YAMAHA FZ1 FAZER (2006-on) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"The awesome 2002 R1 engine in a more practical but still high-spec chassis"

Yamaha FZ1/FZS1000 motorcycle review - Riding

"The awesome 2002 R1 engine in a more practical but still high-spec chassis"

Overall Rating 5 out of 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 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

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Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

59 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA FZ1 FAZER (2006-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your YAMAHA FZ1 FAZER (2006-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.7 out of 5
Engine 4.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.8 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.7 out of 5
Equipment 4.2 out of 5
5 out of 5

So much machine for the money

28 February 2017 by Bobbydigital

A great all round bike that's more sports than sports tourer, in today's terminology it would be called a super"naked", I guess. Tank range is a bit limited, MCN seem to just quote the manufacturers numbers and we all know they don't always tell the truth. Anywhere from 80-110 is normal for me and I don't care because it's 80-110 miles of happy riding.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
These "old" r1 calipers are very good so overall the brakes are strong, even the rear brake is nice and actually does something. The front brake uses forged monoblock 4 piston Sumitomo calipers with 320mm discs, they do a great job and even with the standard rubber hoses they are easy to regulate. Handling is easy and confidence inspiring, it's a breeze in slow traffic but just gets better the faster you go, the bikes handling really comes to life at speed, the 220kg wet weight might seem a lot but you don't notice it and it adds excellent stability.
Engine
4 out of 5
The engine is in my opinion a bit boring in standard form, it's a bit lazy and I was a bit shocked that a 1000cc inline 4 was lacking bottom end power, once you get to around 6k it comes to life the top end pull is well worth the short comings of the bottom end. I went for the full Akrapovic exhaust and power commander 5 and it made a huge difference, the original exhaust seems to restrict the bike a lot, especially the front pipes. The bottom end improve a bit, mid range a lot and top end, it's said to be about 10hp gain so top end is even better now.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
I bought mine in 2016, it was 9 years old at that point and not bit of corrosion on the bike, great powder coating quality, overall top notch and I can't fault it. Good solid build quality, nothing rattles or has come loose, I've own a few bikes and this one has the best finish in terms of paint and it uses many R1 parts, so these are of high quality, strong, light weight and adjustable for their purpose. The usual rusty exhaust studs that are a common issue with any non fully faired motorcycle that's ridden in all weathers.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
There isn't anything special that's needed to service the bike, the usual filters and oil, all easy off the shelf parts. You could end up spending quite a bit of fuel as she can be quite thirsty but you don't buy a 1000cc sports orientated bike if you're after good fuel economy, but for the power output, 150hp @ the crank shes acceptable I reckon.
Equipment
5 out of 5
The simple things are great, a center stand, for some reason these are now a £150 optional extra, but they are better than a side stand for secure parking or for doing little jobs like lubing up the chain, It has a factory immobiliser, hazard light switch, fuel gauge and a headlight where both sides are on, so people don't think one of your lights have blown. So many things that seem to have disappeared from bikes now days. Yamaha was on to something here.
4 out of 5

19 February 2017 by Bobbydigital

Overall it's a great package, for the money you can buy these for you are getting so much machine, I couldn't really pick out the best parts as it does everything so well and not anything badly, the only issue I have is the tank range, as a "tourer" I expected some range but it's pretty limited, at anywhere between 80-100 miles to a tank or whatever £15 buys you. Some people claim more but I have no idea how they achieve that, I'm not pushing a 150bhp 1000cc sports bike hard, I don't have that skill so a lot of the time I'm just using it to get around, within speed limits 30 to 70mph.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
It's that do everything bike. It's more of a sports bike than a touring bike but I have no complaints about the ride quality or the brakes. My is an ABS model and it does come on a bit early on the rear but that's about it. Those older non radial front monoblock calipers do a good job with those large discs up front, it even still has the standard rubber brake hoses and the brakes are totally fine, if not good! The 220kg weight, it vanishes in the bends but also adds stability on the motorway, so you're not blown all over the place. Overall for me at 75kg in my bike gear it's extremely good not matter the situation.
Engine
4 out of 5
Fuelling on my 07 was not great around the 3500 mark, Power commander 5 fixed that. It pulls very well after 7k but the mid range and bottom end is not too great, a lot of I believe is due the limits of the standard exhaust. Smooth gearbox, it's basically a sports bike, so expect a sports bikes top end rush of power.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
I bought my FZ1 on 15,500 miles, at the time it was 9 years old but it looked brand new. The powder coating on this bike is superb and it still looks new to this day, everything is quality about this bike as it's mostly R1 goodies with an upright seating position. Mine has never let me down and everything works perfectly. The only corrosion on my bike is on one of the metal water pipes, right at the bottom of the engine and it's only a small bit and I reckon it's only due to it's location, right where all the crap from the road will end up.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
I service the bike myself around 6200 mile mark. Everything is affordable, just depends on how high end you want to go with oils, filters and what not. There's nothing out of the ordinary that's going to be a pain of break your wallet. Valve service isn't until 25,000, you have 2 in that time if it was a Triumph!
Equipment
5 out of 5
It's a 2007 bike and I feel it's fine, it actually has a fuel gauge which a lot of bikes don't have now and also a wonderful thing called a center stand, which has become an optional extra in today's market! Power commander 3 or 5 sort out the spluttering, bad fueling. I fitted a full Akrapovic system to mine, makes a huge difference and apparently adds 10hp and 12.7nm torque and saves almost 6kg vs stock, it's very quiet as well. It's has woken up the engine quite a bit and it's seems a lot more free and happy at the low end and a big improvement in mid range.
Buying experience

