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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)

  • Grin factor 10/10

    jcarcass

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is a wild bike even when pushed it handels lovely. There it only one down fall that I could find thats the flat spot on the throttle. This can be cured and is worth doing to make this bike a superb bike. Strengths: Handling. Weaknesses: Flat spot.

    24 September 2006

  • Best bike I've owned (and I've owned plenty!!)

    hornet01uk

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought this bike after riding it as a demo in June. Tried a Triumph Sprint ST at the same time but it was nowhere near as good fun. I was looking for something to replace my GSXR750K5 because it was killing my wrists. I had journalist fuelled preconceptions about the iffy fuelling and harsh suspension but they were soon dismissed after the test ride!! Really enjoy riding this bike, it does need a pipe and powercommander to clean up the fuelling and improve power/response. Fantasic handling, roadholding and breaking, 120 mile comfort. Strengths: Power above 6000 rpm Excellent handling Braking Comfort Looks Tuneability (is that a word?) Excellent Dealer (Alf England). Weaknesses: Power below 6000 rpm Slightly jerky throttle response at higher revs Slightly hard seat (although it is good for 130 miles!!).

    07 September 2006

  • Great Bike ?

    7cedar

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Why can't they fit the R1 engine without tampering with anything? Anyway coming from a 93 R1 maybe I was expecting the same performance. I did test ride before I bought it and was happy,it's a good bike and looks meaner with a bellypan. Maybe a powercommander to rectify fuelling at low RPM, it's a rocketship after 6000 rpm though! Strengths: Performance after 6000rpm. Looks. Handling. Dealer support.
    Weaknesses: Annoying humming/vibration noise from small panel in front of speedo panel at 4000 rpm.

    27 August 2006

  • Gets better every time I ride it

    chipsdibs

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Traded in Ducati for the Yamaha looking for more acomplished all rounder. Certainly not disapointed gets as many looks as the Ducati with excellent usability. The fueling I dont find a problem at present and I know there is a fix out there if required. The attention to detail is ten times better than previous Yamahas but why oh why different levers with adjuster only on the brake. Looks cheap and annoys me every time I use the bike.  Strengths: Looks, power and usability.  Weaknesses: The footpegs I find awkward position lack of storage space under seat.

    19 August 2006

  • PHEW! I LOVE IT. JUST GO AND TEST IT

    ginz

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I SWAPPED MY SPRINT ST FOR MY FAZER. WHAT A GOOD MOVE. PERFORMANCE, LOOKS, BUILD QUALITY, ALL EXCELLENT. I KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW....WHAT ABOUT THE FUELLING. TO SAY THAT THERE IS NOTHING WOULD NOT BE QUITE RIGHT, BUT THE VERY SLIGHTEST HESITATION AFTER A GEAR CHANGE IS SO SLIGHT THAT IT IS HARDLY WORTH A MENTION. MY OTHER BIKE IS A 2005 R1. NOW THAT GIVES ME A POSSIBLE PROBLEM. I JUST HOPE THAT THE FAZER DOERS NOT SPOIL ME FOR THE R1 AS THE R1 SPOILED ME FOR THE SPRINT. THE FAZER IS A GREAT BIKE, IT PUTS A SMILE ON MY FACE AND THAT IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT EH?
    Strengths: IT IS A SPORTS BIKE IN A COMFY, PURPOSE DESIGNED CHASSIS. GREAT LOOKS. TOP BUILD QUALITY.  Weaknesses:  WHY NOT PUT GLOVE BOXES IN THE SIDE FAIRINGS, THERE IS PLENTY OF SPACE.

    15 August 2006

  • Swapped an 02 CBR6 for an ex-demo FZ1 fazer with a lower fairing, scottoiler, R&G, datatool4, etc.

