The Yamaha Fazer 1000, when it was launched back in 2001, the Yamaha Fazer 1000 was being touted as a sports bike alternative. In reality it was very close to a sports bike, but mainly on price. An Yamaha YZF-R1 was almost the same price. Lucky, a year later Yamaha took the hint and lowered the price of the Yamaha Fazer 1000, and suddenly, it all made more sense and the bike began to pick up sales numbers.
Even with the lower price for the Yamaha Fazer 1000, it was still pricier than the Suzuki Bandit, but it was more modern and higher-specifications. It also offered a few more creature comforts than the Honda Hornet 900. But it was never really an alternative to a sports bike.
Buying a Yamaha Fazer 1000 secondhand you need to take a extra look at the following parts of the motorcycle.
The Engine, derived from the early Yamaha YZF-R1 engine, this powerplant is probably one of the finest carburated engines ever. Smooth, like a turbine, the power builds effortlessly after a little dip at 5500rpm to take off towards a rear wheel figure of around 120 horsepower.
Oil levels, Oil consumption isn't big issue, but thrashed engines burn oil in a similar way to older Yamaha's. Nothing to worry about but needs watching.
The clutch of the Yamaha Fazer 1000, sadly, the beefy YZF-R1 clutch didn' t make it over to the Fazer 1000, which gets a smaller one. This means mildly-tuned Fazers can burn out clutches in swift order.
A number of 2001 to 2002 Yamaha Fazer 1000's had poor quality header pipes, which led to premature blueing of the down-pipes. Yamaha replaced them under warranty, but only on request. The EXUP valves on the Yamaha Fazer 1000, will stick if neglected and not cleaned.
The Yamaha Fazer 1000 had a smaller radiator than the Yamaha YZF-R1 means that in very hot conditions the fan can be on for prolonged periods. This isn't a problem, it's just doing its job.
The suspension of the Yamaha Fazer 1000 is way to soft at the front and the shock loses its damping and feels tired after as little as 10,000 kilometers. Here' s where you should spend your money. Either go for a spring suited to your weight, re-valve/service the shock or have the shock re-build by a reputable company, or you just can buy a new shock.
Many owners also fit new suspension linkages to stiffen up the rear end a little. Many two-up Fazer riders think rear suspension work is vital. At the front owners drop the forks through the yokes 5 to 10mm to quicken up steering and also go for new springs and oil to change the front's soggy characteristics.
Like its smaller brother, the first-generation Yamaha Fazer 1000's has some finish issues. Engine paint can flake and many owners have had engines repainted under warranty. For those unfortunates who find the engine paint flakes, or paint to flake off the frame rails – for both jobs there's an answer: touch-up paint job.