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2011 Yamaha FZ8 Review Photo Gallery
2011 Yamaha FZ8
See photos of the new Yamaha FZ8 in our 2011 Yamaha FZ8 First Ride photo gallery then read the full story in Motorcycle USA's Yamaha
FZ8 First Ride review
Stripped of the half-fairing found on its older sibling, the new FZ8 represents Yamaha's naked middleweight street bike, making its American debut as a 2011 model.
Well-suited to a bike pitched as a step-up model, the engine’s broad powerband has something for all skill levels.
a leg over the FZ8 and it feels smaller than our recollections of its bigger displacement kin.
The Santa Monica Mountains played host to our 2011 Yamaha FZ8 press introduction ride.
The FZ8’s $8490 MSRP beats its direct competitors and falls under that imposing 10K mark by a full $1500
Get up to speed and the FZ8 turns in and transitions without much effort at the controls, the front-end light and intuitive when the road kinks up.
The FZ8’s suspension is non-adjustable, save for nine-position preload adjustment for the rear shock.
The FZ8’s six-speed transmission features lower first gear and secondary reduction gear ratios than the FZ1.
The standard position makes for a comfortable saddle, though we’d rate the seat only average – comfy for showroom floors and short jaunts but lacking
as the tripmeter turns into triple digits.
Braking performance is solid courtesy of the front dual 310mm disc and four-piston non-radial-mount Sumitomo calipers.
Increased wind resistance from the naked design counteracts the forward cant of the riding position, so no pressure is placed on the rider’s wrists or lower back.
As Henry Ford once said of his Model T, the FZ8 can be had in any color the customer wants, so long as it’s black.
The FZ8’s cast aluminum frame and swingarm are identical with the FZ1.
The FZ8 styling is subdued and basic, befitting a stripped down naked street bike.
The FZ8 seat and tank junction have also been slimmed down to deliver an easy reach to the ground.
The 2011 Yamaha FZ8 instrument cluster with digital speedo and analog tach. At night it is backlit by red light.
Like the FZ1, the new FZ8 mill is derrived from the pre-crossplane R1 design, but displacement drops to 779cc with other changes including different cam profiles and revised valve timing for the now four-valve head.
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