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Hello, this is my second review on the fazer fzs 1000, into my second year with this bike, and after having the bike laid up over the severe winter months, i've noticed a warning being displayed on the rev counter, this being, the needle would jump from 0-7 rpm regardless of the engine running or not. Checking the owners manual this stated that the exup valve was sticking, ooops! On checking the valve and cables it looked like it had never been serviced. So i searched the net to find out how to sort this problem, and i found all the info on pat's motorcycle page, i followed the insructions to the letter, and unfortunatly i did shear off one of the bolts, as it was well and trurely stuck, so had to drill it out, self tap a new thread, and replaced the bolts for stainless steel as recommended in pat's instructions. The job is done and will be done again next year, this time it will be easier for using copper grease and new bolts.
The task was fairly easy to do, and i've saved myself a few quid too, many thanks to Pat's motorcycle page. This just goe's to show what you can do if you put your mind to it, if you are experiancing the same problem, have a go, but beware the original bolts are soft as cheese. Still very happy with the bike, it will be due an mot and service in june, hopefully this will go well. Would recommend this bike to anyone a very exciting ride with plenty of power for all needs. Will review again in the summer months, Be safe all.
I have had my 2005 Fazer for almost four years now. I was looking for a machine in this class after selling a BMW1150GS. (At the risk of upsetting all the BMW fans out there I'll say that, although it was the most comfortable and most efficient bike I have owned, it was sooo BORING!! Sorry, just didn't do it for me.) The choices at the time we machines such as the Suzuki Bandit, which was a little too old school, and the Honda Hornet 900. The Fazer seemed to be the best overall package as the motor at 145BHP had more stomp than the others, it had the suspension lifted from the Thunderace, brakes from the R1 and it had a modern look. I found mine in the MCN classifieds and purchased it as an 18 month old machine with only 1100 miles on it. It was if it had just come out of the crate.
So what's it like to own - great! It's a fast and easy bike to ride. The engine is smooth and picks up really well from almost any revs. It's actually a little more modified than the 'detuned R1 engine' label tends to suggest. Amongst other subtle modifications is a heavier flywheel which makes the engine more tractable from low RPM. The carbs are also smaller which give better mid-range. I have not ridden an R1 so can't comment on how much stomp the motor has lost at the top end of the rev range but, take my word for it, it's fast enough!
The suspension often comes in for criticism as being too soft and past its best by 10,000 miles. I have increased the pre-load at both ends a little and the result is a bike that handles very well and is still comfortable. With 5,000 miles now showing the suspension shows no signs of fading yet. (Yes, I know I have only put 4,000 miles on it but I am lucky enough to own more than one bike - see my VFR800 review on this site) As and when the suspension shows signs of fading I'll upgrade it because, as with the VFR, I intend to keep this bike long term.
There's probably no need to comment on the brakes - R1 stuff so enough said.
The riding position is day long comfortable and the controls are light and easy. The switchgear is standard Yamaha fare so no problems there. I usually get around 150 miles to the tank in general use with 170+ on a run. Starting is a first time affair as long as you never use full choke. Even in the coldest weather on half choke is needed or the bike coughs and dies. A lot of the time there is no need to use the choke at all. I have had it checked and no, the bike is not running rich. My machine is also fitted with a Scorpion end can which sounds fantastic; even with the baffles still in. The OE Metzler tyres are not to my liking and will soon be changes to my preferred choice - Bridgestone BT021's. I am sure that this will improve the bike even further. The half fairing is very effective, particularly with a slightly taller screen. I have a double bubble on mine and cruising at three figure speeds is no problem.
The build quality looks good although to be honest it hasn't really been tested as this machine is only used in the dry. It's used year round but only on dry roads. There are no stone chips on the paintwork and even the paint on the engine, so often a weak spot, is immaculate. The only mark is on the tail fairing where is caught it a few times with my boot getting on and off the bike. (Well, I am only 5'9")
The only let down with this bike so far has been my local Yamaha dealer but I won't go into details. Perhaps I have been spoilt having dealt almost exclusively with Honda dealers in recent years. However, I now use Woking Yamaha for my servicing and they boys down there are top guys.
