2002 Yamaha Fazer 1000

Yamaha Fazer 1000 – A Tyre Kickers Guide

We called out the Fazer 1000 as an ‘hmmm’ bike, back in January. But feedback from you says you like it. So here is some info on the bike as a used buy.

As mentioned on CB-Net in Jan, when it was launched back in 2001, the Fazer 1000 was being touted as an alternative to a sports bike.

In reality, the only similar thing to a sportsbike the machine had was price – a whopping £8100 – nearly £1900 dearer than the Bandit 1200! At the time an R1 was only a grand dearer. What was Yamaha thinking?

Not clearly, as a year later and Yamaha finally took the hint: the British public saw it as a Bandit/naked litre bike competitor (albeit a much higher spec one) and they saw sense to lower the price to a ‘mere’ £7234. At this price, it made more sense and the bike began to attract a good following. It was still pricier than the likes of the Suzuki Bandit, but it was more modern and higher-spec. It also offered a few more creature comforts than the Honda Hornet 900. It was never really an alternative to a sports bike – the Fazer was always a bit too softly suspended to be that.

Prices are variable: this was a bike that was often used for various things – commuting, touring, scratching… therefore you will get high-milers in bad condition, bikes with luggage/heated grips and tuned-up hot-rods.

Yamaha FZS1000 FazerRough ones will start around a grand… but a good one should sit around £2k, with the early models with low miles going for around £2500-£3000…Whether you get one tooled-up for touring or sorted for scratching is up to you!

BRAKES: Not quite as good as on the R1. Why? Smaller master cylinder, different pad compound. Blue-Spot/Sumitomo calipers also suffer from neglect. Regular cleaning and stripping ensures better performance, as do softer pads and braided hoses.

SUSPENSION: The front is way too soft and the rear shocks lose their damping qualities and feel tired after as little as 6-8000 miles. Spend money here: either go for a spring suited to your weight or re-valve/service the shock. Many two-up Fazer owners think rear suspension work is vital. At the front owners drop the front forks through the yokes between 5-10mm to quicken up steering and also go for new fork springs and different fork oil to change the front’s traditionally soggy characteristics.

MOTOR: This is probably one of the finest carburated motors ever. You’ve got a rear-wheel figure of around 120bhp. With a top-end of around 160mph, the big Fazer is easily tuneable to around 130-140bhp without any reliability problems. The engine does have a smaller radiator than the R1, which means that in very hot conditions the fan can be on for prolonged periods.

CLUTCH: The beefy R1 clutch didn’t come with the original donor motor, which means that even mildly-tuned Fazers can burn clutches out quickly.

OIL CONSUMPTION: Like older Yamaha motors, consumption can be an issue – but not a problem. This is

EXUP VALVES: Typically, these will stick if neglected and not cleaned.

EXHAUSTS: A number of early 2001-2002 machines had poor-quality header pipes, which led to premature ‘blueing’ of the downpipes. Yamaha replaced them under warranty, but only on the owner’s request.

BUILD QUALITY: Engine paint can flake and many owners had engine re-painted under warranty. Paint is also known to flake off the frame rails too. Wheel paint is also soft and we’ve mentioned the pipes!

Yamaha FZS1000 Fazer (2001-2005)

Colours: Red, black, silver, yellow, blue, yellow/black, red/black

Price new: £8100 (2001)

Comments: R1 engine and brakes meets a tubular chassis, Thunderace swingarm and soft but adjustable suspension.

Yamaha FZ1 (2006-on)

Colours: Yellow, silver

Price new: £7199 

Yamaha FZ1 Fazer 1000 (2006-on)

Colours: Silver, blue, black, red

Price new: £7600 

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