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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)

  • Fun bike, too jerky for pillions

    Acutulus

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    This was my first big bike. There is plenty of power for a new rider and as you gain experience and confidence you can take it higher up the rev range and realise all the power. The throttle is quite snatchy from closed to slightly open, keep a positive throttle in corners so you don't get caught out. The bike handles well and is comfortable. However, my pillion did not like it. My pillion found it very jerky, due to having to drive at high revs and the grab rails are too small to get a decent pair of gloves under them. As a first big bike, I think you could do a lot worse than one of these. I kept mine for a year and moved on to a Triumph Sprint ST.

    29 April 2007

  • Good looking 600cc bike, 6000 miles of great fun plus capable of touring

    Ronscot

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Purchased in 2004 new, black and silver suits the bike and the looks made the decision for me. Very easy to ride and the suspension is excellent with a pillion passenger. 200 mile tank range, no problem with power when overtaking and the bike is very planted on the road. Strengths: Moulded Frame, suspension, engine.
    Weaknesses: The finish is beginning to suffer as per all bikes that are ridden in Winter. Very thin coating on the swingarm, white primer now visable. Gearbox not good 1st and 2nd very poor.

    25 September 2006

  • Great all round machine, loads of power and good handling

    jeff1604

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I got back into biking after a lay off of about 15 years, wow have they progressed! I would have loved a GSXR750 but dodgy knees and back so no way. Was originally looking at CB600 or Hornet but the looks of the fazer caught my eye and after a year I'm not dissappointed one bit. It is a compromise between sports and touring but with the detuned R6 engine theres plenty of fun to be had but with quite a bit of comfort for just plodding along. Easily does 200m on a tank with MPG around 55 (having Fun) and 60+ (ploding). If you want to go for it, it simply lets you, open her up and she flies! If I had hindsight would I buy the Fazer - yes most definately!!!  Strengths: Comfortable riding position (especially on 100m+ journeys) handles really well, open her up and the real fun starts after 7k. Weaknesses:
    Slight vibration through the seat around 6k revs and gearbox clunky from 1st to 2nd, but works fine (wicked 3rd gear).

    08 September 2006

  • Sad fairwell after 15000 trouble free miles

    timsim

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought new in 2004, waitied for delivery. Yamaha then dropped the price! The engine is really okay at low revs when in traffic. If you want more, JCB have a new diesel engine. Watch your tail pack as the exhaust might melt it if it slips backwards. One up good for distance work (faired model) Finish still good after 15000 all year round miles. Still on original chain and brake pads. Replaced tyres with original make. Strengths: Looks, although this is subjective. User friendly, cracking day to day bike which can raise the pulse when working the throttle. Weaknesses: Brakes okay. Seat hard, side panels rub pillion calfs other wise would make a reasonable middle weight tourer.

    04 September 2006

  • Fantastic first 'big' bike with everything you need at a price that's kind to the pocket!

    taffmahoney

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I took this bike out for a test ride as well as a Z750S. Although the Kawasaki is a fantastic bike, I couldn't help thinking to myself that it wasn't as good as the Fazer whilst I was riding it, so I decided to buy the Fazer and I'm not the slightest bit disappointed with my choice. The bike is fantastic! You can thrash it or pootle along and the engine will always pull, even from very low revs. The lights are great and the dials are very easy to read, even with the sun over your shoulder. The ride quality is very good as is the riding position. The bike is a bit heavy when fully wet but you don't notice it when you're on the move. It loves to corner and you never feel nervous if you see a mid-bump pothole as the bike will absorb it and carry on. The brakes are very good and the adjustable lever means you can put it just where you want it. The rear hugger protects the shock and the chain is easily cleaned and lubricated with the centre stand. Strengths: Fantastic ride quality, nice and stable and the brakes work very well. Engine will rev forever and it really goes when you want it to. Very easy to ride, especially for a first big bike. All day comfort from the seat and half fairing. Fuel economy is also good (averageing 50mpg). Excellent mirrors and you get a centre stand and a rear hugger as standard. Weaknesses:
    The gearbox is really clunky and loud but it works perfectly so no real complaints. Lack of storage space under the seat due to exhausts, but enough room to carry a disc lock (but not a lot else!). Only one adjustable lever (brake) so the clutch can be a bit of a reach if you've got small hands.

