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2005 Yamaha FZ6

2005 Yamaha FZ6

2005 Yamaha FZ6

2005 Yamaha FZ6

2005 Yamaha FZ6


– 2005 Yamaha FZ6

Winner of the Inside Motorcycle’s Middleweight Naked Bike Shootout (Sept. 2004), the 2005 – FZ6 offers an unbeatable combination of comfort and performance. Featuring a R6 based powerplant, a wind breaking quarter fairing and a comfortable upright riding position, the FZ6 offers a great riding experience whether you are a veteran rider or just getting starting. And with a price tag of only $8,999.00 the value of the FZ6 is stands out in the crowd.

Defies Categories, Exceeds Expectations

If you’re looking for one bike to perform a multitude of missions, look no further.

Take it from Cycle World* Magazine – “For a more advanced rider looking for a bike to do it all, there is no other choice.”

The upright riding position, stylish and protective half-fairing, cush seat and 5.1-gallon gas tank say sport-tourer/ commuter.

Then again, that high-winding fuel-injected R6 engine, stiff Controlled Fill frame, lightweight R6 wheels and underseat exhaust all say performance, loud and clear.

That strong and light aluminum frame is assembled with zero welds, and a simple and reliable group fuel-injection system keeps maintenance to a minimum (along with the price tag).

Whatever you call the FZ6, it’s ready and able to deal with any quantity or quality of pavement.

Features & Benefits

New-concept middleweight sportbike: High-performance but with an anything, anytime, anywhere attitude.

Upright, comfortable riding position with great weather protection. Light, effortless handling for urban use, comfortable long-distance cruising, and serious sport riding too.



· R6 based, 599cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve, slant block inline four powerplant. Virtually all the internal engine components are R6 spec including crankshaft, con rods, valve sizes, bore & stroke etc.
· The difference between the R6 and the FZ6 engine is the camshafts have revised cam profiles and slightly different intake tracts for more low to mid range power.
· One-piece cylinder and upper crankcase assembly provides superior rigidity.
· Compact slant-block engine uses stacked gearbox shafts to create a shorter engine for optimum in placement in the frame for a balanced weight distribution.
· “Liner-less” cylinder has special ceramic composite plating applied directly to the aluminum cylinder for greater heat dissipation, reduced frictional losses and reduced oil consumption.
· 6-speed transmission has been optimized to accommodate the engine character of the FZ6. The secondary reduction ratio is 46/16 (Vs. a reduction ratio of 48/16 for the R6).
· “Group-Type” 36mm throttle body fuel injection provides outstanding throttle response and excellent fuel economy. This system uses fewer sensors (5) than the R6 (7) while also being lighter and more compact.
· Group fuel injection divides the four cylinders into two groups (1 & 4 and 2 & 3) with two injections of fuel for every 720 degrees of crank rotation (the R6 system utilizes a sequential injection for each cylinder).
· Compact “high dynamic range” injectors use 4 jet / 2-direction spray type injectors. A high powered 32 bit CPU controls the injection process.
· Progressive type throttle pulley and direct coupler type TPS (throttle position sensor) provides easy throttle control without the annoyance of FI surging.
· 6.3 litre airbox is “optimized” to take full advantage of the R1 inspired downdraft intake system.
· Air Induction System (AIS) reduces hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide (HC & CO) emissions.
· 4 into 2 into 1 into 2 stainless steel exhaust system features a stylish under seat muffler that is a one piece design unit with dual outlets. A special resin cover protects the muffler and keeps hot components away from the rider and passenger.
· A special connecting pipe joins the header pipes between cylinders #2 and #3 pipes to provide outstanding low to mid range torque.
· The exhaust system uses a catalytic converter to reduce harmful emissions such as CO, HC, CO2 and NOx into less harmful by products. The result is very clean running engine that easily surpasses the new EU2 European emission standards.
· High capacity radiator with ring-type cooling fan insures maximum cooling efficiency.
· Liquid cooled oil cooler maintains consistent oil temperatures for extended engine and lubricant life.
· R6 based clutch assembly is utilized but the clutch boss, spring rate and friction plates are specially designed for the FZ6.
· Maintenance-free transistor controlled digital ignition ensures fast starts and optimum engine performance.