Private sale, 07 15k, abs £3300, was a good deal as everyone else wanted 3500.

5 out of 5

14 October 2016 by David W

Excellent all rounder that doesn't seem to have compromised too much in any one aspect. Bought this second-hand as a slightly bold purchase shortly after getting a licence via the DAS - and sometimes it does scare the c**p out of me...but I've never been either bored or overwhelmed. I've used this bike happily for regular commuting (into central London), motorway-trips and a bit of touring. For a 998cc bike it is compact, very nimble and has more power than I can conceivably ever need. I cannot recommend it highly enough to someone who wants a bike that does everything and does it well. One thing I haven't tried it out on is a race track, so I can't comment on top end performance. And dirt, obviously.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Suspension is readily adjustable and, although before buying this bike I noticed that some people had opted on replacing the rear set-up, I really haven't perceived the need for this. I prefer a firm setting but have had no upsets on London's bump-riddled roads and out of the town this thing sticks tarmac like glue (which as a newbie has been a big confidence boost to see just how far one can push the bike). Brakes are excellent. My bike doesn't have ABS but the brakes have a supple lead and solid finish such that I've managed (to-date) to stay readily out of any trouble. Also, you'd have to be needlessly aggressive with the rear brake to lock it up (the feedback through one's boot is plentiful).
Engine
5 out of 5
For me, the engine is probably the best bit. Because it's an '07 model the fuelling programming has been smoothed out, and -of all the models I tried before buying- it is easily the silkiest I ever twisted the throttle on. True, it is (a little weirdly) less wheelie prone than the F650GS I otherwise ride, and off from first it also requires much more clutch slippage. However, lack of initial torque aside, I have never found myself wanting more on the acceleration front, while the noises and reactions of the engine are so excitable that occasionally I've briefly questioned the need for a lady in my life. I don 't think someone would ever want for more from an engine...unless maybe you're taking this on the track all the time, in which case: why didn't you buy an R1?
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
It's been very well looked after by the previous owners and so has very few signs of wear-and-tear. Other riders regularly comment on what excellent condition it is in (and struggle to believe it has an '07 plate). Tiny bit of rust on the under-carriage here-and-there but nothing I've not been able to clean off. I've had it in for a comprehensive 24,000 mile service, and the mechanic checked it over and gave it back having only changed all the fluids and made some minor adjustments, saying it didn't need anymore than that. My only gripes are: (i) the move down into second and first gear is not smooth (it's not as bad as my F650GS tractor, but still enough for me to not relish it); and (ii) the side panels have required some fiddling and tightening to stop any rattling. This is -however- proper nitpicking, and possibly removing a whole star is a little harsh.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
I've included tyre wear in the above. For a 9 year old bike, the servicing costs are pretty low, and it doesn't get through the tyres quicker than any over bike (as I'm not racing it). However, on fuel economy -while hardly appalling for a 998cc bike- performance is enough to lose a star. On my city commute, I reckon I manage 26 miles per gallon. Even on motorway runs I struggle to get the fuel economy out of the 30s (but that might be down to load and riding style).
Equipment
3 out of 5
The half-digital/analogue dash looks great (I love having a rev needle and will be sad to see that go when I eventually update this bike), but in terms of standard equipment, by 2016 standards (when I'm writing this) the basic bike is pretty darn lean. A gear indicator would be nice (one doesn't generally need it, but now-and-again I do forget/can't tell). Fortunately, previous owners have added excellent heated grips, a Werx can (cannot recommend the growling over-run noise enough) and gel-comfort seat, while I've stuck on a USB power point and a phone mount (because I'm a millennial and that's what we do).
Buying experience

