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After a few years of owning and loving a 400cc sportsbike I sadly had to accept that while it was great
fun on a twisty road it was a nightmare to commute due to the riding position and long distance rides were more of a chore than a pleasure so the search begun for an allrounder that could actually
do it all. A friend happened to be selling his 600cc Fazer so after reading numerous good reviews in bike magazines and a day testing it the Fazer seemed like a good choice and the deal was done!
The great thing about this bike is it can handle almost anything the daily commute is a joy compared to my attempts on the zxr400 the upright riding position and smooth power delivery across the range make filltering through traffic jams a breeze and the bike runs well at low speeds unlike the ZXR400 which hated being ridden at low speed through towns.
Long distances are no problem the half fairing takes a bite out of the wind blast and provides some weather protection and the bike can happily sit at motorway speeds (and above)with plenty left in reserve if you need it. After riding the ZXR400 on long distance journeys it was a pleasure to arrive at my destination on the Fazer without sore knees and wrists. The seating position is comfortable and there's plenty of room for luggage, a pillion or both and the bike handles the extra weight without problems and pillions appreciate the security of a grab rail to hold onto rather than a strap across the seat or holding on to the rider.
Take the Fazer to a twisty road and it will keep up with most bikes it accelerates well in every gear with plenty of power across the range. The handling is good especially for an all rounder although I find on mine the suspension is a little bit soft if I really push it but The Fazer does handle well and better than I honestly expected and after 3 years I still have a grin on my face every time I ride it.
I get around 180 miles to a tank with mine so far in 3 years of ownership I have only paid out for regular servicing and consumables such as tyres usually around £250 for the pair fitted or chain and sprockets which were around £85.The bike is ridden nearly every day whether commuting to work or pleasure runs at the weekends and so far only a battery problem and a puncture have required me to call breakdown which isn't bad considering I do around 15000 miles a year and the bike has been very reliable.Due to the popularity of the Fazer aftermarket spares are readily available and there's plenty of 2nd hand stuff available on auction sites and at breakers so it's easy enough to find parts if you need replacements.
There are a couple of downsides the finish on the Fazer is good but not brilliant if you don't keep it clean you will soon end up with a furry Fazer but like most budget bikes it will last ok as long as you wash it regularly especially if you use the bike in winter. The gearbox is a bit clunky although it's perfectly reliable and I've had no problems with it so more of an annoyance than anything to worry about.
My bike is the older version with the Thundercat engine rather than the later model that has the R6 engine. My boyfriend owns the newer model and it's a great bike although having ridden both bikes I actually slightly prefer my older one as the newer model seems to lack a bit of mid range compared to mine although the suspension is slightly better on the new model it has the same clunky gearbox
I would recommend this bike to anyone looking for a do it all bike it's a great choice for new riders looking for their first big bike. It's easy to ride due to the riding position,predictable handling and smooth power delivery so it's forgiving enough to let a new rider gain confidence but likewise there's plenty of power to keep you amused as you gain experience.
For experienced riders the bike is still a great choice it's cheap to insure compared to a 600cc sportsbike, the 95bhp engine has plenty of acceleration in every gear, it handles well, the brakes are fantastic and it's easy to live with if you need a bike to commute as well as play.
This was my first 'big' bike after passing my test this year. The bike is exceptional value for money, its fast but not too fast for a new rider. The Fazer cuts through traffic with ease and returns about 200 miles to a tank of fuel.
Build quality is good, there are no real problems with it but need to see how the bike stands up after the winter. Since owning the bike I have done about 6000 miles and the only cost has been some new tyers. The bike eats up the miles and is very comfortable even after three hours riding, it could go on further but I needed coffee so had to take a break.
If you are looking for a first step into the world of larger bikes that are capable and fun then you could not go wrong with a Fazer. I sometimes think about chaninging it for a larger bike but so far I can not find a reason to get rid of the Fazer
All the reviews stated this bike is ideal for just about any type of riding, touring, commuting, fun days out and B road blasting. I bought mine in the Spring of 2004 and have used it for all of these types of riding and have to say it almost, not quite, but almost lives up to the hype. My bike a shiny blue one, R1 Blue I'm told, after scratching it once I found its listed as Deep Purlish Blue Metallic on the Yamaha paint supply lists, how's that for a colour? Still it looks great and is mainly blue but has a nice purple tinge when caught in the right light nice! Mine is a 2003 model with the Fox eye headlights and other improvements over the older model shown in the picture above.
The ride is good with adjustable suspension front and rear, I keep the front wound round to the firmer end of the dials and the rear somewhere towards the middle. Adjusting the dials is by spanner at the top of the fork legs at the front and a special wrench is kept in the tool bag under the seat for quick and easy adjustment of the rear shock. Inspiring and good natured the Fazer can cruise along happily at most speeds with descent mid range power allowing the more sedate rider to enjoy good pull from the lower end of the revs but the old Thundercat 600 4 cylinder still offers a fairly quick motor above 7k on the analogue dials for the quicker riders. Other characteristics of the motor are reasonable levels of viabration even at high revs and seemingly bomb proof mechanics. (So Far!) The gear box is ok but not perfect with a particularly knotchy change in the lower gears, minly with 1st and 2nd around the neutral gear I guess. Apparently thats normal for the box though and doesn't cause any major problems other that making people jump at the lights as it clunks into gear.
The riding position is fairly upright and offers good comfort for up to 2 hours on the road if your going distance but stiff knees a sore seat can be expected beyond that. Brakes are exceptional for a reletively budget bike with the old R1 brakes on the front making stopping quick and reassuring. Instruments are fairly well laid out with everything in close reach of both hands although the dip/high switch for the main lights is slightly to high for me to reach without changing my grip on the bars but maybe thats just me. The lights themselves are good with both the front lights working on dip and full beam, this wasn't the case with older models, giving a good spread of light at night.
