First Ride: 2007 Yamaha FZ6 Fazer S2

Yamaha's breezy, breathless middleweight gets some minor updates and a slightly longer name. A dash of midrange would be nice, too. Will it be enough to rule the morning dash to work?

Posted: 2 April 2008
by Tim Dickson

Not an exotic, far-flung track launch of a long awaited sports tool, this. Sorry. Instead we've got a minor update to the nice, sensible sort of bike your mother would want you to ride. This here is the slightly different Yamaha FZ6 Fazer S2. 

The oft maligned FZ6 Fazer has taken a bit of stick since replacing the gutsy, no-nonsense FZS 600.The FZ6 Fazer looked the business, but many thought the thrashy, rev-happy (but emissions compliant) fuel injected R6 lump powering it was less suited to trundling to and from work in an orderly fashion than the old model's motor was.

So what you'll be wondering is this: has the S2 turned last year's bike's power curve on its head and
sacrificed top end rush for some useful bottom end and midrange pulling power? The answer is no.
The word 'engine' doesn't feature in the small list of changes to both naked and half-faired FZ6s. Both bikes benefit from new forks with revised internals and a more rigid swingarm, while it's back to the kind of four-pot monobloc brake calipers seen on the original FZS Fazer but curiously replaced on previous FZ6s with less-effective sliding pin calipers. ABS is now an option too, but not on the bike tested here.

The half-faired Fazer S2's riding position is slightly different with a revised handlebar position, though if I'm honest I can't say I noticed a real difference. Also new to the Fazer is a subtly redesigned fairing. The FZ6 remains as naked as ever.

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Got a loan bike as my assbandit is at the docs, man what a pile of dog sausages, this bike is crap. 2 days with the abs version and i hate it, it revs, yes but cant pull the skin off a pudding, any type. Why put a 14 k screamer in a bike like this and with real shit suspension package, you get to where the fun is (11k plus) and then your fighting the suspension, wibble know the plunging front forks see saw stylee when you touch the really good brakes. Total hotch podge of a bike. 

Posted: 10/06/2008 at 14:57

yeah 600's are shite

nice write-up

Posted: 10/06/2008 at 15:23

Hi guys  i got one yes the bikes shite under 7,000 yes it flys over this and blasts but as for normal safe usable bike it this what it is?, i think the bikes good at what it does its a middleweight all-rounder not a R6, THE ABS is great and does work as saved my butt only the other day, the write up's fine by visor down and read ride it also is thier number 1 in it's class pre 2009 600 middleweight. So know your facts I'm guessing you both bandits!!!! lovers

Posted: 02/10/2010 at 14:48

Linked brakes on any bike are fucking downright dangerous to the uninitiated .... try dabbing the back to scrub a bit of speed in a corner and you will find yourself sitting up and in the opposite lane

ABS / Linked are not for bikes 

Posted: 02/10/2010 at 16:53

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