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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

What you get with the Yamaha FZ1/FZS1000 is the awesome 2002 R1 engine in a more practical but still high-spec chassis. The Japanese firm class the Yamaha Fazer 1000 as a sports motorcycle and they’re right – but it has the ability of a sports tourer and a city motorcycle, too – with more than a splash of musclebike / posing tool chucked in for nothing. One of the best premium, sporty all round motorcycles you can buy.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Yamaha FZ1/FZS1000 is derived from the R1 which means the latest technology with proven reliability. Injection is quite sudden on the 2006 machines – it’s something you get used to or solve with a Power Commander and some dyno time - although it's much improved on 2007-on machines. A little more low and midrange power would be nice but the sensation of the top-end rush, amplified by the high bars, is astronomic.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Yamaha FZ1/FZS1000's quality suspension plus wide bars equals big fun. The Fazer’s hard to fault, flicking easily into corners and handing well as long as it’s on reasonable tyres. The lack of ground clearance means well ridden sports motorcycles will pull away but the Yamaha FZ1/FZS1000's still incredibly rapid. Excellent brakes and smooth over the bumps too.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Yamaha FZ1/FZS1000 in this respect is arguably worse than the previous model. A less comfy seat and smaller tank range don’t help the Yamaha FZ1’s distance credentials. None the less it’s still a comfy, well equipped motorcycle. Loads of Yamaha official extras are available including hard panniers, crash protector bungs, immobiliser upgrade, fairing lowers and belly pan.

Yamaha FZ1/FZS1000 (2006-current)

Detail Value
New price £9,199
Dealer used prices
£3,880 (2006) - £9,930 (2014)
Private used prices
£3,610 (2006) - £8,930 (2014)
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Engine size 998 cc
Power 150 bhp
Top speed 160 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

A weak point of the old Yamaha Fazer 1000 and, while things are a little better on the new one, it’s a still a bit of a let down on a motorcycle that can handle so much year-round riding to see brackets and bolts furring up so soon. Reliability wise problems with the Yamaha FZ1/FZS1000 are very rare – accident or theft damage is more likely.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Yamaha FZ1/FZS1000 sits in between budget big motorcycles like Suzuki’s Bandit 1200 and Honda’s CBF1000 and the ‘fancy’ street motorcycles like the Benelli TNT. In the same price bracket Kawasaki’s Z1000 offers a more manic ride but less practicality, ditto Aprilia’s Tuono but with poor dealer back up too. Keenly priced, especially when discounted. Find a Yamaha FZ1 for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

2006: Yamaha FZ1/FZS1000 launched.

Other Versions

Yamaha FZ1: Unfaired version also launched in 2006. No fairing, no grab handles, 5kg lighter and £400 cheaper.

2011: ABS model £1000 more expensive.

Specifications

Top speed 160 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11 secs
Max power 150 bhp
Max torque 78 ft-lb
Weight 199 kg
Seat height 815 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 998 cc
Engine specification 20v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 245m disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(50 reviews)

  • Very pleased

    DrillSergeant

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I rode an FZ6-S for a few years, and apart from the lack of midrange, was very pleased with it. Since then I have upgraded to the FZ1-S and am generally very pleased with it. The engine pulls very well indeed, and has a great note to it. It feel a bit of aposer when riding through town in the evening, and poeple look round to see the R1 coming. My model is a 2008. I was disappointed to see that Yamaha changed the paint schemes for the '08 to a silver engine and silver wheels. I personally thought the '07 with the black frame, engine and wheels looked great. Niggles? It's a bit viby. The right hand gets the worst of it when riding on motorways. The economy isn't great with not much more than 120/130 miles to a tank. The seat isn't bad, but could be better. There is precious little space under the rear seat, and zero space under the riders seat. The are not bungy hooks apart from the pillions foot rests. The screen doesn't offer the best in wind protection. Mine came shipped with Michelin Pilot Roads (not 2's). The front occasionally feels a little twitchy, but the 190 rear sticks like glue. This twitciness can knock your confidence. Maybe it needs something a little stickier. Apart from these minor niggles (the vibyness iritates me the most) I think it is a great bike, bordering on excellent. Get yourself a test ride for the proof.

    04 May 2008

  • Caveat emptor

    Beer&Darts

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    There are a number of issues with these bikes that a potential buyer should understand: 1. It'll do 41 mpg .. when hell freezes over. Use the box properly and you'll travel (on average) 100 miles until the fuel trip activates. With a 3/4 gallon reserve, you're looking at 125 miles (about 33 mpg if my maths is up to scratch). Not good when you consider that the R1 is easily capable of 41 mpg. 2. Ground clearance is poor because the footpegs are set too low. Even modest lean angles will have them touching down. Experienced riders used to supersports bikes WILL expect more cornering ability, as well as a better controlled shock (which doesn't help in this area). Isn't agility exactly what these bikes are supposed to be about? 3. There IS a difference between the fuelling of the 06 and 07 bikes. I test rode them back to back to fathom this. I can't imagine why this is the case but it's enough to warrant stumping up the extra cash. Alternatively, fitting a PC and getting some dyno time works a treat. I bought an 06 pre-reg and did this, saving about £500 after parts and labour. This sounds a bit harsh about a so-called "budget" bike, but speaking from experience, the 2004 Tuono was a superior machine for similar money - better suspension, better torque and better value. Yamaha should have done more. But I still enjoy the FZ-1 because such niggles give it character; a certain je ne c'est-quoi which is normally reserved for Aprilias and Dukes.

