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Offline bampi

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« on: February 18, 2012, 10:15:11 PM »
Hello every body,

Never ko :087:nwingly been described as a lurker before but it is quite apt really. I am drawn to the CR but love the power and ride of the Fazer fz1.

Am going for a test ride on Monday 20th. Pillion comfort big on my list,  any comments pos or neg about the CR to help make a decision would be appreciated

best wishes to all
Bampi 

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Re: Crossrunner Lurker
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2012, 11:24:11 PM »
CR is exactly what all owners (each with varying bike histories) says it is - great fun and no slouch but maybe when riden "sensibly" it could be described as smooth and forgiving (if that term can be apllied to any bike - which I doubt) - whereas, to me, the Fazer FZ1 is a bit of a wolf in sheeps clothing and no way could be described as forgiving.  If you like the sheer power then maybe the Fazer will appeal over the CR - but I know people who have taken one out and found the rush so extreme that they have taken it back in fairly quickly (in the same way that I know folks who have ridden a Firebalde and loved the smoothness - but hated the R1 which is pure power and little finness). Depends on what you want the bike for as well of course - and if two up is important I suspect the pillion seat is a bit poor for anything other than short rides - only a test ride will tell. The new price of a Fazer ABS plus some luggage (if you want to tour?) is also a bit higher than the CR?
I think your test ride will tell you all you need to know.
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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2012, 12:46:42 AM »
Hi Bampi :400: We look forward to hearing your comments on the CR after your test ride. I hope that the weather is good for you on the day.
I can't comment on the pillion comfort as my wife rides her own bikes
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2012, 06:25:47 AM »
I used to own the fz6 fazer, and test rode the fz1 fazer.  Nice bike but the fz1 fazer was just more of the fz6 fazer.  By that I mean, not much low and mid range and a massive top end rush.  Fun at first, but to live with on a daily basis, actually quite bothersome.  Quite comfy ergonomics.  A very similar riding position to the fz6 fazer.  Did it excite ?  No not really.  The top end the fz1 fazer has is pretty redundant these days because you carnt use 150bhp after second gear as your license is at risk.
They have improved the fuelling on the fz1 fazer from 2010 I have read.
In short, a nice bike, handles ok, goes like stink, but very revvy.  Typical inline 4 super sports engine.

Having had this choice, and owned the fz6 fazer for a couple of year, and the vfr800f vtec 3 year, the crossrunner is in my opinion a far better everyday all rounder.  1 bike, all boxes ticked.  Once you get bitten by the v4, you wont like an inline 4. Buzzy and bothersome.

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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2012, 07:34:04 AM »
Comfort for pillion is great according to my wife but you can easily tell by the generous size of the seat and large grab rails. Moving from a SV650 which become uncomfortable after less than one hour, she reckons the CR feels like a comfortable armchair. The top box adds comfort and safety. Position for pillion is also lower than other bikes which adds more wind and noise protection. It's a great combination bike that can do fun rides, commuting works and the occasional tour 2up very well.

Bike has plenty of power and low rev torque for 2up riding. Is well balanced at slow speeds when filtering in traffic for example. Like its been said, for a everyday bike, there is more power on the CR to go crazy and some more.

Downsides so far for me were the pretty expensive accessories like Center stand or heated grips. I found the bike quite thirsty when commuting into town with lots of traffic. I average about 35mpg in town, about 43mg on my weekend fun ride but can do 50+mpg if I'm really obsessed with fuel consumption and roads allow. Bike is a bit heavy at 240kg but very well balanced. As beautiful the design is, there is little storage space underneath the seat or under the fairings but there are solutions people have come up with already.

As far as the engine goes, things would be much clearer after the test ride. My friend who was a big Yamaha fan riding a FZ6, test ridden the the FZ1 and decided to go for the middle 800 engine. I suggested him to try the VTec engine and was so impressed that he ended up getting a VFR800 VTec instead.

Good luck with your research and let us know your findings.

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Re: Crossrunner Lurker
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2012, 01:29:49 PM »
Hi Bampi,

welcome :400: :400: :400:.

The FZ1 is also a good bike,but it has an 100% Superbike engine.If you like to speed up over 200Km/h,it is the right bike.
But the CR is somehow similar,because the Vtec area starts at about 6500 U/min...the power of the FZ1 at 7000.

For urbam areas,small/bad streets the CR is much better...and you will love the V4 sound  :046:.

For longer speed trips on the motorway,the FZ1 ist better...if you mean the FZ1 Fazer,not the naked one.


But as most of the people here,you must drive the CR.Many of us had much more prestige bikes and changed after the testride.

Have fun

Br
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Re: Crossrunner Lurker
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2012, 07:13:50 PM »
Thanks for all your comments and I actually test rode the bike today. I have to say it has been a pleasant surprise. Plenty of drive from 3000 - 4000 revs and satisfying boost when vtec comes in. Comfortable riding position and commanding view of road ahead.
The fazer is as you say a wolf in sheeps clothing but the CR does feel better and more relaxed in town and my licence wil be safer. If prices from Thunderroad come in at an agreeable level then I can cease to be a lurker!
best wishes
Bampi

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Re: Crossrunner Lurker
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2012, 07:52:35 PM »
Glad we helped - let us know if you do become an owner (and make sure you get a black one).
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Re: Crossrunner Lurker
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2012, 09:06:04 PM »
*Originally Posted by xrunjoe [+]
Glad we helped - let us know if you do become an owner (and make sure you get a black one).

 Or if you want to go a bit quicker get the white one :008: Whichever colour you get don't forget to vote for it. i hope the deal goes well for you
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Re: Crossrunner Lurker
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2012, 09:41:12 PM »
Well thanks for the replies and info.. I have done the deed and bought a black one...  Dont regret getting rid of fz1 fazer ( an amazing machine but too top endy)..
Am taking delivery friday 24th

No longer a lurker but a full fledged crossrunner!!! 

best wishes
Bampi

 


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