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All-rounder of the year

Published: 01 December 2003

Shortlist: Ducati Multistrada. Kawasaki Z1000. Suzuki SV650. Yamaha FZ6 Fazer.

Winner: Yamaha FZ6 Fazer.

THE new FZ6 Fazer had big shoes to fill. The previous model was Yamaha’s best seller. But this one looks set to carry on the Fazer tradition from the off – it beat rivals such as Ducati’s Multistrada and Kawasaki’s Z1000 to take our All Rounder award.

Not only does the new 600cc Fazer combine all the factors that made the old model so successful. It has also raised the game in the budget class, using the same engine as the latest R6, an aluminium die-cast frame, quality suspension and eye-catching styling which includes underseat exhausts.

MCN Editor Marc Potter said: " With the new FZ6 Fazer, Yamaha has shown that buying a budget bike doesn’t mean having to accept second rate equipment levels. What’s more it will also be offering a naked derivative in the new year. "

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