2011 Yamaha FZ8 Review — Pictures and Riding Impressions of the Yamaha…

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Yamaha FZ8

Potent Middleweight Seeks Enthusiasts

It’s easy to the middle.

Most new riders are to buy small, 250cc bikes. their skills grow, or 1,000cc motorcycles are often But between that space, a growing number of options for who think 600 is too small and 1,000 is too

Yamaha’s fresh take on niche is their new-for-2011 First introduced in Europe, … middleweight fills the gap the $7,490 FZ6R and the $10,490 FZ1 .

The A Naked, FZ1-Based Middleweight

The Yamaha FZ8 is priced at $8,490 and numerous basic components its big brother FZ1. Its upright splits the aggressive ergonomics of sportbikes like the R6 and R1. and comfier range sport tourers the FJR1300A .

The FZ8 shares the same aluminum frame and swingarm in the FZ1, which helps a wet weight of 467 lbs. The FZ8’s 779cc engine has the same as the FZ1 mill, with all other newly developed specifically for the The mill’s … remains the but the FZ8 has a smaller bore than the 998cc powerplant.

Midrange power has been through longer intake and a new cam profile, cylinder head, and exhaust system enhances the flexibility. A lighter crankshaft 30% less inertial mass the FZ1, and the six-speed transmission has a final drive ratio and a first gear, to match the downsized power. Estimated economy is 39.8 mpg, yield a theoretical range of 179 (though Yamaha employees say squeezed over 200 miles of on a single tank.)

Overall fork rake, and trail are identical between the FZ8 and FZ1, but the inverted 43mm KYB forks adjustable like the FZ1’s, the FZ8’s rear shock is preload adjustable, unlike the preload and rebound-adjustable suspension. power comes from disc 310mm four-piston up front, and a single-disc rear.

The FZ8’s seat height 32.1 inches, and the bike is available in black.

On the Road: Competent, and Fun to Flog

You can have the Yamaha FZ8 in any color. as long as black.

Photo ©Yamaha

If ever ridden a supersports on twisty canyon roads, probably familiar with the of managing horsepower that’s intended for the track; it takes a eye, a cautious wrist, and inputs to keep the shiny up.

Throw a leg over the Yamaha FZ8, and wrapped around a reasonably bike that incorporates a tapered front seat and a knee area around the for a more reassuring grasp. and for the I mean reasonable in a good The riding position is slightly aggressive than the FZ1; the is moved 5mm forward, and the footpegs are back and 10mm down.

Instrumentation is easy to read and of an analog tachometer and digital coolant temperature, odometer, and gauge. But the FZ8 lacks bonuses a gear position indicator or temperature readout.

Yamaha FZ8
Yamaha FZ8

The clutch moves with relatively effort, and there’s a bit of grabbiness off the as power transfers from the to the rear wheel. First acceleration is zippy (aided by the ratio 1st), and the transmission with a nice, slightly feedback at the pedal.

My 120 or so mile roundtrip ride Venice Beach, Santa and Malibu varied from stretches to technical, medium winding roads. Nimble for the city, the FZ8 comes alive in the with a responsive chassis, of smooth-spinning engine power, and brakes. In fact, it took effort to use up the engine’s 11,500 rpm though there’s decent torque on tap, the mill is in the mid-to-upper ranges, charging towards redline.

The Bottom A Nicely Balanced Ride More Bike Than Need

There’s a natural to gravitate towards the ultimate offered by 1,000cc motorcycles, but the Yamaha FZ8 offers a strong that most roads riders, for that matter) are suited to middleweight bikes. The FZ8 fuels the argument that on speed roads, middleweights are more fun (and less to ride than comparable

What does the FZ8 sacrifice in to the $10,490 FZ1? Apart engine displacement and $2,000 in the FZ8 shaves 20 pounds (which is and ditches some of the suspension (not so good, but not surprising.) competent during most of my carving ride, only or twice— under rather braking— would I have more stiffness from the forks.

And while the rear felt a bit busy over surfaces, one positive click of smoothed out the ride, somewhat. The engine produced plenty of (especially above 4,000 and the bike’s lightweight body was a joy to over serpentine Malibu like Mulholland, Topanga, and Canyon. And though the FZ8’s offered strong stops and feel, their initial wasn’t quite as sporty as you expect from such an styled bike.

While not quite as razor as its 1,000cc counterparts, the FZ8’s package is a compelling one that plenty of power, strong and crisp handling. It’s attractively styled and reasonably two features that just convert more riders to the of the middleweight.

Specifications, and Who Should Buy

The Yamaha FZ8 in action.

Yamaha FZ8
Yamaha FZ8
Yamaha FZ8


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