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Yamaha FZ6 Fazer (2004-current)



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New price £4,699
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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

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.

 

Watch the Yamaha FZ6 Fazer take on the Triumph Street Triple, the Honda Hornet, Suzuki's GSR600, Kawasaki's Z750 and Ducati's Monster

 

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.

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(52 reviews)

  • FZ6 naked fazer

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I have an '05 FZ6 with 7k miles and i have to say i love it. Such a fun bike to blast about on. And when i say blast i mean blast because if you're not above 8k rpm you might as well get off! Have to say that the handling and brakes are spot on and the reliability has been A OK so far. Only grumbles with the FZ6 are no centre stand fitted as standard which can be a hassle (guess it adds to the stripped down look) and maybe it's just me but the seat is rock hard! After as little as 30 miles you want to stop a while... And also, the bike is too damn quiet as standard. Nice induction noise from the airbox but nothing from the exhausts so nice aftermarket jobbies give the bike a bit more soul. All in all a great bike, enjoy! :-)

    03 May 2011

  • Well kept secret

    geofwassell

    Average rating rating is 5

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    It goes well when I need it to.It is very sure footed in wet weather. I can understand why some might say that the gearbox is clunky.This bike is not best suited to novices.I have completed 25,000 miles on mine and have no complaints at all. It reminds me of riding a big two stroke in that to get the best out of it you have to be smooth and have good coordination between your throttle,clutch and gear pedal.I also found that it pays to sit still and let this bike do all the cornering for you. My attention to chain lube, oil filter changing etc have been rewarded with excelent reliability.If this is what happens when a motorcycle company detunes a race engine and puts it into commuter clothes, I reckon the recipe is about right.

    11 March 2011

  • 2 years of a '06 FZ6 Fazer

    2wheelsrule

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I passed my test about 5 years ago but at the time couldn't justify a bike as I was running two cars at the time. A change of work location was the excuse I was looking for to justify buying a bike for the 40 mile round trip commute (London to Guildford). Essentially, I had next to no riding experience so even though aspirationally I wanted a litre sports bike, practically and financially I couldn't make that step. I looked around for about 2 months at SV 650s, CBF 600s and FZ6 Fazer's. None of them really grabbed me but in the end I settled on a 06, <6k mile FZ6 in what seemed near perfect condition for £3k. Looking back over my last 2 years of riding I have been very happy with the FZ6. I have done around 12k miles and other than servicing and a set of tyres, the ONLY additional cost I have incurred is a rear brake light bulb. Apart from that nothing has gone wrong with this bike, no starting issues, no reliability issues,literally nothing which is fantastic. Yes, as I have become more experienced there have been a few niggles - I want more power, particularly around 4-6k revs, I want a bit more volume from a safety perspective and I have issues (as most Fazer owners do) with the gear changes (particularly changing down or getting a false neutral between 5-6 at high speed). Apart from that it has been/is a great bike. I am currently looking to trade up to a GSFr 750 or similar but not in any hurry. Would I recommend a Fazer.....absolutely. I would describe myself as a keen biker who likes to ride quickly (but safely) and the Fazer has allowed me to do just that whilst costing next to nothing to own and maintain.

    18 December 2009

  • FZ6

    Maz643

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Ive got an 05 with 10k on and i love it! Fantastic fuel ecomomy 50mpg even when pushing it! good handling and great rush above 8k!

    13 October 2009

  • fz6 fazer

    david parkinson

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I had an fz6 for my first bike and i loved it, The gearbox was bit clunky all the time but otherwise a great bike and a really good first big bike. It loves to rev and you soon get used it, brakes are really good as well, and its one of the fastest restricted 600s out there with more BHP than the hornet and its really good on long distance's to. All in all a great bike

    30 September 2009

  • FZ6s

    outkast

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Got mine in '06. I've put 25k on it riding all year round. This bike is very good, build quality is excellent, still looks good after all the winter work. It's fun, loves to rev and after 8k it takes off almost to the red line.Two up it's also good and i've had no complaints about comfort. For winter I fitted a taller screen that cuts down wind/rain blast by about 80%. Loved this bike but traded in for R1...You can't beat a Yamaha!!!

