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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.

 

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.

Yamaha FZ6 Fazer (2004-current)

Detail Value
New price £4,699
Dealer used prices
£2,670 (2004) - £3,910 (2009)
Private used prices
£2,260 (2005) - £3,620 (2009)
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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)

  • 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

  • The ideal bike for me

    KimLondon

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4

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    My first bike was a Yamaha FZS 600s old model Fazer. It was a great bike but I really think that the next model is a level above. When I first tried the FZ6 Fazer I had only ridden a CBF500 as a learner and found the 4-cylinder really different. I kept stalling it and it took me a few starts to get a smooth pull away from lights, and hill-starts were a 'mare. The ergonomics are very good, but it took me a while to adjust from the Honda (and I still maintain that the CBF500 is one of the most sorted bikes around as far as riding position goes). Once I'd settled in, however, I felt really at home. The seat is comfy, the visibility is great and it's really easy going on long-haul trips. However, I'm 5'6" and while I'm happy with it, any taller and I'd not be comfortable with the reach so if you are shorter than me think twice before considering an FZ6. On the road the Yamaha is so sweet, it really is. Of all the bikes I've ridden it is the only one that manages to make me feel comfortable, confident and at the same time gives me a buzz. And the noise is just brilliant once you get above 4k rpm. I spent quite a lot of time riding a Suzuki SV650 recently and the Yamaha combines the weather protection of the SV650s with the upright position of the naked SV. One area the Sook beats the Yamaha hands down is in torque - the V-twin of the SV picks up so quickly, in fact, the engine is sublime. However, in every other area the Yamaha is a much better bike, in my opinion. I think that the clincher is the build quality and equipment spec of the FZ. It really is in a better class with its centre stand, fuel gauge, engine imobiliser and 180 section rear wheel.

    03 December 2008

  • A bit disappointed (sadly)

    husker

    Average rating rating is 2

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    I was really hoping to like this bike a lot more than I did in the end. I had a YBR125 which I used to pass my DAS and I thought the Fazer would make a good choice as a first bigger bike. The R6 didn't fit me and I couldn't face a 1000cc bike straight off plus I've always loved Yamahas, so the Fazer seemed to fit the bill. I've ridden over 5,000 miles since passing my test last year, so I don't feel like a complete novice (or idiot). The problem was that the more I rode it, the less confident I felt. I found the riding position to be high - I'm only 5'7" and I couldn't get my toes on the floor. I'm not worried about flat footing, but I did topple over once when the camber was extreme and the grooves in the road claimed another victim. The C of G is quite high and I found that with a pillion and luggage, weight distribution could very easily upset the stability without careful planning. I felt like I was perched on top of the bike and not part of it, and coupled with the lack of feel from the front end, it wasn't building my confidence as I built speed on the twisties. The rear end benefited greatly from bumping up the preload to max, but the weak link in the suspension is definitely the front end, which isn't adjustable. I'm not that sure about the tyres either but having spent quite a lot to get the bike, I wasn't keen to shell out more without any guarantee that it would help. Then there were other niggles - the throttle, even on the new S2, is rather snatchy - so getting really smooth was not easy. The gearbox is clunky and prone to dropping false neutrals. The engine goes well as long as you rev it very hard and are prepared to change gear a lot - I agree with the comments below about the engine being mismatched to the bike's purpose. Plus lots of gear changes means popping into neutral, which can really upset your apple cart in full flow. It's low speed handling isn't the best I've experienced - I can u-turn a Harley on a normal street but didn't like doing it on the Yammy. On the plus side, it is very comfy, well built and well equipped. It looks very nice and is a more distinctive than most of its competitors. It will probably do more things than a more focussed sport bike or supermoto, but therein lies the problem, as compromises have to be made too. So I will be letting the bike go - I appreciate my review is more negative than most here, so I may well be the problem, but it always helps to have another point of view. One thing I've learned is the critical importance of ergonomics - if it doesn't feel right, it isn't right for you.