    16 April 2008

  • Brilliant

    gnasher67

    Average rating rating is 5

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    a truly fantastic bike, after nearly two years I cannot fault it. IMO Yamaha got it spot on with this bike as a sporty alrounder.

    24 February 2008

  • Wicked Machine

    brikfiend

    SWANSEA , UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Chopped in My Bandit 12 for this BEAST(FZ 1N)! This bike has it all ,Great Engine coupled to a stiff chassis and first class braking.As well as these attributes it looks positively fabulous.Binned the rocket launcher for a G+G can and chucked on a better seat and cowl.Awesome!!Youjust need Mike Tysons neck to go over 120 !!

    01 February 2008

  • Wicked Machine

    brikfiend

    SWANSEA , UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Chopped in My Bandit 12 for this BEAST(FZ 1N)! This bike has it all ,Great Engine coupled to a stiff chassis and first class braking.As well as these attributes it looks positively fabulous.Binned the rocket launcher for a G+G can andchucked on a better seat and cowl.Awesome!!Youjust need Mike Tysons neck to go over 120 !!

    01 February 2008

  • Wow

    Jeff John

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Just traded up from a FZS6, best thing I did. What an awesome bike the FZS1 is. I LOVE IT.

    31 January 2008

  • She's a beast but i love her...

    Mr. Luck

    Crawley

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Picked my bike up 3 days ago and i'm still getting used to it (only passed 8 days ago!), it's everything you could ever want in a bike so far as i can tell, i considered a sensible smaller bike but figured i would grow out of it and a bigger bike ridden slower for now would make more sense, that notion lasted about 5 miles until i discovered the feeling of my nuts disappearing inside my body with the brutal acceleration. I now see why most of the reviews say "watch your license", it's silky smooth and loves motorway cruising, then into London it cuts in and out like the 600 i was taught on. I can't recommend this bike highly enough, but then again after 8 days what do i know!!??

    28 January 2008

  • FZ1N is superb

    decentbloke

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    My new FZ1N bought in April 07 has a superb engine and not a single glitsch or stutter. Taking a mini-roundabout in 2nd gear, in wet traffic, is fine. There's no lurch and there is no need to think about any bolt-ons to cure last year's problem. Just buy a current model. Then you would see why people describe this engine is near perfect, holding onto 3rd gear up the rev range is sublime. I love the handlebars, great width and comfy position. Maintaining 90mph is hard work and shortlived. Good job tank range is only 110-120 miles but I haven't tried a really slow ride yet. The standard Michelin Pilot tyres are good and, once the rear shock is softened a notch, the only limitation with the handling is me, not the bike. One real problem for a motorcyclist is that naked bikes genuinely deny you the chance to ride very fast for a long distance. To cruise at 110mph just isn't on. Most small screens look naff and one may as well have started on a different bike. I am thankful the bad press probably deflated the price of this bike; I love.

    20 December 2007

  • I love the bike

    rocketwright

    Knottingley ,

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Owned my Fz1n for 12 months, fueling glitch i cured that with an Ivans fuel sensor, it puts fuel into the bores when you come off the throttle, so when you open the throttle there is no sudden kick to upset the bike mid corner. I paid £150 for this item and is realy easy to fit. I put a one tooth bigger sprocket on the back about £30. the standard tyres were replaced by Pirelli dragon corsas, then a pair of Bridgestone 015, I put a 180 on the back to quicken the steering, this has made the handling much better, R & G crash bungs were fitted about £50, about a week after i got the bike i pulled up at a junction and when i set off i got the top of my boot caught on the right hero blob, so they were taken off. A tail tidy was fitted, a Piug screen was fitted which gives a lot of wind protection and looks brilliant. Then i fitted a moto GP style Micron, K & N air filter and Dynojet Power Commender, the power commander was set up at Jordans bikes of Leeds, it now has 147 bhp at the back wheel and max torque = 71.55. the fueling is also much better. to make it more comfortable i fitted a sargent seat. The only thing i need now is a Hagon or Nitron rear shocker because the standard shocker isn`t very good with an uneven road surface but is very stable on a smooth road. apart from the shocker i think this is an absolute stonker of a bike like everybody sez it does everything. after owning 8 sports bikes this is a very comfy fast bike, I love it. And i wont be buying another sports bike this one is too much fun.

    05 December 2007

  • pleased i think......not

    sprintdevil

    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE , UK

    Average rating rating is 4

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    well.... have lived with the fz 1 for a month now....2000 miles so far....i hardly notice the fuel snatch anymore....i dont find the bike as good as i thought it would be....hard seat and the leg position not the best for comfort,knees too high up.......as the bike is run in....the fuel economy not as good when riding hard 100 miles to reserve......paintwork showing signs of being thin too.....has rubbed through to primer in places after 600 miles......no good for pillion for long distance......mabe i expect too much ,but £7500 you want it right....good for looks and a day out fun bike....sadly i wont be keeping this bike for long.....miss my honda cbf 1000 for the money an overall better bike.....be it a little boring.....

    07 October 2007

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