1986-1988 749cc liquid-cooled, dohc, 20v inline-four, 94bhp, 204kg
What is it? Factory hot-rod powered by Yam’s epic 20-valve inline-four; if the V-max and FZ750 got it together, this would be the result.
Why so odd? Like corn-dogs, waxy chocolate and reimagined historical events, the FZX Fazer was aimed squarely at the American market. Lazy raked-out steering, nitrogen sealed-cell twin shocks, awkward blocky styling, and bizarre 16/15-inch wheels were never going to have Europeans reaching for their wallets.
Why you want one: The Fz-derived motor is an absolute peach. Flexible, powerful and willing to launch a tidal wave of torque in any gear and any revs, it suits the FZX’S street rod intentions to a tee. Launch this thing away from the lights and little else will keep up. Just don’t expect to whip around the fast approaching corner with any ease.
Aimed squarely at the USA, yet still wilfully weird