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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

In many ways the older Yamaha FZS600 Fazer is better than the new model; much more midrange oomph, better weather protection, more upright riding position. But it does look kinda 80s disco from some angles and it's also a bit greedy on fuel. Otherwise, teh Yamaha FZS600 Fazer is a versatile all-rounder with great brakes and a reliable motor.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

There's just under 100bhp in the Yamaha FZS600 Fazer's detuned, Thundercat 600cc, four cylinder engine and that's plenty for backroads fun, as well as motorway commuting if needs be. The Yamaha FZS600 Fazer delivers its power in a wide spread and the 6 speed gearbox is there if you feel like playing tag with sports bikes. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

When you push the Yamaha FZS600 Fazer to the limit, which is easy with those R1 brakes upfront, it dives a little bit and loads up the front end. It waggles a bit, but the handling is generally confidence-inspiring and if you take it steady you could ride to Budapest on a Yamaha FZS600 Fazer and feel no severe aches or pains.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

There's room for proper waterproofs under the Yamaha FZS600 Fazer's seat, the brakes are outstanding and the half fairing may look a bit Star Wars 1978, but it works well. Pillion grabrail, stainless steel exhaust silencer and centrestand help make the Yamaha FZS600 Fazer a practical motorcycle. 

Yamaha FZS600 Fazer (1998-2004)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£1,480 (1998) - £2,540 (2003)
Private used prices
£1,140 (1999) - £1,970 (2002)
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Engine size 599 cc
Power 95 bhp
Top speed 135 mph
Insurance group 12 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Yamaha FZS600 Fazer is a fairly well made motorcycle, and except for the black painted downpipes rotting away, or the brake calipers seizing up, the Yamaha FZS600 Fazer doesn't suffer big problems. It can rack up very high miles with regular servicing. Apart from its thirst for fuel it would make a great despatcher's motorcycle.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

There are loads of used Yamaha FZS600 Fazers out there and all make a good choice as a first time `proper' bike, or a general weekend toy for the rider who values an upright riding position more than 150mph performance. Yes, it looks a bit dated, but the Yamaha FZS600 Fazer offers real world biking for as little as £1500. Find a Yamaha FZS600 Fazer for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 12 of 17

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Model History

1998: Yamaha FZS600 Fazer launched.
2000: Yamaha FZS600 Fazer S appears, same bike, jazzy paint.
2001: Yamaha FZS600 Fazer gets new carbon look instrument panel, painted fork sliders.
2003: Yamaha FZS600 Fazer discontinued in UK.
2004: Last of the `03 registered UK model Yamaha FZS600 Fazers sold.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 135 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.8 secs
Max power 95 bhp
Max torque 61 ft-lb
Weight 189 kg
Seat height 790 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 55 mpg
Tank range 130 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 12 of 17
Engine size 599 cc
Engine specification 16v, in line 4, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel double cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Twin 298mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 110/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(42 reviews)

  • stop gap fazer

    robbie williams

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Hi I bought the fazer to get me around while waiting for parts for my aprilia.I purchased it from an elderly chap a few miles up the road from me 3075 miles on the clock 2 owners from new on a 1998 plate.They are about if your lucky it rides like new and the engine is sooo sweet handlings very good but the front end definately needs stiffining up just a couple of cosmetic blemishes but I am over the moon with it.So I really dont give a toss if I gotta wait another 6 weeks for my aprilia parts Im having a great time regards Robbie

    14 August 2010

  • FANTASTIC

    Tom Kelly

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    This is my second review here for my Yamaha 600 Fazer. I've had the bike a year now. FANTASTIC! Got back from Ireland recently where I did a 1,000 miles on it without a squeek! It's so nice to ride and not at all intimidating. And when you need that power for overtaking - boy does it go! Surprises me every time and puts a big grin on my face! OK so handling's a bit bouncy and you do get back ache if you ride it for long periods (around Ireland!). A few problems I've had are chain adjuster needed looking at as had seized up a bit, front forks started to leak oil and it does feel a bit gravelly low down in the gears. But it's a great fun and I would recommend one to anyone moving up to a bigger bike. Got to be one of the best 600s about. Very cheap to insure too.

    24 July 2010

  • Eldars review

    Eldar

    Average rating rating is 5

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    the review bellow dated 11th july is mine , dont know why it uploaded as annonymous ?

