2011 Yamaha FZ8 Review — Ultimate MotorCycling

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2011 Yamaha FZ8 | Review

FZ8 Test

One could effectively the argument that the term inspiring” has become a cliché. It up repeatedly in motorcycle reviews in publication and beyond. However, the of the matter is-thanks to countless advancements in chassis, powerplant, and tire realms-motorcycles continue to the envelope of what a rider possible.

Accomplishments that once the exclusive purview of the skilled riders, be it dragging a in a turn or seeing 100 mph on the speedometer, become commonplace. Calm at triple digits has supplanted steely faith. As riders, we are confident than ever in our

This, of course, brings us to the Yamaha FZ8, one of the most confidence bikes I have ridden of Yamaha says “the FZ8 the gap for sport riders who feel a is too small and a 1000cc is too big.” that seems hopelessly I find it to be some of the most ad-speak I have run across in a

Don’t get me wrong. I love though they do tend to be a bit on the bottom end, increasing the effort required to go quickly. are muscle-bound for the street, generally, those of the four-cylinder persuasion. The 750 class, once a mainstay of the manufacturers, had virtually disappeared the marketplace.

However, with the difficult conditions, Yamaha looked to for a new street bike in 2011, and the FZ8 got the call to cross the Atlantic. I be happier.

The success of the Yamaha FZ8 is the of a highly forgiving chassis and a with a wide powerband. at 10/10ths intensity on the street is difficult and dangerous, so we tend to small mistakes when lines or managing the throttle in the world. The FZ8 happily accommodates mistakes, while concurrently precise riding when focus is heightened.

Boasting in the Yamaha FZ1 and R1 franchises, the FZ8 still to carve out its own personality. The chassis are quite similar to the FZ1, matching specifications in the wheelbase, trail, suspension travel, and height departments-all crucial The FZ8 does have a motor on the FZ1 and previous generation, pre-Crossplane R1, and smaller pistons and a different top it manages to shave 20 pounds off the

Add in a 10mm narrower rear and you have a bike that has handling characteristics to the FZ1, the added benefit of being nimble and manageable.

Lacking any of fairing, the FZ8 feels lighter the other FZs when you board it, as it is a … bike. The riding on the FZ8 is slightly forward and more than the FZ1, and is instantly The Yamaha FZ8′s motor has the same and 9mm smaller bores than the giving it a less oversquare tilting power production torque.

Although power is in a generally linear fashion, the powerplant has a strong operating from 4000 rpm to the redline at Ride it below 6k, and it is a competent, motor that is superb for through the canyons at a relaxed, fairly rapid pace.

Let the FZ8 to sing, and the sound that from the new dual-outlet single-muffler delivers that unmistakable wail. It is a stirring prospect, more inviting by its controllability due to the more modest displacement. The FZ8 quickly exceed 100 mph as it enthusiastically through its flawless six-speed causing one to question any desire for power.

The true magic behind the FZ8 is the handling. Everything seems toward making the rider’s job as and intuitive as possible. The twin discs (a bit smaller than the FZ1) feature monoblock that have a pleasantly initial bite, but chomp aggressively as lever pressure

Completely controllable, it allows the to dial in the braking at a rate is tailor made to his wishes.

I myself attracted to the 267mm disc’s performance-usually I rely on the brake to the virtual exclusion of the Perhaps it is an influence of the linked on the Honda CBR1000RR, which how effective a ginger application of the brake before the front can aid in the chassis settled during Whatever the reason, I used all discs effectively.

Only once did I get overly with the front, and I entered a with the rear tire in a slide.

Turn-ins come with the FZ8 never over- or The FZ8′s high-tech cast frame with a control-filled aluminum swingarm finds elusive balance of flex and The bike always ended up where I intended. If where I it turned out to be the wrong line-on an decreasing radius turn, for lines was as simple as the initial setup.

The FZ8 is a highly willing with 51-percent of the weight on the wheel.

Much praise to be given to the Bridgestone Battlax tires. They may be billed as Touring tires by Bridgestone, but the never pushed and they me to take the Yamaha FZ8 to its peg feelers an unusually high sense of The dual compound tires’ through the bars is superb and are a perfect match for the FZ8 for the sort of one is likely to do on the street.

The FZ8′s KYB is spot-on. In smooth corners, is no wallowing or indecision. When the gets rough, the suspension the disruption with well-chosen settings-a good thing, as the is non-adjustable.

Yamaha FZ8

There is nothing resembling diving during braking, as previously mentioned, the rear can get when heavy on the front alone.

Hard braking did perhaps the most significant in the Yamaha FZ8, albeit one is easily remedied. The overly seat is also quite making it almost impossible to position when you start to hard. Also, there is an slope in the back that it tough to place your against the rest except serious acceleration, so you end up riding at the of the seat, rather than in the appropriate position farther

Additionally, the rubber-mounted footpegs too-soft vibration-reducing ribbing, so do not provide the solid platform you like on a bike this The more-aggressive rider will want to look at seat and peg

From the moment you are astride the FZ8 until you put it away after a day of carving, this motorcycle is smiles. You feel good you’re riding it, and it provides the of sport motorcycling without the of exhausting power production. The is a superb entry-point, and the FZ1 is there for who have a voracious demand for that must be satisfied.

For those in the middle, the highly and, I have to say it, confidence-inspiring FZ8 places itself in a deliciously spot.

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Jacket: Joe UFO Solid

Pants: Joe Rocket Jeans

Gloves: Cortech Winter

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