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They made it sound like the FZ6 is the worst piece of crap on earth. I have been seriously traumatized. But worst is that since I own the FZ6, feels great, and read great reviews in other serious mags (like MCN which takes no advertising). I even had my friend who owns a 1200 beamer ride it for a while and he loved it.

I think this Bike rag is a rag.

Any ideas why this is? This must be answered.

http://www.greatmagazines.co.uk/store/displayitem.asp?sid=63&id=4735&[email protected]@[email protected]&setext=magazine

This the only link I could find to this magazine.
 

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Post the text of ther review or scan it for us please.
 

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Do you really need a Bike review to tell YOU what to think about YOUR ride? Obvously you like your FZ6 and a lot of other people so why should it matter what a magazine thinks? The review is from one guy and he may just be used to riding SS bikes and have biast opinions. Seriously, who cares what a review said.
 

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That sucks. I usually like their writing, and try to pick a few issues up from the the bookstore every year.
 

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Buy something new and you'll always find someone calling it a piece of crap and someplace selling it cheaper than you paid for it. :bitchslap

Its a done deal, you bought it, you own it. If you enjoy the bike then ignore the article. If you agree with the article then sell the bike and move on. Done is done and you can't turn back the clock. :fiddy
 

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Dear ImOK,

Live up to your name Dude!

If you really want some pyschotherapy, write me a check for $100 and spend an hour telling me about your mother and innermost motorcycle secrets. I'll read it and explain why you need to send me another $100 so I can tell you how full of crap you are.

Take the preceeding with two aspirin and a grin! Hey, ever notice how every new model is absolutely killer and then it is "dated" within the year. It's ok.... REALLY!
 

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thats funny before i bought my fz last year i did a lot of reading and you know, MOST magazines liked it a lot. cost vs usefulness was very high.

so there was one bad review..get over it and move on, we all know the truth right?
 

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The Porsche 911 really sucks... compared to a Ferrari Enzo. Everything is relative.
 

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Since buying my bike this past May, I have had what is indisputably the absolute best year of riding EVER since owning my first bike (Kawi Vulcan 454 LTD) back in 1985. I read many reviews while researching the purchase of this bike. Some of those reviews were not so positive. Had I based my purchase decision soley on those negative reviews, I would probably be off happily riding an SV650, but sadly oblivious to the thrilling "other life" I could've had with the FZ6.

I did many things right during the research phase of buying my bike. I read the reviews and took their perspective with a grain of salt. I sat on the bike many times and test rode it at least once. I found this forum and read nearly everything everyone here had to say about their bike. While there is no doubt that the test ride truly sealed the deal for me, I cannot deny that the members of this forum greatly influenced my purchase decison. Are forum members biased towards their bikes? Absolutely.

However, what I found to be unique about this forum is the number of very technically proficient individuals who post here. Reading posts by Skeleton, Segue, Binary Jay, FAZR6, etc., etc., it becomes quite clear that there are some very keenly intelligent FZ6 owners out there. These guys/gals would not buy crap bikes. Moreover, they can tell you with precise detail the strengths and failings of this bike. These same members also have many years riding experience and have owned several different bikes before buying their FZ6's. Their knowledge and experience levels have garnered them huge credibility where I am concerned. Unknown bike rag writer with unknown riding hisory earns little to no credibility with me.

Bottom Line: Bike mag reviews should occupy a very small space in the research pie chart when making that purchase decision. SBN FZ6 forum members opinions, in particular, are "the bomb" and should be revered. :D
 

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BluDevil said:
Bottom Line: Bike mag reviews should occupy a very small space in the research pie chart when making that purchase decision. SBN FZ6 forum members opinions, in particular, are "the bomb" and should be revered. :D
+1, couldnt agree more :beer
 

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I'm not sure if you guys are aware or not, but the silver FZ6 actually has a nuclear reactor in it and that is why it is the fastest.
Ya know...that was supposed to be a secret. Now all the blue FZ6 owners know why our bikes are faster...THANKS ALOT!!!
 