I bought this from a dealer who was very patient while I check every dot and cross on all the documents (I'm a lawyer, so can't help myself). The dealer also knew a winner (the bike) and a sucker (me) when he saw them, because he was not budging a penny from his £4k asking price...

5 out of 5

Great bike

18 July 2016 by Vic

Great overall bike built for the real road. Lightning fast, decent comfort, stunning looks and great sound

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
No race bike brakes, but works perfect. Is fine for sporty riding without being to uncomfortable and hard.
Engine
5 out of 5
As standard they have really bad throttle response and midrange power compared to the competitors. I have flashed my ecu, smaller front sprocket, slipon, decat, airbox mod with K&N filter. Completely transforms the bike. Goes like a rocket at any speed and sounds devilish
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Superbly built. Oozes quality. No plastic feel like its replacer MT10. Seems to be running forever.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Low costs for both Insurance and service. A bit thirsty on fuel though
Equipment
5 out of 5
A bike with engine and two wheels. Nothing unneccesary. No fancy electronics and gadgets, if you want that buy another bike
Buying experience

Good deals on these bikes now since they have existed for a few years. A few mods and they are competitive with some of the latest streetfighters, but at a bargain price.

4 out of 5

Awesome Sports Naked with gem of an engine , and lovely looks, agile handling

09 July 2016 by Chris

Superb bike - Watch out for Frame Weld issues - Mine has a tiny hairline crack on the right side frame weld (possibly was there when I bought it) , but all is fine so it can stay there, I am sure there are a lot of people riding about on these with hairline cracks and they don't know about it as I only found mine following reading the internet forums (after I bought it ....clever eh) . I have seen various responses to people from Yamaha with some changed as goodwill and some not, so it's luck of the draw I reckon......

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
I have a 1200 Bandit too, which although has far superior fuelling as it is the last on carbs (you really cant beat them), the Fazer is soooo responsive and takes off like a startled cat. Brakes are epic, clutch on my 15 k example is smooth and easy even though it is not hydraulic.
Engine
5 out of 5
Actually 6 out of 10, it really is a beautiful piece of kit and gives a real rush when you use the rev range to the full . But conversely it is a real pussy cat when you want it to be. No problems and definitely does not need any of those silly rider modes....
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Generally a lovely bike
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
I have been doing myself, dead easy to work on
Equipment
5 out of 5
I don't like these new bikes and cars with all the apps, social media rubbish and riding modes (why cant we just be left to modulate the twistgrip)
Buying experience

Private - very good

5 out of 5

Perfect allrounder.Get one now!

20 April 2016 by fz1rosie

Love this bike.The raw power the bike gives around 3000 revs cannot be beaten, like the sound a rocket ship makes taking off (probably) leaving my head rattling in my helmet and my stomach somewhere a mile behind me. Worst features have to be the hard seat, also the footrests which seem a bit high. Oh and the side stand is a pig to put down, can't find it behind the centre stand. Mechanically cannot fault.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Cannot fault the ride, smooth when cornering, hurtles along at breakneck speed on the straights, there goes my licence. Oh and that grunt at 3000 revs! What an animal. Comfortable riding position can go all day without a break, perfect touring bike. Footrests a little high.
Engine
5 out of 5
Loving the performance, clutch not too touchy, overall great.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Whats corrosion? No problems with my 5 year old secondhand bike, yet. Not had long enough for any problems to develop and cant foresee any.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Not had bike serviced yet as not had long enough-dropped a star here for poor fuel consumption.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Changed the windshield for a slightly higher one,love the twin headlights, my old FZ8 only had one light come on unless in high beam, fed up with drivers telling me my bulbs out..
Buying experience

Bought from a fantastic dealer,well pleased with the price.

4 out of 5

FZ1 at 4 years old, done 27,000 in my ownership.

