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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
£3,900 (2006) - £9,930 (2014)
Private used prices
£3,510 (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)

  • Fantastic

    Ragnara

    Richmond ,

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I have an 07 Fazer in Teal Tech and I absolutely love it. I was looking for a bike that can do it all, i.e. all year round inner city commute, weekend blasts, touring and trackdays. It handles everything brilliantly. I particularly like the riding position as I spend at least two our in the saddle every day. It handled great during a track day on Brands Hatch this spring and it gave me a lot of confidence as I now it can handle everything I throw at it, which is perhaps not a lot but it is much better than I will ever be. My main problem with it is the fuel economy, I hit the reserve at 100 miles. So bottom line, exciting and practical at the same time.

    25 September 2007

  • thirsty

    craig278

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Got a 07 plate FZ1, had it for 2500 miles now (3 months) Awesome is the only word for it. Use it everyday and will do all year. I've always had naked bikes, this is the best one so far, only two minor points: the tyres won't last long, too much grunt and the love the standard noise. Fuel economy is 29 mpg at best, don't Yamaha say 41mpg??? - Bothered!

    06 September 2007

  • power commander??

    sprintdevil

    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE , UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    i have a 2007 fz1 s.....and im onthe fence onweather a power commander is needed unlike my cbf 1000 i find throttle response snatchy to say the least....mabe its something you grow to live with.....only had the bike 2 days......i will give it a chance and see how i get on with it

    02 September 2007

  • Great bike

    Iain Milne

    BROMLEY , UK

    Average rating rating is 5

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    02 March 2007

  • Fantasic engine performance and handling-Great all rounder

    gt12k

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Picked mine up in September from Taz, a U.S import. Binned the silly side reflectors and suffer the over-sized indicators but for £1500 less than UK book price, who cares! Been accross Europe on it and it handles very well, is comfy and I get 130 to an 18litre tank. Turns in a bit slowly compared to R1 but probably due to 190 section rear tyre. This bike is radically stylish compared to the old model, is a great do anything bike but sadly, like most bikes, is not perfect. It is an upright, comfy R1. Make no mistake, that engine is ballistic!! Out of 40 bikes owned so far, this is definatly in the top 3. Try one. Strengths: The engine, frame, chassis and yes, the finish. Even better than the big Hondas. Everyone loves the looks and the fat can does grow on you. Love the gold forks which hold excellent brakes. If you want a mad all-round and comfy bike then this is the one. Weaknesses: It should have a gold handle bar to match the forks. Poor fuel consumption at higher speeds. Needs a belly pan to hide lower pipe work, and yes, there is a poor fuelling problem especially if you shut off at speed and roll on again. Try it on a motorway and you'll see what I mean. Anyone know of a cure other than a Power Commander? It's not that bad though and once you're used to it you barely notice it until it catches you out again in the future!

    01 November 2006

  • Silver new in Sept 06

    JLS3467

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Handles superbly, even two up doesn't seem to faze it. Loves the lean angles right to the edge of the Dunlop D221's which give loads of grip and feedback. Loads of torque makes it bike for the wheelie fan. Paintwork seems a bit thin on seat panels as mine has worn through where girlfriends boot has been rubbing (after only 300 miles) Other than that, Love it! Strengths: Great handling and power delivery. Dunlop D221's fitted as standard are superb. Looks great too. Weaknesses: Fuel injection makes for snatchy ride unless your slick with gear changes. Change of exhaust and power commander sorts it out although Yamaha should have this right from the start Gel battery failed after two weeks!

    28 October 2006

  • Best bike I have owned.

    jeffholmes

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Swapped 6 month old Sprint ST for Fazer due to too many silly problems and bad warranty department. I was looking for a bike with similar charicteristics as the Sprint without the silly problems. What I have got with the Fazer is a more versatile bike with a better riding position that is so easy to ride it is pure pleasure. It goes round corners easier and seems much lighter as if you are riding a 600. Strengths: Engine, looks, build quality, great handling. Weaknesses: Not found any yet.

    26 October 2006

  • Pretty good all rounder, needs power commander

    SteveFZ1S

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought the FZ1 in August 06 swapping my RSVR for it. I commute 50 miles a day and wanted something a bit more practical with the ability to scratch around on the weekends. The bike has lived up to expectations in all but one respect. Throttle response when caning the bike around the lanes is fractionally short of scary. When setting up for corners the hesitation and then abrupt fueling is unsettling for machine and rider alike. If Yamaha aren't going to respond then the Power Commander bekons. Strengths: Flexible engine, gentle in traffic and exilirating on the lanes. Clear cockpit and comfortable riding position. Weaknesses: Throttle response at high revs.

    23 October 2006

  • Wow what comfort

    restorer

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Got to be the the best riding position i have come across in 20 years in the saddle.Loads of top end rush and sports bike feel. Everything i wanted out of a bike is there track day bike or sport touring city commuting its got the lot. Like the looks its a winner in my book. Strengths: Got to be the comfort and how versatile the bike is a top class all rounder. Weaknesses: Slightly snatchy at low revs and a lack of underseat space.

    07 October 2006

  • My Review

    wayne nott

    trethomas ,

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Looks stunning - in black,handles very well,goes and stops well. Strengths: Looks, power and handling. Weaknesses: Gearbox is a bit of a pain with problem changing from 1st to 2nd gear and hitting false neutral.

    05 October 2006

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