· High tech, C.F. (controlled filling) die cast twin spar main frame is used. There are no welding points on this frame, since it bolts together. A rigid type engine mounting system is used.
· Detachable steel rear sub frame provides easy access to the rear shock and reduces costs in the event of a loop-out.
· Extra long extruded box section aluminum swingarm has been specially designed to match the rear suspension, providing maximum rear wheel traction.
· “Link-less” rear suspension means the rear shock mounts directly to the frame and swingarm without the use of linkages. The rear suspension system has been designed to provide a rising rate feeling without the additional weight of linkage arms and pivot points. The shock features 7 steps of spring pre-load adjustability.
· 43mm cartridge style forks provide great handling and excellent ride comfort. Plastic protectors help prevent tube damage due to stone chips.
· Dual 298mm front floating disc brakes are squeezed by 2-piston, slide pin-type calipers. A “Trifurcate type” front brake hose reduces weight (Trifurcate type brake hose means there is one brake hose from the master cylinder and it splits at the front fender area and crosses over to the second caliper).
· 245mm rear disc brake with Nissin single piston caliper.
· European inspired ½ cowl offers good wind and weather protection. This unique cowl features a special metallic look plastic material that is not painted, the colour is right in the plastic. An inner panel around the instrument area provides a clean, quality image for the cockpit.
· Stylish 19.4 liter (4.3 Imp. gal.) fuel tank (3.6 liters is the reserve portion) features an in-tank electronic fuel pump.
· Lightweight R6 style, 5-spoke mag wheels fitted with Z rated radial tires reduce unsprung weight for incredible handling performance.
· One-piece seat design offers excellent comfort. Its dimpled design provides additional grip.
· Integrated one piece speedo and tachometer assembly. Both speedo and tach are LCD design. Other functions include odometer, dual tripmeters, fuel tripmeter, clock, fuel meter and water temperature as well as a selection of warning lights.
· R1 inspired dual “cat eye” halogen headlights (Note: Only one headlight – RHS- lights on low beam. Both lights light on high beam)


· Convenient passenger grab rails.
· Inner rear fender reduces splash and provides that sporty appearance.
· 5-position adjustable front brake lever.
· Rider footrest brackets are rubber mounted to reduce vibration.
· Convenient center stand.
· Heavy duty “O” ring chain
· Low maintenance sealed 12 amp hour battery.

Additional Features:

LCD two-color instrument display with integrated bar-type tachometer on the left, and numerical speedometer in the center– also two tripmeters, clock, fuel, intake air temperature and water temperature gauges and usual indicator lights.

120/70-ZR17 and 180/55-ZR17 radial tires complement the FZ6’s modern look, and its increased torque and great handling fully exploit the superb grip they provide.

Large windscreen provides good protection and minimal noise; anti-reversion panels on each side of the lower fairing reduce turbulence.

Dual 12V 60/55-watt multireflector headlight gives a sleek, R1-type profile for superb aerodynamics and visibility.

Completely unique, CAD-drawn fuel tank meets the needs of style, handlebar clearance and tactile feel in one beautiful package crafted from high-stretch titanium-rich alloy.

Sporty taillight design reduces both weight and size while providing excellent visibility.

Centerstand for easier maintenance.

Standard toolkit and U-lock storage under the seat.


$6,599 Available from October 2004


600cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline 4-cylinder, 16 valves

Bore x Stroke
65.5 x 44.5mm

Compression Ratio

Group Fuel Injection, 36mm throttle bodies

Digital TCI

6-speed w/multi-plate clutch

Final Drive
#530 O-ring chain


43mm telescopic fork, 5.1″ travel

Single shock, adjustable preload; 5.1″ travel

Dual 298mm floating discs w/2-piston pin slide calipers

245mm disc w/single-piston caliper







Seat Height


Rake (Caster Angle)


Fuel Capacity
5.1 gallons

Dry Weight
423 lbs.


Primary Reduction Ratio
(86/44) 1.955

Secondary Reduction Ratio
(46/16) 2.875

Gear Ratio – 1st Gear
(37/13) 2.846

Gear Ratio – 2nd Gear
(37/19) 1.947

Gear Ratio – 3rd Gear
(28/18) 1.556

Gear Ratio – 4th Gear
(32/24) 1.333

Gear Ratio – 5th Gear
(25/21) 1.190

Gear Ratio – 6th Gear
(26/24) 1.083

Galaxy Blue/Black; Cerulean Silver/Black

1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)


Media Release:



The middleweight sports class has a huge following throughout, and to satisfy the growing demand for versatile, high-performance all-rounders, Yamaha announce the introduction of the all-new FZ6 Fazer for 2004.

