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YAMAHA FZ6 FAZER (2004-2009) 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

The original Yamaha FZS600 Fazer was a simple but effective idea. Put a detuned Thundercat engine in a simple frame with cheap suspension and then sell loads of them. The bike went through several changes up until 2003 when European emissions laws cut the fun short.

With a few tweaks to the formula including a new catalytic converter, Yamaha came back with the FZ6 Fazer in 2004 and it wasn't bad at all.

The updated Fazer was well put together and performed in all sorts of situations. It's old rival, the Suzuki GSF600 Bandit, was left behind with its antique styling and carburettors, and the updated Suzuki GSF650 Bandit that came out in 2005 was pretty underwhelming too.

The main threat to the Fazer came from the Suzuki SV650 which was also a lot cheaper but its V twin engine was less refined. The Honda CBF600S, although competent, just didn’t have half the entertainment value. 

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.

See how the FZ6 Fazer compared to the competition in an MCN group test from 2007

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The Yamaha FZ6 Fazer's handling is spot on due to a great 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 revised fuelling on the 2007 FZ6 S2 version.

Engine 4 out of 5

The 2004 Yamaha FZ6 Fazer is driven by a detuned version of the tried and tested 600cc engine used in the Yamaha R6. The Fazer makes 90bhp, only 18bhp less than the R6.

Predictably, it offers plenty of powerful acceleration but has loads left at the top end: a little more detuning could have boosted the midrange a bit.

The Yamaha FZ6 Fazer needed revving to hell and back to make it fully come to life, which led some to say it was too racy and lost some of its ease of use. Yamaha must have agreed, and an updated version called the Yamaha FZS2 Fazer was introduced in 2007 which featured improved fuelling to give it more grunt low down.

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 2004 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

There's plenty of Fazers available on the secondhand market and there's some bargains to be found.

They're generally cheaper now than Suzuki SV650s of the same age/mileage, even though the SV was cheaper from new.

The R6 engine has a reputation for being reliable and so the detuned version in the Fazer should manage plenty of miles without a problem. 

Find Yamaha FZ6 Fazer models at MCN Bikes for Sale

Insurance group: 12 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Well, the Yamaha FZ6 Fazer certainly looked 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 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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2004
Year discontinued 2009
Original price £4,699
Used price £2,500 to £3,500
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 12 of 17
Annual road tax £64
Annual service cost £200
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

In 1998, Yamaha launched the FZS600 Fazer, taking the engine from their Thundercat model. Then in 2000, they added a new seat and a bigger fuel tank. The bike received a new fairing, bigger tank, new instrument panel and a stainless steel exhaust in 2003 before changes to European emissions laws meant that it was discontinued in 2003.

The reworked and Euro-compliant version was unveiled in 2003, and a virtually identical, but unfaired, Yamaha FZ6 followed later in the year.

The naked FZ6 plummeted in price in 2005 to compete with the Suzuki Bandit and an ABS version was added in 2006.
The FZ6 S2 Fazer with improved fuelling and detail modifications was launched in 2007.

Other versions

The old FZS600 Fazer was the bike that started it all. A simple idea that sold like hotcakes and put the Fazer on the map.

An unfaired version of the Fazer was introduced in 2003 with identical engine and chassis. This version was slightly smaller and wider than the faired motorcycle and it was 6kg lighter. Without the fairing, it’s better suited to town/short rides.

Owners' Reviews

61 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA FZ6 FAZER (2004-2009) 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 (2004-2009)
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 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4.1 out of 5
4 out of 5

Rich

18 December 2017 by Rat_Rich

Built like a tank. Goes like a bullet. I've had Yamaha bikes in the past and not had good experiences but gave them a second chance when I bought my FZ6 S2 secondhand and moved from a v-twin to an I-4. It's great, rev happy, sturdy, masses of power and is brilliant at filtering when I use it to commute.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Brakes are very good (R6 lineage). Ride is a tiny bit firm but the compact suspension means you can flick it round corners.
Engine
5 out of 5
Power comes on about 4k revs & doesn't stop until you reach 14k redline! Happy to lift under power and could be a very good wheelie machine if not kept in check. Not an engine for a beginner but definitely one for someone with a bit of riding experience.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Has been faultless so far. It lives outside my flat and starts first time no matter what the weather. All the electrics are reliable (first for a Yamaha) and I've not had to do any major work/repairs on it. The finish is a cut above other bikes I've owned.
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
Big fuel tank so noticeable at the pumps. Tyres are pricey as the rear tyre is a 180.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Dual trip meter, fuel tank indicator, massive seat, good stock mirrors, fully digital displays, dipstick + filler cap, masses of OEM accessories available.
Buying experience

Bought mine from a well known dealership in Coulsdon & had the handlebars replaced for Renthals under used warranty as well as new Bridgestones fitted.

4 out of 5

Rich

18 December 2017 by Rat_Rich

Built like a tank. Goes like a bullet. I've had Yamaha bikes in the past and not had good experiences but gave them a second chance when I bought my FZ6 S2 secondhand and moved from a v-twin to an I-4. It's great, rev happy, sturdy, masses of power and is brilliant at filtering when I use it to commute.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Brakes are very good (R6 lineage). Ride is a tiny bit firm but the compact suspension means you can flick it round corners.
Engine
5 out of 5
Power comes on about 4k revs & doesn't stop until you reach 14k redline! Happy to lift under power and could be a very good wheelie machine if not kept in check. Not an engine for a beginner but definitely one for someone with a bit of riding experience.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Has been faultless so far. It lives outside my flat and starts first time no matter what the weather. All the electrics are reliable (first for a Yamaha) and I've not had to do any major work/repairs on it. The finish is a cut above other bikes I've owned.
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
Big fuel tank so noticeable at the pumps. Tyres are pricey as the rear tyre is a 180.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Dual trip meter, fuel tank indicator, massive seat, good stock mirrors, fully digital displays, dipstick + filler cap, masses of OEM accessories available.
Buying experience

Bought mine from a well known dealership in Coulsdon & had the handlebars replaced for Renthals under used warranty as well as new Bridgestones fitted.

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.

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 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.

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..

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 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.