    17 August 2006

  • V happy with my cheap sports-touring all-rounder that still has sufficient poke to raise a grin

    sceats

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    First big bike after getting licence a few years back. V happy with it. Fast, low maintenance, and comfortable. Had read the reviews comparing it to the old 600 Fazer and test-drove both. Couldn?t feel any difference in terms of low-end torque, but when taken above 10k revs the FZ6 takes off. Technology wise the FZ6 is a rather different bike so can't see the attraction of an old Fazer 600 over the FZ6. Strengths: Reliability, looks, efficiency, not too common. V happy when strangled.
    Weaknesses: Suspension can be a bit soft at times, and the standard screen produces a fair bit of buffeting over 80mph. Haven't had any problems with finish, although keep it garaged.

    16 August 2006

  • My first bike after 4 years on a CG125, love the looks, power, handling, why did I wait so long?

    timboella

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought this bike despite all the bad press I read about the lack of mid range power, and I don't regret it for a minute. When I am commuting I can be lazy with the revs and its easy to ride. When I'm having a blast at the weekend, I pick up the revs and it feels like a rocket ship. (Trained on a CBF500 which I thought was slow after 2 days). Looks wise its a Batmobile from the front (my neighbours 12 yr old says)and sporty from the rear - love the twin exhaust under the seat. I was thinking of buying a Suzuki Bandit 650 or a kawasaki er6-n, don't even want to ride them now. getting 200 miles from the tank so I am pleased with the range as well. The ride is excellent and the position is comfy. At 80 mph you feel completely stable thanks to the half faring. At night the lights on dipped or main are brilliant they light up the whole road and the dials look very cool and are easy to read. Strengths: Soon as I get used to the performance I can start to take it into the 9000 - 13500 rpm range where apparently it starts to get really serious - Can't wait. I feel as though I have a bike a can really grow into. Weaknesses: First gear to second feels a bit notchy if you don't get the revs right - maybe my clutch control is still not right, but I have heard others say the same.

    20 July 2006

  • Great first big bike

    rstuner

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Just sold my fz6 after 7 months of ownership. Before I bought it I looked at everything else but the fz was the fastest the best looking and the cheepest. [4 grand brand new with 0% finance] it was a great bike but had to be really thrashed to get the best from it. Also great dealer back up [k2 motorcycles in stoke] I would highly recommend to anyone to buy one. Just sold mine because I out grew it quickly needed something faster k2's fault for letting me test ride a new r1. Strengths: Very good handling and looks ace, easy to ride. Weaknesses: Wish I bought a faired one very windy. Engine needs to be cained.

    13 May 2006

  • Goes well, handles great

    900rfizzy

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought this bike new on a 55 plate, use it every day for work. Revvy but I expected that goes well, handles great. On the downside the gearbox is total crap and clunks like hell which gets a lot worse when it gets warmer. The finish is rubbish I've just got rid of a 19 year old GPZ900R which was in better condition than this. My advice is if you buy one use it on dry days only because the weather kills the finish. Strengths: Engine, performance and handling. Weaknesses: Yep you got it THE FINISH.

    01 May 2006

  • Naked, revvy, great-looking and well-balanced

    sperfect

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Black Naked, Fabbri Café Sport screen, Scorpion Cans, Acumen DG8. Shortly before I picked this bike up I read a damning report in 'Bike', I must admit some of the points they made are valid. You do need to chase revs for the bike to perform, but it is a 600! The Scorpions have made a massive difference, power delivery is smoother and it sounds awesome. I am not sure about the fly screen yet, I think it creates more turbulance. The Gear indicator is the best change I made. I have only done a few hundred miles since I bought it but as I get to know it the riding gets to be more fun. I moved to this bike from a SLR650 Honda, this was a major change, the SLR is certainly quicker off the mark. I plan to do the R6 fork conversion at some point, I plan to keep this bike a long time. Strengths: If you ride properly the bike remains composed and predictable, great seating position, weight well balanced. It looks fantastic. Weaknesses: Forks are a bit harsh when cornering fast on less than perfect roads, vibration at 5K revs. Ugly swing arm! Centre stand would have been nice.

    06 April 2006

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