The FZ1 “Fazer” is Yamaha’s select entry into the top-tier level of sports bikes. Loaded with state-of-the-art tech, like fly-by-wire throttle control, this 998cc, 150hp beast has been christened the “ultimate street brawler.” The engine puts out massive midrange power for accelerating at-speed or out of corner turns, while the four-into-two-into-one exhaust produces sublime, deep-sounding engine notes. A large windshield provides decent shelter from wind on this naked bike. The powerful brakes almost beg for endo’s (which, you know legally, you should never do). Fast engine response thanks to precision electrical injection and R1 legacy. And high responsiveness to rider input in turns that may take a little time to take complete advantage of. This ’09 edition is backed with extra-mean, all-black styling to match its aggressive performance abilities.