The Yamaha FZ8 has been built to offer the perfect compromise for riders who feel that a 600cc bike is too small, but a 1,000cc bike is too big.

The bike really is the best of both worlds, providing a carefully optimized crankshaft to deliver the perfect power curve and torquey performance character for this category while also including new top-end components that are usually reserved for its more powerful counterparts.

The FZ8’s mass-forward naked-bike styling also lends a look of a bike that’s less about flash and more about its performance and handling capabilities. Anybody that has ever ridden a 600cc bike and found it a little lacking in ’oomph’ will love the FZ8. Similarly, those people that find a 1,000cc to be an overkill will be delighted with this Yamaha sportsbike.

You add these two markets together and this sportsbike is the quintessential machine hitting two markets in one awesome package.

Find out more about the Yamaha FZ8 after the jump.

  • 2011 Yamaha FZ8
  • Year:
    2011
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, inline 4-cylinder, 4-valve engine
  • Transmission:
    close-ratio 6-speed transmission
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    106 horsepower at 10,000 rpm
  • Torque @ RPM:
    60 lb/ft of torque at 8,000 rpm
  • Displacement:
    779 L
  • Price:
    8,490

Design

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The muscular, naked-bike styling of the Yamaha FZ8 is as its described: no-frills and all-attitude. The aggressive, mass-forward stance comes with a comfortable, upright riding position and a compact design that alludes to a bike that doesn’t do much in the way of sizzle as it does in superior handling and unmatched performance. The bike’s design is accentuated by an aggressive headlight design with an FZ1-style instrument cluster that features a tachometer with a white face. The wheels of the FZ8 feature 17" five-spoke cast aluminum rims.

Engine

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The Yamaha FZ8 is powered by a 779cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, inline 4-cylinder, 4-valve engine that delivers smooth power delivery and gobs of torque in the low to mid rpm range. The bike is capable of producing an output of 106 horsepower at 10,000 rpm and 60 lb/ft of torque at 8,000 rpm with a close-ratio 6-speed transmission has ideal ratios for the engine’s overall performance character.

In order to arrive at the perfect power and torque spread for a mix of high performance and all-round usability, Yamaha went away from conventional wisdom and opted for an engine that could bridge the gap between 600cc and the 1,000cc categories. The new engine is fuel injected, and uses both a throttle valve and an electronically controlled sub-throttle valve to provide additional control over intake airflow volume. The cylinder bodies have a bore and stroke from 68.0×53.6mm. Readings on engine rpm and throttle opening are processed in real time by the ECU, which operates a new stepping motor to control the sub-throttle valves and optimize volumetric efficiency in each part of the rev range. The FZ8 also carries a large-capacity 7.8-liter airbox, producing an excellent spread of torque throughout the rev range.

Chassis and Suspension

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The FZ8-series features an all-aluminum frame that’s been designed with high rigidity and low weight, minimizing the frame torsion while also providing outstanding high-speed stability and cornering confidence. The FZ8-series also uses a CF aluminum die-cast swing arm, enhancing the effectiveness of the rear suspension. The bike’s front-end suspension is a pair of upside-down forks, running 43mm inner tubes while the rear suspension is handled by a linked Monocross unit that provides soft, light suspension near the top of the stroke to deal with bumpy surfaces with firmer cushioning as the shock is further compressed, for sharper handling during hard cornering.

As for the brakes, the FZ8 carries 310mm floating front discs with twin four-piston monoblock calipers and a single 267mm rear disc that provides strong stopping power. Both the naked FZ8 and semi-faired Fazer8 models are available with optional ABS.

Accessories

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A range of genuine Yamaha functional and styling accessories is available to enhance the looks and extend the capabilities of the FZ8 and Fazer8.

The range includes:

  • Higher windscreen for the Fazer8
  • Stylish flyscreen for the FZ8
  • Seat cover
  • Subcowling
  • Rear carrier
  • 46L Topcase
  • Passenger backrest for 46L topcase
  • Innerbag for 46L topcase
  • Grip heaters MC 120
  • Passenger grab bars for the FZ8
  • Main stand
  • Radiator cover
  • Engine guards
  • Roller protectors
  • Stylish license plate holder (available in April 2010)
  • Tankpad
  • Stylish LED indicators in black, chrome and carbon look (available end May 2010)
  • TF Touring tank bag for the Fazer8
  • TF City tank bag for the FZ8

Pricing

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The 2011 FZ8 will be available in dealerships nationwide beginning in December with a starting price of $8,490.

Specifications

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Model FZ8NAB
Engine Type 779cc liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder; DOHC,
16 valves
Bore x Stroke 68.0 x 53.6mm
Compression Ratio 12.0:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel Injection
Ignition Digital TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
with 32-bit ECU
Transmission 6-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive O-ring chain
Suspension/Front 5.1-in travel
Suspension/Rear 5.1-in travel
Brakes/Front Dual 310mm hydraulic discs
Brake/Rear 267mm disc
Tire/Front 120/70-ZR17
Tire/Rear 180/55-ZR17
L x W x H 84.3 x 30.3 x 41.9 in
Seat Height 32.1 in
Ground Clearance 5.5 in
Wheelbase 57.5 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 25.0°
Trail 109 mm
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal
Est. Fuel Economy 39.8 mpg
Wet Weight 467 lb
Color Raven

Quotes

Motorcycle.com ---- " Looking for the motorcycle that does it all with style and performance? Look no further than the 2011 Yamaha FZ8. The FZ8 fills the gap for sport riders who feel a 600cc is too small and a 1000cc is too big. The muscular, naked bike styling gives it an aggressive, mass-forward stance while the comfortable, upright riding position with a compact design contributes to the bike’s first-rate handling. This bike simply excels both in the morning commute and on that spirited weekend ride on a twisty back country road."

Cyclenews ---- "We found this out when Yamaha recently gave us the opportunity to put a few, and mostly twisty, miles on the FZ8, a bike Yamaha felt it needed to bridge the gap between the company’s relatively new 600cc FZ6R and longtime stable mate 1000cc FZ1. But did that gap really need to be bridged? According to an extensive research by Yamaha, it did."

Ultimatemotorcycling ---- "You feel good when you’re riding it, and it provides the exhilaration of sport motorcycling without the dread of exhausting power production. The FZ6R is a superb entry-point, and the FZ1 is there for those who have a voracious demand for power that must be satisfied. For those in the middle, the highly accommodating and, I have to say it, confidence-inspiring Yamaha FZ8 places itself in a deliciously sweet spot."

Sportrider ---- "Looking for the motorcycle that does it all with style and performance? Look no further than the 2011 Yamaha FZ8."

Motorcycledaily ---- "When the naked FZ8 (the only model we are getting here in the United States) and its faired sibling, the Fazer 8, were introduced in Europe, we provided you with most of the important technical information."

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