Yamaha FZ8 and Fazer8: Slayers Z 750?

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Yamaha FZ8 and Fazer8: Slayers Z 750?

January 10, 2012 | Filed under: Yamaha | Posted by: Rana Abaidullah

Expected “ as the blue wolf “. the Yamaha FZ8 and Fazer come in eight concession in May 2010. Key argument, they suggest a very favorable displacement on paper, and a technical basis directly inherited from the high-end FZ1. But this unique cocktail is he able to shake the Z750 best seller?

Our answer at the end of this first test.

Yamaha FZ8 and Fazer8: first test

The XT to CT, the RDLC to R1 – as many bikes that have upset the established order – Yamaha has always been a creative engine of the motorcycle industry. But times have changed: the large volumes of sales in France are now the exclusive domain of scooters and mid-engine roadster. And innovation is now a risky practice. Lonely troublemaker in a category of immobility struck, the Z 750 was erected happily face a myriad of 600 cm3.

Since the Kawasaki hit, with tens of cm3 in addition, a sale price of close … and qualities always objectively mixed.

Could have been so successful, helping jealousy, generate a rapid response. Nada! While the 600 continues to proliferate, it was not until six years to finally get to see a competitor of equal displacement, the Yamaha FZ8 . Before switching on, imagine that this bike redistributes the cards within the firm to tuning forks.

Between aging and FZ1 XJ6 entry-level newly appeared ( the FZ6 and Fazer, sold 250,000 copies since 1998, disappeared from the catalog ) . the best enemy of Kawasaki Z 750 ( Triumph Speed ​​Triple or 675 ) . intends to prevail for long as the roadster’s advanced manufacturer. But she has the means? See it.

More than a family resemblance

“ Built around components in the range hypersport picks, the Yamaha FZ8 inherits the DNA of FZ “ warned Alessandro Polat, product planner for Yamaha Europe. The reason is obvious : reduce development costs and production in these lean times, to save correct margins and a competitive price. A formula that will reveal, we shall see, its good sides, and worse.

Thus, in the opinion of journalists invited presentation in the South of France, the designers have not trodden. Not that the bike shows any lack of taste, but because at first glance it looks a lot like the FZ1 which it takes the full aluminum chassis. Different yet so similar, dressing has been redesigned with little daring. Yet the style is aggressive, very compact.

The designers have gone to the point, by refining the front of the seat and the tank (- 1 liter) at the crotch.

By settling on board, we appreciate not having to keep the legs apart as the FZ1. The same pattern – so compact – does not unduly penalize the riders of average height. By examining the bike, you realize that plastics are well adjusted, and finish correctly. The flat handlebar and perched on oversized jumpers is no longer appropriate.

The new hanger is open from 5 mm at the end of the handles. Position to provide untied, the footrests have been lowered and moved back slightly. In the end, it was less like being seated in the front wheel on the FZ1.

In addition, the fork of the 800 possesses no more adjustment and offers only a shock preload ring spring. The altar of the economy was worth that sacrifice and that of a center stand. It is tradition at Yamaha, the newcomer is available in version Naked ( Yamaha FZ8 ) or Fairing ( Yamaha Fazer8 ) semi-streamlined.

The two sisters will soon be equipped with optional ABS.

Smoothness and softness

Right out of Marseille, we enter the heart of the matter. The beautiful road to Gineste immediately invites us to gauge the potential of new and Yamaha Fazer8 Yamaha FZ8 . Here we find the four-cylinder “ deflated “ the FZ1, wearing for the occasion of a 16-valve cylinder head 20 against the 1000.

With diameters of injection and exhaust lowered, we understand that the focus was on the availability rather than on gross performance, although both Yamaha announce 106.3 hp, which is the maximum allowed in France. First in command of the Yamaha FZ8 . I’m frankly impressed with the availability of this mechanism, but left without exuberant presence at 2000 r / min thereafter by providing an extensive open up to 10 000 r / min. Needless to say, we can usually wound on a light throttle without changing the report.

Just a little hollow occurs there between 5000 and 6000 rev / min, usual level of certification tests. If the need for stronger times arises, we must then play selector, where it was enough to open the handle on the 1000. You can not have everything ! Traditionally dry box “ modified “ wins smoothly. On many bikes the official presentation, she claimed, however, to insist upon a return speed.

