Aloha All you Fazer Owners,
I got a jewel of a bike, a 1986 Fazer 700 with only 3,400 miles on it. It sat for many years in my friends garage. He stopped riding it because he lost a very close biker friend that went head on with a pick up and died instantly.
I've been trying to get this bike forever... well, it's now in my garage and almost ready to ride. I did all the stuff to it, like drain all the fluids and replaced them, did the fuel tank with the restoration kit etc. Body parts are in primer ready for "Viper Red", and the carbs are apart waiting on some parts. I have a mechanic friend that's doing the carbs and a painter friend doing the painting, thank God for friends like that!
Any advice from you Fazer experts? I replaced the oil with Yamaha oil, but was concerned that maybe I need to use some synthetic oil since it sat for all those years? Any advice will be great, Aloha and God Bless, Sal.
BTW, I did own a crazy V-Max and wished I kept it... miss it terribly now!!!
Anyone out there have a spare needle and valve set? The cheapest on-line is $50.00, that's quite expensive for such a little part. I need 4 O-rings also, but it's $14.00 each, so I'll get that on-line. Sorry, budget is low... gotta get tires etc. too. Thanks, blessings, Sal.
I got my 1986 Fazer with 23000 mile 2 years ago for 2000.00. I put new tires on it and it runs great. and I ride it everyday I can.
Great to find a site without people bickering. I just bought my 1986 FZX 700 Fazer, and changed out the fluids. Found out the fan doesn't turn on... any suggestions welcomed. Can I still ride it? I mean the temp needle goes down as long as the bikes running.
Also have to change the rear rotor and pads. Then she's like new...
I have begun to regret deciding to take my rear wheel off for the first time to get a new tire installed instead of giving them another 25 dollars to do it themselves.
I did it in the dark with a light and didn't realize that I had dropped a spacer that fell into some weeds in my work area. I got the wheel back and put it back on the bike (in the dark again) not realizing that I was missing the spacer. All seemed well, but when I took it for a test ride noticed it was sliding when the brake was applied.
I found the spacer in the daylight this morning and reassembled it, but now the caliper is scraping on the right side of the disk. It is only a fraction of an inch out of place, but I am unable to figure out what I need to do to realign it. Any ideas will be appreciated.
I just bought 86 Fazer with 40000 mile on it for $1200. It's my first bike. Was it the right choice?
Hey I just picked up my first Fazer off Craigslist for 450 dollars. It's got 7100 on it. A steal in my opinion. I've got the carbs off and the fluids are being bled and changed. Does anyone know any places to buy OEM parts or aftermarket for a decent price?
Also I need a radiator, and I've read an R6 radiator would fit, but not certain because the cap is on the opposite side. Any answers?
Check the plug that supplies the fan with power. It's on the left side of the bike behind the cover right above the radiator. I had the plug for the left handlebar controls get all corroded on me to the point that the headlight wouldn't stay on. I took out the plug and soldered the wires. Works fine now.
I paid $2300 for my Fazer with 44,000 miles on it. But it was in great shape. Depending on the condition of the bike, I think that $1200 would have been a good choice.
Just bought my 86 Fazer. I bought it wrecked. The kid who had it before me, out buss-in one night, ran into a car, flipped it over, light fork damage and completely destroyed the entire top of bike. Was able to get all my parts and have under a grand in it, will run this summer in need of TLC. And will do a complete restore this winter, it's one of my best investments...
THE BEST PART ABOUT THE WHOLE THING, IS IT IS STILL A CLEAN TITLE.
I have a 1986 Fazer 700, with the optional headlight cowling. Original red, 17,700 miles on it. A good friend at school who taught me how to ride was kind enough to share it with me for more than 10 years before selling to me in 1998. I've been riding this bike since 1987.
I just had the idle line cleaned, all fluids & filters changed, brakes checked, carbs opened and cleaned out, and then detailed. Other than a few small paint dings, the bike runs as well as it did 22 years ago.
Unbelievable power, control & balance, and the sound of that engine is distinct. People STILL stop and ask "what is that bike?", or "what year?"... Most can't believe it's 24 years old now.
I have only seen 2 other Fazers ever, and one of them is in my hometown.
If you have one, don't ever let it go. I still get the same thrill when I feel it's power and hear that engine as I did back in '87.
What do you think it's worth these days?
The price range for the Fazer that you described is $2,000 - $2,300. You will find them in the $3,000 range when they have less than 10K miles and are great condition or restored. As you know the Fazer was only sold in the US for 2 years, making it a fairly rare bike. In my opinion, the limited supply coupled with the looks/sound/performance of the bike that you described will keep the market for Fazers relatively high for years to come.
I have owned an 86 and 87 Fazer and loved them, both were great bikes, but when children came along they had to go... well the kids are grown now and I am looking for another. My advice is if you own one, keep it... but if someone wishes to part with one, drop me a line...thanks...
I bought my first Fazer in March of 2008, and my second one two and a half months later. I had been looking for a V-Max, but hadn't found any priced within reason, when I happened across a Fazer on ebay. I wasn't able to locate one close to where I lived, so just kept looking. Then one day on my way home from work, there it was, about 1 1/2 miles from my home, out in front of this guy's house that buys and sells bikes. The second one I scored was off ebay since it was only about 90 miles away.
Fast forward to October 2009. I was on my way to work, and at 6:00 a.m. a guy in a Buick Rainier coming the opposite direction "never saw me" and attempted a left turn. I hit him head on in his right front headlight and somersaulted over the handlebars into his windshield up side down. I was knocked out at that point, and exactly how I wound up on the pavement 1 1/2 lanes over up against the curb, I can only speculate. The impact was hard enough that it set off his airbag.
I regained consciousness relatively quickly because I heard the bike still running before it stalled out. I may have lost consciousness again, because the next thing I recall was the guy leaning over me sobbing loudly. If I could have moved I would have smacked him one.
I'm lucky. I sustained a concussion, a fractured rib, a laceration to my thigh, some soft tissue damage to my hands and wrist, and what has subsequently been revealed by MRI, a torn rotator cuff and a torn ligament in my knee.
It turns out that the bike I was riding is totaled. Fortunately, I am not.
Right now my desire is to get back to riding in the Spring, but with a wife and three children (7, 8, and 10), I'm seriously thinking about hanging it up until they're out of school.
The Fazer is a cool bike, and when I first rode it and hammered the throttle, it was definitely adrenaline inducing. I took it to the drag strip this summer and ran 12.20's at 110 mph. My 60 foot times were terrible, 2.0-2.1, but I wasn't launching the bike either. I wanted to have a clutch left to get me home.
That's my Fazer story. Great bike.