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Yamaha FZ6 Review – After 7 Years of Ownership!

In this video I give you my honest review after owning my 2007 Yamaha FZ6 for seven years!

What’s going on everybody after seven years of ownership and 43 videos on maintaining the fz6 i’m here to bring you my honest review on the bike now in this video i will not only be describing the experience of owning and riding the bike but also addressing the question of if this is the right bike for you on the whole the fz6 is a solid machine besides the throttle

Position sensor recall that was on the version one of the bike spanning o4 to o6 the fz6 doesn’t really have an achilles heel per se yamaha used the 2003 r6 engine as the starting point when designing the engine in the fz6 so they weren’t starting from scratch although it shares many internal components with the r6 engine the fz6 engine was retuned for more usable

Mid-range power and torque the main internal differences between the fz6 and the o3 r6 engine was the head gasket camshafts ignition timing and coil design but more on the coil design later but first things first let’s talk ergonomics and get on the bike when riding the bike you have a nice shape around the tank and frame to clamp your knees against to support the

Weight of your upper body as you lean slightly forward if you suffer from wrist or back ailments it’s likely still not the bike for you is the geometry pitches you forward although not nearly as far down as a super sport basically a super sport rider would say this is comfortable and relaxed while a harley rider would think this is aggressive and leaning forward

I like the riding position as it makes it easy to accelerate hard but you don’t spend your entire time holding yourself up by your arms and core like i see many people on sport bikes doing instead you kind of have this like neutral position where you’re a little forward and your back might be strained a bit that’s why i don’t recommend it if you got back problems

And your wrists do take some pressure but you really got to focus on like holding your weight up from the core of your body but it’s not so extreme like a super sport where you’re bent over meant to be just the geometry of the bike although not as twitchy as the r6 is still very lively the bike easily turns into high speed corners with just a light counter steer

Lean angle is easy to manage with a combination of throttle brake and steering and the bike has a forgiving nature about it whether in a parking lot or pinned on a back road i’m five foot nine and i kind of wish the bike was an inch lower i don’t stand on my tiptoes when i come to a stop but i certainly don’t flat foot the ground as for the sound of the bike oh

It’s rather tame in factory configuration although it revs to 14 000 doesn’t have the zing that an r6 or a cbr 600 double r has it doesn’t quite sound like a super sport this can be adjusted with some exhaust mods but you’re kind of limited in what you can do because there’s primary catalytic converters built into the header of the bike so unless you’re gonna go a

Full custom exhaust it’s pretty much impossible to go full catless although it is very easy to change out the mid-pipe cat which is beneath the seat down here which many people have done going catless also means you need to change the tune on the bike to ensure you get the proper airfield ratios and get the most out of your exhaust even though the fz6 might sound

Tame it’s no slouch with the 98 horsepower at the engine the spike has enough speed for intermediate or beginner riders alike i personally wouldn’t recommend the fz6 as a first bike because i firmly believe that you should learn on 40 horsepower or less basically a 400 cc so you don’t get yourself into highway speed trouble over 100 mile per hour speeds are easily

Achievable on this bike although it experiences a bit of instability around 140 miles per hour or just over about 200 210 kilometers an hour so the bikes are just get a little bit easy but what i love most about the power band on the fz6 is how much you can change your speed within one gear you could be doing 60 and third and roll onto the power and not have to

Shift till you pass 160. so the wide rev range and the gearing of the bike makes so that you can have a huge change of speed just in one gear makes it versatile makes it easy to be fuel economical that you can really shift up and keep the revs low and you can have a ton of fun in the high rpms all in one gear while the power is great the transmission and shifter

Are a little clunky the transmission has worked flawlessly for me notably the one two shift is particularly bad for clunks especially if it’s a poorly time shift but it always goes into gear every other shift is great two three three four four five five six all buttery smooth once you’re past that one two shift coming down to gears though going two to one can be

A bit tricky if you’re going faster than 40 kilometers an hour the trans is like won’t let you into first unless you rev match fairly accurately and then confidently click it down into first then it’ll go but once you’re going a certain speed the bike doesn’t like to go down into first from second it gets a bit finicky it’s particularly bad if you clutch in for a

While and the transmission slows down or stops spinning and then you try and go down into first it’s not gonna happen so clutch back out clutch in shift down you’ll make it happen it’s not very often this is a problem and the worst thing that happens is that you find neutral and that ain’t so bad one of my gripes about the bike is the suspension this bike suffers

From a strong case of parts spin engineering which led to the cheap suspension components which aren’t adjustable and offer very little support for spirited rides the suspension gets the job done but not elegantly over speed bumps and bumps in the road the front end feels like it’s crashing over the bumps without much control the rear shock has preload adjustment

