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Yamaha FZ1/FZS1000 (2006-current)



Detail Value
New price £9,199
Used price range View Yamaha FZ1 FAZER bikes for sale to see current asking prices
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

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.

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)

  • The best move from a sports bike!

    tamlin23

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    We are all getting older, a lot of us still want that buzz sports bikes provide but are getting aches and pains related to the sports bike crouched riding position - that can be ignored no longer! Need a solution to this problem? - I present to you the FZ1! This bike has a comfortable riding position to save your back and looks to rival or better any other naked/muscle bike out there. The quality of the parts and paint are blatantly top knotch (like most modern Yamahas I have found). But the biggest cherry on this good looking, usable cake - is the masses of available power at you command. The torque is fat and wide over the rev range, giving a seemingly never relenting build in power from very low down the rev band. This power could be intimidating to newer or less experienced riders, maybe even those returning from a lay off, If that is the case, the FZ8 would be the perfect bike for you (read my review on it). But we are talking about a bike for those coming from top end sports machines, who want to minimise the compromise - this is definately the best bike for you!

    02 September 2012

  • Test Ride

    ottouberswengen

    Average rating rating is 4

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    My approach to this test ride was from the point of view of wanting to try something a little lighter than my Hayabusa (for urban purposes) and also check out the quoted fuelling glitches that reviewers seem to dislike. This 2011 FZ1N was fine, especially from closed to small throttle openings, which is where most criticism had been quoted. No problems at all for me and also the low rpm torque characteristics also pulled strongly. It is lighter and more nimble in the urban context and filtering in tight spaces was better than the Busa. It didn't quite have the induction ROAR of the Busa but otherwise the instantaneous throttle response was impressive. Clutch (non slipper) action was very smooth & light and the brakes flawless. I liked the looks(I preferred the black) of the N far more than the S. One thing I did not like was the position of the footpegs. They dug into the back of my calves at standstill in the traffic forcing me to sit far forward. Rearset's a must for me on this bike... The engine was very impressive indeed. I'd say if you want a naked this is near if not at the top of the heap. The 6 speed GB was not as smooth as the Busa, but possibly due to newness and also there is no gear indicator, which is a bit of a let down by Yamaha. Build quality was exemplary and 4-1 exhaust sounded very good if a slightly on the quiet & cultured side. An Akra 4-1 system would fix that! This bike is nimble, very likeable, great looking & very powerful as well. On the road you would not notice the 0.5-1 sec giveaway to the mighty Busa in the 1/4 and 0-100kph dash. In the 250kph+ region, of course the Busa is pure Serenity without equal that I can see. With the FZ1, you gain lightness, but you also gain wind buffeting. You also LOSE around 45kg for the urban blast, so the FZ1 is fantastic, but away from the city traffic, the Busa Supremacy is still right up there.

    24 September 2011

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    scayir

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Thanks motor oyunları

    03 September 2010

  • fz1

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have owned mine for 18 months and done 16,000 miles in all weathers. This is the only bike i have ridden i cannot fault every morning i look forward to riding 10 miles to work and releasing the animal down the road. It can be all things easy effortless ridng over taking those tin boxes in 6th calm and collected or tearing your arms out of joint with mass acceleration the choice is yours. You can sit on motorways amply protected at very high speeds only the fuel consumption and capacity being a little dissapointing however more than required. You can flick the bike through bends on smaller roads only the large rear tyre slowing u a little. I have ridden through snow and even floods over 1 mile distance and 2-3 ft deep where cars have been written off without so much as a cough from the r1 motor. The chain and sprocket is original and only adjusted when tyre changes occur (every 5,000 mile on the rear)Thanks to a scotoiler. What more can i say other than thankyou yamaha

