Yamaha FZS1000 Fazer (2000 - 2005) review

Fantastic use of the R1 engine that manages to be generally faster from A to B on everyday roads, thanks to the upright riding position and softer suspension.

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By Visordown on Sat, 1 Jan 2000 - 12:01

Details
Manufacturer:
Yamaha
Category:
Naked
Price:
£ 6999
Overall
4
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Motor, comfort.
Front vague at higher speeds.

The Fazer has all the ingredients to make a great stunt bike. An engine taken from the ’99 R1, an upright riding position with big wide bars and an equally wide balance point once the front wheel is lofted all make it hard to keep a good wheelie down.

For those who don’t want to act the stunt, it’s just as good at commuting and touring thanks to a sumptuous saddle and an effective fairing. The lightly de-tuned R1 motor is smoother than Tim’s head, and the handling isn’t bad either.

The Fazer has all the ingredients to make a great stunt bike. An engine taken from the ’99 R1, an upright riding position with big wide bars and an equally wide balance point once the front wheel is lofted all make it hard to keep a good wheelie down.

For those who don’t want to act the stunt, it’s just as good at commuting and touring thanks to a sumptuous saddle and an effective fairing. The lightly de-tuned R1 motor is smoother than Tim’s head, and the handling isn’t bad either.

Length (mm) 2125
Width (mm) 765
Height (mm) 1190
Dryweight (kg) 208
Seats 0
Suspension Front Telescopic fork, 43mm tubes
Suspension Rear Link-type swingarm
Tyres Front 120/70 ZR17 58W
Tyres Rear 180/55- ZR17 73W
Brakes Front Dual 298mm discs
Brakes Rear Single 267mm disc
Wheelbase (mm) 1450
Ground Clearance (mm) 140
Cubic Capacity (cc) 998
Max Power (bhp) 143
Max Power Peak (rpm) 10000
Torque (ft/lb) 78
Torque Peak (rpm) 7500
Bore (mm) 74
Stroke (mm) 58
Valve Gear DOHC
Compression Ratio 11.4
Cooling Liquid cooled
Stroke Type Four Stroke
Drive Chain

Score Breakdown
Overall
4
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