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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)

  • 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

  • BARGAIN!! £4699inc.Fly Screen and Tank Pad-Yamaha's doesn't fit the bend on the tank properly.

    ROB CHISHOLM

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought this in March 2005 after part-ex'ing my Triumph TT600 for it. Performance is superb if you are prepared to play with the gearbox, and for those of you who aren't then get a Burgman Scooter! Lava Red, by far the best colour. Added a smoked Fly Screen, Acerbis Handguards, ERMAX Seat Cowel (colour matched and a lot less dosh than the Yam one!) and the Yamaha replacement number plate hanger - much neater. Just want to make it sound a bit fruitier now - I know it's in there somewhere, just got to find the money to let it out! Beowulf, where are you? Changed the OE Dunlops for Metzeler Sportec at just over 6,000 miles (rear was a little smooth by then!) My 16yr old son, wasn't so keen on it at first - he preferred the looks of my Racing Yellow TT600 (I have to admit it did look good), but after 500 miles in 3 days round Northumberland he has grown to really like it. Happy days! Strengths: It can really make you grin when you want it to, but it can also be a pussy cat when you want to take it easy. Hah, a lot of the Bike journo's think this is a weakness. Nerds! Forgotten what their left foot is for, me thinks, after getting lazy riding 999's all the time. Weaknesses: Mirrors - they are crap. They need an extension.

    04 January 2006

  • Smart bike, excellent introduction to 600 class

    DavidHopkins

    Average rating rating is 4

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    After riding a GS500 for a little over a year, I can now safely say I have 'some' experience of riding (in all weathers) and starting looking for a little extra from my biking. Looked around and rode a few tester bikes, but still kept coming back to the looks of the FZ6 naked. Wow, gotta love it. I rode it and then bought it. Strengths: Road presence, looks, solid build, mates all want a ride. Weaknesses: Puncture (after 300 miles) and cracked healding (after 2k miles), and local Yamaha dealer (if you don't like him, go to another).

    11 September 2005

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