Fazer not un­der­rated

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Letters -

In your Top 10 Un­der­rated Bikes fea­ture (PS, July, 2017), you said that no one who ever rode a first gen­er­a­tion Fazer can say it’s not a mag­i­cal blend of power, han­dling and brak­ing. Well, sorry, I’m the one.

I was look­ing for a cheap, yet pow­er­ful, track­day bike. A friend of mine told me he wanted to sell his 1999 600 Fazer. I took a test ride, and I was not im­pressed by the mo­tor. But I’ll ad­mit the brakes were great (which for a slow rider like me is im­por­tant). So, I bought it. As soon as I got home, I started to turn the bike into a track­day bike. And ev­ery­time I was go­ing in the garage, I would look at the bike and say to my­self “Why did you buy this?”.

The weeks be­came months. and then, some­thing hap­pened. I got in­vited to the Le Mans 24-hour, in a team that ran an RC30. All the guys in the team ei­ther had an RC30 or an NC30.

On the Mon­day fol­low­ing the race, the Fazer was on sale, and three weeks later, I was buy­ing an NC30 near Snet­ter­ton. At least, some­one liked the bike. I’d rather push my bike than ride a Fazer.

Tom, email

It’s not re­ally a track­day bike though, is it Tom? – JM

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