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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

After the (hugely popular) old Fazer 600 failed to meet new EU emissions laws in 2003, Yamaha came up with this new alternative and it slots perfectly into the modern market. The Yamaha FZ6 Fazer looks sharp, has a brilliant motor, excellent handling and offers huge versatility. Towns, twisties and long treks… it can do it all. A great all-rounder.

 

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Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The new Yamaha FZ6 Fazer’s driven by a detuned R6 engine. Predictably, it offers plenty of powerful acceleration but has loads left at the top end: a little more detuning could boost the midrange a bit. The Yamaha FZ6 Fazer needs revving to hell and back to make it fully come to life but then since when was that a major disadvantage? Updated FZ62 version was introduced in 2007 with improved fuelling.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Yamaha FZ6 Fazer's handling is spot on due to a great new chassis, fat tyres, wide bars and good suspension (despite limited adjustment potential), giving the rider loads of feedback. The R6-derived brakes work well too. A heavy clutch, considerable play on the throttle and a need to work that (rather clunky) gearbox endlessly are a few, relatively minor, niggles. As is slightly snatchy fuel injection, although this was mostly sorted with the 2007 FZ62 version.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Well, the Yamaha FZ6 Fazer certainly looks the part. Aggressive styling with R1-style lights sets it off. There’s an underseat exhaust (housing that all-important catalytic converter), the fairing works and a centrestand comes as standard. On the Yamaha FZ6 Fazer's dash there’s a digital speedo, analogue rev counter plus a fuel gauge. The ergonomics seem to miraculously accommodate riders of all shapes and sizes in comfort.

Yamaha FZ6 Fazer (2004-current)

Detail Value
New price £4,699
Dealer used prices
£2,680 (2004) - £4,370 (2010)
Private used prices
£2,290 (2005) - £3,930 (2010)
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Engine size 600 cc
Power 90 bhp
Top speed 141 mph
Insurance group 12 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

With that engine and those brakes having been tried and tested on the R6, there’s not much to worry about there. Meanwhile, the build quality of the new Yamaha FZ6 Fazer's chassis and other bits and pieces look top notch when new, but slacking with the polish could mean unwanted, premature corrosion...

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Not bad at all. The Yamaha FZ6 Fazer’s well put together and performs in all sorts of situations. It's old rival, the Suzuki Bandit, is left behind with its antique styling and carburettors, while their SV650 is probably the main threat (and it’s a lot cheaper). Honda’s CBF600S just doesn’t have half the entertainment value. The Yamaha FZ6 Fazer offers plenty of motorcycle for the money. Find a Yamaha FZ6 Fazer for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 12 of 17

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Model History

1998: Yamaha FZS600 Fazer first launched, taking the engine from Yamaha’s Thundercat.
2000: Yamaha FZS600 gets a new seat and a bigger fuel tank.
2002: Then it got a new fairing, bigger tank, new instrument panel and a stainless steel exhaust. Discontinued in 2003.
2003: Yamaha FZ6 Fazer introduced after the demise of the original Fazer.
2004: Virtually identical, but unfaired, Yamaha FZ6 launched.
2005: Naked FZ6 plummets in price to compete with Suzuki Bandit.
2006: ABS version of the faired Fazer now available.
2007: Yamaha FZ62 Fazer launched with improved fuelling and detail modifications.

Other Versions

Yamaha FZ6: unfaired version of Fazer. Identical engine and chassis but slightly smaller and wider than the faired motorcycleand it weighs 6kg less. Oh, and its cheaper. Without that fairing, it’s better suited to town/short rides.

Specifications

Top speed 141 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.6 secs
Max power 90 bhp
Max torque 42 ft-lb
Weight 186 kg
Seat height 795 mm
Fuel capacity 19.4 litres
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 12 of 17
Engine size 600 cc
Engine specification 16v inline four, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin beam
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Twin 289mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(53 reviews)

  • Super little bike

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    My third Fazer 600. Had the 02 boxeye followed by the 02 foxeye and now picked up an 05 FZ6S with 7k miles. It knocks the other two models into a top hat. I cant understand why the carbed versions are so raved about after riding the injected bike. Starts on the button hot or cold and any fuelling issues that have been mentioned are barely noticeable. The thing even looks like it belongs in the 21st century. If i do have any gripes they are the more clunky gearbox, reduced underseat storage due to the exhaust and the front calipers which dont match the performance of the blue spots. The bike is noticeably taller and roomier than the earlier fazers which suits me far better. Handling is spot on but a shame it didnt come with adjustable preload for small tweaks. The whole bike feels tauter and more stable than the earlier fazers. The icing on the cake though is the motor, wow what a peach with surprising torque despite the figures. I was expecting it to be flat as pancake low down, which it isnt. Higher end of the rev range it really comes alive and begins to show its R6 roots. All in all I would recommend the bike to anyone looking for a reliable, economical, comfortable and surprisingly quick do it all 600 that doesnt look out of place parked next to the thou versions from Yamaha. Something that cant be said of the earlier carbed fazers. Super little bike..

    12 June 2014

  • Very impressed!

    Openside

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I have the Fz6 S2 of which I am incredibly impressed with and that's coming from a Honda Blade. It simply just ticks all the boxes,easy to handle, goes as quick as you could ever want, economical, and impeccable reliability. Covered 6k miles on mine one tip get some michelin tyres as the stock ones are rubbish!

