YAMAHA FZ6 FAZER (2004-on) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Looks sharp, has a brilliant motor, excellent handling and offers huge versatility"

Yamaha FZ6 Fazer motorcycle review - Riding

"Looks sharp, has a brilliant motor, excellent handling and offers huge versatility"

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

After the (hugely popular) old Fazer 600 failed to meet new EU emissions laws in 2003, Yamaha came up with this new alternative and it slots perfectly into the modern market. The Yamaha FZ6 Fazer looks sharp, has a brilliant motor, excellent handling and offers huge versatility. Towns, twisties and long treks… it can do it all. A great all-rounder.

 

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Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The Yamaha FZ6 Fazer's handling is spot on due to a great new chassis, fat tyres, wide bars and good suspension (despite limited adjustment potential), giving the rider loads of feedback. The R6-derived brakes work well too. A heavy clutch, considerable play on the throttle and a need to work that (rather clunky) gearbox endlessly are a few, relatively minor, niggles. As is slightly snatchy fuel injection, although this was mostly sorted with the 2007 FZ62 version.

Engine 4 out of 5

The new Yamaha FZ6 Fazer’s driven by a detuned R6 engine. Predictably, it offers plenty of powerful acceleration but has loads left at the top end: a little more detuning could boost the midrange a bit. The Yamaha FZ6 Fazer needs revving to hell and back to make it fully come to life but then since when was that a major disadvantage? Updated FZ62 version was introduced in 2007 with improved fuelling.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

With that engine and those brakes having been tried and tested on the R6, there’s not much to worry about there. Meanwhile, the build quality of the new Yamaha FZ6 Fazer's chassis and other bits and pieces look top notch when new, but slacking with the polish could mean unwanted, premature corrosion...

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

Not bad at all. The Yamaha FZ6 Fazer’s well put together and performs in all sorts of situations. It's old rival, the Suzuki Bandit, is left behind with its antique styling and carburettors, while their SV650 is probably the main threat (and it’s a lot cheaper). Honda’s CBF600S just doesn’t have half the entertainment value. The Yamaha FZ6 Fazer offers plenty of motorcycle for the money. Find a Yamaha FZ6 Fazer for sale

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Equipment 4 out of 5

Well, the Yamaha FZ6 Fazer certainly looks the part. Aggressive styling with R1-style lights sets it off. There’s an underseat exhaust (housing that all-important catalytic converter), the fairing works and a centrestand comes as standard. On the Yamaha FZ6 Fazer's dash there’s a digital speedo, analogue rev counter plus a fuel gauge. The ergonomics seem to miraculously accommodate riders of all shapes and sizes in comfort.

Owners' Reviews

59 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA FZ6 FAZER (2004-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 FZ6 FAZER (2004-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.2 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.2 out of 5
Engine 4.2 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4.1 out of 5
4 out of 5

Good all-rounder

16 April 2017 by Rob Pollock

Would have been 5, but unknown electrical fault let the bike down. It could do 210 miles to the tankful when commuting on fast country roads and motorway, it was comfortable with bar risers, and was no slouch when I wanted to give it some welly. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Mine had ABS, and I had no complaints about the ride or handling, there wasn't much of a chicken-strip on the edge of the tires
Engine
4 out of 5
Not quite as good as a ZZR600 but still good enough
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Seemed well made but water can get into the multiplug under the tank into the ecu, mine started cutting out at random moments, there was no pattern to it, it would just loose power then cut out.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Could easily manage over 55 mpg without being Captain Slow, and the good tank size meant not having to visit the petrol station, shame Yamaha can't still manage to make a bike like it.
Equipment
5 out of 5
ABS and good instruments, you won't need your reading glasses on to see how fast you're going. Single headlight issue easily solved with a bit of wiring to a redundant connection under the tank
3 out of 5

24 February 2017 by Richard

Bought a 2009 model with ABS and 10k miles on it found it a quick bike but the engine is very buzzy and shifting down through the gears especially second to first is very noisy it really made me question the bikes mechanical build quality. I sold it... Read more after 6 months and would not buy that model again, I would like to try one of the older models say 2000 as I have heard a lot of positive feed back on these.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
The brakes were excellent and it was a nice to drive apart from shifting down the gears especially 2nd to 1st.
Engine
3 out of 5
The engine had good power you would have to wind it on, unfortunately I found the engine sound very buzzy.
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
Nothing ever broke but the gear box sounded like it could give in any minute.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
I found the bike to be good on fuel
Equipment
4 out of 5
Equipment is very good center stand good wind protection good size back tire.
Buying experience

Bought private the man I bought it from was very nice to deal with paid 4000 euro July 2016 sold it in January.

