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2011 Yamaha FZ8 Comparison Review Photo Gallery

See photos of the Yamaha FZ8 in action on the 2011 Yamaha FZ8 Comparison Review and read the full story in the 2-3-4 Middleweight Street Bike Comparison .

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The Yamaha brakes, like the suspension, get the
job done even if they don't engender spec-sheet jealousy.
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Like its FZ1 sibling the powerplant is derrived from a pre-crossplane version of the R1
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While it can’t compete with the character and personality of the Twin and Triple in this review, the liquid-cooled 779cc Four provides ample road-worthy performance.
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The 32.1-inch seat height is unimposing, the seat itself fairly narrow and providing a reasonable reach to the ground.
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The rear YHSJ shock is on the soft side and offers only preload adjustment.
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The FZ8 instrumentation, simple, plain and efficient
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Silky, buttery, smooth… we’ve long since exhausted the thesaurus looking for new ways to describe Japanese-OEM transmissions.
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The scales confirm the bulky impressions, as the FZ8 registers 466 pounds.
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The suspension doesn’t hamper performance to unacceptable levels, and the rationale for Yamaha’s componentry is sound.
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The Yamaha Four does suffer from some expected buzz, particularly at higher revs, but the sensation is restrained at sensible speeds.
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Heaviest of the test by 17 pounds, the Yamaha carries it well, however.

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'Handling on this motorcycle is excellent, the center of gravity feels low (like the rest of the bikes) and it steers very easily' - Adam.
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The FZ8 is typical spec with its snick-snick-snick six-speed gearbox and seamless clutch engagement.
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Motorcycling’s proletariat will appreciate the $8490 MSRP.
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The Yamaha’s brakes are effective enough to do this.
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The Yamaha registered test-leading peak horsepower, with 95.7 ponies at 10,000 rpm.
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The lack of adjustment in the FZ8 suspension may get criticized, but the the components deliver pleasing road performance and keep the MSRP low.
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Yamaha FZ8 horsepower and torque courtesy of Mickey Cohen Motorsports.
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Riding position on the Yamaha is pure standard, upright and the most natural for our dimensions.