Also known as the Baby V-Max, the Yamaha Fazer FZX700 was quite a revelation when it was released – the styling was distinctive and it was quicker than riders expected. No one complained about the speed, though not everyone loved the looks, and the bike didn’t sell tremendously well.
Other markets got a 750cc engine, but the US got a 698cc Fazer due to the import tariff the States was enforcing at the time. The detuned engine produced 85 horsepower, enough to get the 440 pound bike up to an impressive 137 miles per hour. For more, check out this quick review from a period issue of Cycle World, who said that the bike’s “performance is above reproach.”
This example is being offered by the second owner, and he says that it runs great and needs nothing. The odometer shows around 19,000 miles and it has a few extras – engine guards, sissybar, Kerker exhaust, highway pegs, and a 520 chain conversion. There’s been some recent maintenance as well – brake flush, new plugs, new chain/sprockets, new oil/fuel/air filters, and new muffler packing. As part of the chain conversion, the sprockets were geared down -1 in front and +2 in the back.
Find this Fazer for sale in Portland, Oregon with an asking price of $2,500 here on ADVRider (registration required).