    09 May 2010

  • FZ1 Fazer 2008

    TBK1

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I wanted a bike that could be be ridden like a tourer when I needed it and a sportsbike when I wanted it. It needed to accommodate a pillion in comfort and with two 6ft people on board, it needed enough grunt and top-end to be fun. I chose a new FZ1 Fazer and I'm not disappointed. It's a bit a of a 'Q' bike - looks staid but it's surprisingly fast. Having owned a variety of sportsbikes, what I particularly like about the FZ1 is that it makes it easy - I never feel tired or cramped after a long ride. Gripes? The standard screen creates too much turbulence but this is sorted with the excellent MRA Vario screen. For a more cosseting ride, I've replaced the standard seats (which can become uncomfortable on longer rides) with Sargent Seats. The sides of the tank can get marked if, like me, you tend to grip the tank with your knees under heavy braking, so I fitted some TechSpec Gripster tank pads (they really suit the bike, fitting is simple and they look much better that StompGrip pads). My remaining compliaint, which I'll address one day is that I have the dark blue model with gold wheels and it needs livening-up. I'm currently looking for suitable 'speed-block' decals but I guess I'll be visitng Dream Machine or Race Paint UK for something unique...

    25 April 2010

  • Buy a slip on

    tcmcdcac

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Had this bike '08 FZ1-S for 6 months and recently bought an Akrapovic slip on... new bike! It now has loads of midrange torque and is much more rideable - for touring or sports riding. The original pipe is a heavy piece of overly restrictive junk? Why did Yamaha put it there?????? Tony

    22 April 2010

  • fz1 so good

    magpiemale

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I bought the fazer 2 years ago and have found it good.I do not do soft panniers but have put a top-box on E52 and have a monster bag for the pillion seat for touring-ish rides.I took it to germany hanover and found the ride great no back aches,or others things wrong.Fuel is rubbish 120 miles on average on tap would of been better with 160 mpg,throttle response is good on over 6-7000 rev's but under that and the bike is a bit slowish then wham your into 3 figure speeds.So low down grunt or dyno to smooth the power or response more will be needed.Would I buy another? yes ! it washes up well I apply GT85 to the back wheel to keep it clean and use ACF50 for the suspension spring.

    28 October 2009

  • ULTRA RIDER

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Fantastic Bike.Got the bike new in January.A credit to Yamaha, spot on!Went to France in March no problem loaded and 2up.Just rode solo from Plymouth to Split Croatia, non stop 1,500miles in 30 hours.You could knock four hours off for heavy rain and spray that forced me to stop in Austria.Toured Bosnia,Mostar valley, Sarajevo etc, AWSOME!!If you like this bike and are thinking of owning it, say no more.

    31 August 2009

  • FZ1

    jocasaja

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    finally gave up sportsbikes - needed more comfort - this yamaha is just so much fun - taken the aftermarket screen off as it looks much better without - will use it for the annual tour though. Only negative is the seat - numb bum after 1/2 an hour. May have it modded with memory foam or gel insert or even buy a corbin replacement.

    09 August 2009

  • Perfection is nearly here

    deimens

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    What can I say? I graduated from a FZS600 Fazer after spending a week dancing on the gear lever in Germany. The bike is unbelieveable value for money. The finish is good and a regular rinse after winter riding keeps the worst of the corrosion at bay. The handle bars are wide, perfectly placed and look really good. It handles unbelievably well for something that is a "sports tourer". I was chasing a ZX6r in France in May on a twisty road with 90mph bends (and pegs scraping) and it barely broke a sweat. The only thing that might have helped would have been a stickier front but the PR2 did fine. The brakes are excellent, mine has ABS but I rarely need to use it. The seat isn’t very comfy for over 90mins but an airhawk seat has seen to that, a scottoiler has taken care of the chain which does take a thrashing with that engine. The side stand is hard to set down with racing boots on but I just kick the base of it down. I have had no problems with mine. I run a zumo and a EXO2 heated vest of the batter y with no issues. Handguards from ascerbis are the only other mods I could think of. Important but don’t panic!!!!!! The welding on the frame on the sides above the clutch is a not perfect. I dropped mine(2007) at 2mph and it cracked the weld. Yamaha replaced it on goodwill warranty but the replacement frame is a revised item so newer models should have no issues. One last thing. This is a great bike but it is not a learner bike or something for people returning to biking. If you F*** up or are hamfisted it will spit you off. If you have bought one and it intimidates you do some advanced training or bikesafe. Dont blame the bike. The bike is only as good as the rider and will do what you want if you ask nicely.

    02 August 2009

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