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. 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 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 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 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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3 out of 5

Newer is not better

15 May 2012 by Cy8rm4n101

My first big bike was a MK1 Fazer & I hankered after returning to a Fazer following about a year on a sports bike. This looks a lot better than the old Fazer although some of the bonuses of that bike, like the massive underseat storage are compromised by the looks where there is now underseat exhaust. Let's get it straight, this is a great all rounder, will get you where you want to go & has reasonable looks. Compared to a sports bike it's like sitting in a comfortable armchair. I can't understand though all these comparisons to sports bikes, it's not. All too quickly you're in top gear with the lower & mid having almost no range. It can go & go well in that top gear but it's a bit of a boring ride. It trundles along effortlessly like a big engined diesel car but there's no excitement in there. Good commuter but no thrills to be had.

Ride Quality & Brakes
2 out of 5
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Engine
3 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
2 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Sports bike performance with upright riding position

15 April 2012 by petewatson112

This is my first big bike and it has been perfect. It is comfortable to ride for long distances and has a good upright riding position. Most of the power is higher up the rev range but this makes it good for beginners as it is not too threatening while riding around town at lower revs. When you do decide to open it up, it will keep up with pretty much any 600. While slightly more expensive than the budget 600s the build quality is much better and it comes with extras such as center stand that you dont get on most bikes. It looks and sounds great with the twin underseat exhaust and is brilliant fun.

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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2 out of 5

Good weather bike

13 December 2011 by Anonymous

I've had my FZ6 18 months now and covered 14,000 miles. Overall I think the bike is more for people who ride as a hobby than serious commuters. It’s got alot of good points, nice strong engine, good brakes and great looks. You can have alot of fun on it in good weather. The fairing / screen offer limited protection and seem to generate alot of wind whistle / noise, addition of a touring screen makes this worse (I've now realised this is a common complaint amongst FZ6 riders). The headlights are so terrible they're dangerous, when riding at night I frequently miss my old CBR125 which had much better lights. Also as noted in the MCN review corrosion is an issue, despite waxing and using anti-corrosion spray this bike simply doesn't like all year round use. My bike didn't have any rust when I bought it, but 18 months on you'll struggle to find a bit that isn't corroding. In terms of reliability it’s only let me down once, water got into the fuel injectors, so another sign the bike is not that great for all year/ all condition riding.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
1 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

28 August 2011 by Anonymous

I've had my bike for just over three years now and it does everything I bought it to do, commute and be reliable. The fuel economy is okay with my bike averaging around 50mpg, the ride is soft enough to stay in the seat for a number of hours and it's nice and narrow for filtering. The best feature of this bike is its reliability. I have put on over 30 thousand miles riding all year round and it has never let me down. I keep it outside on the street and although the finish tarnished quickly at first it has not worsened since so still looks good. You can have fun on the bike but the revs must be kept high as the mid range is not great but from 8-12000 revs the bike pulls well and I can stay with my mates on vastly more expensive models. The downsides are few but include a clunky gearchange which makes you feel like the engine will drop out and when pushed hard the suspension and brakes are left wanting. I have toured France on the bike two-up which was okay but covering distance (over 300 miles each day) was energy sapping. Overall I think my bike is a great commuter and can do other jobs adequately if you need it to.

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
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Faze 1 Complete

18 August 2011 by Ricklehurst

I bought an '06 plate S2 as my first big bike. It had the feel of a 'proper' bike & the riding position really seemed to suit me. Not sure I could recommend it to new riders though, primarily because I found the handling to be twitchy & unnerving at anything more than slow to moderate cornering speeds. The burst of top end acceleration was tremendous fun in the right situation, but the trade off (lack of any usable low-mid rpm torque) became a source of frustration, especialy when carrying a pillion.

Ride Quality & Brakes
2 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
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Fazor 600

17 August 2011 by bikertim1000

I've had my fazor 600 for just over a month now ! So far i'm really impressed. Straight away you feel very comfortable with the more up right riding position, although surprised at how responsive and lively the engine feels even at low and mid range , rev her past 9000 and there's an obvious surge of power ! I've had gsxr's and cbr's over the 7 years i've been riding, and i'm confident I could keep up with the sports 6oo's on a sensible ride out, the handling is good, but being used to the gsxr, it's a little steadier now around the corners, but there's plenty of feel, which does inspire convidence. Brakes are an absolute peach, feel 3 x as good as gsxr k1 brakes! Only critisism is the seat is a little hard, other than that, what a fantastic bike. I brought a fazor because I want to do some touring aswell as weekend riding, but because of the all round capability of the fazor, I will be communting too !

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 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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5 out of 5

All rounder

11 May 2011 by Kando

Shocked at how fast this bike is considering it’s a budget bike. When on the FZ6 I manage to keep up with my mates who are on litre bikes as long as I keep the revs up. A bit of a Jeckel and Hyde character as it's calm and sensible when riding low down in the revs but turns into a monster when you open it up. In other words it’s a good bike if you want to commute to work Monday – Friday and use the same bike for a fast ride out on the weekends. I would also add it’s very comfortable I have toured over 300 miles a day on this bike and found it no problem. Overall very good all round bike for under £3000

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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4 out of 5

FZ6 naked fazer

03 May 2011 by Anonymous

I have an '05 FZ6 with 7k miles and i have to say i love it. Such a fun bike to blast about on. And when i say blast i mean blast because if you're not above 8k rpm you might as well get off! Have to say that the handling and brakes are spot on and the reliability has been A OK so far. Only grumbles with the FZ6 are no centre stand fitted as standard which can be a hassle (guess it adds to the stripped down look) and maybe it's just me but the seat is rock hard! After as little as 30 miles you want to stop a while... And also, the bike is too damn quiet as standard. Nice induction noise from the airbox but nothing from the exhausts so nice aftermarket jobbies give the bike a bit more soul. All in all a great bike, enjoy! :-)

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 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
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Well kept secret

11 March 2011 by geofwassell

It goes well when I need it to.It is very sure footed in wet weather. I can understand why some might say that the gearbox is clunky.This bike is not best suited to novices.I have completed 25,000 miles on mine and have no complaints at all. It reminds me of riding a big two stroke in that to get the best out of it you have to be smooth and have good coordination between your throttle,clutch and gear pedal.I also found that it pays to sit still and let this bike do all the cornering for you. My attention to chain lube, oil filter changing etc have been rewarded with excelent reliability.If this is what happens when a motorcycle company detunes a race engine and puts it into commuter clothes, I reckon the recipe is about right.