It is true that 700 km on the clock, the boxes were not lapped. After Gineste, back to Gemenos, where we tackle the famous Sainte Baume. The opportunity to focus on the chassis and especially noted that it had been forgotten during the first part of the test.

Comfortable and docile

On long trips, the position at any time impose any contortion. With the agreement seat / suspension, it “ floats “ comfortably at an altitude of 815 mm or the height of the saddle. Perfectly balanced, the Yamaha FZ8 is an example of ease. Not difficult to write, unlike some 1000 – thank you any inertia of the engine and the rear tire of “ only “ 180 mm! – But not as incisive as a 600, she is both more reassuring.

The non radial brakes from the old R1 is progressive, powerful, fully in the note. Conduct that does casting fun. The sound of the exhaust is very quiet though. Some vibrations occur in the feet steady. At this rate – and even more rapid – the suspension stick to the road.

Yamaha Fazer8

The Bridgestone BT 021 largely meet the specifications. For now, it’s flawless.

Versatility to the effects of economies

This is pushing the Yamaha FZ8 and sis Yamaha Fazer8 into a corner that these bikes reveal their imperfections. For a better feeling, the position should be more tilted to the front. On the winding roads of Provence hinterland, the tip of the soles, a little forward footrests, often flirting with the bitumen.

And if the fork always correctly read the road ( it was the memory of non-adjustable forks less effective … ), rear shock quickly admits its limitations. Too little withheld in hydraulics, frankly it bounces on poor surfaces, raising fears that the rear tire will end up dropping out.

But most users should use the bike more quietly and a roadster for sporting purposes is not a supersport ( whatever duo, the limits will soon feel ) . In times of crises, the manufacturer must, as we know, the roadster offer the best price. The real speed lovers will therefore requested to look elsewhere for the source of their happiness. Perhaps the side of a future R8 ( or M8 ) . which is already imagine the dress of an R6 just bodybuildée? …

Opium for the Masses

To shelter me from the wrath of Aeolus, I choose to continue the test riding the Yamaha Fazer8 . The protection offered by the steering head wide bubble is not commensurate with the semblance of calm brought by the deflector block counter roadster Yamaha FZ8 . Do not down as low as the XJ6 Diversion, the fairing should not be much less effective. Immediately, the head and shoulders are no longer subject to the pressure of the air.

Even without a cowl, this bike can go appeal to lovers of tourism. Yamaha should also soon to offer a wide range of accessories in this direction. Able to behave themselves in the city, little physical on the road, taking the course and fully discharging the requirements of the mind control – risks associated with excessive torque, or otherwise maintaining a minimum speed – the Yamaha would it eventually universal motorcycle?

Conclusion: Good grief, but of course!

At the end of the first grip to be confirmed in a test more complete. the duo finally seems Yamaha Fazer8 Yamaha FZ8 and raise our concerns about the effectiveness of their technical choices. Without surprise, these bikes are satisfactory in all circumstances, as their engine seems ideal in terms of pleasure and performance. The 779 cm3 has been designed according to our regulations. since it is in Europe that is the potential market for such bikes.

But ( because there is a but ) the arrival of a cylinder could generate intermediate 4-cylinder with no relief when they are restrained. nor very torque y nor particularly alert at the top, just perfect and smooth as the first V4 VFR 800 ( before the V -Tech ) … or a beautiful blond e that ultimately preferred a brunette. In the meantime, let’s not be more royalist than the king.

These Yamaha probably initiate a new generation in all categories. In announcing the Yamaha FZ8 at the introductory price of € 7999 – € 500 is barely more than the Kawasaki Z 750. its competitor natural – Eric De Seine, president of Yamaha Motor France, hopes to sell more than 5000 in 2011. But beware: Kawasaki, 750 of which live his last months before being replaced by a profound change. is already planning to lower its tariff.

And Suzuki. we talk more and more of a GSR 750. The war of the Japanese roadster has just begun. which will be more difficult for each of the manufacturers. latestbikesinfo will of course also on the forehead !

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