26 August 2015 by pilninggas

I have done 27,000 miles on my FZ1S. Going to the Alps and Blackforest repeatedly, Portugal, Norway, Romania and everywhere inbetween. It's a fast, powerful sportstourer (more sports focused) and it's done it pretty well. It's easy to service [even the valve clearances are pretty straightforward] and has never, ever missed a beat. Credit where it is due, it is well made and the handles bloody well. Only flies in the ointment for me - crap fuel economy [probably due to emissions regs] could be okay if the tank had a decent 220mile+ range. A bit vibey at certain speeds. Will replace all of the chassis bearings soon in a preventative measure.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Cycle parts are good, but the rear shock is cheap kayaba rubbish. Upgrade if you plan to keep - i run a wilbers unit.
Engine
4 out of 5
Powerful R1 derived unit - a bit vibey though [no balancer shaft]. Run a power commander, gut the cat, do the airbox mod for a much stronger mid range which is neutered to meet noise and emissions homologation.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Very reliable.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Service it myself, bits are cheap. Fuel economy is not good enough when ridden sedately. Insurance is cheap.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Would be nice to have had a mpg computer like many other bikes.
Buying experience

Brought from dealer nearly new. Straight forward enough - someone else took the hit on initial depreciation.

5 out of 5

08 August 2015 by jb

great bike I'm in love

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Grown up

31 October 2014 by vitesse7749

After 55 years of riding all sorts I came across two very good deals on 2 FZ1s. Simply fantastic, I've read all the negatives and to me they amount to naught. Fast, agile, low speed maneuverability, good fuel mileage, and the looks! mine are Gen1 so they are carved with the tubular frame. I simply cannot say enough about these machines.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

The best move from a sports bike!

02 September 2012 by tamlin23

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!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Test Ride

24 September 2011 by ottouberswengen

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

motor oyunları

03 September 2010 by scayir

Thanks motor oyunları

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
3 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

fz1

09 May 2010 by Anonymous

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

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

FZ1 Fazer 2008

25 April 2010 by TBK1

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...

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Buy a slip on

22 April 2010 by tcmcdcac

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

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

fz1 so good

28 October 2009 by magpiemale

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

ULTRA RIDER

31 August 2009 by Anonymous

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

FZ1

09 August 2009 by jocasaja

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Perfection is nearly here

02 August 2009 by deimens

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.

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Perfection is nearly here

02 August 2009 by deimens

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.

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Ouch!

18 July 2009 by KimLondon

I took a brand-new FZ1 Fazer (faired version) out for a test ride and it rained. Let me tell you - all that power in the wet is terrifying. Didn't enjoy it much and took it back. Decided to get an FZ6 instead. But... I borrowed an '07 naked FZ1 for a day last week and had a real ball of a time. I mean, bloody hell - the power!!?!?! There's been a lot of complaining about the fuelling being jerky but you just need to keep a few revs going and use the clutch and it's smooth as you like. But then I'm used to Yamaha fuel injection so maybe it wasn't such an issue for me. You do need to ride it though. I mean, it's clutch is a bit heavy, the throttle is stiff and the gear change is clunky but keep all the actions positive and it's a joy to ride. Town riding is amazingly fluid as there's all that power at the back wheel and the wide bars and centralised weight make slow-speed maneuvering really easy. Actually, I find that where on my FZ6 I have to plan, change down and rev to exploit a gap on the FZ1 you just open the throttle and -BAM!- you are where you want to be. It is a bit like a pit bull terrier though. If you show it who is boss while treating it with appropriate respect then it will behave as you want. However, if you aren't 100% in control it won't flatter you, and if you dick about it will bite back in a most angry way. So, would I own one? Yeah, maybe in a couple of years, but I recon I'll stick to a 600cc for a while yet. And the fuel economy is shameful. Yamaha, how on earth can you justify such appalling MPG rates? Must do better, really.

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FZ1FAZER

15 July 2009 by ianatchison123

Absolutely brilliant bike.I was delayed initially because of the comments by the "experts" about the snatching but I never experienced it.The rear pegs are a bit high for the pillion.

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2 years on....BUY ONE!!

