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With the mission of producing an extensive number of outrageous motorbikes, the Yamaha Motor Company has recently delivered the press introduction of their newest sporty naked FZ8 bike that will be imported to the U.S. in 2011. The 2011 Yamaha FZ8 has outstanding features that are able to lure first-time riders and it’s digital display, comfortable lower seats, and highly-designed body attracts female riders.

The 2011 FZ8 is believed to be an improved version of the previous Yamaha bikes. It’s production was greatly inspired by its siblings; the FZ1 and FZ6. The three FZ models share a common chassis, swingarm, and a majority of engine components. Also, the FZ8 was created with a good bottom end and gearbox that were that much better than the 2008 R1. It has a faster engine performance that reduces the boredom brought on by the 1000cc FZ1, and a four-valve head design upgrading the FZ1’s five-valve.

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Aside from having a few similarities to FZ1 and FZ6, the 2011 Yamaha FZ8 still possesses original features. A newly designed fuel-injected 4-cylinder engine makes this a unique bike.


The FZ8 has twin front disc brake specs that were nearly identical at 310mm, and a single 267mm disc. Both of these were pinched by a four-piston front and single-piston rear calipers.


Another great thing that Yamaha did to the FZ8 was its 779cc engine. This engine has the power to deliver 106.2 hp at 10,000 rpm and 60.8 ft-lb of torque at 8,000 rpm. It has two injectors per cylinder, accompanied by a generous 7.8L air box and asymmetrical intake manifolds. The engine’s two inner cylinders generate more torque and the two outers focus more on power.

Power Delivery

The FZ8’s power delivery is a big advantage for all riders. The off the line grunt is delivered from as low as 3500RPM and, below 6,000RPM, this bike responds with a smooth and fluid power delivery. These features were intended to produce a strong bottom end power development to make the FZ8 user-friendly.


The 2011 FZ8 model is equipped with a front cowl and screen. A short muffler, narrow tank, and a 3-part tank cover are some of the aspects that make the FZ8 stand out among its siblings while the black side parts, colored tank, and headlight unit add a strong-looking detail. All in all, the bike looks fast even when it’s standing still. This could be due to the fact that the bike has a sensually curved diamond frame and muscular 4-cylinder engine.

The riding position is sporty, but comfortable, with a seat height of 815mm and a narrow tank which gives the rider good ground access.


The FZ8’s wheels have five-spoke cast aluminium rims placed on a 120/70 ZR17 tire for the front and a 180/55 ZR17 for the rear. This gives the bike outstanding ride feel, grip, and cornering performance.

As stated above, the 2011 Yamaha FZ8 is a combination of the great and popular features being utilized in the earlier bikes released by Yamaha. With an MSRP of $10,499, the FZ8 is ideal for novice riders ready to step up from their training bikes, or for intermediate riders who are seeking "big bike" credit, near-sportbike grins in the twisties, and a hint of upright practicality.


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  (1) posted on 12.25.2010

i like it!

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