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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)

  • I thought I would love this bike

    paul1149

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I thought this was my dream bike. But I have to agree with most of the professional reviews I've read - the engine is a tragic mismatch to the bike's purposes. They added more mid-range to the R6 engine, but it's still a 14k race mill. What's more, at anything under 6k the motor buzzes. It's like riding atop an electric shaver. I thought a 4 cyl engine would be smooth; I was wrong. This bike with a smoother, lower-revving twin motor would have dominated its class. In one parameter after another the fz6 comes close to excellence but some relatively little thing ruins it. The clutch lever: FZ certainly doesn't stand for friction zone, because there isn't any. The gearbox is greased butter usually, but downshifting while still is almost impossible. The seat is firm but comfortable, but with its height and width this 32" inseam can barely flatfoot the bike. Add a high center of gravity to all these things, and this bike becomes unpredictable at stops. I'm finding the bike has a lot of susceptibility to wind on the highway. Coming off my ninja 250 I thought I'd be getting over that. This bike is beautiful, powerful, corners like a champ. I'm getting 45 mpg. All that is good. But the buzzing coming up through the seat prevents me from relaxing. The machine was supposed to be an all-rounder. Why on earth did they put a 14k rpm screamer into it? I'm extremely disappointed with Yamaha.

    11 April 2008

  • Honest Review

    vegnomeat

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I Traded in my 04 R1 for a new FZ6 S2 this weekend. You would think that they would be like chalk and cheese in every respect. In terms of pure grunt there is of course no comparison, 98 BHP versus the 160 of the R1 is a no brainer. However, once you get the S2 up and running the handling is spot on, and I would venture that on real roads the S2 would be snapping at the R1's heels on a pretty regular basis. The Fazer is deceptively light and so so easy to flick around, the wide bars helping to quickly change direction. I have dropped the forks 10mm through the headstock so as to liven up the steering and this makes a huge difference. The suspension certainly appears to be from the budget items bin. Heavy braking makes the front forks dive alarmingly, ideally I would want to dial in a bit more damping but of course there is no adjustment on the front and only preload adjustment on the rear. The riding position for me (5'6") is perfect and the seat is ultra comfortable. The fitted screen is way too low, 85mph is about the most I could stand because of the buffeting. Although Yamaha do offer a taller screen. During the first 600 miles the motor is limited to 7,000 RPM, and I have to agree with everyone who says that the mid range on this bike is pretty poor. Up to 7,000 RPM the bike is pretty much handicapped, I would like to see a Dyno print out of the Torque curve, I am guessing that it doesn't come alive until way after 7,000 RPM. You may get the impression that I am not keen on the Bike. Well you couldn't be further from the truth. This bike is so much fun, it's light, flickable, comfortable, well kitted out and looks beautiful and well made. I am really pleased with it,

    07 April 2008

  • stealth fighter

    banzai boy

    Average rating rating is 4

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    when i saw the fz6 all in black it stood out in the crowd.ilove the up and over exhausts,but you can get loads more power from aftermarket system,icould not see them removed.after riding a street tripple i see what journos are talking about the mid range.the fz power is a bit too peaky but i still rate the bike.

    21 February 2008

  • Excellent All-round at reasonable price

    pimpf

    Sofia , BG

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've spent with my FZ6S almost 20 months now. I like it - no matter where, in the city or on the road for the weekend it feels great. Well at that price the quality is reasonable enough.

    17 February 2008

  • FZ6 fantastic

    DavidHopkins

    Average rating rating is 4

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    My FZ6N (un-faired, classier and more fun) is about to turn 20 months old with over 17k miles on the clock. It has done weekend's away with me and the wife 2-up, long weekends on the contintent with friends, commuting, weekend blasts and general all round fun. So far I've yet to see where the negative points all the journo's keep spouting are. it is a classy ride, well built, well powered, very comfy, damn good fun, and well capable of keeping up with everything else on 2 wheels (until they start getting stupid, then I back off) and more than capable of out-pulling anything with 4 wheels from the lights (and they always try it, stupid cagers in their euro-box hot-hatch, even the Porsche guys can't keep up).

