Yamaha FZS 600 Fazer


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Yamaha FZS 600 Fazer




Four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder.


599 cc / 36.5 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 62 x 49.6 mm
Compression Ratio 12.0:1
Cooling System Liquid cooled
Lubrication Wet sump
Engine Oil Mineral, 10W/40


4x 38mm Mikuni BDSR carburetors


TCI (transistor controlled Ignition)

Spark Plug NGK, CR9E
Starting Electric

Max Power

95 hp / 69.3 kW @ 11500 rpm  (83.8hp @ 11.000rpm)

Max Power Rear Tyre

83.8 hp / 62.4 kW @ 11.000rpm

Max Torque

61.2 Nm / 45.8 lb-ft @ 9500 rpm
Clutch Wet, multiple discs, cable operated


6 Speed 
Final Drive Chain
Frame Steel, Double cradle frame

Front Suspension

41mm adjustable. forks preload adjustable
Front Wheel Travel 120 mm / 4.7 in

Rear Suspension

Monoshock: adjustable preload

Front Brakes

2x 298mm discs 4 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 245mm disc 2 piston caliper

Front Tyre


Rear Tyre

Wheelbase 1415 mm / 55.7 in
Seat Height 790 mm / 31.1 in

Dry Weight

189 kg / 416.6 lbs
Wet Weight 205 kg / 452 lbs

Fuel Capacity

18 Litres / 4.7 US gal

Braking 60 - 0 / 100 - 0

13.1 m / 38.3 m

Standing ¼ Mile  

11.4 sec /191.6 km/h

Top Speed

226 km/h

"Yamaha's Fazer looked like a straightforward budget offering when it first

M. appeared in 1997. Styled like the Japanese-market Fazer 400, the Fazer 600 used a re-tuned version of the Thundercat engine, in a steel-tube frame.

 But the high-performance front brake calipers - shared with the Rl superbike - and aluminium monoshock rear suspension hinted at sportier performance than the likes of Suzuki's Bandit 600, the budget 600 market leader at the time.


On the road, the Fazer is an excellent performer. The 599cc engine is fitted with smaller carburettors than on the Thundercat, providing the Fazer with superior low-down and mid-range torque for effortless, fast progress. The maximum speed of around 232km/h (145mph) quickly appears, but it is the friendly, easy delivery of the power that most impresses.


The basic but capable chassis blends remarkable sporting prowess with the comfort and usability of a long-distance machine, while the brakes provide the best performance in its class, by a long chalk. Power, feel and progression are all present, and the Fazer's low weight makes the brakes even more impressive.


Unlike the Bandit or Hornet, the Fazer comes only as a half-faired model. The small twin headlight unit provides impressive wind- and weather-protection, although its styling wasn't initially to everyone's taste, and the headlights performed rather poorly at night.

For 2000, the Fazer received a minor update, in the shape of a larger-capacity fuel tank, up 2 liters (0.4 gaT) to 20 liters (4.4 gaT), while the dash received a new digital clock and the forks gained preload adjusters. The extra tank capacity further improved the already impressive range, making the Fazer even more user-friendly.

In 2002, the Fazer saw a more significant revision. A new fairing, based around the FZS1000 Fazer 1000 design updated its styling and markedly improved headlight performance. The tank also received another capacity increase to 22 liters (4.8 gal): easily enough for 320km (200 miles) between fill-ups.