    11 July 2010

  • still love it

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    well ive had it over a year now and 11,000 trouble free miles of riding to work every day and weekend rideouts .I just did the 24,000 mile service myself and the valve clearances are still within tollerance ,excellent!. fuel consumption's still brilliant ( I almost got to the silverstone GP and back to manchester on one tank !but refuelled in Leek when the light came on, it was late and getting dark and I didnt want to run out on the moors,but i reckon i could've pushed my luck and got further.I have had one problem ,the block connector on the starter solenoid corroded and caused a flat battery but a quick scrub with some abrasive paper and wd40 soon cured it followed with a night on the old optimate !its done 25000 miles now and i reckon the shocks past its best but it still handles round the twisties even though a bit bouncey . if the motor starts to feel lumpy it needs nothing more than the carbs balancing and on a fazer this jobs a piece of p**s .as for tyres i'm running on storm ultra 2's they are excellent rain or shine up to now they've done 5,000 miles and still loads of tread left and are wearing evenly.oh and glad to see MCN have finally updated the MPG figure , now you just need to update the tank range ! overall my '02 fazer is still one of, if not THE best all round bike i've owned in 40 years of riding . if your thinking of buying one, DO IT you won't be dissapointed .

    11 July 2010

  • Overall great bike

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Hi there I have just bought my FZS 600 1998 reg. 36k on clock, 7 previous owners and tell you what... its in great condition! This is my second BIG bike so i could compare it only with CBF 500 which i had for 9 months so there we go. Advantages: 1-It has more torque and higher top speed. 2-Much more comfortable and stable on low - high speed. 3-Much better looking (mine has newer face of Yamaha FZS 600 2003 Reg). 4-Quite similar MPG comparing to CBF500. (£20 15.5L managed to do 250 miles in the city). 5-Slightely bigger boot (its handy when you have 2 chains + ). Disadvantages: 1-Hasnt got ABS breaks like CBF500 which i found extremely helpful when its wet (i know many people would prefer the normal brakes but...) 2-No temperature indicator only warning light. As i said overall this is a great bike with plenty of fun. Buy it and you will have a smile on your face Cheers!

    10 July 2010

  • Stunningly Good

    ranorthe

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've been riding 20 years and have had over 200 bikes. The FZS600 is one of the best. The engine is a gem, lots of mid range and real kick in the pants when the revs get above 9K. The front brakes are awesomely good, the back is a bit poor but then who uses the back brake anyway? The handling is very good, helped by the low all up weight, if it has a limitation it's the standard rear shock which can lose a bit of damping when it gets hot. A Hagon would sort it but it's not a sufficient problem that I've done anything about it. You need to keep an eye on the oil level, it only holds 3 litres so a little loss can make a big difference to the oil level in the sump. The fuel economy is excellent - I don't know where MCN got its figures from but they are plain wrong. I just got back from France, 900 miles fully loaded up, 80 to 90MPH most of the way and the bike returned nearly 60MPG. The closest comparison I can make is to an old GSXR750 streetfighter, except that the FZS600 handles and stops too... I've given it 4/5 for equipment because I wish they'd fitted a temperature gauge rather than a warning light. Price wise these are similar to Bandit 600s, a bike which by comparison is fat, slow, wobbly and dull. Buy a Fazer and you'll be grinning from ear to ear :o)

    08 July 2010

  • All Singing

    HiMac

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Bought my first Fazer recently. Have 1999 FZS600. Am 5'10" 12st. I'm no boy racer so bike has more than enough guts to keep me happy. Overall body ergonomics more that acceptable. Good acceleration and handling. Far more enjoyable to ride than CBF or Bandit. Despite some comments, find fuel consumption very good. I'm up just over 60mpg. Doing 210 miles before refill. That's certainly better than a newer CBF600 I had. Truth is, if you absolutely cane any bike the consumption will increase dramatically. Find the rear preload needs upping from standard 4 to 5 or 6 for more confidence in bends. At normal(ish) riding speeds seems quite stable. The only downside for me is the screen which is the worst for me on any bike I've ridden. Directs air flow straight into lower/mid helmet. It actually seems worse than riding a naked. I personally don't find the seat very comfortable, again the worst I've sat on. Having said that, I have given a new fazer a good long ride out and didnt find the same problems. I may be lucky and bought a well looked after model, but most aspects of the bike seem to have stood up well to the elements. Only very minor signs of corrosion in a few places so considering the age I'm fairly impressed. All in all, the bike is a great ride. I commute all year round + Sunday ride outs, about 8-10k a year and this is really the sort of bike to please you most of the time in most of your riding situations. I must however, change that screen before winter.

    29 August 2009

  • New rider

    Daddyk

    Average rating rating is 4

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    New to riding last year and spent 6 months on 125 getting basics. Did big boy test and immediatly started looking or first big bikes. After seeing a few Bandits and Hornets a mate was selling his well looked after Fazer 2001 model. Absolutely love it. Paid decent money but at least know how well it was looked after. Had it now for 5 months and still smiling after every ride. Plenty of power there for a newby and still haven't been near to red line although close when a 911 wanted a bit of fun but he soon backed of defeated!!! As said plenty of power and very easy to control at both high and low speed. As others have mentioned 1st and 2nd gear sound like a tank shooting and some slight vibration @ 6000 revs. Fuel cons for me around 45-50. Definatley recommend and for foreseeable no need to change at all.

