Yamaha produced its FZ600 Fazer between 1998 and 2004 which is the predecessor of Yamaha FZ6. FZ600 got discontinued from production due to revised European emissions norm coming into force. Although discontinued, it’s really difficult to beat the original FZ600 due to its style, comfort, handling, efficiency and overall value for money.
This one of the all-time favourites among bike lovers shares the engine from YZF600R Thundercat detuned to produce the mid-range thrust and the front disks were taken from YZF-R1. The bike has been considered as reliable and no nonsense sports bike. With continuous evolution, the latest one was on offer came with carbon look instrument panel, painted fork sliders and attractive sculpted tank. There have been few instances where premature corrosion of paints on few parts are reported, however, with time and continuously evolved production such issues have been addressed.
The handling is bang on thanks to its light yet sturdy chassis, fat tyres, well-distributed suspension and fairly wide bars offering excellent feedback to riders. The tried and tested R6 derived brakes work well too. However, a slightly heavy clutch and minor and negligible play leave some niggle which needs to be worked upon.
For few speed enthusiasts, the bike might give sluggish experience at lower revs but the moment it crosses 5000 RPM, you need not worry about the pull it can produce through its 600 CC 4 cylinder engine. The bike is made to perform in all sort of situations and leaves behind its aged rival Suzuki Bandit.
The overall looks have a perfect blend of aggression, simplicity and liveliness. The headlight too has been praised by many bike lovers. The under seat exhaust and centre stand come as the standard offering along with analogue rev counter, fuel gauge and digital speedometer. The bike also offers to ride excellent comfort to riders of all sizes and shapes.
Overall, Yamaha FZ600 Fazer may not be the quickest or most elite of the lot but it offers the comfortable ride with fairly light weight design. The overall value quotient rises substantially with its cost of ownership including the cost of insurance, service and spare parts. The buyer will never get disappointed with the bike as it offers good resale value as well. So, if you are a person who doesn’t want a super-sonic kind of machine in his hands and yet wants to get a feeling of owning and enjoying a sports bike, FZ600 Fazer is a definitely right choice for you.