Yamaha FZS1000 Fazer Overview
In many ways, this is the ancestor of all today’s high-powered superbike-engined hypernaked machines. Released in 2001, the FZS1000 Fazer built on the success of Yamaha’s smaller FZS600 Fazer, with a similar theme in 1000cc format.
The result was a cracking machine. The engine is a lightly-detuned version of the R1 superbike motor, and it’s a real joy to ride. The carburettors give perfect fuelling all through the rev range, while the power delivery is perfectly designed for an upright, semi-naked roadster. It’s got stacks of urge right off idle, together with a screaming top end. Even today, it’s still a corking setup.
Yamaha did good work with the chassis too. The frame is a cheaper steel tube affair compared with the R1’s aluminium twin spar design, but apart from a little extra mass, it’s not a concern.
Right-way-up front forks are adjustable, as is the rear monoshock, and the R1-derived brakes are excellent. The Sumitomo blue spot calipers give great power and feel, and like the engine, stand up well to scrutiny even today.
It’s turned out to be a reliable beast too – although the quality of material used could have been better. There are no widespread mechanical issues to deal with, only the effects of corrosion in the long term, more so in towns and cities near the coastline. Areas to watch out for include the EXUP exhaust valve and the areas around the frame welds, while the engine finish can become tatty if corrosion gets under the paint. Also make a point to check the carburettor balance, headlights and the throttle position sensor which can fail (look for the tacho needle moving between 6,000 and 9,000rpm repeatedly.)
Yamaha FZS1000 Fazer Spec
- Top speed160mph
- Average fuel consumption41mpg
- Seat height820mm
- EngineLiquid cooled, four stroke, DOHC, 5v
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Better quality paint and components to keep corrosion at bay
Engine power is very poor. Corrosion is a problem if you don't clean the bike regularly
Light for a big bike although some may find it a bit tall but suits me. Very forgiving in the bends
Quick enough and more than powerful enough for me
Ex up valve sticks had it serviced when bought and still throws the fault now and then especially through the dark winter months
Old blue Yamaha 4 spot calipers although not as good as today's radial ABS brakes are still adequate for the job
Needs better rear shock
Superb based on R1 what more would you need
R1 what else is there to say