    Steviedrew

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Been riding 2 years and after some happy times with a 2002 CBR600F and a trip to Portugal I decided that a change was needed. CBR a great bike, especially as a novice but was two painful after 60 miles or so on the old wrists and shoulders. Didn't want to compromise performance for a more comfortable bike and at the ripe age of 25 didn't want a Pan or FJR. The fazer seemed to have the perfect balance of comfort, performance and all round useability. The bike looks great and the handling and engine are fantastic. Rode a blackbird as first choice but fazer blew it away. It's really light and so comfortable. If I was handed a blank cheque for any bike, I would buy exactly the same bike again. Its great fun, happy to tour in comfort, will commute and can easily accomadate two up riding comfortably (as commented by numerous passengers). Must mention how genuine the official Yamaha dealers were (K2, Stoke on Trent). Overall verdict: a cracking bike. Strengths: Looks, handling, colour (larva red), useability, engine is really responsive and grunty, brakes are fantastic, comfort, clocks, stock exhaust note, dealer service (K2, Stoke).  Weaknesses: Fueling is jerky but not as bad as the press make it out to be. Going from a sportsbike and mates riding the fazer who ride sportsbikes they think there isn't a fueling glitch but it is noticable. Still, would go out and buy the same bike again tomorrow so obviously isn't that serious. There is an annoying buzz from the air defuser between the clocks and the screen around 5k (sorted with an ear plug - clean obviously!)but other than that its great.

    12 August 2006

  • Efficiency

    mcntopcat

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Yep, good bike. I am in the running in mode so can't wind her out just yet, but going on how the motor is behaving up to & approaching 6 grand then there is sure to be more fun to discover after 6G's. Handling is very good, and of course can be fine tuned further. You have to tap the gear lever a little to use all the engine has, but am starting to enjoy that aspect again, even coming from a bike that was all tourqe and no rev's, to this yoke which needs rev's and gear's to really get your rocks off. But then again, for most everyday riding you wouldn't really need to do any Flattley impersionations. Strengths: Handling, bars, seats, ease of use, can't comment on top end rush yet but I know it's there. Weaknesses: The toolkit elastic band thingy is a f__king nusiance, that's it. E.O.D pick the right tool for your job and there shouldn't be a lot to write here. Would still like another 80bhp + 70 old of torque ;-).

    04 July 2006

  • A good bike spoiled by its imfamous fuelling problem

    Andy Harrison

    Telford , UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    The FZ1S is a good bike but I can't go so far as to say its a great bike. Its a good looking, sporty bike which is also more than capable around town in part, due to its split in the rev range. Below 7000 rpm, its a friendly, easy ride due to the gentle power delivery. Over 7000 rpm and its a rocket ship pulling hard to its 12000 rpm redline whilst remaining stable on the road. One task the bike isn't up for unless you spend a fortune on hard luggage is touring. I have found it impossible to fit my Oxford Sports panniers and tail pack at the same time. I've also had to get a shorter tank bag as my more normal sized Oxford Tank bag made it impossible to move around on the bike when cornering. Strengths: Riding Position. - Great handling - Looks - Strong, flexible engine - Pillion seat. The Missus loves it. Much better than the Sprint ST in our opinion. Weaknesses: Poor fuelling. Try rolling on from a constant or closed throttle at about 5-6000 rpm. The jerky response is out of proportion to the throttle input. - negligible under seat storage especially if you fit an alarm there. - Its poorly designed for fitting soft luggage especially panniers. - The Exup valve is part of the end can so if you want to keep the valve, you have to keep the can. - Poor fuelling. It really annoys me so its worth mentioning twice.

    27 June 2006

  • Stunning!!!

    LankyIanB

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Still running it in, but am absolutely delighted. Don't know what the magazine reviews are on about with the fuelling as it's excellent! Glad I took the dealers offer of a test ride rather than beleiving the press. Handling a delight, motor feels strong, looking forward to being able to use all of it.... Pillion accommodation has received full and enthusiastic approval too! Have got the full fairing - looks great and fits really well. Strengths: Handling, comfort, engine, looks. Weaknesses: .....?

    25 April 2006

  • Journo's should try a production bike

    sprint955i

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    If your thinking of buying one of these, don't believe what you've read in the bike press, get down to your dealer and get a test ride. Fuelling issue - what fuelling issue? it's very responsive, but it's not a fraction of the issue some reviews have made it out to be. Strengths: Fantastic handling, Jekyl & Hyde motor, comfy, and it looks fantastic, yes even that muffler. Weaknesses: Slightly hard seat, passenger grab rails a little too far forward.

    25 April 2006

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