The next generation middleweight contender is totally new, and virtually the only feature this exciting new 600 shares with its highly successful predecessor is the Fazer


Right from the very start the original FZS600 Fazer proved to be an outstanding success story for Yamaha. Shown for the first time at the Paris Show in late 1997, this truly versatile middleweight offered a winning blend of performance, style, easy handling and economy.

Powered by a Yamaha Thundercat-based engine housed in a double cradle steel frame, the original FZS600 Fazer attracted a wide spectrum of riders who were looking for an exciting middleweight machine with a distinctive and original character that would deliver the goods – whether they were sports riding, touring or commuting.


Motorcyclists from a wide variety of backgrounds liked what this machine had to offer, and in 1999 the FZS600 Fazer became the top-selling model in its class. In fact,since its debut, this remarkable middleweight has consistently been one of the top selling models in the important ‘street’ category, making it one of Yamaha’s most successful motorcycles in the European marketplace.

The enormous and enduring success of the FZS600 Fazer can be attributed to the fact that its formula of real world usability combined with a sporty specification were totally in tune with our customers’ demands and expectations right from the start. With this in mind, Yamaha set out to develop a new generation Fazer that would build on these strengths, whilst at the same time offering today’s riders even higher levels of engine and chassis performance combined with reduced weight, increased versatility and more sophisticated styling.

Next generation FZ6 Fazer: key development goals

Five key goals were identified at the very beginning of the project to develop the next generation FZ6 Fazer.

Goal 1: Higherlevels of engine performance than the existing model, whilst also offering stronger low to mid-range acceleration, together with smoother, free-revving performance at higher engine speeds.

Goal 2: Lighter cornering performance for more exciting and enjoyable handling performance on fast, twisty roads.

Goal 3: Easier manoeuvrability and more agile handling around town and in traffic jams.

Goal 4: More distinctive and emotive cutting-edge styling together with a higher-quality appearance.

Goal 5: Exceed EU-2 emissions standards by a large margin.

High-performance R6-based 600 cc engine


Powering the next generation Fazer is a 600 cc liquid-cooled in-line four cylinder engine that is virtually identical to the powerplant used on the R6 supersport machine.

For class-leading mid-range acceleration and smooth top-end performance, the Fazer runs with the same forged pistons, combustion chamber shape, crankshaft, valves and bore and stroke as used on the R6. The only significant differences are newly designed cast camshafts which use the same profile as the current Fazer, different intake valve springs, and reshaped intake ducts which have been specially developed to deliver an easy to use engine character for enhanced rideability.


The new Fazer is the first ever Yamaha motorcycle to be fitted with an innovative and compact new group injection type fuel injection system which features two pairs of 36 mm bore throttle bodies. Fuel is delivered to the cylinder heads via 4-jet/2-direction spray-type injectors which have a high dynamic range, giving smooth and efficient engine performance.

Another significant feature that makes the new generation Fazer ideally suited to a wide range of conditions from stop/start urban riding through to fast motorway cruising is the 32-bit CPU. This compact processor ensures absolutely precise ignition timing and accurate injection control which makes for linear engine power characteristics across the Fazer’s wide operating range. Finally, low to mid-range throttle control is enhanced by the use of an eccentric throttle pulley that gives a progressive, rider-friendly action.


To match the new highly efficient fuel injection system the Fazer is fitted with a downdraft intake system. Breathing through a 6.3 litre airbox, the single body intake funnel ensures optimal throttle response and makes for strong torque output in the important low to mid-speed range.

Yamaha’s engineers have also gone to great lengths to ensure that the Fazer sounds as good as it performs! Using acoustics analysis technology, they have been able to optimise the air cleaner duct design so that it emits a pleasing intake sound that is actually harmonised with the tone of the new exhaust!


The new Fazer benefits from R6 type cylinders which have been directly plated with a ceramic composite. Unlike the previous Fazer which featured a plated liner, this liner-less system gives superior heat dissipation characteristics, and offers finer tolerances as well as increased rigidity. Together with the use of forged pistons and specially designed piston rings, the direct plated cylinder gives a more stable gas seal, reduces friction and gives excellent oil consumption characteristics.

This direct plating system has been made possible by Yamaha’s latest die-casting technology, in which aluminium is cast under strictly controlled conditions. By significantly reducing the quantity of oxides in the crystal matrix formed when aluminium is cast, this sophisticated technology ensures a stronger and more uniform surface area on the Fazer’s cylinder block, which makes direct plating possible.