    22 August 2009

  • Brilliant bike

    Tom Kelly

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought a Fazer about 3 weeks ago after having a little 200CC Chinese import bike. Phew - what a difference. It has the most amazing acceralation - it's awsome! Handling's excellent too. And it's looks like a "proper" bike. Those double headlights (later models) look very muscular. Give's it real road presence I think. The clocks look like race bike clocks - still haven't red-lined it yet, not sure I ever will! Only downside is it's very heavy and difficult to push around. Apart from that, it's exceeded my expectations! I love riding it.

    09 August 2009

  • MPG Update

    Eldar

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    just an update on fuel consumption , you guys realy should change those figures, c'mon MCN 35mpg and 130 to a tank , this week I got 276 miles out of 22 liters ,I got 43 of those miles after the fuel light came on !

    09 August 2009

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zikrijaxxx

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To urbanfireblade

Hi Mate

That's too many informations LOL

Anyways in practise the VPower makes the bike run much smoother and more importantly on 95 the bike does only 160 miles per tank in the city where on VPower it does 185 miles (I promise). That's hell a lot of difference for someone who does 1500 - 2000 miles per month as I do.

Thanks for your comment mate !

02 May 2013 19:15

urbanfireblade

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To Zikrijaxxx posting on 26th feb 2013

Running a standard carb'd Fazer on higher octane fuel has little or no affect other than helping with carb icing in winter due to the higher octane 97 RON being a more refined fuel(less water content). If it was a later injection model then the ecu will automatically adjust and advance the ignition until it begins pinking then back off a tad so in theory making the most of higher octane fuel, bike fitted with carburettors have no ecu so cannot take advantage of higher octane fuel unless you've set it up on a dyno specifically to run 97 RON instead of 95 by increasing main jet size etc.

 

 

28 February 2013 18:50

urbanfireblade

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what ive done to my '98 Fazer

Just a few things i've done to mine in the short time i've owned it that have made it much nicer for me at least.

For commuting, the standard exhaust is ace on those early morning 5.30am starts, nice and quiet, keeps the neighbours happy, very easy to keep clean and being OEM fits perfect!

A 16 tooth front sprocket instead of the standard 15 tooth fits ok with no mods other than adjust the chain to get the correct 30-45mm slack. It makes the gears less manic as the gearbox ratios are very close together on standard 15/45t gearing, 16/45t is a good mod, Renthal 289-530-16 sprocket around £12 new from bike shops on eBay.

Run both headlights on dipped beam, a spare dipped-beam switch wire is conveniently under the tank in the electrics box, has a blue connector, just run a wire from this to the top spade connector of the righthand H4 bulb to get both lights working. Also Osram night breaker bulbs are supposed to be good, tho short life span may sway you more towards better brands making higher lumen claims(light output ie +50% brighter).

Heated grips, R&G are cheap at £37 and were already fitted to my Fazer, but you get what you pay for. My Ducati Monster has the new Oxford Touring Heated grips, 2012 version with intelligent electronics in the control box to detect when the engine is off and automatically switch off the heated grips, no more flat batteries, these cost £80 and are i'd say, about twice as hot as the R&G ones. I'd always recommend the Oxford, R&G is false economy, whats the point in spending that money and time fitting them when they aren't very hot? More luke warm.

Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires in standard 110/70/17 and 160/60/17 sizes are good tires, but a complete pain to get the bead to seat on the Fazer rims. Tires are too narrow and i had to resort to a makeshift tourniquet/tie strap arrangement to compress the centre of the tire and splay out the sides in order for them to seal and 'pop' onto the rim and seal. Never ever had a problem with Bridgestones on rims???

 

 

08 February 2013 21:24

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FZS 600 FAZER

I have a 2003 FZS 600 Fazer 'Fox Eye' - read the owners reviews! day to day riders are the ones who know, comments bulging with enthusiasm and positive feedback. 1998 originals still run today (2010), a testament to Yamaha build quality and Fazer durability. Forget the Honda's, Kawasaki's or Suzuki's, believe me! the FZS 600 Fazer is a speedy, easy handler, with the most comfortable riding position, extremely competitive low cost insurance cover makes for a tantalizing first-time bike option and a realistic long term all rounder. Spares and accessories are widely available, even on the oldest models, the Fazer legacy continues on, the new 2010 Fazer 800 seems retrospective, in style, with a modern twist, though perhaps a little pricey. Kindest Regards Grendel 1

09 November 2010 01:10

tourx4

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Thanks for all your comments, at the moment i'm half way through my a2(125)training and i'm starting to think about my 1st big bike. Also at the moment i've just had a 2 lead pacemaker fitted and must be careful about putting too much weight on my left shoulder. All I want is a nice allrounder to have fun on and build my confidance further.

22 August 2010 22:53

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