12th Dec 2012, 19:46
I bought an 86 with 12,500 on it in October as my first bike. She runs great and I've been enjoying it... the little amount of time I've been able to get out since then. Going to get it in to do an inspection, to determine the condition and if anything needs replacing. Then I'm going to look into some upgrades. Like new brake pads, braided steel brake lines, and a manual fan switch, then maybe a new horn and mirrors.
17th Apr 2013, 01:53
I live in the UK and have bought a 1986 Yamaha FZX Maxim 700. These are rare bikes, as the XJ700 is air cooled and very similar in parts. Anyone know what it's worth?
5th Dec 2013, 22:40
I just bought an 86 750 Fazer with 39,000 km on it. It is near mint and runs like a top. Carbs done, fork seals, brakes. Paid $1400 for it delivered.
19th Jun 2014, 21:29
Need advice. I have all six gears and my bike is super fast, but it really feels like I need 2 more gears. At 50mph I'm already in 6th gear and the tach is showing over 4000 with lots of motor vibration, not wobble. I have always rode Honda Magnas and I'm not familiar with how this bike should shift. Is my sprocket too small? Never been on a faster bike up to 60mph, but it feels like I might blow the motor to go faster.
28th Jun 2014, 01:52
I recently fell on an 86 Fazer 400 beans, great condition, low miles. When bike is cranked, fuel comes out the breather tubes. Had the carbs off once and replaced a needle jet and a man jet cap screw and washer.
17th Oct 2014, 02:20
I just bought my first Fazer. It is a 750, Canadian model with 11000 kilometers on it, original except for a really terrible paint job some kid did at one time or another. My winter plan is to paint it black and yellow. It sounds incredible, and pulls pretty hard for an old girl. Traded my 03 Predator 500 ATV for it. Both of us got a good deal in my opinion!
20th Oct 2014, 14:12
The fuel tank hold 3.3 gallons if I remember correctly. Not much. Then of course there is the curse of the burnt out low fuel gauge. I was told not to bother repairing, it just happens again. Anyone else? Typically I would just expect to refuel at about 100 miles, or when the petcock needed a turn.
7th Nov 2014, 21:31
Yes, set your odometer. Mine is in km. I only get a couple hundred between fill ups, but that is driving it like I stole it. I've had mine for 27 years and drive it every summer, and it just turned 18,000 km on my fifth set of tires, 2nd chain, 2 sets of brake pads, and changed the slave clutch. The bike is bullet proof, goes like stink, and still scares me :)
27th Jun 2015, 19:26
I have had the 1986 stock Fazer 700 to 150 mph with a little more to go. Believe me or not, it did.
8th Aug 2015, 18:16
I have a stock '86 FZX700 as well, got mine close to 150mph. It's a great bike, and also my very first bike.
13th Aug 2015, 21:13
The Fazer has the Genesis motor, which is essentially a sport bike motor... 4000 RPM is very normal at 60 mph. I have a 1986 Yamaha Fazer 700 and a 1992 Yamaha FZR 600, and I ride them both the same as far as RPM. Normally you should just stay around the 4000-6000 range while cruising.
18th Aug 2015, 06:31
Dude.. The redline is ELEVEN THOUSAND. You've probably never even gotten into the power band. Floor it. Live a little. This bike will take a 7000 RPM beating down the interstate at 85 until you run out of gas twice and still be happy. You can cruise at up to probably 9000 and it's still fine. You're in sixth gear right? My buddy ran his V45 Magna at absolute top speed for an hour there and an hour back, a couple times a week, for months on end. Seriously doing over 100 the whole way. If that stupid Magna can survive that, the Genesis motor in your Fazer can survive 5000 RPM on the highway... Do you really think Yamaha would design a bike that can't cruise at a mere 60?
16th Sep 2015, 20:30
I've had my Frazer for 4 years and what a blast. Yamaha also put out a version that looked like a Virago with the Genesis engine and it was a shaft drive. An even rarer bike. It wasn't as fast, but it was beautiful. I believe it was an XJ700. The bike is highly prized in Germany.
I love my Baby Max.
3rd Nov 2015, 03:37
I picked up my first 1986 Fazer in 89. I still have it and ride it on a regular basis. The thing must have 70,000 miles or more; the speedo cable broke mid 90s, so it says 45763.
But I recently picked up another one in boxes for $100 for a parts bike. It hadn't ran since 2000 per expired tags and paper trail... but these bikes are near bulletproof so she's running strong - all it took was a carb clean and some new plugs!!
If you own one, enjoy it!!! They are one of a kind, and almost every time I'm out riding one, it draws peoples' attention, especially to those who had one and got rid of it!!! So be safe and ride on!!!
6th Jan 2016, 04:40
Happy New Year,
Seems to me that the 86 FZX 750 was more popular, I own an 87 750, Hasn't been on the road since 1992 and hasn't run since then. I always thought it was me that had an issue with her in the corners, but sounds like the design was the issue. The bike is in great shape for a restore, meaning it's been in the corner of the garage for the same amount of time. LOL, looks like if I need parts I may have an issue on my hands. Paid $2200 Canadian for it back in 89. Wondering what it's worth today?…
1st Apr 2016, 01:16
An old friend of mine has a Fazer that he bought new in '86. It was his pride and joy and he passed away 2 weeks ago. It was his wish that I get the bike. The title has been found, but not the key. I am going to pick up the bike this weekend and trailer it home (600 mile round trip). I am into bikes and have owned several, but I'm not familiar with Fazers. Does anyone know if there's an easy way to disable the steering lock? It will make it much easier to load.
And no, I'm not a thief looking for tips on how to steal a bike.
24th Jun 2016, 16:23
The person or previous owner did not care or know how to care for a bike. Paid $900, but it was in a really bad condition. Must have been left outside its whole life. It's cost me a bit. New headlight, carb rebuild and tons of buffing over and over. It looks good now, but I want to paint the engine back to black as it is flaking and faded. The tank is also like a candy red, but the rest of the bike is a darker red. I would like to have it all match at some point. This bike is probably the funnest I've ever rode. Been riding since the early 80s. I wouldn't give it up. I couldn't give it up. The style is just so different and it looks fast just sitting still.
13th Aug 2016, 03:20
Just got me a 1986 Fazer a couple weeks ago. It is in real rough condition, but I didn't give much for it. Only about $200 worth of stuff for it (PS3 and some games). Looking to start restoring it soon. I am super excited to get it running! :)
16th Jun 2018, 18:33
My 1986 Fazer is about to turn 50,000 miles, and is still running strong. However, for this milestone I felt I should remedy a couple of nagging issues it has developed over the years, and I'm hoping someone on here can help...
1. The headlight works only when it wants to... (It's not the bulb, but appears I lose power to the bulb socket, both high and low beam) I also lose tach and speedo lights at the same time...
2. I'm having an issue with the cooling system; in traffic on a hot day it will overheat for sure... (I avoid this) Not sure if I have a coolant circulation problem and/or a fan issue... cruising down the road, the bike never comes up much beyond 1/3 on the temp gauge.
I bought the bike in 1990 with 4,000 miles on it, so I am confident in saying this bike has always been well maintained, but well ridden too! Any help would be greatly appreciated.
3. I've never touch anything on the motor other than the oil and filter... thinking it may be time to have the old girl freshened up... thoughts?