As well as being the first Yamaha to be equipped with the new group injection type fuel injection system, the next generation FZ6 Fazer is also the first Yamaha sport motorcycle to feature a 4-into-2-into-1 ‘up-muffler’ exhaust assembly.

This beautifully styled system gives the machine a unique and impressive look, and in addition to its special aesthetic appeal it offers a number of performance-related benefits and practical advantages. Pipe lengths and silencer chamber size have been optimised in order to ensure high levels of engine efficiency, and for a throaty pulse effect there is a connecting pipe between the number two and number three header pipes.

One practical advantage of this design is that the honeycomb catalytic converter is situated in the vertical section of the exhaust system behind the engine, and is therefore well away from the road surface.

Situated beneath the seat cowl, the wide and shallow muffler box features twin exit pipes protected by a lightweight resin cover that underlines the new Fazer’s individual character.


The new fuel-injected Fazer greatly exceeds EU-2 emission standards, and this has been achieved through the adoption of an air induction system on the intake side, and by a metal honeycomb catalyser on the exhaust side.

If any unburned fuel is picked up by sensors in the exhaust, the lightweight and compact Yamaha Air Induction System introduces fresh air directly into the exhaust port to re-burn the fuel.

Exhaust gases are then cleaned again by a catalytic converter equipped with a metal honeycomb coated with titanium and rhodium, and protected by a stainless steel box.

The efficiency of the Air Induction System and honeycomb catalyser is demonstrated by the fact that the new Fazer’s emissions are less than half of the levels set by the new EU-2 standards, making this class-leading 600 one of the most environmentally responsible in the category.

FZ6 Fazer engine


R6 derived engine, re-tuned for greater mid-range acceleration
600 cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke forward-inclined in-line 4 cylinder, DOHC 16 valve
72 kW (98 HP) @ 12,000 rpm
63.1 Nm (6.4 kg-m) @ 10,000 rpm
New camshafts
Revised intake duct length and diameter
12.2:1 compression ratio
First Yamaha with new group injection type fuel injection system
First Yamaha to use high efficiency 4-into-2-into-1 ‘up muffler’ exhaust
R6 gearbox ratios with modified secondary reduction ratio
New high-efficiency 18 kW ring fan radiator with resin cover
32 bit CPU
Eccentric throttle pulley
R1-type downdraft intake
Optimised air cleaner duct design
R6-type direct plated cylinder
New stator and generator
Air induction system
Honeycomb catalyser
Greatly exceeds EU-2 emission standards
All-new lightweight die-cast aluminium frame


Yamaha’s design team set out to develop an all new chassis that would satisfy three main criteria. Firstly, the new chassis would need to deliver lighter cornering performance for more enjoyable and rewarding riding on twisty roads. Secondly, the new chassis should offer agile handling through city streets and in traffic jams.

Thirdly, the new design needed to have a dramatic and attractive appearance that would live up to its class-leading performance.


In order to be able to achieve these three main targets, Yamaha’s development team have designed an all-new aluminium die-cast frame, making the FZ6 Fazer the first production motorcycle in the category to benefit from this advanced technology.

Yamaha’s exclusive “CF Die-Cast Technology” was used in 2003 for the manufacture of the R6 subframe and swingarm, and the Fazer is the first Yamaha to utilise this system for its main frame.


This new “CF Die-Cast Technology” differs from conventional casting processes in three main areas. Firstly, the vacuum in the mould is six times more complete with the Yamaha system. Secondly, the temperature of the molten aluminium remains more stable during the casting process. Thirdly, the aluminium is injected into the mould five times faster for more efficient mould filling, which ensures that the quantity of oxidised impurities is reduced by up to 80% for a much stronger structure.

The new lightweight die-cast aluminium frame gives an excellent balance of strength and rigidity, and the use of “CF Die-Cast Technology” has also given our designers the freedom to create a beautifully sculpted form that emphasises the Fazer’s unique appearance and exceptional beauty.


Another advantage of Yamaha’s advanced casting system is that it greatly simplifies the structure of the frame, and eliminates the need for welds. The Fazer main frame is actually made up of only two parts – a right side and a left side – and these are bolted together at the head pipe assembly at the front and at the swingarm pivot point at the rear.


The compact R6-based engine is mounted rigidly at five points as a fully stressed member, and this asymmetrical system utilises four points on the left and right sides of the crankcase, and one point on the left side of the cylinder head.

