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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
£1,720 (1999) - £2,540 (2003)
Private used prices
£1,160 (1999) - £2,000 (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)

  • Better than you'd ever imagine it could be!

    Eldar

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Geat fuel consumption ,up to 59 mpg !comfotable, quicker than you'd think ,suprisingly good handling ,excellent headlights (it's an 02 model)if your after 600 thats comfortable and quick ,sod the cbr's ect get one of these you won't be dissapointed.

    27 June 2009

  • Excellent

    andypitt56

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I've had this bike for a year its my first big bike, and yes i have stacked it. but other than having to turn it into a streetfighter becuase i didn't have the money to replace the bits there was no structural damage done and it still handles like a dream. unfortunatly its restricted but, i can get 260 odd miles out of a tank and when on a run closer to 300 miles its great.

    16 March 2009

  • Good solid motorbike

    KimLondon

    UK

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    This was the first bike I owned after passing my test, a gold Fazer 600S - the one with the belly pan. What a fine bike it was. I'd still have it now if some woman hadn't reversed her husband's BMW into it and wrote it off while I was asleep in bed. I have to say that the Fazer was a great bike to get used to riding on, but a bit of a leap from the CBF500 I'd passed my test with. Okay, good points about the FZS600: lovely engine, good build quality (carbs means easy to service), good equipment levels - fuel gauge and centre stand are luxuries you miss when they are gone. The riding position is very comfortable and confidence inspiring, you can see around you very easily and long journeys are a breeze. Minuses? Not many really. The only thing I'll say is that it's a bit top-heavy. At the time I didn't really realise, but the SV650 and new Fazer feel a bit more stable at low speeds and the new FZ6 is definitely easier to get on the centre stand. However, this is really nit picking. One serious problem, though, is the lights - they are really pants. However, some journalists have said the new FZ6 is not as good as the old Fazer 600. I don't agree at all. I find the new model more stable, better looking, more comfortable and I think an improvement in every way. However, this is a personal thing.

    03 December 2008

  • Sofa on wheels!

    RatsBomber

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've had my 1998 Fazer for around 18months now and I have to say its fantastic. Firstly the engine is a belter, never needy or left gasping by anything, even though now I'm used to the power its still not 'slow' plenty of midrange where you need it. I doubt many made it on to track but the suspension does have its limitations, although to be perfectly honest in 9/10 situations its handles with relish. Sofa on wheels my mates call it, and its just that, so comfortable to sit on, wind protection isnt amazing although its better now I have a double bubble on it. All in all a perfect all rounder do anything bike. Buy one.

    05 October 2008

  • Don't believe the review's fuel economy figures

    olembe

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have an '02 Fazer as my first 'big' bike after passing my test. I love it, and regularly commute an 80-mile round trip on it with ease. I just wanted to say that if you're thinking of getting a Fazer, ignore the fuel stats given in this review: either they're complete fantasy or the reviewers went everywhere in first gear. In my normal commute (mostly 60 MPH A roads, with a bit of town driving) I get about 210 miles before the reserve light comes on (so I'd guess about 260 miles to the tank?). And that's certainly not taking it easy: third or fourth gear most of the time. I recently did a long trip, which was mostly 6th gear on the motorway, and did 230 miles without even dipping into the reserve. This is a superb bike.

    10 June 2008

  • 98 Fazer, Always Willing, Definately Able.

    Davrob

    CHINNOR , UK

    Average rating rating is 5

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    My '98 Fazer is just about to hit 40,000 miles, and still she never complains. I've ridden it all through the winter with no problems what so ever. She starts first time every day and is always keen whatever the weather. Great allrounder, great fun!

    02 May 2008

  • Ultimate Commuter

    Loosetool

    Average rating rating is 4

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    My 2001 Fazer is the ultimate commuter. She never complains and never bites - only demanding a regular oil change. 95bhp (85bhp at the wheel) is a lot for a 600. Its a lot of bike for the price. Possibly a future classic (Did you see them on Kill Bill?)

    05 January 2008

  • 2000 FZS600

    markandjen

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is my first bike since passing my test a month ago. Looked at a few different bikes but kept returning to this! I've been lucky as the people who have owned it have looked after it. It's got 16500 miles on the clock but is excellent condition. It was a bit more powerful than I expected when I pulled away from the shop!! Ridden to work on it aswell as having a three and a half hour ride non stop to get some miles under my belt. Didn't ache or feel tired. The fuel consumption has been really good and is easy to control at low and higher speeds. Ridden on motorways, A roads and town roads and haven't been disappointed at all. Would highly recommend the bike to anyone considering a versatile, comfortable and easy to ride bike.

    05 September 2007

  • 2003 FZS600 Foxeye

    semblers

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I needed to get my commuting time down - 20 miles motorway, 10 miles rush hour filtering on London's North Circular and 5 miles 'town' riding. Brilliant all rounder. Has the power when I need it, comfort for long commute and control for filtering. Haven't managed to master the very low speed cornering yet - the throttle seems a bit snatchy. I reckon I get better mpg than the 'average' figures given.

    12 May 2007

  • 2003 FZS600 Foxeye model

    fazlyn

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Believe it or not previous to owning this bike I had owned two (different times) FZS1000's.. they are brilliant bikes. This is my sons Fazer. We toured EU together with other two sons and one of their partners. On Fazers, Andy on my present bike, Matt on an 02 Fazer (virtually identical cept for Yamaha logo on the tank). Martin was on a newer FZ6S, me on the FZS1000 and Anna (Matts partner) GSX600. I think the GSX was worst for comfort overall and also frustration in usable to useable power also hairpins at slow speed (due to dangers). Next the FZS1000 best for comfort again frustrating in power usage, both too powerful however on a good safe bend!!!WOWWW But the two bikes that got there pegs down and whos riders had the biggest permanent grin were the two FZS600's. Yeah.. no match to the others the power is sooooo usable on the 600 fazer. I can really vouch for that as unfortunately had to part with the thou and due to even sadder reasons now have the 600. Strengths: Usable power, handling, overall quality. Weaknesses: Only the seat but with after market seat....100% strength.

    26 September 2006

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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

Grendel1

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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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