5 out of 5

Best all-round 600 out there

27 November 2016 by Norman

I'd say this was the best all-rounder money can buy. Power, comfort, practicality and value for money. 1st gear is clunky but otherwise fine. No point comparing it to other bikes with smoother gearboxes, as you get used to whatever you ride I think. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Front suspension is spongy as is the rear, but people think this is a bad thing. Yes it would be on a track but this ain't no race bike. It's comfy enough and handles corners as well as most people can ride. No good comparing it to a Fireblade because it's not, but it can provide fun on the twisties and not brown your pants.
Engine
5 out of 5
Loves to be revved. Always starts on the button. Keep it above 9k and it'll give you all the power you need for UK roads. It does lack torque but that's a good thing around town and in the wet, no jerky surprises. Throttle is fine, don't knowbwhat these pansy reviewers are used to but I've had no problems.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Mine was mint when i bought it. After 3 years of year round commuting it's got some small rust spots on the rear leg hangers but that's it. Kept in a garage with a dehumidifier is the way to look after a bike.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Oil and filter change every 4k or less, only costs 20 quid. All easy to do yourself. This bike is extremely easy on consumables and i get 45mpg even when spanking it on short journeys. Longer journeys can see 160 miles on a tank.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Fuel guage is really accurate. Switchgear is solid and useful. On board diagnostics are brilliant though make sure you read up on the codes in case it throws one up.
Buying experience

Bought from a stealer Dealer for 2400. Now worth about 1600 private. They are an absolute bargain if you don't get ripped off. I cant bring myself to sell mine as it's been a cheap and reliable work horse bit also my fair weather blast machine.

4 out of 5

My first ever Yamaha...

23 July 2016 by Mark Salt

All my years on bikes amazingly this is my first ever Yamaha. Apart from a gearbox that's a little clunky, it's great just the job.. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
3 out of 5
Engine great, gearbox OK.
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

Fz6 S2

18 July 2016 by mikej767

I bought this as my first big bike and it has been a great bike to get used to the extra power. Firstly it looks great, from the side and front profile it looks aggressive and has a real edge to it. From behind the twin exhausts exiting from under... Read more the seat look the part and gives the bike a distinctive look compared to other bikes in its range. The engine is as sweet as a nut when you rev it up, it comes alive due the nature of the 4cyl engine above 6k revs. This does mean that you need to keep the revs up to access the power which translates to an interesting riding experience. You have to work hard to access the power especially when on the motorway and needing some torque to get you going. It offers zero wind protection so you need to keep tucked in over the tank. It is not easy to live with in the wind and leads to a tiresome and noisy ride. The gear box is harsh and it is the same with all fz6's, it isnt smooth and sounds like the death of your cogs every-time you go into first. You get used to it though. The throttle is twitchy and you need to be sensitive with your wrist!

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
So the more I ride it the more I am used to the brakes. The rear brake can be a little spongey at times and the front brake bites hard if you are a little too aggressive. The risk of any bike without ABS is that under hard braking if you apply a little too much back brake it has a tendency to slip about. The bike is at its best when you find some open roads with gentle twists and turns and you can explore the nuisancies of a 4cyl and a quirky gearbox!
Engine
4 out of 5
R6 derived. Has a beautiful sweet spot but does need work to wind it up.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
No issues with this. It appears to be well built and no signs of wear and tear.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
It does like to drink fuel therefore you may be fueling more often than you would with a twin.
Equipment
3 out of 5
Fuel guide as standard but no equipment. Buy a a chain oiler!
4 out of 5

Great all round bike

03 March 2016 by Konstantine

Great all round bike, reliable and fun. For a first bike this is a great choice, but also for experienced riders that want something reliable and fun. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Its a great all round bike, does great for city riding, and now with the EDC brakes i am a lot more confident in riding between cars. Long distance is comfy enough though its not a completely upright riding position so gets a little hard after about an hour. Passenger comfort I believe is better I believe as my wife keeps telling me she wants to fall asleep when she is on the back. I do have to say though turning a speed is a little sensitive, and at speed on the motorway there is a fair bit of feedback through the bars.
Engine
5 out of 5
Its only a 600cc engine but it will achieve 230km/h, fast enough for me. Its a bit sluggish in the low reves and speed, but once up to 5000 rpm all the power kicks in and its punchy enough. Its great as a first bike, and the engine sounds great.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Bought this bike used with 19000 KM on the clock, and now going in for its 24000 KM service. So far not one issue. I changed out the organic brake pads for some EDC double H pads, which has improved the braking hugely.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
As said before its going in for its 24000 KM service now and being in Denmark its around 300 pounds, other than that next to nothing other than some oil, and obviously fuel. I must say it does give back a good return on the fuel around 19 Km/l.
Equipment
4 out of 5
The standard equipment is great, really no need to change anything. I however have put on some new brake/clutch levers and made the dual light mod. As standard only one headlight lights up on low beam and the other for high beam. With the mod night riding is much brighter. Currently have some Bridgestone BT021's on, which are a good tyre choice for all weather conditions. Yet lack a little in the wet.
Buying experience