The bike seems to do a good 200+ miles on a tank if you ride steadily although higher revs still return a good MPG rate. Luggage space under the seat is enough for spare gloves and a descent lock and your wallet but not much else.
With a passenger the bike bahaves well and is easy to handle and the seat doesn't leave your passenger high in the air and the sissy bar grab handle is a good size.
I think that about covers it for general stuff, my bike has a few extras which I will write seperate reviews for, hope you find this useful, if you want to know anything else about this great alrounder then please feel free to ask.
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.
for me a new job meant a new motorcycle. After spending a few weeks reading all the mags, reviews asking around in the shops I had shortlisted my choice down to just three bikes - the Faser, the Hornet and the Bandit. As I use the bike for commuting and will possibly have to ride through another harsh Winter I plumbed for the bike with the best features that cover all-round riding. The Faser came out tops in handling, and equipment. It may lose out to the Hornet in terms of finish but after a couple of months of high milage (I cover 90 miles a day) this is no discrace. After the first week I had the bike 'run-in'. I was surprised as the bikes speed even at such low revs as it is regarded as lacking in grunt at low revs (something of a feature when riding in the wet or on ice) when past the 6k revs range it is difficult to be within legal speed limits. In top gear (6th) at 6k revs the bike will rides at 70mph. It doesn't actually hit peak power until 10.5k revs!! All this speed and power put the Faser in a high insurance bracket - something I didn't consider too deeply when purchasing. I'm paying far more than I ever have for insurance with very high excess. Fortunately, as the bike does not have a full fairing a low speed crash shouldn't be too expensive. I've had the bike for six weeks now and have reached about 2,000 miles. I'm more than happy with the performance and as we are in Summer (I've only had three rainy days) the bike still looks brand new. I opted for the two tone red/black model that is featured in all the advertising. In hindsight the gold and black looks better and is a little more unusual. There are many things that should come as standard on the bike that nearly all owners fit - louder exaust, taller screen, radiator cover, rear hugger etc. I will be fitting these over time but they do add expense to what is (in it's range) the most expensive bike. the extras aren't 100% necessa
ry but they do finish the bike off to be something approaching 'perfect' for a commuter machine. In time I'll work out what the true costs are in terms of mpg - initially I seems to be getting something on the better side of 40. As the wet weather comes that'll rise as they'll be less oportunity to open the throttle.
I have had my 2000 Fazer for about 2 months now. The Fazer is a very different animal to the Kawasaki ER5 I owned previously. Its engine is so quick to respond that during the running in period it is a nightmare to keep below 5,000rpm. This is the limit for the first 600mls and is 60mph, for between 600 - 1,000mls the limit is 6,000rpm 72mph. This is where I am at the moment. The riding postion is not bad. It is not as straight up as many tourers but niether are you stretched accross the tank attempting to reach the bars. My wrists had to get used to having more weight on them after riding the the ER5. I do find however I need regular stops to "loosen up". The engine/gearbox scream like a demented banshee even at these revs. Once on the move the wind noise drowns out all sound of the bike, this makes changing down and matching revs a little difficult as you only need to breathe on the throttle and it revs quite high so matching the next gear without hearing the engine takes some mastering (I don't think I have yet). I find the gearchange not so easy as the ER5 as the travel is quite long and going from 1st to 2nd has produced neutral on more than one occasion. The box is also is also quite "clunky" below 3rd gear going up or down. The Fazer has twin headlights. The unusual thing is that one is used for dip and the other only lights for mainbeam. Weird! On dip unless the light is adjusted properly (which it wasn't on delivery) seeing in the dark at speed can be "interesting" Even adjusted properly the light is not as good as the ER5. Mainbeam is fine again if adjusted correctly. I can see why people complain about them. If only both lights were set up for both mainbeam and dip I am sure all would be fine. The mirrors do not allow you to see directly behind you without moving your arm out of the way. There is a wonderful view down each side (not much use). Style has won out over practicality there!
The front forks (as well as the rear shocker) are adjustable for preload. I find this really handy as whilst running in I set them softer than standard as I have with the rear and the ride is like a Rolls Royce. I have now stiffened it all up to 1 notch harder than standard and although it may be a little hard for our horrid urban roads it is great for cornering. One area where the Fazer is outstanding is braking, both brakes are exremely powerful and progressive. I would imagine a "panic" grab of the front brakes would easily produce a locked front wheel with "interesting" results. Surprisingly there is actually a useable storage space under the seat big enough to take my disc lock and a one piece rainsuit. The ER5 has room under the seat for -- -- well -- -- nothing really! The Fazer is now run in and WOW! does it go. A quick twist of the throttle and 100mph is passed before you know it and it does not seem to be trying! Although I am no Grand Prix rider cornering is very good and with the power available coming out of corners is great fun. Any niggles are limited to. 1. The exhaust is far too quiet. (aftermarket can fitted now) 2. Very whiny gearbox. 3. Poor lighting.
I would recommend the fazer to anyone wanting a versatile bike. After a break of a few years from bikes I punted for the fazer. When I bought it two years ago every journalist was singing its praises so I bought one in black and haven't been disappointed. The bike has friendly characteristics. Its got excellent acceleration if you need it, and decent pulling power but like a lot of Yams you have to drop a gear to really motor. Its got a top speed of 145 thats great to know youv'e got, but after 120 which it flies up to(alledgedly), whats the point?. Its very comfortable with a relaxed riding position and ideal for two up riding with a comfortable seat. You can achieve about 50mpg with normal riding, so a decent tank range of 180 is possible. Finally its got a massive boot under the seat for locks waterproofs etc. A great allrounder!