    10 October 2008

  • (F)unctional yet (Z)ippy 6

    siscarfe

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    The FZ6 Fazer S2 was my big bike of choice after passing my test this Summer, following five years of hooning around on a variety of 125s, and the odd spin on an R6, a Z750, a Street Triple and a SV650, all coutesy of very trusting mates and a dealership or two. Like a lot of people, I was initially attracted to the FZ6 for its looks. When it first appeared in 2004, with its underseat cans and moulded alloy frame, it was head and shoulders above its immediate competition, looking like a much more expensive bike than it was. Four years, and a few pleasing mods later, the S2 version continues to hold its own, style-wise, against the increasingly aggressive and stubby-tailed designs that are currently homogenising the appearance of everything on two wheels these days. The second reason for my choice was, well, not being sure what kind of big biker (or should that be motorcyclist?) I would eventually turn out to be, I wanted an all-rounder; something I could commute on, something I could do a bit of touring on (with my gf two-up), and something I could leave traffic far behind with on a sunny day's blast. Having done a little over 2,500 miles on it so far (from new, what with the Summer we've had!!!), I can say the Fazer handles a central London commute in as unflustered a fashion as anything I've ridden in the past, and has seating and ergos, both for rider and pillion, that are conducive to quite a few hours on the open road at a time. Oh, and the handling is solid too. Now, it seems that the main criticisms aimed at the FZ6 are it's notchy gearbox and it's - yep, you guessed it - LACK OF MIDRANGE PULL! Well, the gearbox does have a tendency to be on the notchy side between 1st and 2nd at low revs, but so what? I've had better, but I've certainly had worse, and it's a piece of p*** locating neutral either whilst moving or stationary, which is more than can be said for some gearboxes! As for the midrange; having read plenty of reviews before getting on the bike, I was prepared for the worse, so I was pleasantly surprised when I found that the Fazer wasn't as weak in the lower revs as I'd been led to believe by the biking press. Of course, it doesn't have the poke of the Street Triple - or even the SV - down there at the bottom end of the rev counter, but - it's been said before, and I'll say it again - we are talking about a 600 inline four, after all; you either love 'em or you don't. What is important to add is that the power does work its way down the revs as the miles rack up with this bike; there's a considerable difference between the low-end pull during the first week I had the bike and now that it's heading towards the 3000 mile mark. And, of course, the rest of the fun is really to be had 7000rpm+; being a bit new to this big bike malark I've only been brave enough to take it up to about the 10k mark, but, let's be realistic, the rush you get out the power unleashed there is more than enough for most people! And to think, there's still another 4,000 revs that have yet to be explored! Overall, this multitasker is good enough at all the things I want it to do, with the promise of more excitement to come. Granted, a bike that can suit all the criteria I expressed is never going to be top-drawer at any one task, but the Fazer FZ6 is a more than competent as a commuting-supersport-touring tool; it's great for beginners, due to the engine's character allowing you to grow into it, and yet still has plenty in reserve for the more experienced rider. A far more fun and usefully real-world pair of wheels than some of the bike press would have you believe; no wonder it's been around for nearly as long as the hallowed '98 to '03 original model, ot's coz we love it!

    09 October 2008

  • Excellent......!!!

    arbg92

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought this bike in July after having 2 bandits previously. I was worried that only been a 600 it would struggle,but this is one great bike my worries were unfounded. We have just come back from a 800 mile trip to germany and it was great. No aching or numb parts even after 6 hours riding. It handles wonderfully and fills you with so much confidence when your on the twisties, you want to thrown it around more.Its pulling power is great for a 600 and I can say this is one hell of a bike.The brakes are superb on the front and the back ones seem very keen,whether I am used to the bandits which were a little soft am not sure. But it sure stops when you ask it to. Would I recommend this bike. YES...! Looks great, handles brilliantly and definitely gives you a big grin.Well done Yamaha.

    18 September 2008

  • Update

    DaveK671

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Just been for a 1000mile trip round scotland and the bike performed absolutely flawlessly. Was comfy, brilliant on the twisties (kept up with my mates on their 600 sports bikes) and cheap cheap to run as well. Back tyre is due a replacement now after 4000 miles but its worth it.

    01 August 2008

  • Cane it and love it

    bike-instructor

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Awesome bike for the money, bought my 2007 Fazer for £4300 NEW last year and have one complaint : the seats to high for a 5'9" 11 stoner. Had it lowered and it is just what I wanted. Tourer, scratcher, and easygoing training bike. You have to get the motor spinning for the full hit but has enough under 5000 to keep up with students on 500's easily. I only notice the lack of mid-range when I get of it and on to my MT03 but that revs out at 7000 rpm, you cant have it all ways. Ideal bike for the new rider for sure. Fit a belly pan and take replace the super quiet end can and you'll love it.

    10 July 2008

  • A two-day ride

    wjlonien

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I had a FZ6 Fazer S2 for two days lately, when my Honda went through surveillance & inspection. I wrote a short review of it at http://wolfgang.lonien.de/?p=656 Enjoy, wjl aka Wolfgang Lonien

    11 June 2008

  • Superb!

    DaveK671

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought my 08 fazer a month ago and I love it. Its very comfortable and Ive had my backside on the seat continually for 140miles without stopping for a break. My gf finds it very comfortable on the back and we have holidays planned. The mid range isnt anything like as bad as the reviewers say, easily overtake in 6th at 50. Now its run in and ive given it the beans it really shifts. Cant see any need for a quicker bike on the road. Only negative is the gearbox is pretty clunky but thats it. Was seeing 50mpg when running it in, bike looks great, handles miles better than i was expecting (very confidence inspiring) and goes like stink. It will keep me happy for a good while to come im sure!!

    01 May 2008

  • My beastie

    Eurocliff

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I own a 2007 Fazer 600 S2 in Lava Red. I have no downsides about this bike whatsoever. It gives me all I need. I commute almost every day from home (North of Portsmouth) to East Reading (some 56 miles) and it's great. Does exactly what it says on the tin and not what you're supposed to do on the road ;o) Will open it up on the Autobahn when I visit Munich in the summer and later in September.

    20 April 2008

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