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2 years of a '06 FZ6 Fazer

18 December 2009 by 2wheelsrule

I passed my test about 5 years ago but at the time couldn't justify a bike as I was running two cars at the time. A change of work location was the excuse I was looking for to justify buying a bike for the 40 mile round trip commute (London to Guildford). Essentially, I had next to no riding experience so even though aspirationally I wanted a litre sports bike, practically and financially I couldn't make that step. I looked around for about 2 months at SV 650s, CBF 600s and FZ6 Fazer's. None of them really grabbed me but in the end I settled on a 06, <6k mile="" fz6="" in="" what="" seemed="" near="" perfect="" condition="" for="" £3k.="" looking="" back="" over="" my="" last="" 2="" years="" of="" riding="" i="" have="" been="" very="" happy="" with="" the="" fz6.="" i="" have="" done="" around="" 12k="" miles="" and="" other="" than="" servicing="" and="" a="" set="" of="" tyres,="" the="" only="" additional="" cost="" i="" have="" incurred="" is="" a="" rear="" brake="" light="" bulb.="" apart="" from="" that="" nothing="" has="" gone="" wrong="" with="" this="" bike,="" no="" starting="" issues,="" no="" reliability="" issues,literally="" nothing="" which="" is="" fantastic.="" yes,="" as="" i="" have="" become="" more="" experienced="" there="" have="" been="" a="" few="" niggles="" -="" i="" want="" more="" power,="" particularly="" around="" 4-6k="" revs,="" i="" want="" a="" bit="" more="" volume="" from="" a="" safety="" perspective="" and="" i="" have="" issues="" (as="" most="" fazer="" owners="" do)="" with="" the="" gear="" changes="" (particularly="" changing="" down="" or="" getting="" a="" false="" neutral="" between="" 5-6="" at="" high="" speed).="" apart="" from="" that="" it="" has="" been/is="" a="" great="" bike.="" i="" am="" currently="" looking="" to="" trade="" up="" to="" a="" gsfr="" 750="" or="" similar="" but="" not="" in="" any="" hurry.="" would="" i="" recommend="" a="" fazer.....absolutely.="" i="" would="" describe="" myself="" as="" a="" keen="" biker="" who="" likes="" to="" ride="" quickly="" (but="" safely)="" and="" the="" fazer="" has="" allowed="" me="" to="" do="" just="" that="" whilst="" costing="" next="" to="" nothing="" to="" own="" and="" maintain.="" mile="" fz6="" in="" what="" seemed="" near="" perfect="" condition="" for="" £3k.="" looking="" back="" over="" my="" last="" 2="" years="" of="" riding="" i="" have="" been="" very="" happy="" with="" the="" fz6.="" i="" have="" done="" around="" 12k="" miles="" and="" other="" than="" servicing="" and="" a="" set="" of="" tyres,="" the="" only="" additional="" cost="" i="" have="" incurred="" is="" a="" rear="" brake="" light="" bulb.="" apart="" from="" that="" nothing="" has="" gone="" wrong="" with="" this="" bike,="" no="" starting="" issues,="" no="" reliability="" issues,literally="" nothing="" which="" is="" fantastic.="" yes,="" as="" i="" have="" become="" more="" experienced="" there="" have="" been="" a="" few="" niggles="" -="" i="" want="" more="" power,="" particularly="" around="" 4-6k="" revs,="" i="" want="" a="" bit="" more="" volume="" from="" a="" safety="" perspective="" and="" i="" have="" issues="" (as="" most="" fazer="" owners="" do)="" with="" the="" gear="" changes="" (particularly="" changing="" down="" or="" getting="" a="" false="" neutral="" between="" 5-6="" at="" high="" speed).="" apart="" from="" that="" it="" has="" been/is="" a="" great="" bike.="" i="" am="" currently="" looking="" to="" trade="" up="" to="" a="" gsfr="" 750="" or="" similar="" but="" not="" in="" any="" hurry.="" would="" i="" recommend="" a="" fazer.....absolutely.="" i="" would="" describe="" myself="" as="" a="" keen="" biker="" who="" likes="" to="" ride="" quickly="" (but="" safely)="" and="" the="" fazer="" has="" allowed="" me="" to="" do="" just="" that="" whilst="" costing="" next="" to="" nothing="" to="" own="" and="">

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FZ6

13 October 2009 by Maz643

Ive got an 05 with 10k on and i love it! Fantastic fuel ecomomy 50mpg even when pushing it! good handling and great rush above 8k!

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fz6 fazer

30 September 2009 by davidstowe358

I had an fz6 for my first bike and i loved it, The gearbox was bit clunky all the time but otherwise a great bike and a really good first big bike. It loves to rev and you soon get used it, brakes are really good as well, and its one of the fastest restricted 600s out there with more BHP than the hornet and its really good on long distance's to. All in all a great bike

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FZ6s

11 September 2009 by outkast

Got mine in '06. I've put 25k on it riding all year round. This bike is very good, build quality is excellent, still looks good after all the winter work. It's fun, loves to rev and after 8k it takes off almost to the red line.Two up it's also good and i've had no complaints about comfort. For winter I fitted a taller screen that cuts down wind/rain blast by about 80%. Loved this bike but traded in for R1...You can't beat a Yamaha!!!

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Fz6 s2 review

29 August 2009 by ryyboy

Previously had the fzs 600 02 and although that had the better brakes and more midrange, I still don't find the fz6 lacking. It might not pull as well around 6-8 thou revs but plenty of grunt at the top. This is not a supersports though! Gearbox is the only bugbear in the package, (see last review) but I find you can work around it especially if you gently click the gear lever 2-3 gear in the same way you would try to go from 1st to neutral, no false neutrals here! Handling is excellent and wind protection good. Added powebronze db screen and belly pan, cheap and both add to the looks of the bike.

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FZ6 gear box

06 April 2009 by pettridge

I bought my bike in Jan . I am pleased with the bike but it has a very clunky /heavy gear change form 1/2/ and 3 and back down from 3to 2/1. i have tried clutch less changing but with little improvment and a oil change. Is this normal or can it be improved ? will a new clutch help or has it a bent selector in the gear box ? any advise ??????????