The high levels of rigidity offered by the new die-cast frame and asymmetrically mounted engine have allowed for the elimination of traditional frame cross members, which not only reduces weight, but also facilitates maintenance during routine servicing.


Together with its high-efficiency 4-into-2-into-1 ‘up-muffler’ and new group injection type fuel injection system, the use of a die-cast aluminium frame is yet another ‘first’ for the radical new FZ6 Fazer.

As well as weighing in at approximately 7 kg less than the existing Fazer frame, this new highly rigid two-piece structure breaks new ground by being totally weld-free, whilst its beautifully sculpted lines demonstrate that form and function can work hand in hand.


The new chassis runs with totally new dimensions which have been chosen to give this new class-leader outstanding handling performance through twisty back roads, as well as a light and easy character in congested urban conditions. Wheelbase has been extended by 23 mm to 1440 mm, whilst the caster angle in increased by 1 degree to 25 degrees, and trail has been lengthened by nearly 9 mm to 97.5 mm.


In addition to its revised overall chassis dimensions and geometry, the FZ6 Fazer also benefits from a new extra-long box-section aluminium swingarm which, at 590 mm, is over 70 mm longer than on the existing model. By moving the swingarm pivot point much closer to the axis of the drive sprocket, the drive chain runs at a more consistent tension for outstanding running stability.

Mounted directly to the highly rigid swingarm is a lightweight preload-adjustable shock absorber featuring optimised valve settings that deliver progressive damping characteristics – and for improved all-round versatility, rear wheel travel is increased by 10 mm to 130 mm.


Compared with its predecessor, the new FZ6 Fazer’s crank axis is positioned 10 mm further back and 5 mm higher in the chassis, and this shifts the centre of gravity closer to the new model’s roll axis. This new engine position, combined with the new chassis dimensions, gives a whole new feeling of rider-machine unity that makes this new middleweight such a rewarding machine to ride in a diverse range of road conditions.


In order to achieve the idealised front/rear weight distribution of 51%/49%, our design team have relocated the battery nearer the front and beneath the fuel tank, whilst a new seat design gives a rider’s hip position 8 mm further forward.


All-new Fazer 1000-style front forks runs with larger diameter 43 mm inner tubes, and the pitch is increased by 20 mm to 210 mm to accommodate the new tubes and a wider front tyre.

A new one-piece cast aluminium upper triple clamp incorporates the handlebar crown, whilst the new lower triple clamp is of a forged steel construction.

This new front end gives 130 mm wheel travel, and combined with the 51% front weight bias, the new larger diameter forks make for a greatly improved sense of rigidity, and transmit accurate feedback from the road surface. The result is that the new FZ6 Fazer has an easy, natural handling character that works in harmony with the rider to make them feel at one with the machine in a very short period of time.


“Rear wheel drive force” is the complex relationship between torque, gear ratio and tyre diameter, and it is a crucial factor in determining the character of every motorcycle. Yamaha’s engineers have focused closely on this area in an effort to give the new FZ6 Fazer exhilarating cornering performance, particularly in the important 70-110 km/h speed range.

By carefully selecting torque values that complement different gear ratios over a wide rpm range, and equipping the new Fazer with much wider rear tyre, we have succeeded in boosting “rear wheel drive force” by a full 10%.


To match the requirements of the all-new chassis and higher powered R6 based engine, the 2004 FZ6 Fazer is equipped with new wheels and tyres.

Manufactured using a special 4-directional mould that achieves an optimal balance of strength, weight and rigidity, the new wheels are similar to those featured on the R6, and are 18% lighter than those fitted to the existing Fazer! Wheel width is increased to 5.50 at the rear and 3.50 at the front allowing the use of a massive 180/55- ZR17 rear tyre and 120/70-ZR17 front tyre.

The reduced unsprung weight and increased tyre width takes the FZ6 Fazer’s handling and cornering performance into another league, and underlines this new machine’s position as one of the highest specification middleweight all-rounders.


Slowing the new Fazer is a high-performance braking system featuring dual large-diameter 298 mm front discs gripped by highly efficient pads, whilst the rear braking is handled by a 245 mm diameter disc and R6-type Nissin caliper which is now positioned above the swingarm.


All-round versatility is a key factor in the success of the original Fazer, and every effort has been made to ensure that the new model’s performance exceeds that of its predecessor in every area.

Recognising that easy manoeuvrability in congested city streets is vital, our designers have optimised the shape of the fuel tank, cowling and other components. By freeing up extra space around the triple clamps, the Fazer now offers a full 70° of steering for a smaller turning circle and more agile low speed handling in traffic.