So, there you have it; a good all round machine. When I purchased mine they were still a little under rated so they were a bit of a bargain. You don't see too many for sale and I think that's because, when you own one, you tend to hang onto it when you realize what a good bike this is. How's that for a recommendation? I have seen the described as 'The thinking man's sportsbike' and whilst I don't fully agree with that it's not completely untrue either. Buy one and enjoy.
This may be of interest to you guys either running a Fazer 1000 with an after-market exhaust or those considering getting one. When I purchased my bike it was fitted with a Scorpion end can and I left it on the bike. Scorpion are generally considered to be a quality product and is is their top of the range carbon fibre item with a removeable baffle. I recently had the bike run on a dyno and it produced 118 BHP - down on what is expected for this bike and the dyno operator pointed out that this is due to the end can. (The bike was running rich due to the baffle design) When I asked if the bike could be set up to run with the Scorpion exhaust he said yes, it can certainly be improved BUT you will never get the bike run as well as it does on the stndard can. So, three or four dyno runs later (Scorpion plus baffle, Scorion without baffle and standard can) the best results were obtained with the standard exhaust producing 127 BHP. I know that with some machines the standard exhaust cannot be bettered, the CBR600F is a prime example (It may sound better but you will loose BHP) and it would appear that the FZS1000 also falls into this category. Maybe many bikes do, after all manufacturers spend millions on R&D so perhaps they really do know best. In the case of the FZS1000 I have the dyno graphs to prove it!
I did some internet research following the results of the dyno run, which led me to Ivans - a tuning company based in the US that make jetting kits for the carbs. Unlike Dynojet these kits are properly researched and tested before being put on the market. I had an Ivans slip on kit fitted to the bike, which not only sorts out the compromises that Yamaha have to build into the fueling to pass noise and emissions tests but also makes the bike run properly with a less restrictive end can. So, now that the carbs have been 'Ivanised' it's back on with the Scorpion end can. (With baffle in) Wow! What a difference. The bike pulls better right through the rev-range and is so smooth. The difference is so great it's almost like riding a different bike. Kits can be picked up for just under £100 and it's the best £100 you will ever spend on a Fazer 1000. I will run the bike on a Dyno again and post up the results in due course.
My 20th motorbike and in my opinion what a cracker,stylish very well manufactured reliable and very rider friendly with super comfy riding position sure footed handling highly effective brakes and above all power delivery that is smooth and very substantial which really does promote the grin factor, that allows it to surely be one of the very best all rounders money can buy!.
With this machine you can live comfortably in the three worlds of motorcycling,sport,supersport and touring as its highly capable in all these modes and has no vices,afterall it shares the same powerplant albeit slightly de-tuned as the R1 come to think of it,itshares the same brakes too,running costs are also very resonable with fairly sensible riding around a 150 miles on a tank of fuel at current pump prices around 7p per mile,i,m seeing around 5,000 miles on a rear tyre and around 8000 on a front,couple this with typical service costs of around £110 a time.you soon realise that this is a very capable complete and affordable package!.
Got an engine that sounds like a dick slapping.
I would recommend this bike for anyone that got beat up at school or a copper.
You will be hard pushed to find any second hand ones unless you look at the base of Beachy Head nr. Eastbourne.
Many are found with their riders still on them. Including that Muppet Mark Fowler from Eastenders who mysteriously re-incarnated in the Bill. Coming back to that copper thing again.
So, if you are a homosexual dying of AIDS with no way out. Simply by a Fazer, chuck your lot in over beachy head, come back as a copper and get to beat the living daylights out of Joe Public and get paid for it.
I used to love riding my fazer up and down the road, doing wheelies and generally being a nuisance. Imagine my surprise when my Dad strung some cheesewire between two lampposts. Ouch.
My house has been daubed with graffiti, windows smashed, 5hit pushed through the letterbox. But I refuse to sell my fazer.
I know it has the image of being a benders bike which is OK because I like it just fine. And the horn sounds good.
The breaks dont work a great deal unless you are in the south of England.