16 June 2009 by Mr. Luck

I love my fz1, it's fast, torquey and flick-able.....even if it does seem to do 100 miles to reserve around town (if im lucky).... I had a mysterious problem with it juddering and stalling at 1500-4000 rpm, big pull aways were the only cure for not stalling infront of oncoming traffic, after much investigation by various larger dealers coming up with ludicrious conclusions, CARBONTEC in Kenley surrey went to town on it, and i mean they did a bang up job, fine tooth comb jobby......after 4 new coils were fitted and the problem is now sorted and i love it all over again! Those guys took proper care of a customer and after 16,000 miles in 2 years im looking at chopping it in for a new one, thought about a GS or a tourer but after trying them i realised the FZ1 may be an aging design but if you want a big bike that can do everything from touring to commuting to just blasting down A roads, theres nothing quite like 132bhp at the wheel......oh and the Yamaha touring screen did nothing for me as a 6 footer, the Givi touring screen is the way to go.....

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Fz1 Fazer

03 June 2009 by GarbageGuy

I've had my 07 FZ1s for a few months now and reading the FZ1OA forums, I decided to remove both cats from the exhaust, it revs easier has a boost in the revs about 4500rpm where there is usualy a dip for emissions tests and on my first tank full of fuel hasnt gone onto reserve yet at 120 miles, it usualy goes on about 95-105, so thats a bonus :) Very nice bike,loads of pull in top gear, I rode my mates 1200N tweaked Bandit, mine felt a lot more powerfull, I was expecting more from the bandit.

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fazer fun

08 May 2009 by johnyork

LOVE MY FAZER, GOOD IN TOWN,GOOD FOR TOURING,AND GOOD ON THE BACK ROADS,PLUS MY LASS SAYS ITS GOOD FOR THE PILLION,AND STILL LOOKS COOL WITH HARD GIVI LUGGAGE,ITS QUIK TOO!!!

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Fast and Fun

12 October 2008 by redland4451

The 2008 Fazer FZ1-S is a real world bike with amazing power, comfort and rideability. Even with hard luggage fitted it can still keep up with sports bikes and can even outpace some lesser so-called superbikes. The almost upright riding position puts only minimal weight on wrists and the tank range of about 160 miles is just about right when it comes to needing a break. Fuelling is spot on (all sorted from the 2006 models) and the brakes have feel and bite as befits a 150bhp missile. This bike is awesome!!!

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Suits me too

11 July 2008 by Rogb

Hi, I purchased mine after I ditched my beloved CB1300, so the Yam has had to win me over; I wanted a change and I am glad to say I like it. The FZ1 Fazer is a great bike - a sports bike with flat bars in the best way to think of it, not an all-rounder that has been made sporty. This means you get a great chassis, very responive engine and masses of usable power. You immediately know this thing has the R1 engine at it heart and it really does define the bike - just push the starter button and it snarls in to life. I am used to a plush ride with the Honda - it has taken 1000 miles for the bikle to be completely run - in and in that time it has turned from a jerky tough thing in to s sweet and eztremely lively performer. Some minor snatched still occur low down, but it is now negligible. I have just come back from a 1600 mile solo your around Scotland and I have to say that this is perfect for these beautiful roads: 45mpg average and some highly illegal speeds! It really comes in to its when using it's awesome midrange - or you can just go for the throat and rev it out if you can find a long enough road. About to go two up touring to France, so I will report back on this in August. Yet to see how it fares over winter. So far, so good: Great fun!

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Suits me

05 July 2008 by jonny_d

LOOKS GREAT , it can pull my fat arse!! picks up well on 6000+ rpm....good brakes feels agile for a 200 kilo bike. 2 THUMBS UP!!!

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Awesome bike

10 May 2008 by m44tew

Traded in a GSXR 1000K4 for a Silver FZ1, and I'm so pleased I did. Fantastic engine,(although I'm still running it in),superb comfort,the thing is so easy to ride. My bike was sold as a pre registered 2006 machine,but it's on a 57 plate,which is a little confusing as I didn't think you could display a number plate making the vehicle appear newer than it actually is. The point I'm trying to make is about the fuelling, which is spot on, with not a hint of snatchiness(unlike my Gixxer, which was horrible and snatchy at low revs) The ride is superb, finish is excellent, clocks comprehensive and easy to read...and the best bit, it only cost 5k. SUPERB.

