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
- Yamaha FZ8 horsepower and torque courtesy of Mickey Cohen Motorsports.
- The Yamaha FZ8 is powered by a liquid-cooled Inline Four.
- The Yamaha brakes, like the suspension, get the job done even if they don't engender spec-sheet jealousy.
- Like its FZ1 sibling the powerplant is derrived from a pre-crossplane version of the R1
- 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.
- The 32.1-inch seat height is unimposing, the seat itself fairly narrow and providing a reasonable reach to the ground.
- The rear YHSJ shock is on the soft side and offers only preload adjustment.
- The FZ8 instrumentation, simple, plain and efficient
- Silky, buttery, smooth… we’ve long since exhausted the thesaurus looking for new ways to describe Japanese-OEM transmissions.
- The scales confirm the bulky impressions, as the FZ8 registers 466 pounds.
- The suspension doesn’t hamper performance to unacceptable levels, and the rationale for Yamaha’s componentry is sound.
- Heaviest of the test by 17 pounds, the Yamaha carries it well, however.
- 'Handling on this motorcycle is excellent, the center of gravity feels low (like the rest of the bikes) and it steers very easily' - Adam.
- The Yamaha Four does suffer from some expected buzz, particularly at higher revs, but the sensation is restrained at sensible speeds.
- The FZ8 is typical spec with its snick-snick-snick six-speed gearbox and seamless clutch engagement.
- The lack of adjustment in the FZ8 suspension may get criticized, but the the components deliver pleasing road performance and keep the MSRP low.
- Riding position on the Yamaha is pure standard, upright and the most natural for our dimensions.
- Motorcycling’s proletariat will appreciate the $8490 MSRP.
- The Yamaha’s brakes are effective enough to do this.
- The Yamaha registered test-leading peak horsepower, with 95.7 ponies at 10,000 rpm.