    05 February 2008

  • A slap for journo reviewers

    waistedagain

    RYDE , UK

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I keep reading journos who believe the FZ6 disappoints because it lacks midrange . What planet do they ride on? I returned to biking on a new FZ6 Fazer after shopping around. I ride everyday to commute, blow the cobwebs out at weekends and do the odd long trip. Anyone who says it lacks enough power must ride like a hooligan. Overtaking at a speed that doesn't require a G suit is possible at anything over 3000 rpm in top gear. If you want to explore the time-space continuum the engine will pull to 11000 rpm and beyond, with a surge at 8500. Only a lunatic is going to be pulling G's on the average UK road with a laptop or your tea on your back. Get real guys, we don’t all need to stuff the environment and tee off other road users by raincoating other road users with all of the power every ride. The FZ6 and its detuned engine are a fantastic mid distance sports/commuter. The R6 power is there if you want it at 8000+ revs but I am using 3-6000 rpm 90% of the time, having a blast and getting 50+ mpg. Strengths: stops well, good looking, cleans up easily, easy to tinker with, turns in and holds corners like a pro, irons out rider deficiencies. Weaknesses: inability to tinker with ride other than preload, some cheap parts (inc. the 'blue peter' designed swingarm), hard seat, some fuelling probs at very low revs (now tuned out).

    19 January 2008

  • 2007 FZ6 fazer S2

    robert.wainwright1

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I bought a FZ6 Fazer S2 in August 2007 and so far have been very impressed. The handling and ride are superb and the quality is good for the price. The engine performance is great and I cannot find any problem with the mid range as it pulls well from 3000 revs in top and really sings when you get over 6000. I have had fairing lowers fitted and this has made it into a first class mid sized tourer with cheap running costs. The only fault I can find is the clunky change from 1st to 2nd , it is possible to get over this by changing up from first at about 4000 revs. I have ridden my son`s R6 and this is the same so I`ll quite happily live with it as the rest of the bike more than makes up for the small geabox niggle

    06 January 2008

  • Lurching, clunking and shuddering

    pch1

    St Helens , UK

    Average rating rating is 2

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    I bought the naked model model new in 2005. Overall I was disappointed as this was my first step into big bike territory. The fuel injection wasn't correct and every time I came to a corner the bike would be lurching as I tried to open the throttle through the corner. The front brakes would cause the front of the bike to shudder every time they were applied, and when I took it back to the dealers thinking it was a loose head bearing, I was told they all do that sir. The final straw was the first to second gearchange which was accompanied by a loud clunk noise. No matter how I tried varying my style of gearchange it was still unnervingly loud to change from first to second. On several occasions I the bike was stuck in a particular gear after keeping the bike in third or fourth for a long time on B-roads. Needless to say after all these problems I traded it in after only 6 months, this particular model has put me off buying Yamaha motorbikes. It may be a looker, and have an attractive price tag, but don't be fooled - there are a lot of better bikes out there for the same money.

    28 November 2007

  • Brill do it all tool

    skip24ftlb

    Average rating rating is 5

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    FZ6 Fazer. Brill do it all tool. Its tractable from 2000rpm in 6th. It tours nicely, is comfortable, great tank range. The so called lack of midrange MCN recon is rubbish. Power is fine. No problem getting front end skipping over bumps when you give it some and explore 9k+. Easy to fit soft luggage. Cheap to run and bloody good fun to ride. No stiffness after 200miles. Great allrounder. Not far off an r6 for the sensible that dont want the arse in the air and hurting wrists and neck thigh pain. Would buy another.

    19 September 2007

  • love it

    mattnurse

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I was really put right off this .... was those testers at MCN and other bike mags ... gutless ??? my arse !!! It's a great bike ... I know where the power is so it's a piece of piss to ride ... who nees to go at 170 everywhere. Bought the unfaired with less than 5k on the clock for 3 grand ... new scorps made a difference ... so ignore what the testers say .. save cash and have fun

    08 July 2007

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