    11 September 2009

  • Fz6 s2 review

    ryyboy

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Previously had the fzs 600 02 and although that had the better brakes and more midrange, I still don't find the fz6 lacking. It might not pull as well around 6-8 thou revs but plenty of grunt at the top. This is not a supersports though! Gearbox is the only bugbear in the package, (see last review) but I find you can work around it especially if you gently click the gear lever 2-3 gear in the same way you would try to go from 1st to neutral, no false neutrals here! Handling is excellent and wind protection good. Added powebronze db screen and belly pan, cheap and both add to the looks of the bike.

    29 August 2009

  • FZ6 gear box

    pettridge

    Average rating rating is 3

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    I bought my bike in Jan . I am pleased with the bike but it has a very clunky /heavy gear change form 1/2/ and 3 and back down from 3to 2/1. i have tried clutch less changing but with little improvment and a oil change. Is this normal or can it be improved ? will a new clutch help or has it a bent selector in the gear box ? any advise ??????????

    06 April 2009

  • Fantastic!

    wildbyname

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Hi, I bought my FZ6 in April 08 and have clocked just over 13k miles on it... I love it! Forget the comments about the low midrange pull, the excessive need to change gear and the fact that you have to rev the nuts of the thing to make it move... It's all crap. The only negative thing about this bike is the gear change from 1st to 2nd... that's it! The first weekend I had the bike, I rode from South London to Wakefield and back again... I stopped twice there and once on the way back and the bike didn't miss a beat. The engine is smooth and easy to handle... and then you give it some and it's responsive and efficient. I've had an indicated 162mph on my Fizzle... (on the track of course! ;-)) with no modifications, just regular servicing! Love it, and it'll love you back... I suggest a test ride... you'll think it's great!

    17 December 2008

  • You get what you pay for

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have owned my S2 Fazer for a year and done 4000 trouble free miles. This was my introduction to the world of the big bike and I would say I didn't make a bad choice. As my first big bike I don't have anything to compare it to (except a CBR125 and CB500 which were used to learn on). Before I get to the nitty gritty, I feel I should point out the good bits first. I find it to be 2 bikes in 1, keep it below 7k revs and it is a easy to ride, economical commuter. Push the bike to the better side of 7k and listen to the gorgeous exhaust note as the engine bursts into life and puts an enormous grin on your face and keeps up with most other 600's on the market and copes with the corners pretty good too. The dash is smart and functional as well as being asthetically pleasing. I like the wide handle bar spacing and comfortable riding position. The brakes are superb and really give you good feel and confidence to stop the bike in an orderly manor should the need arise. I love the view of the bike from the rear with it's enormous rear tyre and underseat exhaust. Now the bad points... Where did they find the morons to build that gearbox, I know it has been mentioned before in previous reviews but i am certain that Yamaha can do better than this pathetic attempt at gears( i've been spoilt cos my 125 was a HONDA). Clunky is rather a nice word I would choose, Crap and horrid would be better. Don't get caught in the wrong gear cos it just will not pull. I get a vibration through the bike at about 5k rpm (which is motorway speeds in top gear) which is ok on short journeys but annoying on anything more than 20 mins. I don't find the seat comfortable, after an hour or so I find myself trying to find the nearest place to have a coffee break. Although my bike has only done 4k miles there is a rather disturbing amount of corrosion to some of the bolts and fixings although my bike has not seen rain or salt and is washed and dried thouroughly after every decnt outing. There is excessive play on the throttle (can be reduced by the adjustmenat screw). I Bought my bike for £4500 new, I haven't got the quality of Honda but I certainly am not complaining. I have what everyone else has, a great "low cost" (not cheap) bike that performs well Moral You get what you pay for! Would i recomend to a friend? Definately, but only if you cant afford an Honda! A respectable bike at a respectable price, I love my fazer, a great bike at a sensible price. Ride safely !!! CONCLUSION Good- Brakes Ease of ride 40 mpg+ Bad- Gearbox The finish Pigeon

    09 December 2008

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