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Very pleased

04 May 2008 by DrillSergeant

I rode an FZ6-S for a few years, and apart from the lack of midrange, was very pleased with it. Since then I have upgraded to the FZ1-S and am generally very pleased with it. The engine pulls very well indeed, and has a great note to it. It feel a bit of aposer when riding through town in the evening, and poeple look round to see the R1 coming. My model is a 2008. I was disappointed to see that Yamaha changed the paint schemes for the '08 to a silver engine and silver wheels. I personally thought the '07 with the black frame, engine and wheels looked great. Niggles? It's a bit viby. The right hand gets the worst of it when riding on motorways. The economy isn't great with not much more than 120/130 miles to a tank. The seat isn't bad, but could be better. There is precious little space under the rear seat, and zero space under the riders seat. The are not bungy hooks apart from the pillions foot rests. The screen doesn't offer the best in wind protection. Mine came shipped with Michelin Pilot Roads (not 2's). The front occasionally feels a little twitchy, but the 190 rear sticks like glue. This twitciness can knock your confidence. Maybe it needs something a little stickier. Apart from these minor niggles (the vibyness iritates me the most) I think it is a great bike, bordering on excellent. Get yourself a test ride for the proof.

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Caveat emptor

16 April 2008 by Beer&Darts

There are a number of issues with these bikes that a potential buyer should understand: 1. It'll do 41 mpg .. when hell freezes over. Use the box properly and you'll travel (on average) 100 miles until the fuel trip activates. With a 3/4 gallon reserve, you're looking at 125 miles (about 33 mpg if my maths is up to scratch). Not good when you consider that the R1 is easily capable of 41 mpg. 2. Ground clearance is poor because the footpegs are set too low. Even modest lean angles will have them touching down. Experienced riders used to supersports bikes WILL expect more cornering ability, as well as a better controlled shock (which doesn't help in this area). Isn't agility exactly what these bikes are supposed to be about? 3. There IS a difference between the fuelling of the 06 and 07 bikes. I test rode them back to back to fathom this. I can't imagine why this is the case but it's enough to warrant stumping up the extra cash. Alternatively, fitting a PC and getting some dyno time works a treat. I bought an 06 pre-reg and did this, saving about £500 after parts and labour. This sounds a bit harsh about a so-called "budget" bike, but speaking from experience, the 2004 Tuono was a superior machine for similar money - better suspension, better torque and better value. Yamaha should have done more. But I still enjoy the FZ-1 because such niggles give it character; a certain je ne c'est-quoi which is normally reserved for Aprilias and Dukes.

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Brilliant

24 February 2008 by gnasher67

a truly fantastic bike, after nearly two years I cannot fault it. IMO Yamaha got it spot on with this bike as a sporty alrounder.

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Wicked Machine

01 February 2008 by brikfiend

Chopped in My Bandit 12 for this BEAST(FZ 1N)! This bike has it all ,Great Engine coupled to a stiff chassis and first class braking.As well as these attributes it looks positively fabulous.Binned the rocket launcher for a G+G can and chucked on a better seat and cowl.Awesome!!Youjust need Mike Tysons neck to go over 120 !!

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Wicked Machine

01 February 2008 by brikfiend

Chopped in My Bandit 12 for this BEAST(FZ 1N)! This bike has it all ,Great Engine coupled to a stiff chassis and first class braking.As well as these attributes it looks positively fabulous.Binned the rocket launcher for a G+G can andchucked on a better seat and cowl.Awesome!!Youjust need Mike Tysons neck to go over 120 !!

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Wow

31 January 2008 by Jeff John

Just traded up from a FZS6, best thing I did. What an awesome bike the FZS1 is. I LOVE IT.

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She's a beast but i love her...

28 January 2008 by Mr. Luck

Picked my bike up 3 days ago and i'm still getting used to it (only passed 8 days ago!), it's everything you could ever want in a bike so far as i can tell, i considered a sensible smaller bike but figured i would grow out of it and a bigger bike ridden slower for now would make more sense, that notion lasted about 5 miles until i discovered the feeling of my nuts disappearing inside my body with the brutal acceleration. I now see why most of the reviews say "watch your license", it's silky smooth and loves motorway cruising, then into London it cuts in and out like the 600 i was taught on. I can't recommend this bike highly enough, but then again after 8 days what do i know!!??