It also has the strange little knobbly bit in the centre of the seat which I cannot fathom what it does. Although it is a little uncomfortable at time and seems to have the provision for a battery.
All in all I would recommend this bike to the dog off Tom and Jerry.
After riding a Yamaha R6 for 6,500m over two years, my 6ft, 14st frame started demanding more comfort! Typically my riding consists of 40m round trips to work, short hacks into Brighton, and 60m Sunday morning blasts, with the occassional 100m jaunt thrown in. Almost all of this takes place on the poorly maintained roads of Sussex, where my R6 frequently shook it's head, complaining about the pitted surface, and making my wrists ache to boot! With the Fazer 1000, that's all gone - here's a bike that can take pretty much everything the neglected tarmac can throw at it! So what is it? Ok, it's a slightly de-tuned R1 engine (143bhp) dropped into a sit up and beg tubular steel frame, sporting a bikini fairing - a user friendly package if ever there was one. This is +160mph performance, sharing those excellent brakes of the R1/R6 (boy can this bike go and stop quickly)! For real in-depth techie details, you can read them anywhere on the web, but what's it like to own and ride? First off, it's a pretty handsome bike, looking very much the half-faired R1 that it is. The low seat and wide bars take the weight off your wrists, and make this an effortless bike to ride, either around town or on snakey Sussex roads. No worries about leaning the bike down either, the extra weight (for those like me, used to flickable sports bikes), is barely noticeable on the move, although watch out for that centre-stand! I found the default suspension settings a tad 'soggy' for my liking, but stiffening things up a touch really hit he spot. The result is that you can probably carry more speed through corners on 'iffy' roads than you can on your typical plastic rocket, simply because the suspension is so much more able to cope with the irregularities thrown at it. This all adds up to make this an impressive scratcher that will embarrass it's fully faired sporting bretherin. Match that to all day comfort, and a useful +160 mi
le range, and you start wondering why you didn't buy one earlier... (because Yamaha wasn't making them - doh)! So, was the journo who called this an "R1 for the real road" right? Well, I would say that was a bit generous. Certainly, the R1 motor has lost 7bhp, and heavier components make for a smoother power delivery without that screaming top-end R1 rush. But... this is still an awesomely quick license-loser of a bike, it just doesn't demand to be ridden hard like the R1. Sure, an accomplished R1 rider would waste a Fazer 1000 rider on the track, and would probably stay ahead on the open road, but we're not all riding gods are we. For the average 90% of us, this machine delivers all the punch, flexibility, comfort and practicality you'll ever need, and your pillion will love you for it! This really is a case of my heart wanted an R1, but my head made me buy a Fazer Thou'. Make no mistake, this is still a sports bike, but touring and practically any other kind of riding are also on the menu, just jump into the saddle and choose your style! So what would I change? Well, the suspension as I mentioned earlier (and don't forget, this bike has fully adjustable suspension, just like a sports bike). Sitting tall in the saddle, the standard screen is a bit short making high speed dual carriageway work a neck muscle workout, but that's easily fixed with a taller screen. Even a correctly adjusted chain slaps a bit against the chain guard. Also, cold starting is a bit of a nack. Ohhh, and I nearly forgot - the price. Best part of £1,000 overpriced I'd say. To sum up: Engine - not quite the R1 loony, but not far off! Brakes - shared with the R1/R6, spot on. Handling - amazing, how can a tubular steel frame be this stiff and sure?! Comfort - zzzZZZ, wake me up when we get there. Fuel economy - useful range, although back in R1 territory if ridden hard. Grip - standard Metzlers are ok, but I'll
go for stickier stuff next. Night riding - R1 lights, no problem. Overall... I love it. Sure, it doesn't have the kudos of a sports bike (those who nodded at me on the R6, now ignore me on the Fazer... boo hoo), and VFR800 owners will chuckle at it's lack of 'full' weather protection. However, this is the bike that pulled its pants up over it's head and ran down the street poking it's tongue out at everyone - it is an absolute hoot to ride! For someone who wants it all, this bike will deliver by the bucketload!