    08 May 2013

  • Great 1st Bike

    Strokers

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Had my Fazer now since '07 and for a first bike it's great fun. Easy riding when you want it and razzing it when it needs it. As the salesman said "Don't be afraid to go up the rev range. It's what's there for". Great all round, sunday riding, work or touring around Europe. Carrying pillion means a bit more rev's but still good, Wife likes it. Get one.

    19 March 2013

  • Great ride and reliable

    lewp

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I had my Fz 6 for 2 years and covered about 15k miles. During this period it never missed a beat, always reliable, even when used right through the winter. The fairing offers a good level of protection, it has excellent handling and is well planted in the wet. The fuelling does snatch a little under 4000rpm, but nothing too worry about. Overall a great little bike.

    01 December 2012

  • Newer is not better

    Cy8rm4n101

    Average rating rating is 3

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    My first big bike was a MK1 Fazer & I hankered after returning to a Fazer following about a year on a sports bike. This looks a lot better than the old Fazer although some of the bonuses of that bike, like the massive underseat storage are compromised by the looks where there is now underseat exhaust. Let's get it straight, this is a great all rounder, will get you where you want to go & has reasonable looks. Compared to a sports bike it's like sitting in a comfortable armchair. I can't understand though all these comparisons to sports bikes, it's not. All too quickly you're in top gear with the lower & mid having almost no range. It can go & go well in that top gear but it's a bit of a boring ride. It trundles along effortlessly like a big engined diesel car but there's no excitement in there. Good commuter but no thrills to be had.

    15 May 2012

  • Sports bike performance with upright riding position

    petewatson112

    Average rating rating is 5

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    This is my first big bike and it has been perfect. It is comfortable to ride for long distances and has a good upright riding position. Most of the power is higher up the rev range but this makes it good for beginners as it is not too threatening while riding around town at lower revs. When you do decide to open it up, it will keep up with pretty much any 600. While slightly more expensive than the budget 600s the build quality is much better and it comes with extras such as center stand that you dont get on most bikes. It looks and sounds great with the twin underseat exhaust and is brilliant fun.

    15 April 2012

  • Good weather bike

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 3

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    I've had my FZ6 18 months now and covered 14,000 miles. Overall I think the bike is more for people who ride as a hobby than serious commuters. It’s got alot of good points, nice strong engine, good brakes and great looks. You can have alot of fun on it in good weather. The fairing / screen offer limited protection and seem to generate alot of wind whistle / noise, addition of a touring screen makes this worse (I've now realised this is a common complaint amongst FZ6 riders). The headlights are so terrible they're dangerous, when riding at night I frequently miss my old CBR125 which had much better lights. Also as noted in the MCN review corrosion is an issue, despite waxing and using anti-corrosion spray this bike simply doesn't like all year round use. My bike didn't have any rust when I bought it, but 18 months on you'll struggle to find a bit that isn't corroding. In terms of reliability it’s only let me down once, water got into the fuel injectors, so another sign the bike is not that great for all year/ all condition riding.

    13 December 2011

  • FZ6 S2

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I've had my bike for just over three years now and it does everything I bought it to do, commute and be reliable. The fuel economy is okay with my bike averaging around 50mpg, the ride is soft enough to stay in the seat for a number of hours and it's nice and narrow for filtering. The best feature of this bike is its reliability. I have put on over 30 thousand miles riding all year round and it has never let me down. I keep it outside on the street and although the finish tarnished quickly at first it has not worsened since so still looks good. You can have fun on the bike but the revs must be kept high as the mid range is not great but from 8-12000 revs the bike pulls well and I can stay with my mates on vastly more expensive models. The downsides are few but include a clunky gearchange which makes you feel like the engine will drop out and when pushed hard the suspension and brakes are left wanting. I have toured France on the bike two-up which was okay but covering distance (over 300 miles each day) was energy sapping. Overall I think my bike is a great commuter and can do other jobs adequately if you need it to.

    28 August 2011

  • Faze 1 Complete

    Ricklehurst

    Average rating rating is 3

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    I bought an '06 plate S2 as my first big bike. It had the feel of a 'proper' bike & the riding position really seemed to suit me. Not sure I could recommend it to new riders though, primarily because I found the handling to be twitchy & unnerving at anything more than slow to moderate cornering speeds. The burst of top end acceleration was tremendous fun in the right situation, but the trade off (lack of any usable low-mid rpm torque) became a source of frustration, especialy when carrying a pillion.

    18 August 2011

  • Fazor 600

    bikertim1000

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I've had my fazor 600 for just over a month now ! So far i'm really impressed. Straight away you feel very comfortable with the more up right riding position, although surprised at how responsive and lively the engine feels even at low and mid range , rev her past 9000 and there's an obvious surge of power ! I've had gsxr's and cbr's over the 7 years i've been riding, and i'm confident I could keep up with the sports 6oo's on a sensible ride out, the handling is good, but being used to the gsxr, it's a little steadier now around the corners, but there's plenty of feel, which does inspire convidence. Brakes are an absolute peach, feel 3 x as good as gsxr k1 brakes! Only critisism is the seat is a little hard, other than that, what a fantastic bike. I brought a fazor because I want to do some touring aswell as weekend riding, but because of the all round capability of the fazor, I will be communting too !

    17 August 2011

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