinder FZ6 but they’re not there yet). Shrewd move there Honda…. What’s sad is that a mildly updated version of this exact bike would STILL be competitive in the marketplace. Whatever… shrug..