I bought it from a private person, it was well kept and taken care of with all services met. Paid 5500 pounds for it (good price for Denmark).

4 out of 5

Super little bike

12 June 2014 by Anonymous

My third Fazer 600. Had the 02 boxeye followed by the 02 foxeye and now picked up an 05 FZ6S with 7k miles. It knocks the other two models into a top hat. I cant understand why the carbed versions are so raved about after riding the injected bike.... Read more Starts on the button hot or cold and any fuelling issues that have been mentioned are barely noticeable. The thing even looks like it belongs in the 21st century. If i do have any gripes they are the more clunky gearbox, reduced underseat storage due to the exhaust and the front calipers which dont match the performance of the blue spots. The bike is noticeably taller and roomier than the earlier fazers which suits me far better. Handling is spot on but a shame it didnt come with adjustable preload for small tweaks. The whole bike feels tauter and more stable than the earlier fazers. The icing on the cake though is the motor, wow what a peach with surprising torque despite the figures. I was expecting it to be flat as pancake low down, which it isnt. Higher end of the rev range it really comes alive and begins to show its R6 roots. All in all I would recommend the bike to anyone looking for a reliable, economical, comfortable and surprisingly quick do it all 600 that doesnt look out of place parked next to the thou versions from Yamaha. Something that cant be said of the earlier carbed fazers. Super little bike..

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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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Very impressed!

08 May 2013 by Openside

I have the Fz6 S2 of which I am incredibly impressed with and that's coming from a Honda Blade. It simply just ticks all the boxes,easy to handle, goes as quick as you could ever want, economical, and impeccable reliability. Covered 6k miles on mine... Read more one tip get some michelin tyres as the stock ones are rubbish!

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

Great 1st Bike

19 March 2013 by Strokers

Had my Fazer now since '07 and for a first bike it's great fun. Easy riding when you want it and razzing it when it needs it. As the salesman said "Don't be afraid to go up the rev range. It's what's there for". Great all round, sunday riding, work... Read more or touring around Europe. Carrying pillion means a bit more rev's but still good, Wife likes it. Get one.

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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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Great ride and reliable

01 December 2012 by lewp

I had my Fz 6 for 2 years and covered about 15k miles. During this period it never missed a beat, always reliable, even when used right through the winter. The fairing offers a good level of protection, it has excellent handling and is well planted... Read more in the wet. The fuelling does snatch a little under 4000rpm, but nothing too worry about. Overall a great little bike.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 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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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2004
Year discontinued -
New price £4,699
Used price £2,200 to £5,700
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 12 of 17
Annual road tax £62
Annual service cost £150
Performance
Max power 90 bhp
Max torque 42 ft-lb
Top speed 141 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.6 secs
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Specification
Engine size 600cc
Engine type 16v inline four, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin beam
Fuel capacity 19.4 litres
Seat height 795mm
Bike weight 186kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Twin 289mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

1998: Yamaha FZS600 Fazer first launched, taking the engine from Yamaha’s Thundercat.
2000: Yamaha FZS600 gets a new seat and a bigger fuel tank.
2002: Then it got a new fairing, bigger tank, new instrument panel and a stainless steel exhaust. Discontinued in 2003.
2003: Yamaha FZ6 Fazer introduced after the demise of the original Fazer.
2004: Virtually identical, but unfaired, Yamaha FZ6 launched.
2005: Naked FZ6 plummets in price to compete with Suzuki Bandit.
2006: ABS version of the faired Fazer now available.
2007: Yamaha FZ62 Fazer launched with improved fuelling and detail modifications.

Other versions

Yamaha FZ6: unfaired version of Fazer. Identical engine and chassis but slightly smaller and wider than the faired motorcycleand it weighs 6kg less. Oh, and its cheaper. Without that fairing, it’s better suited to town/short rides.

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