The new meter panel illustrates the care and attention to detail that has gone into the development of this next generation Fazer. The single-unit meter panel features an easy to read two colour design with backlighting to give a high quality 3D effect.

A bar-type tachometer features a white background, and positioned within the centre of the circular curve of the tachometer display is the digital LCD speedometer on a blue background.

As well as the attractive new tachometer and speedometer, the meter panel also includes an odometer, twin trip meters, a full-time display clock, bar-type fuel level and water temperature displays, as well as intake air temperature and fuel trip meters.


The new wider windscreen is designed to offer good wind protection whilst at the same time minimising turbulence and wind noise, and is designed to give a good balance of rider comfort and aerodynamic efficiency. Riders who use their machine all year round and for long journeys can fit an optional high windscreen which is 90 mm taller than the standard screen.

The aerodynamic front upper cowling is all-new, and features powerful twin headlights that give the new FZ6 Fazer a more extreme image – and for reduced turbulence the cowl’s side panels run with large vents that allow air to flow through smoothly.


Yamaha’s engineers have used a unique CAD software programme to develop the new fuel tank, and this new system has made it possible to produce a lightweight design whose overall shape offers the ideal balance of shape, weight and strength. In particular, this new design has allowed for an increase in the steering angle to 70°, and has also facilitated the fitment of a downdraft type fuel injection system.

Manufactured from low carbon alloy containing titanium, this 19-litre fuel tank offers excellent rider knee grip, and its high quality appearance serves to emphasise the impressive specification of this new middleweight contender.


The combination of the new die-cast frame, new shape cowl, specially shaped fuel tank and new 5-spoke wheels gives the new FZ6 Fazer a truly dynamic new look that blends the aggressive image of a sports bike with the user-friendliness of an all-rounder.

FZ6 Fazer chassis


The first aluminium die-cast frame in the class
Lightweight two piece weld-free construction
Totally revised chassis dimensions
New extra-long box-section aluminium swingarm
New steel subframe with integral passenger footrest brackets
Repositioned crank axis
New dual seat with riding position moved forwards
Fazer 1000-style 43 mm front forks
High performance front baking system with dual 298 mm diameter front discs
245 mm diameter rear disc
Nissin R6-type top-mounted rear brake caliper
Integrated chain case and rear fender
51%/49% front/rear weight distribution
Battery relocated behind head pipe and beneath fuel tank
Rubber-mounted footrests
Newly designed handlebar switchgear
New shape rear light
Outstanding rear wheel drive force
Lightweight R6-type 5-spoke wheels running wider rubber
70° lock-to-lock turning angle
Sophisticated new LCD meter panel
R1-influenced twin headlight cowl
Large windscreen
Ergonomic 19 litre alloy fuel tank
Dynamic new bodywork with new shape front fender, side covers and seat cowl
Resin passenger grab handle
Integrated immobiliser system
Fuses situated in side covers
Colour options
Silver S3
Dark Purplish Blue Metallic DPBML
Dark Greyish Blue Metallic DNBME
FZ6 Fazer Accessories
The new FZ6 Fazer is the highest specification middleweight streetbike ever produced by Yamaha. For those riders who wish to make their machine even more exclusive, Yamaha have developed a range of optional accessories that have been manufactured to demanding standards and offer a precise fit. High screen (90 mm taller than standard).

Next generation FZ6 Fazer: technology which conforms to the rider!

The original FZ6 Fazer has built up a huge fan base within Europe for the simple reason that it offers motorcyclists exactly what they were looking for.

Taking great care to ensure that they never lost sight of the characteristics that have made the original Fazer such a massive success over the last six years, Yamaha’s development team have taken the concept one step further and produced the next generation FZ6 Fazer.

Whilst remaining true to the values characterised by the original, the all-new FZ6 Fazer’s outstanding engine and chassis performance, combined with its class-leading all-round versatility, and unrivalled quality and style, set rigorous new standards in the middleweight sports bike category.

By creating a beautifully-finished high-quality motorcycle in which the technology has been developed to conform to the needs of the rider, Yamaha believe that this new sports bike encapsulates the spirit of the original, whilst also offering today’s rider a whole new range of possibilities.

Please note that the technical specifications of the new FZ6 Fazer can be found in the back of this booklet.


