The new Yamaha FZ8 replaces the old and affordable FZS600 workhorse, but it keeps the same rugged character as its old sibling. However, the new FZ8 features increased performances a cast alloy frame and… a higher price tag.
The bike was designed with European riders in mind and it needs to face a strong opponent, namely the Kawasaki Z750 which for the moment is the segment leader.
Unfortunately the Yamaha FZ8 doesn’t have what it needs to beat its strong compatriot, but this doesn’t mean that is a bad motorcycle. For the starters, is less aggressive than the Kawasaki, but that’s not always a bad thing, as it can be used without problems by nearly anybody who wants to have some fun. The second disadvantage is the £7.920 price tag which is slightly bigger than what you usually find in this segment including the Kawasaki Z750.
At least, Yamaha added a few upgrades for 2013 to make its bike more appealing to buyers. The modifications include new muffler shape, rebound damping adjustability, rebound and compression damping adjustability added to forks and dual-textured seat material.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Yamaha FZ8.