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Fantastic!

17 December 2008 by wildbyname

Hi, I bought my FZ6 in April 08 and have clocked just over 13k miles on it... I love it! Forget the comments about the low midrange pull, the excessive need to change gear and the fact that you have to rev the nuts of the thing to make it move... It's all crap. The only negative thing about this bike is the gear change from 1st to 2nd... that's it! The first weekend I had the bike, I rode from South London to Wakefield and back again... I stopped twice there and once on the way back and the bike didn't miss a beat. The engine is smooth and easy to handle... and then you give it some and it's responsive and efficient. I've had an indicated 162mph on my Fizzle... (on the track of course! ;-)) with no modifications, just regular servicing! Love it, and it'll love you back... I suggest a test ride... you'll think it's great!

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You get what you pay for

09 December 2008 by Anonymous

I have owned my S2 Fazer for a year and done 4000 trouble free miles. This was my introduction to the world of the big bike and I would say I didn't make a bad choice. As my first big bike I don't have anything to compare it to (except a CBR125 and CB500 which were used to learn on). Before I get to the nitty gritty, I feel I should point out the good bits first. I find it to be 2 bikes in 1, keep it below 7k revs and it is a easy to ride, economical commuter. Push the bike to the better side of 7k and listen to the gorgeous exhaust note as the engine bursts into life and puts an enormous grin on your face and keeps up with most other 600's on the market and copes with the corners pretty good too. The dash is smart and functional as well as being asthetically pleasing. I like the wide handle bar spacing and comfortable riding position. The brakes are superb and really give you good feel and confidence to stop the bike in an orderly manor should the need arise. I love the view of the bike from the rear with it's enormous rear tyre and underseat exhaust. Now the bad points... Where did they find the morons to build that gearbox, I know it has been mentioned before in previous reviews but i am certain that Yamaha can do better than this pathetic attempt at gears( i've been spoilt cos my 125 was a HONDA). Clunky is rather a nice word I would choose, Crap and horrid would be better. Don't get caught in the wrong gear cos it just will not pull. I get a vibration through the bike at about 5k rpm (which is motorway speeds in top gear) which is ok on short journeys but annoying on anything more than 20 mins. I don't find the seat comfortable, after an hour or so I find myself trying to find the nearest place to have a coffee break. Although my bike has only done 4k miles there is a rather disturbing amount of corrosion to some of the bolts and fixings although my bike has not seen rain or salt and is washed and dried thouroughly after every decnt outing. There is excessive play on the throttle (can be reduced by the adjustmenat screw). I Bought my bike for £4500 new, I haven't got the quality of Honda but I certainly am not complaining. I have what everyone else has, a great "low cost" (not cheap) bike that performs well Moral You get what you pay for! Would i recomend to a friend? Definately, but only if you cant afford an Honda! A respectable bike at a respectable price, I love my fazer, a great bike at a sensible price. Ride safely !!! CONCLUSION Good- Brakes Ease of ride 40 mpg+ Bad- Gearbox The finish Pigeon

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The ideal bike for me

03 December 2008 by KimLondon

My first bike was a Yamaha FZS 600s old model Fazer. It was a great bike but I really think that the next model is a level above. When I first tried the FZ6 Fazer I had only ridden a CBF500 as a learner and found the 4-cylinder really different. I kept stalling it and it took me a few starts to get a smooth pull away from lights, and hill-starts were a 'mare. The ergonomics are very good, but it took me a while to adjust from the Honda (and I still maintain that the CBF500 is one of the most sorted bikes around as far as riding position goes). Once I'd settled in, however, I felt really at home. The seat is comfy, the visibility is great and it's really easy going on long-haul trips. However, I'm 5'6" and while I'm happy with it, any taller and I'd not be comfortable with the reach so if you are shorter than me think twice before considering an FZ6. On the road the Yamaha is so sweet, it really is. Of all the bikes I've ridden it is the only one that manages to make me feel comfortable, confident and at the same time gives me a buzz. And the noise is just brilliant once you get above 4k rpm. I spent quite a lot of time riding a Suzuki SV650 recently and the Yamaha combines the weather protection of the SV650s with the upright position of the naked SV. One area the Sook beats the Yamaha hands down is in torque - the V-twin of the SV picks up so quickly, in fact, the engine is sublime. However, in every other area the Yamaha is a much better bike, in my opinion. I think that the clincher is the build quality and equipment spec of the FZ. It really is in a better class with its centre stand, fuel gauge, engine imobiliser and 180 section rear wheel.

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A bit disappointed (sadly)

10 October 2008 by husker

I was really hoping to like this bike a lot more than I did in the end. I had a YBR125 which I used to pass my DAS and I thought the Fazer would make a good choice as a first bigger bike. The R6 didn't fit me and I couldn't face a 1000cc bike straight off plus I've always loved Yamahas, so the Fazer seemed to fit the bill. I've ridden over 5,000 miles since passing my test last year, so I don't feel like a complete novice (or idiot). The problem was that the more I rode it, the less confident I felt. I found the riding position to be high - I'm only 5'7" and I couldn't get my toes on the floor. I'm not worried about flat footing, but I did topple over once when the camber was extreme and the grooves in the road claimed another victim. The C of G is quite high and I found that with a pillion and luggage, weight distribution could very easily upset the stability without careful planning. I felt like I was perched on top of the bike and not part of it, and coupled with the lack of feel from the front end, it wasn't building my confidence as I built speed on the twisties. The rear end benefited greatly from bumping up the preload to max, but the weak link in the suspension is definitely the front end, which isn't adjustable. I'm not that sure about the tyres either but having spent quite a lot to get the bike, I wasn't keen to shell out more without any guarantee that it would help. Then there were other niggles - the throttle, even on the new S2, is rather snatchy - so getting really smooth was not easy. The gearbox is clunky and prone to dropping false neutrals. The engine goes well as long as you rev it very hard and are prepared to change gear a lot - I agree with the comments below about the engine being mismatched to the bike's purpose. Plus lots of gear changes means popping into neutral, which can really upset your apple cart in full flow. It's low speed handling isn't the best I've experienced - I can u-turn a Harley on a normal street but didn't like doing it on the Yammy. On the plus side, it is very comfy, well built and well equipped. It looks very nice and is a more distinctive than most of its competitors. It will probably do more things than a more focussed sport bike or supermoto, but therein lies the problem, as compromises have to be made too. So I will be letting the bike go - I appreciate my review is more negative than most here, so I may well be the problem, but it always helps to have another point of view. One thing I've learned is the critical importance of ergonomics - if it doesn't feel right, it isn't right for you.

