Yamaha FZ600. My latest addition

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  • #12527
    Radar
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    After selling my beloved CB250RS to Born2Bmild I discovered a bike shaped hole in my garage next to the XJR and YZF. So it was on to jolly old ebay to look for a replacement. I started off looking at Guzzis, I was really taken with a 850 in full Italian Police spec. However that soon expanded past my meagre budget. Before long I found myself looking a Yamahas again! I missed a FZR250 and a FZR400, but in the end turned up this:

    [caption id="attachment_72952" align="aligncenter" width="529"] 1986 Yamaha FZ600[/caption]

    A deal was struck after the auction finished and I am now the owner of this rather nice little machine. Only problem was that the Yamaha was just outside Durham, over 200 miles from where I live, and it is December!

    Undaunted I headed to the frozen northern wastelands with the aid of my old friend Andy and his warm, comfy (and free!) company Jaguar X Type. 218 miles later I was looking at the FZ and all was as described, the deal was done and I set of on the long jaunt down the A1, M1, A1(M), M18, M1 and A38 back to Thumper’s. Not the most inspiring of rides, but I just wanted to get back home. The FZ lapped up the miles in surprising comfort and I broke the journey by getting lost in Pontefract looking for fuel and then stopping for an Olympic breakfast at a Little Chef as has become the custom when collecting bikes from the middle of nowhere.

    [caption id="attachment_72954" align="aligncenter" width="653"] Fuel stop somewhere on planet earth[/caption]

     

    [caption id="attachment_72955" align="aligncenter" width="617"] Time for an Olympic!![/caption]

    The weather was being kind and I was keeping things to a steady pace, after all the FZ is twenty years old and 200+ miles on a bike you don’t know is asking a lot!

    After a brief halt at Andy’s for a bit to thaw out I rolled up a home and tucked the FZ into the Garage. I am pleased to report that the FZ looks rather good next to the XJR and YZF. 218 miles and no problems apart from a few stiff joints on my part.

    You can never have enough Yamahas!

    #52101
    Gix
    Participant

    another yamaha? Your quite obsessed with yamahas arent you? [:o)]

    #52102
    sid
    Participant

    nice looking bike mate whats the mileage?

    #52103
    katana
    Participant

    Looks good mate – when should I come round with the grinder and get rid of the fairing?

    #52104
    Radar
    Moderator

    quote:


    Originally posted by sid

    nice looking bike mate whats the mileage?


    It is quite hign (55,000), but seems to run quite well

    #52105
    Radar
    Moderator

    quote:


    Originally posted by katana

    Looks good mate – when should I come round with the grinder and get rid of the fairing?


    Just cos you broke yours!

    #52106
    Radar
    Moderator

    quote:


    Originally posted by Gix

    another yamaha? Your quite obsessed with yamahas arent you? [:o)]


    Whay gives you that impression??[:D]

    #52107
    imperialdata
    Keymaster

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    “…..over 200 miles from where I live, and it is December!”

    RESPECT!!

    Looks a good bike mate, look forward to seeing it.

    #52108
    GSF K1
    Participant

    That looks really tidy… well done

    #52109
    katana
    Participant

    Here you go Radar – thought this might appeal to your anorak side?

    https://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/model/yamaha/yamaha_fz600%2087.htm

    #52110
    Radar
    Moderator

    quote:


    Originally posted by GSF K1

    That looks really tidy… well done


    Cheers. Lets hope it serves well in the longer term!

    #52111
    Radar
    Moderator

    quote:


    Originally posted by katana

    Here you go Radar – thought this might appeal to your anorak side?

    https://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/model/yamaha/yamaha_fz600%2087.htm


    Good information, cheers bud!

    #52112
    Radar
    Moderator

    quote:


    Originally posted by imperialdata

    Quote:
    “…..over 200 miles from where I live, and it is December!”

    RESPECT!!


    It was rather chilly, but not as bad as you might expect for December. Good old global warming!

    #52113
    Scouser
    Participant

    But could you find your little acorn when you went for a whizz b4 your olympic breakfast?

    You and your Yamaha..ha’s…ha’s, anything to save buying a new coat without the Yamaha logo on it!

    Nice one Radar. You certainly can spot a bargain.

    #52114
    Thumper
    Participant

    Thanks for the breakfast bud! Gix would have enjoyed it!

    The little FZ sounds really sweet…..I was expecting a real rattler at 55K, but its smooth, and has a tasty pipe too.

    I hope its not a monster muncher!

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