The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: used Fazer test – Yamaha FZS 1000 Fazer…

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Yamaha FZS 1000
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The Good, The Bad The Ugly: used Fazer test – Yamaha FZS 1000 Fazer


Yamaha FZS 1000 Fazer

A lot of bikes for one reason or another failed to set the world on fire when they were launched but have since established themselves as firm favourites in the second hand market. The FZS Fazer 1000 is one such.

Unveiled in 2001 it promised much. A re-tuned R1 engine with a whopping 140bhp and 78ft lb of torque in a bike with a comfortable riding position and generous tank range. Which was its problem.

All the headlines screamed ‘R1 engine’ and ‘140bhp’, completely missing the point of the Fazer 1000. Yes it had big power, but it wasn’t a naked R1, it was a large capacity Fazer and was always going to be compromised.

The Fazer 1000 feels big. This is no compact, stripped down sportsbike, it’s a large, comfortable naked bike with a relaxed riding position. The clocks are big and clear dials rather than intricate LCDs and the whole machine has a slight feeling of the traditional about it, something echoed in its basic-looking right way up forks and tubular chassis.

Then you get going.

Riding the Fazer 1000 is brilliant fun. It’s a bike that you instantly click with and after a few short miles you wonder why you have never ridden, or owned, one before. Forget sportsbikes, when it comes to smiles per mile the Fazer 1000 wipes the floor with them.

The 1000cc engine is one of the few occasions when a Japanese ‘re-tune’ hasn’t sucked all the life out of the motor. Everywhere is instant drive from an engine always willing to please. Like the 600 the carbs give a beautifully progressive throttle response that makes even a bike as powerful as this feel tame.

Yamaha FZS 1000

The Fazer 1000 has a ‘usability’ about it that instils confidence in the ride. But don’t think this is a mundane machine, this Fazer is one of the best wheelie bikes around.

On the few occasions the front wheel is in contact with the road the Fazer’s shine starts to dull slightly. The bike feels over-sprung and under-damped, giving a soggy ride through the bends. Combined with a lack of ground clearance fast cornering is a no go area. On the straights it’s wonderful and absorbs the bumps with minimal hassle, but corners are a different story.

The best way to think of a Fazer 1000 is as a sports tourer with very high bars, but this doesn’t do it justice. It’s not a hairy-chested naked bike, it’s a relaxed machine with a superb engine. The handling isn’t brilliant, but it’s more than adequate to enjoy on a Sunday blast and won’t send you hobbling to the osteopath come Monday morning.

But build quality is decidedly lacking. The paint flakes off the engine with minimal exposure to the elements and the shock gets past its best within a few years. Careful ownership can limit these physical ailments, and a full suspension over-haul is a good idea anyway as it reduces much of the soggy ride, and once these complaints are under control you are left to enjoy a simply fantastic bike that deserves to carry the Fazer name on its fairing.

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