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(F)unctional yet (Z)ippy 6

09 October 2008 by siscarfe

The FZ6 Fazer S2 was my big bike of choice after passing my test this Summer, following five years of hooning around on a variety of 125s, and the odd spin on an R6, a Z750, a Street Triple and a SV650, all coutesy of very trusting mates and a dealership or two. Like a lot of people, I was initially attracted to the FZ6 for its looks. When it first appeared in 2004, with its underseat cans and moulded alloy frame, it was head and shoulders above its immediate competition, looking like a much more expensive bike than it was. Four years, and a few pleasing mods later, the S2 version continues to hold its own, style-wise, against the increasingly aggressive and stubby-tailed designs that are currently homogenising the appearance of everything on two wheels these days. The second reason for my choice was, well, not being sure what kind of big biker (or should that be motorcyclist?) I would eventually turn out to be, I wanted an all-rounder; something I could commute on, something I could do a bit of touring on (with my gf two-up), and something I could leave traffic far behind with on a sunny day's blast. Having done a little over 2,500 miles on it so far (from new, what with the Summer we've had!!!), I can say the Fazer handles a central London commute in as unflustered a fashion as anything I've ridden in the past, and has seating and ergos, both for rider and pillion, that are conducive to quite a few hours on the open road at a time. Oh, and the handling is solid too. Now, it seems that the main criticisms aimed at the FZ6 are it's notchy gearbox and it's - yep, you guessed it - LACK OF MIDRANGE PULL! Well, the gearbox does have a tendency to be on the notchy side between 1st and 2nd at low revs, but so what? I've had better, but I've certainly had worse, and it's a piece of p*** locating neutral either whilst moving or stationary, which is more than can be said for some gearboxes! As for the midrange; having read plenty of reviews before getting on the bike, I was prepared for the worse, so I was pleasantly surprised when I found that the Fazer wasn't as weak in the lower revs as I'd been led to believe by the biking press. Of course, it doesn't have the poke of the Street Triple - or even the SV - down there at the bottom end of the rev counter, but - it's been said before, and I'll say it again - we are talking about a 600 inline four, after all; you either love 'em or you don't. What is important to add is that the power does work its way down the revs as the miles rack up with this bike; there's a considerable difference between the low-end pull during the first week I had the bike and now that it's heading towards the 3000 mile mark. And, of course, the rest of the fun is really to be had 7000rpm+; being a bit new to this big bike malark I've only been brave enough to take it up to about the 10k mark, but, let's be realistic, the rush you get out the power unleashed there is more than enough for most people! And to think, there's still another 4,000 revs that have yet to be explored! Overall, this multitasker is good enough at all the things I want it to do, with the promise of more excitement to come. Granted, a bike that can suit all the criteria I expressed is never going to be top-drawer at any one task, but the Fazer FZ6 is a more than competent as a commuting-supersport-touring tool; it's great for beginners, due to the engine's character allowing you to grow into it, and yet still has plenty in reserve for the more experienced rider. A far more fun and usefully real-world pair of wheels than some of the bike press would have you believe; no wonder it's been around for nearly as long as the hallowed '98 to '03 original model, ot's coz we love it!

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Excellent......!!!

18 September 2008 by arbg92

I bought this bike in July after having 2 bandits previously. I was worried that only been a 600 it would struggle,but this is one great bike my worries were unfounded. We have just come back from a 800 mile trip to germany and it was great. No aching or numb parts even after 6 hours riding. It handles wonderfully and fills you with so much confidence when your on the twisties, you want to thrown it around more.Its pulling power is great for a 600 and I can say this is one hell of a bike.The brakes are superb on the front and the back ones seem very keen,whether I am used to the bandits which were a little soft am not sure. But it sure stops when you ask it to. Would I recommend this bike. YES...! Looks great, handles brilliantly and definitely gives you a big grin.Well done Yamaha.

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Update

01 August 2008 by DaveK671

Just been for a 1000mile trip round scotland and the bike performed absolutely flawlessly. Was comfy, brilliant on the twisties (kept up with my mates on their 600 sports bikes) and cheap cheap to run as well. Back tyre is due a replacement now after 4000 miles but its worth it.

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Cane it and love it

10 July 2008 by bike-instructor

Awesome bike for the money, bought my 2007 Fazer for £4300 NEW last year and have one complaint : the seats to high for a 5'9" 11 stoner. Had it lowered and it is just what I wanted. Tourer, scratcher, and easygoing training bike. You have to get the motor spinning for the full hit but has enough under 5000 to keep up with students on 500's easily. I only notice the lack of mid-range when I get of it and on to my MT03 but that revs out at 7000 rpm, you cant have it all ways. Ideal bike for the new rider for sure. Fit a belly pan and take replace the super quiet end can and you'll love it.

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A two-day ride

11 June 2008 by wjlonien

I had a FZ6 Fazer S2 for two days lately, when my Honda went through surveillance & inspection. I wrote a short review of it at http://wolfgang.lonien.de/?p=656 Enjoy, wjl aka Wolfgang Lonien

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Superb!

01 May 2008 by DaveK671

Bought my 08 fazer a month ago and I love it. Its very comfortable and Ive had my backside on the seat continually for 140miles without stopping for a break. My gf finds it very comfortable on the back and we have holidays planned. The mid range isnt anything like as bad as the reviewers say, easily overtake in 6th at 50. Now its run in and ive given it the beans it really shifts. Cant see any need for a quicker bike on the road. Only negative is the gearbox is pretty clunky but thats it. Was seeing 50mpg when running it in, bike looks great, handles miles better than i was expecting (very confidence inspiring) and goes like stink. It will keep me happy for a good while to come im sure!!

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My beastie

20 April 2008 by Eurocliff

I own a 2007 Fazer 600 S2 in Lava Red. I have no downsides about this bike whatsoever. It gives me all I need. I commute almost every day from home (North of Portsmouth) to East Reading (some 56 miles) and it's great. Does exactly what it says on the tin and not what you're supposed to do on the road ;o) Will open it up on the Autobahn when I visit Munich in the summer and later in September.