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I read that article too. The liked their worst and best list. "Worst motor, FZ6, Terrible." Goofy brits. They can't even take care of their teeth. The bike definately takes getting used too, but once you've setteled in it's a blast. Still wouldn't trade mine in for anything. :)
 

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I read the Bike review, a week before I picked up my FZ6. I had read a number of reviews before. The Bike review was a surprisingly vitriolic piece of journalism, my first thought was that Yamaha have upset them! When you read between the lines there is very little substance to the criticisms, one is the lack of wind protection!! It is a ‘naked’ bike they tested! They complained about having to chase revs. Find me a 4 cyl middleweight sports bike where you don’t! When you go through the graphs there is a memorable statement, (I am working from memory here) ‘The FZ6 comes out on top here although it doesn’t feel like it is!’
The only thing I did agree on was, the instrument display, and the harsh front forks.

I think you need to remember these people are a bunch of failed bike racers who want everything to fit into the mould they have created.

Read the Motorcycle News review for a constructive report, they at least mention the annoying vibration!
 

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Bass Man said:
I read the Bike review, a week before I picked up my FZ6. I had read a number of reviews before. The Bike review was a surprisingly vitriolic piece of journalism, my first thought was that Yamaha have upset them! When you read between the lines there is very little substance to the criticisms, one is the lack of wind protection!! It is a ‘naked’ bike they tested! They complained about having to chase revs. Find me a 4 cyl middleweight sports bike where you don’t! When you go through the graphs there is a memorable statement, (I am working from memory here) ‘The FZ6 comes out on top here although it doesn’t feel like it is!’
The only thing I did agree on was, the instrument display, and the harsh front forks.

I think you need to remember these people are a bunch of failed bike racers who want everything to fit into the mould they have created.

Read the Motorcycle News review for a constructive report, they at least mention the annoying vibration!
well said
 

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Maynard_002000 said:
I read that article too. The liked their worst and best list. "Worst motor, FZ6, Terrible." Goofy brits. They can't even take care of their teeth. The bike definately takes getting used too, but once you've setteled in it's a blast. Still wouldn't trade mine in for anything. :)
The phrase 'People in glass houses' comes to mind here......
 

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I'm not sure if you guys are aware or not, but the silver FZ6 actually has a nuclear reactor in it and that is why it is the fastest.
That would explain why some of the silver bike owners have extra body limbs. :squid

But in all seriousness, has anyone else seen this comparison in Bike? Unfortunately I dont have the mag. I didnt want to pay money for misrepresentations (it costs $15 dollars in the States). I have read many tests and reviews before bying the FZ6 mostly positive. Yes there are always some negatives but this one coming from a "respectable" magazine was way off scale as if they had some old grudge. I was wondering maybe the particular bike they tested had some problems.

And thanks for all the advise and therapeutic words. Now I just have to go calm down the Beast and explain why they said those bad things about it.
 

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But in all seriousness, has anyone else seen this comparison in Bike? Unfortunately I dont have the mag. I didnt want to pay money for misrepresentations (it costs $15 dollars in the States). QUOTE]

I will dig it out from the floor of the rat cage tonight and scan it in.
 

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It's funny, I also read the article in Bike and was shocked. It seems like they've got some kind of axe to grind with the FZ6. Maybe it said something about their moms?

One thing that I noticed is that they trashed the suspension of the FZ6. Now before I bought mine last summer I read lots of reviews, and almost all of them gushed over the FZ6's suspension compared to its peers (SV650, 599). It's also interesting that the fastest bike was voted to have the worst motor. Rev it up, you babies!!!

Actually, I don't really like the naked version of the bike as much. Maybe the faired version would have done slightly better (didn't they complain about wind protection also?).

Not that the article changed my mind at all. I think I've got a great bike, and I can't wait for the weather to turn so I can do some longer trips again. Like the other posters said, I don't need someone else to form my opinion for me. I'm capable of deciding what I like by myself.
 
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