Are you looking at buying an FZ6 Fazer?

Are you looking at buying an FZ6 Fazer?

 

Yamaha FZ6 Fazer buying guide: 2004-2005

By Rob Hull -

 08 September 2008 22:10

If you’re contemplating purchasing a second-hand 2004-2005 Yamaha FZ6 Fazer then take a look at our buying guide to ensure you get the best deal possible.

To find out everything to look for when buying an FZ6 Fazer from ’04 and ’05, read the guide below.

OVERVIEW
With an upright riding position offering a good view of the road, the Fazer is a day-to-day, do anything, workhorse. Perfectly capable of slogging from A-to-B and maybe generating a grin or two while it’s doing it. If you can see your horizons expanding further than the daily trip into work, then fear not, the Fazer is an excellent touring bike too. As it’s a fairly tall bike, it’s best suited to those riders who like a bit of leg-room and to that end it makes an excellent ache-free touring bike too.

CHECK
The standard-fitment headlights are particularly bad, so look for bikes which have been modified so that both headlamps illuminate, instead of just one. Also seek out bikes that have been fitted with upgraded fork springs and heavier fork oil, as this modification should firm up the ride slightly. Downpipes are prone to rotting so opt for bikes that have had an aftermarket bellypan fitted.

• Find Yamaha FZ6 Fazers for sale
• Shop for Yamaha FZ6 Fazer Parts and Gear

RIDE & HANDLING
Rating: 3 out of 5
Ride hard and the Fazer will waggle disapprovingly. The front forks are fairly long and plush, so can’t handle hard abuse. But for day-to-day sensible riding, there’s very little wrong with it. The brakes are lifted straight from the R1 superbike, so it goes without saying that they’re fearsomely good, but take a little getting used to.

ENGINE
Rating: 4 out of 5
This is a de-tuned version of the Yamaha’s R6 engine and it pumps out around 100bhp. There is useable power at the lower edges of the rev-counter, but nothing serious until you swipe the needle past 6000rpm, only then does the real power kick in. You’ll have to get busy on the six-speed gearbox if you want to really keep the engine singing.

EQUIPMENT
Rating: 4 out of 5
It’s certainly rare by today’s standards, but there’re decent underseat storage, a centrestand, clear instruments and excellent weather protection. On the optional extras list there’s a plush gel seat to make those miles aboard the Fazer even more pleasurable.

OWNING
Rating: 3 out of 5
Look up ‘all rounder’ in the dictionary and the FZS600 Fazer is the definition. The centrestand makes life easy when it comes to chain adjustment and cleaning and in terms of reliability the Fazer is never going to upset anyone.

VALUE
Rating: 4 out of 5
There are loads of Fazers out there to choose from, they’ve been massively popular for years now. Their popularity is largely down to the nice balance between performance and price, especially with the sporty R1/R6 derived brakes and motor. So with lots of bikes on the market to choose from, bide your time and you’re bound to get a nicely spec’d bargain.