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I thought I would love this bike

11 April 2008 by paul1149

I thought this was my dream bike. But I have to agree with most of the professional reviews I've read - the engine is a tragic mismatch to the bike's purposes. They added more mid-range to the R6 engine, but it's still a 14k race mill. What's more, at anything under 6k the motor buzzes. It's like riding atop an electric shaver. I thought a 4 cyl engine would be smooth; I was wrong. This bike with a smoother, lower-revving twin motor would have dominated its class. In one parameter after another the fz6 comes close to excellence but some relatively little thing ruins it. The clutch lever: FZ certainly doesn't stand for friction zone, because there isn't any. The gearbox is greased butter usually, but downshifting while still is almost impossible. The seat is firm but comfortable, but with its height and width this 32" inseam can barely flatfoot the bike. Add a high center of gravity to all these things, and this bike becomes unpredictable at stops. I'm finding the bike has a lot of susceptibility to wind on the highway. Coming off my ninja 250 I thought I'd be getting over that. This bike is beautiful, powerful, corners like a champ. I'm getting 45 mpg. All that is good. But the buzzing coming up through the seat prevents me from relaxing. The machine was supposed to be an all-rounder. Why on earth did they put a 14k rpm screamer into it? I'm extremely disappointed with Yamaha.

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Honest Review

07 April 2008 by vegnomeat

I Traded in my 04 R1 for a new FZ6 S2 this weekend. You would think that they would be like chalk and cheese in every respect. In terms of pure grunt there is of course no comparison, 98 BHP versus the 160 of the R1 is a no brainer. However, once you get the S2 up and running the handling is spot on, and I would venture that on real roads the S2 would be snapping at the R1's heels on a pretty regular basis. The Fazer is deceptively light and so so easy to flick around, the wide bars helping to quickly change direction. I have dropped the forks 10mm through the headstock so as to liven up the steering and this makes a huge difference. The suspension certainly appears to be from the budget items bin. Heavy braking makes the front forks dive alarmingly, ideally I would want to dial in a bit more damping but of course there is no adjustment on the front and only preload adjustment on the rear. The riding position for me (5'6") is perfect and the seat is ultra comfortable. The fitted screen is way too low, 85mph is about the most I could stand because of the buffeting. Although Yamaha do offer a taller screen. During the first 600 miles the motor is limited to 7,000 RPM, and I have to agree with everyone who says that the mid range on this bike is pretty poor. Up to 7,000 RPM the bike is pretty much handicapped, I would like to see a Dyno print out of the Torque curve, I am guessing that it doesn't come alive until way after 7,000 RPM. You may get the impression that I am not keen on the Bike. Well you couldn't be further from the truth. This bike is so much fun, it's light, flickable, comfortable, well kitted out and looks beautiful and well made. I am really pleased with it,

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stealth fighter

21 February 2008 by banzai boy

when i saw the fz6 all in black it stood out in the crowd.ilove the up and over exhausts,but you can get loads more power from aftermarket system,icould not see them removed.after riding a street tripple i see what journos are talking about the mid range.the fz power is a bit too peaky but i still rate the bike.

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Excellent All-round at reasonable price

17 February 2008 by pimpf

I've spent with my FZ6S almost 20 months now. I like it - no matter where, in the city or on the road for the weekend it feels great. Well at that price the quality is reasonable enough.

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FZ6 fantastic

05 February 2008 by DavidHopkins

My FZ6N (un-faired, classier and more fun) is about to turn 20 months old with over 17k miles on the clock. It has done weekend's away with me and the wife 2-up, long weekends on the contintent with friends, commuting, weekend blasts and general all round fun. So far I've yet to see where the negative points all the journo's keep spouting are. it is a classy ride, well built, well powered, very comfy, damn good fun, and well capable of keeping up with everything else on 2 wheels (until they start getting stupid, then I back off) and more than capable of out-pulling anything with 4 wheels from the lights (and they always try it, stupid cagers in their euro-box hot-hatch, even the Porsche guys can't keep up).

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A slap for journo reviewers

19 January 2008 by waistedagain

I keep reading journos who believe the FZ6 disappoints because it lacks midrange . What planet do they ride on? I returned to biking on a new FZ6 Fazer after shopping around. I ride everyday to commute, blow the cobwebs out at weekends and do the odd long trip. Anyone who says it lacks enough power must ride like a hooligan. Overtaking at a speed that doesn't require a G suit is possible at anything over 3000 rpm in top gear. If you want to explore the time-space continuum the engine will pull to 11000 rpm and beyond, with a surge at 8500. Only a lunatic is going to be pulling G's on the average UK road with a laptop or your tea on your back. Get real guys, we don’t all need to stuff the environment and tee off other road users by raincoating other road users with all of the power every ride. The FZ6 and its detuned engine are a fantastic mid distance sports/commuter. The R6 power is there if you want it at 8000+ revs but I am using 3-6000 rpm 90% of the time, having a blast and getting 50+ mpg. Strengths: stops well, good looking, cleans up easily, easy to tinker with, turns in and holds corners like a pro, irons out rider deficiencies. Weaknesses: inability to tinker with ride other than preload, some cheap parts (inc. the 'blue peter' designed swingarm), hard seat, some fuelling probs at very low revs (now tuned out).

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2007 FZ6 fazer S2

06 January 2008 by robert.wainwright1

I bought a FZ6 Fazer S2 in August 2007 and so far have been very impressed. The handling and ride are superb and the quality is good for the price. The engine performance is great and I cannot find any problem with the mid range as it pulls well from 3000 revs in top and really sings when you get over 6000. I have had fairing lowers fitted and this has made it into a first class mid sized tourer with cheap running costs. The only fault I can find is the clunky change from 1st to 2nd , it is possible to get over this by changing up from first at about 4000 revs. I have ridden my son`s R6 and this is the same so I`ll quite happily live with it as the rest of the bike more than makes up for the small geabox niggle

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Lurching, clunking and shuddering

28 November 2007 by pch1

I bought the naked model model new in 2005. Overall I was disappointed as this was my first step into big bike territory. The fuel injection wasn't correct and every time I came to a corner the bike would be lurching as I tried to open the throttle through the corner. The front brakes would cause the front of the bike to shudder every time they were applied, and when I took it back to the dealers thinking it was a loose head bearing, I was told they all do that sir. The final straw was the first to second gearchange which was accompanied by a loud clunk noise. No matter how I tried varying my style of gearchange it was still unnervingly loud to change from first to second. On several occasions I the bike was stuck in a particular gear after keeping the bike in third or fourth for a long time on B-roads. Needless to say after all these problems I traded it in after only 6 months, this particular model has put me off buying Yamaha motorbikes. It may be a looker, and have an attractive price tag, but don't be fooled - there are a lot of better bikes out there for the same money.

