I rode an FZ1 back-to-back with my 1150GS a few years ago, and didn't find it to be particularly comfortable. If you're looking for a more upright bike, stick with your V-Strom idea.
On really long runs--particularly with higher speeds, I find the VFR to be more comfortable than the "big trailie" bikes (just my knees get sore from the tighter peg-seat relationship), but at more moderate speeds, riding the twisties, and in town, the GS/Strom bikes are much better.
It might be a good deal for someone looking for an FZ1...
Oh that's good to know! I am looking for the lowest weight on my wrists with the most natural wrist angle as the priority. Everything else come second! I sat on an FZ-1 back in '04 and it felt really fine, and quite upright IIRC, but I have never ridden one. Outside of your legs, why did you find the FZ-1 uncomfortable?
It sounds like you are quite a bit bigger than me than me, as I am 5' 8.5" with a 31.5" inseam, and I have never ridden any bike that has bothered my legs, knees etc no matter how much of paperclip ergo it had.
The thing that just freaking kills me with pain after a few hours is any kind of weight, or stress, or unnatural angle on my wrists. I am probably a candidate for carpal tunnel syndrome.
On my VFR, after about 1 hour or 2, it felt like my wrists had red hot spikes punched through them, and it would take a few days to completely go away. If I kept riding, then after a few more hours, the pain would be so intense that I could not move my hands freely, and it would take more than a week to recover completely.
The next thing that always got me on the VFR was the skinny, forward slanted, hard ball cruncher Honda amusingly calls a seat.
I have had number of bikes before the VFR and never experienced the awe and shock of crushed balls, crucified wrists, and sore inner thighs. I felt like a cross between a rodeo rider, Jesus Christ, and a sexually abused cuckold. (Great image!)
Yep, used bike prices in lower Canuckistan are pretty crazy!
Back in 2004 I almost bought the FZ-1 over the VFR, but I really wanted ABS and OEM hard bags, I did not know until much later that my wrists would kill me on the VFR. I dig the V-Strom too although it's bit taller (for my inseam) than I would like.
The V-Strom does seems more upright than the FZ-1 though and I'm guessing either one would be a lot easier on me than the VFR.
The GenMar risers do a good job of really straightening your back. I had them on my FZ1 for a little while, then went the opposite direction and go the GYTR lower bar mounts. So essentially I have experienced the bars in three different positions: stock, 1" lower, and and 1" inch higher. I went to the lower mounts because the Genmar risers, while comfortable, gave the bike a little too much of a floaty feeling for me, and I was more interested in spirited riding at Boundary Bay than cruising in the sunset.
My FZ1 also had the Corbin seat. *My* Corbin put me higher in the saddle than the stock seat -- mostly because the stock seat is soft and I would sink into the foam. I think the combination of stock seat and Genmar risers gives a very upright sity-up-and-beg posture. The Corbin in that craigslist ad looks a little different than mine in the seat shape.
You just gotta sit on them all and see how they feel.
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