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Old 08-13-2019, 04:48 AM   #1
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2007 FZ6 - anthing to look for?

Found an extremely low mile FZ6 at a good price that I am considering picking up, seems like a good bike for my kid to learn on. Anything in particular that are problems with these bikes? Does it have an exup and if so is the code the same as on the FZ1 (7K on the tach)

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Old 08-13-2019, 05:32 AM   #2
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I believe it has an exup. I have a 2009 model. Rev the bike and see if it has excessive vibrations above 6k rpm. Something to do with the waste coil system. Easy fix but you can use it to negotiate the price. Other than that, I've been very happy with mine.
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Old 08-13-2019, 07:48 AM   #3
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Apparently it is sold. The search continues ;)
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Old 08-13-2019, 09:31 AM   #4
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I had an '06 that I put over 60k miles on. From memory, the only consistent issue are the steering bearings. Besides that, my bike was rock solid. Probably the best all around bike I have ever ridden.

I will say it's not exactly a beginner bike. While not crazy fast, it is fast, makes a hair less than 100hp. Front end will easily come up with a throttle stab.
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Old 08-13-2019, 09:52 AM   #5
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I had an '06 that I put over 60k miles on. From memory, the only consistent issue are the steering bearings. Besides that, my bike was rock solid. Probably the best all around bike I have ever ridden.

I will say it's not exactly a beginner bike. While not crazy fast, it is fast, makes a hair less than 100hp. Front end will easily come up with a throttle stab.
Interesting. Are the steering bearings a lot different than a Gen2 FZ1? Guess I assumed by looking at them that they were pretty close to the same bike with a smaller engine.

Not really looking for a beginner bike, just a second bike that he can use until he decides if riding is for him and wants one of his own. For ref, the "kid" is 6ft 1 180lbs and 22 years old. He has an inch on me and I've got 5lbs on him, so we easily fit on the same equipment. Looking at Gen2 FZ1's, FZ6, FJR (more for me), but the field is pretty wide open. Only real requirement is that it have fuel injection, I would want to ride it on the freeway and you can put bags on it. I like the idea of the FJ6 since it is a little lighter and a little less powerful but seems to check all the boxes.
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:10 AM   #6
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Interesting. Are the steering bearings a lot different than a Gen2 FZ1? Guess I assumed by looking at them that they were pretty close to the same bike with a smaller engine.

Not really looking for a beginner bike, just a second bike that he can use until he decides if riding is for him and wants one of his own. For ref, the "kid" is 6ft 1 180lbs and 22 years old. He has an inch on me and I've got 5lbs on him, so we easily fit on the same equipment. Looking at Gen2 FZ1's, FZ6, FJR (more for me), but the field is pretty wide open. Only real requirement is that it have fuel injection, I would want to ride it on the freeway and you can put bags on it.
I think the issue with the FZ6 bearings was either a bad seal, or crappy grease that got washed away, or both. I attached the pictures below from when I replaced them, I think that was at about 25-30k miles. I did the steering bearings on my 2gen FZ1 too, and they were flawless.

The FZ6 has a perfect riding position for sport/touring riding. The 2gen FZ1 is much tighter in the legs. I put Givi V35's and an E52 top case on mine which made it an amazing lightweight touring bike. It will do about 200-220 miles to a tank.





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Old 08-13-2019, 10:22 AM   #7
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NP, good luck in your search. As I said, the FZ6 is a wonderful all around do it all bike.

I bought it at 3k miles, and rode it to 70k miles. Only reason why I sold it is because I wanted a change and a 2gen FZ1 at a great price popped up for sale. There was nothing wrong with the FZ6, didn't burn a drop of oil, trans worked perfectly.

Outside of the usual maintenance, the only repairs were those steering bearings, and the shift input cover seeped oil once which was fixed by cleaning the gasket and retorquing. Also the oil pressure light would very intermittently pop on and off, probably a bad sensor, but it was never consistent enough for me to diagnose.
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Funny you guys mention it. The steering on my FZ6 has been getting more and more difficult lately. I guess I'll have to check the steering head bearings.
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Idk why no one ever follows the steering and swing arm grease intervals in the owners manual. On any bike
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Old 08-13-2019, 12:19 PM   #11
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Laziness, mostly.
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Old 08-13-2019, 06:55 PM   #12
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Any issues with power in the lower RPM's? Oddly enough the kid who bought my KZ750 a few minutes ago also owns an FZ6 and he claimed that they didn't have any torque down low and he had to run in the 6-7K range to feel like it had power. Didn't sound right to me, but he owned one. I've got 2 of them locally that I'm going to check out, not as few miles as the one that got away but still around 20K on each.
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Old 08-13-2019, 07:11 PM   #13
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Any issues with power in the lower RPM's? Oddly enough the kid who bought my KZ750 a few minutes ago also owns an FZ6 and he claimed that they didn't have any torque down low and he had to run in the 6-7K range to feel like it had power. Didn't sound right to me, but he owned one. I've got 2 of them locally that I'm going to check out, not as few miles as the one that got away but still around 20K on each.
That's about right. It's a reasonably high horsepower 600 that revs to 14k km, torque is not it's strong suit. Pretty timid below 6-7k rpm and comes alive above 9k rpm. Going -1 on the front sprocket would probably be a good idea, but I never did it.
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Old 08-13-2019, 07:15 PM   #14
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In a wild departure from what we were originally looking at, a 2004 VStrom DL1000 is winding up in the garage tonight.
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In a wild departure from what we were originally looking at, a 2004 VStrom DL1000 is winding up in the garage tonight.
That’s a whole lot of “some bike”
Gone are the days where someone will compliment you on your ride.






Just teasing, sort of
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Old 08-14-2019, 06:22 PM   #17
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That’s a whole lot of “some bike”
Gone are the days where someone will compliment you on your ride.




Just teasing, sort of
Funny thing is that side by side they really don't look that different. 40 miles on the freeway with a back tire that was spitting chinks of tread was super exciting. Ordered some new conti trail attacks, now need to remove a ton of stickers and extra lights. And the trailer hitch.
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Old 10-06-2019, 07:24 AM   #19
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Ah that's nothing. When I first bought my fz1 I never checked the front sprocket. Fast forward 2k miles and 40 miles from home and you have this!


Luckily I was able to find a speed where the chain minimally slipped and rode it home and promptly replaced the whole chain drive.

It was this day forward that I decided that heavy weight transmission gear oil is the best chain lubricant. Might make a little mess, but I can get 30k out of a chain if I oil every 200 miles.
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Old 10-06-2019, 09:08 PM   #20
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Ah that's nothing. When I first bought my fz1 I never checked the front sprocket. Fast forward 2k miles and 40 miles from home and you have this!

Luckily I was able to find a speed where the chain minimally slipped and rode it home and promptly replaced the whole chain drive.

It was this day forward that I decided that heavy weight transmission gear oil is the best chain lubricant. Might make a little mess, but I can get 30k out of a chain if I oil every 200 miles.
Glad to hear you're getting decent mileage from your drive set. I currently have 31k on my drive set, occasionally using WD to keep it from rusting. I expect to go at least 40k.
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