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Brill do it all tool

19 September 2007 by skip24ftlb

FZ6 Fazer. Brill do it all tool. Its tractable from 2000rpm in 6th. It tours nicely, is comfortable, great tank range. The so called lack of midrange MCN recon is rubbish. Power is fine. No problem getting front end skipping over bumps when you give it some and explore 9k+. Easy to fit soft luggage. Cheap to run and bloody good fun to ride. No stiffness after 200miles. Great allrounder. Not far off an r6 for the sensible that dont want the arse in the air and hurting wrists and neck thigh pain. Would buy another.

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love it

08 July 2007 by mattnurse

I was really put right off this .... was those testers at MCN and other bike mags ... gutless ??? my arse !!! It's a great bike ... I know where the power is so it's a piece of piss to ride ... who nees to go at 170 everywhere. Bought the unfaired with less than 5k on the clock for 3 grand ... new scorps made a difference ... so ignore what the testers say .. save cash and have fun

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FZ6 - naked and bloomin' loving it!

04 May 2007 by DavidHopkins

Whilst the faired version is, I'm sure, very nice, it still looks to 'normal' for it's own good. Save yorself over £700 and get the naked version, the bike is the same but it gets more comments and stares on the road. The lack of fairing means the wind hits you dead on and is not directed to the base of your helmet, and I actually found the naked quieter ona test ... ! I bought the naked FZ6 in July 2005, and in the last 21 months have done over 12,000 miles, no problems, but make sure to get the Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) checked against the official recall (you'll have to ask Yamaha abuot it, they won't volunteer this info!) list. My next big buy is a set of Laser Extreme Quad exhausts - makes the back end look like the Binelli with the four pipes instead of the standard two ... lovely.

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Fun bike, too jerky for pillions

29 April 2007 by Acutulus

This was my first big bike. There is plenty of power for a new rider and as you gain experience and confidence you can take it higher up the rev range and realise all the power. The throttle is quite snatchy from closed to slightly open, keep a positive throttle in corners so you don't get caught out. The bike handles well and is comfortable. However, my pillion did not like it. My pillion found it very jerky, due to having to drive at high revs and the grab rails are too small to get a decent pair of gloves under them. As a first big bike, I think you could do a lot worse than one of these. I kept mine for a year and moved on to a Triumph Sprint ST.

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Good looking 600cc bike, 6000 miles of great fun plus capable of touring

25 September 2006 by Ronscot

Purchased in 2004 new, black and silver suits the bike and the looks made the decision for me. Very easy to ride and the suspension is excellent with a pillion passenger. 200 mile tank range, no problem with power when overtaking and the bike is very planted on the road. Strengths: Moulded Frame, suspension, engine.
Weaknesses: The finish is beginning to suffer as per all bikes that are ridden in Winter. Very thin coating on the swingarm, white primer now visable. Gearbox not good 1st and 2nd very poor.

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Great all round machine, loads of power and good handling

08 September 2006 by jeff1604

I got back into biking after a lay off of about 15 years, wow have they progressed! I would have loved a GSXR750 but dodgy knees and back so no way. Was originally looking at CB600 or Hornet but the looks of the fazer caught my eye and after a year I'm not dissappointed one bit. It is a compromise between sports and touring but with the detuned R6 engine theres plenty of fun to be had but with quite a bit of comfort for just plodding along. Easily does 200m on a tank with MPG around 55 (having Fun) and 60+ (ploding). If you want to go for it, it simply lets you, open her up and she flies! If I had hindsight would I buy the Fazer - yes most definately!!!  Strengths: Comfortable riding position (especially on 100m+ journeys) handles really well, open her up and the real fun starts after 7k. Weaknesses:
Slight vibration through the seat around 6k revs and gearbox clunky from 1st to 2nd, but works fine (wicked 3rd gear).

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Sad fairwell after 15000 trouble free miles

04 September 2006 by timsim

Bought new in 2004, waitied for delivery. Yamaha then dropped the price! The engine is really okay at low revs when in traffic. If you want more, JCB have a new diesel engine. Watch your tail pack as the exhaust might melt it if it slips backwards. One up good for distance work (faired model) Finish still good after 15000 all year round miles. Still on original chain and brake pads. Replaced tyres with original make. Strengths: Looks, although this is subjective. User friendly, cracking day to day bike which can raise the pulse when working the throttle. Weaknesses: Brakes okay. Seat hard, side panels rub pillion calfs other wise would make a reasonable middle weight tourer.

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Fantastic first 'big' bike with everything you need at a price that's kind to the pocket!

17 August 2006 by taffmahoney

I took this bike out for a test ride as well as a Z750S. Although the Kawasaki is a fantastic bike, I couldn't help thinking to myself that it wasn't as good as the Fazer whilst I was riding it, so I decided to buy the Fazer and I'm not the slightest bit disappointed with my choice. The bike is fantastic! You can thrash it or pootle along and the engine will always pull, even from very low revs. The lights are great and the dials are very easy to read, even with the sun over your shoulder. The ride quality is very good as is the riding position. The bike is a bit heavy when fully wet but you don't notice it when you're on the move. It loves to corner and you never feel nervous if you see a mid-bump pothole as the bike will absorb it and carry on. The brakes are very good and the adjustable lever means you can put it just where you want it. The rear hugger protects the shock and the chain is easily cleaned and lubricated with the centre stand. Strengths: Fantastic ride quality, nice and stable and the brakes work very well. Engine will rev forever and it really goes when you want it to. Very easy to ride, especially for a first big bike. All day comfort from the seat and half fairing. Fuel economy is also good (averageing 50mpg). Excellent mirrors and you get a centre stand and a rear hugger as standard. Weaknesses:
The gearbox is really clunky and loud but it works perfectly so no real complaints. Lack of storage space under the seat due to exhausts, but enough room to carry a disc lock (but not a lot else!). Only one adjustable lever (brake) so the clutch can be a bit of a reach if you've got small hands.

