‘We’ve seen them do 65,000 miles’
‘I’d recommend getting the forks rebuilt and buying a new shock’
“The key factor when buying a used FZS600 Fazer is seeing if it goes into second gear. First gear on the Fazer is quite short and the jump to second puts a lot of strain on the gearbox. This can cause the second gear selector fork to bend and that leads to a really stiff change and eventually a broken gearbox. On a cheap bike such as a used Fazer, that can write the bike off as replacing it is not economically viable as a complete gasket kit costs £500. That said, when I destroyed my Fazer’s gearbox on a trackday I bought a new motor for £400 and swapping them over was fairly simple.
“The sprocket retaining nut is a classic Fazer fault and well documented. The nut comes loose, the sprocket slides off the shaft and then sits on the threaded part of the output shaft. People think the clutch has gone and rev the motor, which causes the sprocket to strip all the threads off the shaft! You can slide the sprocket back on and spotweld it in place, but you need to be careful not to overheat the seals. As long as you fit the nut correctly using the locking washer you should be fine, although Yamaha did release a deeper threaded nut and this sorts the issue.
“The lights on the Fazer are poor, but on the 1998/9 model the bulb vibrates and creates a white powder that fills up the lenses. This is impossible to remove and makes the light even worse. Some owners change the loom to convert the Fazer to twin headlights, which is very easy but you need to tilt the main beam down or it will fail an MOT.
“After 15,000 miles the shock will be duff. I’d recommend getting the forks rebuilt and buying an aftermarket shock. Don’t be tempted to go for a stiff fork springs, I’ve found softer ones works better.
“When it comes to the finish the paint likes to flake off from the engine’s fins, so don’t jetwash the engine, and check the downpipes.
“The motor is totally bulletproof, but the cam chain tensioner can need changing and it is a nightmare to get to.
“At the end of the day, a well looked after Fazer is a brilliant buy and totally reliable. At the training school we would see them cover over 65,000 troublefree miles with only oil changes.”
Chief Instructor Metropolis training school CHRIS SPINKS
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