Buyer Guide: Yamaha Fazer 1000

The ultimate buyers guide to the Yamaha Fazer 1000 written by the people who actually own the bike…

Posted: 15 October 2010
by Visordown
2001 FZS1000 Fazer: R1 engine and brakes, basic but capable chassis. The first Fazer 1000’s a massive hit. 143bhp at the crank – typical bikes dyno 122bhp at the rear wheel. In 2003 it becomes available with a black engine (designation FZS1000S) and gets an updated instrument panel. In 2004 the model code changes from 5LV to 1C2 but there are no significant technical changes. 2005 black frame, ECU and catalytic converter changes to cope with the latest emission regs.

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We all wanted an unfaired R1 with high bars. What Yamaha delivered was so much more. The first Fazer 1000 did have an R1 engine but wrapped around it was a chassis which meant the Fazer was practical, comfortable and useable every day as well as being able to hitch up it skirts and mix it with the best of them when required.

It wasn’t quite as sharp as an R1 – but owners soon found they could upgrade their Fazers and make them a dynamic match for pretty much anything on the road. So after an uncertain beginning when a few press hacks moaned the Fazer wasn’t the lairy stunt beast they’d wanted to play on for a few afternoons, the bike buying public were treated to a new type of bike existing in the top strata of motorcycling.

During its five year run the MK I Fazer 1000 developed a cult following. Not because it was quirky, simply because it was so rapid and capable. From track day to commuting to touring it excelled. Yamaha then started developing a MK II version using a newer fuel injected motor, bespoke aluminium frame and they listened to the focus groups who said: “make it more sporty”. The result didn’t impress everyone.

The all new 2006 replacement for the original Fazer, called the FZ1 or FZ1 Fazer was less comfy, had a smaller tank range and a very snatchy power delivery. The FZ1 never matched the original FZS1000 Fazer’s popularity. Both  generations of Fazer make superb buys on the used market – excellent bikes as standard which with a little fiddling can be among the best machines on the road.

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Yamaha Fazer FZS1000 & FZ1 Specifications

2001 Yamaha Fazer FZS1000

Engine 998cc, l/c, 20 valve, in-line four Power 143bhp @ 10,000rpm Torque 78ftlb @ 7,500rpm
Dry weight 208kg Seat height 820mm Fuel capacity 21 litres Top speed 155mph

2006 Yamaha FZ1 Fazer

Engine 998cc, l/c, 20 valve, in-line four Power 150bhp @ 11,000rpm Torque 78bhp @ 8,000rpm
Dry weight 199kg (205 with ABS) Seat height 815mm Fuel capacity 18 litres Top speed 160mph

2006 Yamaha FZ1 Fazer - naked

Engine 998cc, l/c, 20 valve, in-line four Power 150bhp @ 11,000rpm Torque 78bhp @ 8,000rpm
Dry weight (201 with ABS) Seat height 815mm Fuel capacity 18 litres Top speed 160mph



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