In the design, we decided first to focus on three main points. One was a modern exterior that would look when seen around town, the second was a form that would give a feeling of riding-ease, and the third was an ‘Italian taste’ type of styling that would succeed in the ‘naked-like’ context.

With these points in mind, we came up with ‘group and connect’ as our basic key words. This phrase meant getting rid of the image of the existing model, in which the cowling, seat, fuel tank, tyres and so on, had all existed with the same sense of volume, and replacing it with the concept of a ‘mass’ at the centre of the vehicle, which would then be surrounded by the other parts. In considering the body as a whole, priority would be placed on this ‘mass,’ while the other parts would be ‘grouped’ around it, and these ‘groups’ would in turn be ‘connected.’ The sense of modulation created between a large centre and its smaller surrounding elements helped produce a body with a strong feeling of 3-dimensionality. If the existing Fazer was considered to be of an average form, this new model can be said to have a highly prioritised ‘3-D shape.’ That is to say, it has a deeply sculpted form.

Next came the element of compactness. This is also an element that suggests a machine that is easy to ride. This is a perspective that particularly strives to remove any imposing image from the knee area where the rider actually touches the bike when riding and the other places with which there is prominent visual contact.

In addition to this, we have also taken into consideration the element of ‘honesty.’ Basically, we thought of showing a smaller number of elements. Due to the technological advances in today’s increasingly high performance motorcycles, the trend has been toward an increase the number of elements involved in the designs.

However, in this model, we tried to decrease in the number of such elements and find a positive sense of modulation within that smaller number of elements.

As a fourth point, we added the idea of a ‘sporty look.’ Of course, the look we were aiming for is not like that of the R1, but a ‘sportiness’ within the context of an allrounder bike that will take you anywhere. We accentuated the parts that give a sense of ‘riding,’ such as the engine, tyres and frame.

The same can be said of the cowling. Whilst the cowling for the R1 is designed with the image of slicing through the wind, with the new Fazer we sought a design that gives the image of taking the wind head-on and pushing it aside. Another way of saying it is that we tried to create the feeling of a machine that ‘attacks the air.’

Another thing we tried to do was create a design that succeeded with the cowling on, and also as a naked bike with the cowling removed. Since the focus of such a design inevitably became the form at the point where the cowling and fuel tank meet, we paid special attention to this area. The adoption of Yamaha’s CF Die-Cast Technology in the manufacture of the main frame components also gave us greater freedom to design a truly original frame. Here again we made an effort to reflect our ‘group and connect’ design concept.


Since this is a full model change of the existing Fazer, we weren’t necessarily starting from scratch. We focused on how we could achieve a sporty ride using an engine developed directly from that of the YZF-R6, whilst still retaining the strengths of the existing model.

We built up our primary image of this new Fazer, based on input from users of the current model. We journeyed to secondary roads in Italy, France and Germany to see for ourselves the actual conditions the model is used in, and listened to the actual voices of the users. From all this, we tried to isolate the essential elements that would be necessary to build a ‘next generation middleweight sport bike that surpasses the expectations of consumers.’ What we came up with was a bike character that would be ‘fast when the rider relaxes and leans with the bike through the curves on winding roads.’ We believed that the next-generation Fazer should be a bike that is fast not only when you rev the engine, but also fast when you go through the curves without using the engine, and we worked on each of the parts accordingly. For this reason, we chose to increase the rear-wheel drive-force.

With the change in frame material from steel to aluminium, some may think that a change in riding character will also occur, but this is not so. It wasn’t simply for weight reduction and the increase in rigidity that we decided to adopt this die-cast frame. Using Yamaha’s aluminium die-cast technology actually allows us much greater freedom in frame design. What characterises the new Fazer perhaps more than anything is the way we were able to use this design freedom to add an increased lightness and agility on top of the existing strengths of the original Fazer’s ride. No substantial change has been made in the basic direction of the original Fazer driveability and handling character. Making the most of its existing strengths and character, we created an even lighter and more agile ride. We believe that this difference will become obvious when you take this new machine out for some sport riding.

New Yamaha FZ6 — A Leading High-Tech Naked Middleweight


The demand for naked middleweights is extremely strong in Europe – particularly in France and Italy – and in response to this growing market sector, Yamaha announce the launch of the exciting new FZ6 for 2004.

Powered by a high-performance R6-based engine and featuring a totally new lightweight aluminium chassis, the FZ6 is one of the most advanced and sophisticated middleweight naked bikes, and is surely a machine to look out for next season.

