Official FZ6 Thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by lake_harley, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. Olas

    Olas the darkness

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    Anyone here using the Yamaha comfort seat?

    I've decided the stock seat has to go if I want to put any serious miles on this bike. After 100 miles or so it becomes pretty uncomfortable...

    I'd like a Top Sellerie but they are $$$.
  2. mikesova

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    I am. Not sure if its much better than the stocker for me, yet. I still get a sore but after a hundred or so miles.
  3. Flyinace1

    Flyinace1 Been here awhile

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    I've heard it's not worth the money, if you wanna go cheap the spencer mod would probably be your best bet. If you look around used seats will some times pop up as well. Or you can try the Shad Style seat, it's cheaper than the top sellerie but there aren't many reviews and I've never used it so I can't tell you how good or not good it is
  4. Texcollect

    Texcollect Adventurer wannabe

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    I have tried Spencer's mod and a standard Corbin before I bought a heightened and lengthened Corbin and all is now good with the world (and my ass). Picked both Corbin seats up from the fz6-forum. You just need to be patient.


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  5. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    I bought my FZ6 to hopefully do some solo touring, but that just never seems to happen. It's a shame to have it just sit in the garage most of the time, so I've decided to sell it. If anyone is interested, here's a link to my ad here in the flea market section; http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=901603 I've included a picture of the bike.....

    Lynn

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  6. XTreme

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    Damn hot today here in Spain....so I was out early!

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  7. DainiusD

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    Hi all,
    I'm new in this forum with my Yamaha XJ6 Diversion (it's like FZ6R in US). Got it for a month and done 700miles so far.. some daily commute plus few short tours.

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  8. DudeClone

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    hi guys :wave

    i am in serious buying mode and hope to have a bike in a couple weeks or less. this bike, the fz6, has come to my attention. so i have a few brief questions

    reliability: is it very reliable? is it high maintenance? expensive to service, any known issues?

    comfort: taller rider, here. 6'2 with a 32in inseam. i just want to be sure if i go look at a couple i won't hop on and be disappointed.

    comparison: how much more desirable is this bike considered next to a Suzuki SV650? is it worth paying four times as much for insurance? SV650 is $10 a month, the FZ6 is $40 a month. what about the FZ6 makes it worth the extra $360 a year?

    thanks guys. if i have questions about specific bikes, mileage, pricing and making offers i will be back!!

    oh, as a standard commuter bike around SoCal, how well will this bike do on a scale of 1/10? urban traffic jams, lane splitting / filtering, and getting on the freeways?

    thanks!!
  9. DudeClone

    DudeClone Long timer

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    is $3500 for this bike a good offer? could i go to $3250, or is $3500 "fair" to both parties? i don't want to low ball any offers, but give fair ones :)

    other then owner abuse what could be the matter with these bikes with 10,000 miles on them? what might it need coming up?

    http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/mcy/4333592328.html
  10. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    I paid 3500 for an '06 with 15k miles in '10. I think an offer of 3500 is reasonable.

    As to your reliability question, that bike has 54k miles on it now. First valve check was in spec at 27k. Next one due soon but I'll put it off a bit.

    I've kept up on routine maintenance, all fluids (oil, coolant, brakes) and upgraded the fork springs and oil at 45k.

    Other than that, gas and tires. Easiest ownership experience ever.
  11. DudeClone

    DudeClone Long timer

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    thanks for your reply

    i am wondering if the under seat exhaust gets hot to the touch? might seem an obvious question but i don't see how it could being a passengers ass might be right under it. maybe the pipes are insulated somehow?

    would these pipes prevent me from using a tail bag of some sort or strapping a back pack to the passenger portion of the seat on account of heat or design?
  12. Flyinace1

    Flyinace1 Been here awhile

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    Howdy, I have a 05 FZ6 with 70,000 miles on it. I paid $2800 for mine when it had 40,000 miles on it but it also had some damage to the plastics and a dying battery. Because I ride so much I didn't care about the plastics and just replaced the battery.

    They are very reliable, I have only had a couple problems with mine since I bought it with 40,000 miles on it. Easy and cheap to maintain, at 60,000 miles my bike still didn't need its valves adjusted and other than that it is oil changes and tires. If you ride easy, tire's will last you at least 12,000 miles. My last pair lasted me over 15,000 miles.

    I find the bike comfortable enough, I just did a 400ish mile day on mine with its stock seat and wasn't too sore. I'm 6'1" with a 33 inch inseam and the fit is pretty good.