To compensate for the weight of the rider but no matter how you adjust it the rear shock feels very linear meaning over large dips or big bumps in the road the rear shock doesn’t really ramp up as it compresses it just stays one speed and it’ll bottom out i’ve bottomed it out in a handful of times and it it doesn’t feel good olens makes a rear shock for the bike

And people have gone to great lengths to try and improve the front fork by changing oil weight damper cartridges spring rate and material all of which i kind of ask is it worth it i know it would improve the front end and you can add emulators and things like that to adjust the front end feel the bike but i think ultimately you’re starting off with a very cheap

Design that is going to be challenging to improve on other people have taken r6 front ends and converted them to fit the fz6 and i think if you’re really invested that’s probably the best way to go because in my experience it’s usually the best to start with the best factory oem part see if it can fit your like and then improve on that on the theme of partsman

Engineering the ignition system is nothing to write home about i have done many videos detailing my woes with misfires and the more i learned about the electrical side of the bike the more i realized the batch fire system of one coil per two cylinders was a cost cutting measure for yamaha the system works it’s simply prone to failure coils fail in mysterious ways

Spark plug leads become frayed or poorly connected copper plugs were used instead of iridium this kept the cost of the bike down on showroom floors but passed the cost on to the consumer with failing parts although this sounds pretty bad the misfire problems i’ve had on the bike never prevented me from actually riding the bike wherever i wanted to i was always

Able to ride the bike even with a misfire until i got the issue resolved on top of that parts for the ignition system are cheap and i’ve done so many videos on the ignition system you’ll never have a problem because you got me here having gone through those problems before i would be remiss to not mention how amazing of a touring bike the fz6 is now this isn’t a

Bmw gs that you’ll take to south america and back but for weekend or week-long trip tips on twisty roads this thing does a great job i have the shad top and side cases on my bike and they’re practically a permanent fixture at this point i never take them off because they complement the bike’s capability so well and who doesn’t love having storage on hand i have a

Video on the shad cases i’ll link down below one place yamaha did not skimp out though is the brakes the dual fork piston 298 millimeter disc brakes along with the dual piston rear brake do a great job of stopping you from any speed you may achieve on this bike a moto journalist would say these brakes feel a bit soft and uncommunicative but this isn’t a race bike

With steel braided lines or ceramic brake pads high-end brake fluid or stainless steel brake lines can elevate the braking performance in such a way that would satisfy most moto journalists i would say the brakes inspire confidence and match the level of engineering that went into the rest of the bike the fz6 comes equipped with relatively wide tires for the power

Level which makes for a comfortable ride and a decent amount of grip when getting into the corners it’s also a popular tire size for opening the fz6 with your preferred tire brand and models should be no problem one thing i think i take for granted on the fz6 is the center stand i use use it all the time to the extent that owning a bike that doesn’t have a center

Stand would have me scratching my head a bit for maintenance or off-season parking the center stand is wonderful maintenance costs and difficulty on the fz6 are both rather low with the tank lifted up you have access to the entire top half of the motor all hardware is based on the metric system and honestly the toolkit yamaha provides you as well stocked with the

Essentials of cotton a bind i’ve documented every surface imaginable on this bike on my channel and as a blanket statement i’d say the bike is very accessible for someone who is new to wrenching lastly if you’re someone who will have a passenger regularly on the fz6 it offers sufficient seat space and grips for the passenger to hold on to so the passenger doesn’t

Have to be wrapped around you if you’re the guy in person that can’t commit to a super sport because frankly you’re not going to be going to the track anytime soon and you’re not a 19 year old then this bike is for you if for someone that doesn’t like the appeal of a harley or a cruiser because you want to sit forward and you just have sporting tendencies you like

Going fast around corners and you like a maneuverable bike this one’s for you if either of those extremes really reach out to you and speak to you like the cruising nature of being relaxed doing a lot of sunday driving you don’t go that fast through the corners consider something else if you really want to go to the track and you’re going to do that at least once a

Year pick up a super sport i’m obviously a bit biased i’ve loved this bike and had it for the last seven years uh through thick and thin it’s been something i always come back to and never second guessing whether i should sell or not because i just enjoy the bike that much if you pick up an episode 6 because of this review i’d love to hear it down in the comments

Also check out my channel for all the maintenance videos you could ever need on the fz6 so that you’re well supplied with knowledge and information on how to maintain your own fz6 thanks so much for watching everybody if this review helped you out please smash like and subscribe button down below as always have a good day

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