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Fazer 600 updated for 2002

Published: 09 September 2001

The 2002 Fazer 600 will benefit from a host of changes inspired by the arrival of the 1000cc version.

The smaller bike will get the shapely front fairing from its sibling – complete with more powerful lights – plus a bigger 22-litre tank and a stainless steel exhaust.

Yamaha’s Dan Harris said: " The Fazer 600 has been a huge success, but the styling has been the same since it was launched.

" It needed an update and it seemed a good idea to move it towards the Fazer 1000. Just as the R1 and R6 are easily recognisable from the R series, the Fazers are obviously from the same family. The strength of the six is its versatility – that won’t change and this is the perfect way to move the bike on. "

It was the popularity of the Fazer 600, launched in 1998, that convinced Yamaha there was a market for a bigger version of the popular all-rounder.

The 600 used a modified version of the Thundercat engine, but it was good enough to outsell Suzuki’s Bandit, and it has stayed at the top despite the arrival of potent rivals like Honda’s Hornet. More than 9000 examples have been sold in the UK over the last three years.

Using the half-fairing which adorns the Fazer 1000 is more than just a way of bringing the appearance up to date. Wind protection on the 1000 is better than the current 600, so riders can look forward to less of a battering.

And the lights on the Fazer 600 have always attracted complaints. Even making both lights illuminate on dipped beam, which has become a common home-made remedy, hasn’t solved the problem. Fitting the 1000’s more powerful multi-reflector lamps will give a more intense beam.

And you should be able to enjoy the Fazer for longer spells at a time, thanks to a new 22-litre fuel tank, two litres up on this year’s bike, which was two litres up on the original 1998 machine.

Adding a stainless steel exhaust might not excite the owners of many other bikes, but if you’ve owned a Fazer 600 you’ll appreciate how much difference it will make.

The downpipes have always needed high levels of care to stop them turning to a rustic shade of orange.

The Fazer 1000 also donates its mirrors, with longer and thinner stems to give you a better view of what’s happening behind your elbows.

And the instrument panel has been given a sharper new shape to fit behind the new fairing. There’s also room for a new digital clock.

Yamaha has introduced yellow to the colour range, replacing black for 2002. The silver and blue schemes will survive on the new model. The price should remain close to this year’s £5299.

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