    My insurance is $50 a month thru progressive and have very good full coverage (high comprehensive, maxed out medical pay, all the uninsured options, one super low deductible, etc) and since I came from a car I had no problem paying that (car insurance was about $60ish for a mid 90s car)

    The SV650 and the FZ6 are quite different bikes, and desire is personal. I personally really like my Fazer, it doesn't have much grunt down low but I like that because it's nice and mellow for commuting...but rev it high and it becomes a speed demon. Also, if you want wind protection the faired sv650 has clip ons, if that matters to you.

    I ride almost everyday in the LA and inland empire area and bought the bike for commuting and touring. It does great at filtering and getting on freeways. It's thin enough, tho I had a cruiser as well so I can't really compare to others, but I there are few gaps that I can't fit thru, even on the compact freeways of LA. When riding thru traffic scoot to the front of the seat and at your height you'll be sitting practically bolt upright which will make the slow speed maneuvering even easier. As for getting on freeways you'll be past the speed limit faster than most cars can reach 65 and you won't even be out of 2nd gear, but that goes for most sporty bikes.

    Oh and some of the parts for the 2007-2009 bikes that differ from the earlier version seem to be considerably more expensive for some reason.
  13. Flyinace1

    Flyinace1 Been here awhile

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    I have ridden with my fiance many times and asked her about that and she says that the seat has never got hot even after long rides. The passenger foot pegs are a little high tho, so a tall passenger will get a bit cramped. And I use throw over soft bags that almost never come off with no problem, but a bracket could be useful to hold them away from the wheel
  14. DudeClone

    DudeClone Long timer

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    fantastic posts! nice to hear from a rider local to me that has some real world experience with the bike in and around my own riding environs. you make the bike sound somewhat ideal for the task at hand. and i do like its "wolf in sheep's clothing" appeal when you want to get up and go :clap

    thanks for such a nice response
  15. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I got mine with 7500 miles on the clock year ago, it now has 15.000 miles,
    no issues other then some stuff caused by neglect by previous owner
    (ABS seized becuase the brake fluids were never changed, calipers rusty etc).

    Fixed it all, put on a set of new tires and boom, runs great.

    It's a bit top heavy compared to my Ninja 650R, eats more gas and has
    less torque so that makes the Ninja a better round-town bike, but for
    for everything else, FZ6 is superior. I suspect the comparison with the
    SV650 would be similar.
  16. Texcollect

    Texcollect Adventurer wannabe

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    I have a 2009 which now has about 18,000 miles on it.

    I am a taller rider (6ft 6 with a 36 inside leg) and have a taller and longer Corbin on it along with a set of lowered footpegs and it fits well.

    I did the Republic of Texas 1000 last November on it (along with another guy on an FZ6) and despite having the smallest capacity bike on the ride, by a factor of 2, both the bike and I did great. My total mileage for the weekend was just over 1800 (350 miles each way to the ride and just short of 1100 miles in 24 hours on the ride)

    As far as luggage is concerned I have a pair of Nelson Rigg saddlebags and rigged up a spacer under the seat to keep them apart. Between those, a Motocentric tail bag and a magnetic Nelson Rigg tank bag (converted to quick release) I don't think I'd have an issue with a week long or so trip.

    For better wind protection I have fitted the bike with a Madstad shield and for more visibility a couple of ADVMonster LED aux lights.

    As has been said before below about 8k the bike is a pussy cat, but if you head north of 8k you better be prepared to hold on tight.

    Having said all this I am contemplating upgrading to an FJR1300 so mine might be on the market in the near future :)
  17. BanjoBoy

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    From what I can see, it lookz like a good price even at $4K (Butt if you can get it at $3.5, hell yeah) '07 on are more desirable, they made sum improvements to the brakes 'n stuff. :thumb
    The FZ6, (like most Yamahas) are the most reliable bikes you can buy, but it may be a bit cramped for you: @ 5'11" it's a little on the cramped side for me. Butt, I'mma worn out, bitter, old bastard, so if yer younger, ya might not mind be'in folded up as much? :lol3 If ya get a custom seat that's taller, that'd give you mor leg room. Maybe lower the pegs, and do whatever w/ the bars?
    Mine seems to have plenty of torque down low, (Though not as much as mah FJR :evil ) and I don't have any trouble ride'in 'round town. Never understood why people say the motor is "peaky?" :dunno Maybe their bikes need a tune up?
  18. BanjoBoy

    BanjoBoy Been here awhile

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    ^THIS^
    And I have both! :ksteve You'll luv the FJR :raabia

    Oh yeah, another great thang 'bout this bike iz the fuel range. :thumb
  19. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    The seat gets hotter then on bikes without the underseat exhaust, but it's not
    something you're likely to notice. The exhausts are well insulated on the sides,
    the only part of it that gets really hot is the most inner part (looking from
    behind you'll see what the actual exhaust is, it's rather small in diameter).

    You can use soft bags no problem.
  20. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    damn!