With its combination of class-leading engine and chassis technology, aggressive good looks, outstanding real-world performance and a strong, authentic image, the FZ6 looks destined to establish itself as a leading high-tech naked middleweight.


The new FZ6 is aimed predominantly at young, sporty and intelligent riders in their early to late twenties who are usually the first amongst their peer group to try out new products. These riders are both streetwise and fashion aware, and are able to recognise quality, style and honesty of design when they see it. They have the confidence to make their own decisions, and are not prepared to compromise when it comes to choosing a motorcycle.

Typically, this group of young and dynamic riders will place great emphasis on the fun and enjoyment in riding a machine, and also the pleasure and pride experienced in owning the machine. They demand high technology, first class quality, advanced engineering and sports performance, and above all, are seeking a machine that has a strong style, unique character and aggressive street image.

The new FZ6 has been designed specifically to appeal to this discerning group of customers, and its arrival for 2004 is sure to focus even more attention on this increasingly significant sector of the marketplace in Europe.


Powered by one of the most respected engines in the 600 class, and featuring a new lightweight die-cast aluminium chassis, the aggressively styled FZ6 has been designed for riders who demand a no-compromise naked middleweight. Featuring a blend of advanced technology and extreme engine performance, together with sports handling capabilities and a unique, imposing character, the FZ6 is ready to stake its claim as one of the most desirable 600 streetbikes.


Technically the FZ6 engine and chassis is similar to the FZ6 Fazer, with the exception that the FZ6 runs with flat handlebars, a different headlight, newly designed radiator cover, and has no fairing.


R6 derived engine, re-tuned for greater mid-range acceleration
600cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke forward-inclined in-line 4 cylinder, DOHC 16 valve
72 kW (98 HP) @ 12,000 rpm
63.1 Nm (6.4 kg-m) @ 10,000 rpm
Group injection type fuel injection system
High efficiency 4-into-2-into-1 ‘up muffler’ exhaust
R6 gearbox ratios with modified secondary reduction ratio
R1-type downdraft intake
Air induction system
Integrated immobiliser system
Honeycomb catalyser
Greatly exceeds EU-2 emission standards
Flat handlebars
Forward leaning sports riding position
Aggressively styled headlight
Two-piece weld-free aluminium die-cast frame
Extra-long box-section aluminium swingarm
Repositioned crank axis
New dual seat with riding position moved forwards
Fazer 1000-style 43mm front forks
High performance front braking system with dual 298mm diameter front discs
245mm diameter rear disc with Nissin top-mounted caliper
Lightweight R6-type 5-spoke wheels running wider rubber
70º lock-to-lock turning angle
Sophisticated new LCD meter panel
Ergonomic 19 litre alloy fuel tank
Lava Red
Midnight Black
Silver Ice



Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, forward-inclined,
in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16 valves
Displacement 600 cc
Bore and Stroke 65.5 x 44.5 mm
Compression ratio 12.2 : 1
Max. Power 72 kW (98 HP) @ 12,000 rpm
Max. Torque 63.1 Nm (6.4 kg-m) @ 10,000 rpm
Lubrication Wet sump
Fuel supply Group injection type fuel injection
Clutch type Wet, multiple disc
Ignition TCI
Starting system Electric
Transmission Constant mesh, 6 speed
Final transmission Chain
Gear ratio 1: 2.846
2: 1.947
3: 1.556
4: 1.333
5: 1.190
6: 1.083
Primary reduction ratio Primary reduction ratio 1.955
Secondary reduction ratio Secondary reduction ratio 2.875
Frame Aluminium die-cast frame
Front suspension Telescopic fork, ø 43 mm
Rear suspension Swingarm (Linkless type Monocross)
Front wheel travel 130 mm
Rear wheel travel 130 mm
Caster angle 25°
Trail 97.5 mm
Front brake Double discs, ø 298 mm
Rear brake Single disc, ø 245 mm
Front tyre 120/70 ZR 17 M/C (58W)
Rear tyre 180/55 ZR 17 M/C (73W)
Rim size front 17 x MT3.50
Rim size rear 17 x MT5.50
Overall length 2,095 mm
Overall width 750 mm
Overall height 1,215 mm
Seat height 795 mm
Wheelbase 1,440 mm
Min. ground clearance 130 mm
Dry weight (FZ6 Fazer) 187 kg
Dry weight (FZ6) Not known at time of printing
Fuel tank capacity 19 litres (reserve 3.5 litres)
Oil (tank) capacity 3.4 litres

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