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V happy with my cheap sports-touring all-rounder that still has sufficient poke to raise a grin

16 August 2006 by sceats

First big bike after getting licence a few years back. V happy with it. Fast, low maintenance, and comfortable. Had read the reviews comparing it to the old 600 Fazer and test-drove both. Couldn?t feel any difference in terms of low-end torque, but when taken above 10k revs the FZ6 takes off. Technology wise the FZ6 is a rather different bike so can't see the attraction of an old Fazer 600 over the FZ6. Strengths: Reliability, looks, efficiency, not too common. V happy when strangled.
Weaknesses: Suspension can be a bit soft at times, and the standard screen produces a fair bit of buffeting over 80mph. Haven't had any problems with finish, although keep it garaged.

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My first bike after 4 years on a CG125, love the looks, power, handling, why did I wait so long?

20 July 2006 by timboella

Bought this bike despite all the bad press I read about the lack of mid range power, and I don't regret it for a minute. When I am commuting I can be lazy with the revs and its easy to ride. When I'm having a blast at the weekend, I pick up the revs and it feels like a rocket ship. (Trained on a CBF500 which I thought was slow after 2 days). Looks wise its a Batmobile from the front (my neighbours 12 yr old says)and sporty from the rear - love the twin exhaust under the seat. I was thinking of buying a Suzuki Bandit 650 or a kawasaki er6-n, don't even want to ride them now. getting 200 miles from the tank so I am pleased with the range as well. The ride is excellent and the position is comfy. At 80 mph you feel completely stable thanks to the half faring. At night the lights on dipped or main are brilliant they light up the whole road and the dials look very cool and are easy to read. Strengths: Soon as I get used to the performance I can start to take it into the 9000 - 13500 rpm range where apparently it starts to get really serious - Can't wait. I feel as though I have a bike a can really grow into. Weaknesses: First gear to second feels a bit notchy if you don't get the revs right - maybe my clutch control is still not right, but I have heard others say the same.

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Great first big bike

13 May 2006 by rstuner

Just sold my fz6 after 7 months of ownership. Before I bought it I looked at everything else but the fz was the fastest the best looking and the cheepest. [4 grand brand new with 0% finance] it was a great bike but had to be really thrashed to get the best from it. Also great dealer back up [k2 motorcycles in stoke] I would highly recommend to anyone to buy one. Just sold mine because I out grew it quickly needed something faster k2's fault for letting me test ride a new r1. Strengths: Very good handling and looks ace, easy to ride. Weaknesses: Wish I bought a faired one very windy. Engine needs to be cained.

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Goes well, handles great

01 May 2006 by 900rfizzy

Bought this bike new on a 55 plate, use it every day for work. Revvy but I expected that goes well, handles great. On the downside the gearbox is total crap and clunks like hell which gets a lot worse when it gets warmer. The finish is rubbish I've just got rid of a 19 year old GPZ900R which was in better condition than this. My advice is if you buy one use it on dry days only because the weather kills the finish. Strengths: Engine, performance and handling. Weaknesses: Yep you got it THE FINISH.

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Naked, revvy, great-looking and well-balanced

06 April 2006 by sperfect

Black Naked, Fabbri Café Sport screen, Scorpion Cans, Acumen DG8. Shortly before I picked this bike up I read a damning report in 'Bike', I must admit some of the points they made are valid. You do need to chase revs for the bike to perform, but it is a 600! The Scorpions have made a massive difference, power delivery is smoother and it sounds awesome. I am not sure about the fly screen yet, I think it creates more turbulance. The Gear indicator is the best change I made. I have only done a few hundred miles since I bought it but as I get to know it the riding gets to be more fun. I moved to this bike from a SLR650 Honda, this was a major change, the SLR is certainly quicker off the mark. I plan to do the R6 fork conversion at some point, I plan to keep this bike a long time. Strengths: If you ride properly the bike remains composed and predictable, great seating position, weight well balanced. It looks fantastic. Weaknesses: Forks are a bit harsh when cornering fast on less than perfect roads, vibration at 5K revs. Ugly swing arm! Centre stand would have been nice.

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BARGAIN!! £4699inc.Fly Screen and Tank Pad-Yamaha's doesn't fit the bend on the tank properly.

04 January 2006 by ROB CHISHOLM

Bought this in March 2005 after part-ex'ing my Triumph TT600 for it. Performance is superb if you are prepared to play with the gearbox, and for those of you who aren't then get a Burgman Scooter! Lava Red, by far the best colour. Added a smoked Fly Screen, Acerbis Handguards, ERMAX Seat Cowel (colour matched and a lot less dosh than the Yam one!) and the Yamaha replacement number plate hanger - much neater. Just want to make it sound a bit fruitier now - I know it's in there somewhere, just got to find the money to let it out! Beowulf, where are you? Changed the OE Dunlops for Metzeler Sportec at just over 6,000 miles (rear was a little smooth by then!) My 16yr old son, wasn't so keen on it at first - he preferred the looks of my Racing Yellow TT600 (I have to admit it did look good), but after 500 miles in 3 days round Northumberland he has grown to really like it. Happy days! Strengths: It can really make you grin when you want it to, but it can also be a pussy cat when you want to take it easy. Hah, a lot of the Bike journo's think this is a weakness. Nerds! Forgotten what their left foot is for, me thinks, after getting lazy riding 999's all the time. Weaknesses: Mirrors - they are crap. They need an extension.

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Smart bike, excellent introduction to 600 class

11 September 2005 by DavidHopkins

After riding a GS500 for a little over a year, I can now safely say I have 'some' experience of riding (in all weathers) and starting looking for a little extra from my biking. Looked around and rode a few tester bikes, but still kept coming back to the looks of the FZ6 naked. Wow, gotta love it. I rode it and then bought it. Strengths: Road presence, looks, solid build, mates all want a ride. Weaknesses: Puncture (after 300 miles) and cracked healding (after 2k miles), and local Yamaha dealer (if you don't like him, go to another).

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