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FZ1N is superb

20 December 2007 by decentbloke

My new FZ1N bought in April 07 has a superb engine and not a single glitsch or stutter. Taking a mini-roundabout in 2nd gear, in wet traffic, is fine. There's no lurch and there is no need to think about any bolt-ons to cure last year's problem. Just buy a current model. Then you would see why people describe this engine is near perfect, holding onto 3rd gear up the rev range is sublime. I love the handlebars, great width and comfy position. Maintaining 90mph is hard work and shortlived. Good job tank range is only 110-120 miles but I haven't tried a really slow ride yet. The standard Michelin Pilot tyres are good and, once the rear shock is softened a notch, the only limitation with the handling is me, not the bike. One real problem for a motorcyclist is that naked bikes genuinely deny you the chance to ride very fast for a long distance. To cruise at 110mph just isn't on. Most small screens look naff and one may as well have started on a different bike. I am thankful the bad press probably deflated the price of this bike; I love.

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I love the bike

05 December 2007 by rocketwright

Owned my Fz1n for 12 months, fueling glitch i cured that with an Ivans fuel sensor, it puts fuel into the bores when you come off the throttle, so when you open the throttle there is no sudden kick to upset the bike mid corner. I paid £150 for this item and is realy easy to fit. I put a one tooth bigger sprocket on the back about £30. the standard tyres were replaced by Pirelli dragon corsas, then a pair of Bridgestone 015, I put a 180 on the back to quicken the steering, this has made the handling much better, R & G crash bungs were fitted about £50, about a week after i got the bike i pulled up at a junction and when i set off i got the top of my boot caught on the right hero blob, so they were taken off. A tail tidy was fitted, a Piug screen was fitted which gives a lot of wind protection and looks brilliant. Then i fitted a moto GP style Micron, K & N air filter and Dynojet Power Commender, the power commander was set up at Jordans bikes of Leeds, it now has 147 bhp at the back wheel and max torque = 71.55. the fueling is also much better. to make it more comfortable i fitted a sargent seat. The only thing i need now is a Hagon or Nitron rear shocker because the standard shocker isn`t very good with an uneven road surface but is very stable on a smooth road. apart from the shocker i think this is an absolute stonker of a bike like everybody sez it does everything. after owning 8 sports bikes this is a very comfy fast bike, I love it. And i wont be buying another sports bike this one is too much fun.

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pleased i think......not

07 October 2007 by sprintdevil

well.... have lived with the fz 1 for a month now....2000 miles so far....i hardly notice the fuel snatch anymore....i dont find the bike as good as i thought it would be....hard seat and the leg position not the best for comfort,knees too high up.......as the bike is run in....the fuel economy not as good when riding hard 100 miles to reserve......paintwork showing signs of being thin too.....has rubbed through to primer in places after 600 miles......no good for pillion for long distance......mabe i expect too much ,but £7500 you want it right....good for looks and a day out fun bike....sadly i wont be keeping this bike for long.....miss my honda cbf 1000 for the money an overall better bike.....be it a little boring.....

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Fantastic

25 September 2007 by Ragnara

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.

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thirsty

06 September 2007 by craig278

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!

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power commander??

02 September 2007 by sprintdevil

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

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Great bike

02 March 2007 by iainmilne

test test test

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Fantasic engine performance and handling-Great all rounder

01 November 2006 by gt12k

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!

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Silver new in Sept 06

28 October 2006 by JLS3467

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!

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Best bike I have owned.

26 October 2006 by jeffholmes

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.

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Pretty good all rounder, needs power commander

23 October 2006 by SteveFZ1S

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.

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Wow what comfort

07 October 2006 by restorer

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.

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My Review

05 October 2006 by nitronotty

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.

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Grin factor 10/10

24 September 2006 by jcarcass

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.

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

07 September 2006 by hornet01uk

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!!).

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Great Bike ?

27 August 2006 by 7cedar

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.

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Gets better every time I ride it

19 August 2006 by chipsdibs

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.

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PHEW! I LOVE IT. JUST GO AND TEST IT

15 August 2006 by ginz

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.

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

12 August 2006 by Steviedrew

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.

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Efficiency

04 July 2006 by mcntopcat

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 ;-).

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A good bike spoiled by its imfamous fuelling problem

27 June 2006 by bugsplat_Andy

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.

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Stunning!!!

25 April 2006 by LankyIanB

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: .....?

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Journo's should try a production bike

25 April 2006 by sprint955i

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.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued -
New price £9,199
Used price £3,000 to £8,700
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £200
Performance
Max power 150 bhp
Max torque 78 ft-lb
Top speed 160 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11 secs
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Specification
Engine size 998cc
Engine type 20v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 815mm
Bike weight 199kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound
Front brake Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 245m disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17

History & Versions

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.

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