The motorcycle world is becoming more highly specialized by the day.
Special niche models are popping up everywhere. Unfortunately, most of us can only afford one bike. The new FZ8 is a brilliant “all-rounder” that brings fun, excitement and adrenalin to each and every ride. It is ready to slice its way through the “twisties”, cruise the backroads in comfort and style or make that daily commute a bunch more enjoyable. Attitude, power, handling and style, the new FZ8 is the ultimate everyday sport bike.
Aggressive looks and aggressive character define the new Yamaha FZ8 – a high performance real world sports bike designed to deliver a shot of adrenaline every time you turn the key.
At the heart of the FZ8 is a flexible and powerful 779cc engine with instant drive and torque at low revs, and a trademark Yamaha rush of horsepower as you approach the red line. Light, easy handling and roomy ergonomics round out the ultimate everyday sports machine – and the optional ABS system makes hard braking safe, whatever the conditions.
The FZ8 is not a bike for beginners – it’s the naked sportsbike with true attitude and the power to back it up.
The FZ8 – instant adrenaline with an attitude
Yamaha’s FZ range packages supersports performance into a versatile chassis for everyday enjoyment. The FZ8 breathes new life into the mid-class bike category – for a more assertive machine with instant grunt lower in the rev range.
The naked FZ8’s muscular stance alerts you to the fact that this is a serious sports bike – and that light, fast handling and instant, willing power encourages bad behaviour and begs you to explore its full potential every time you turn the throttle Ride it hard with confidence – the FZ8 packs attitude, adrenaline and Yamaha’s renowned build and finish quality into a flexible street sports machine for everyday performance riding.
Aggressive, mass-forward design
The FZ8’s muscular, forward-moving looks make it clear right from the start that this bike means business. The aggressive headlight and 3-piece tank cover set the tone, but it’s the powdercoated frame and jet-black engine that steal the attention.
New 779cc engine
An all-new engine combines new cylinder bodies, crankshaft, top end and forged pistons with a new displacement of 779cc – to craft the perfect power curve and character for this new category.
Instant torque meets slingshot horsepower
The new FZ8 engine is designed for instant drive down low with a thick torque band – making it a lively machine even on shorter trips. But rev it toward the red line, and you’ll discover that trademark Yamaha rush of top-end power when it’s time to unleash serious sports performance.
The black, powdercoated Deltabox frame at the structural centre of the FZ8 series features a low weight, high rigidity design – giving you outstanding highspeed stability and cornering confidence.
Slim fuel tank and compact, roomy ergonomics
The Fazer8 has a slim tank and speciallypositioned footrests and handlebars – for a riding position that feels light, compact and gives you the space to move.
The optional linear control ABS is an incredibly effective safety system – it will outbrake almost any rider in the dry, and becomes a massive advantage when the road is wet, bumpy or slippery.
Brand new for 2011
Yamaha is proud to announce two new motorcycles that open up a whole new class within the popular FZ sportsbike range – the FZ8 and the Fazer8. The FZ8-series is based on the idea of a high-performance all-rounder with the power and character to make every ride an exhilarating sports ride.
Following in the footsteps of the hugely successful FZ6-series – which, since 1998, has sold over 250.000 units – both bikes offer serious sports bike looks, outstanding handling and a flexible, powerful, torquey engine that encourages riders to explore its full potential.
It’s an accessible kind of adrenaline: a shot of sportsbike energy, designed to be enjoyed every day.
These dynamic new sports machines are built on a new 779cc engine and all-aluminium frame. The engine offers a balance of middleweight accessibility with big-bore power and instant grunt throughout the rev range. It steers fast and effortlessly, and handles with surefooted confidence – whether it’s cranked right over on a tight, smooth corner or slicing its way through traffic on a congested commute.
The naked FZ8 is a machine with attitude. Muscular, aggressive design gives onlookers a hint of this bike’s serious intentions. Not a bike for beginners, the FZ8 is a pure expression of performance and quality craftsmanship.
With the semi-faired Fazer8, the emphasis is placed firmly on getting out there and enjoying the roads, whatever the weather. Discover sportsbike performance and handling, with the aerodynamics, wind and weather protection of a front cowl and screen. It’s a solid step up in performance and quality.
779cc, liquid cooled, inline 4-cylinder engine
In order to arrive at the perfect power and torque spread for a mix of high performance and all-round usability, Yamaha threw out all preconceptions about engine size. The 1000cc and 600cc categories that largely divide the market are imposed by racing regulations, not road riding considerations. Many riders find 600cc supersport engines to be hard work on the open road – and 1000cc superbike engines to be overkill.
Yamaha’s engineers selected a 779cc engine displacement to provide the perfect balance between the accessible performance of a 600 and the broad, instant torque and power of a litrebike.
The new FZ8-series engine is fuel injected, and uses both a throttle valve and an electronically controlled sub-throttle valve to provide additional control over intake airflow volume. The cylinder bodies have a bore and stroke from 68.0×53.6mm. Readings on engine rpm and throttle opening are processed in real time by the ECU, which operates a new stepping motor to control the sub-throttle valves and optimise volumetric efficiency in each part of the rev range. This is one of the many design considerations aimed at boosting low-middle drive.
Another key to the FZ8-series motor’s flexibility is found in the large-capacity 7.8 litre airbox, where the air intake funnels are two different lengths – cylinders 1 and 4 have 125mm intake funnels, where 2 and 3 are 150mm in length, producing an excellent spread of torque throughout the rev range.
The FZ8-series engine produces 106.2PS (78.1kW) at 10,000rpm, and a generous 82.0Nm of torque at 8,000rpm – with a character that feels light, torquey and responsive down low but builds to a signature Yamaha top-end power rush.
It easily clears EU3 exhaust emission standards, using a short, side mounted muffler and a 4-into-2-into-1 exhaust system with a honeycomb type catalytic converter fitted at the point where the header pipes meet. An oxygen sensor feeds real-time exhaust information back to the ECU, allowing the bike to constantly adjust its air/fuel mixture for optimum efficiency and clean emissions.
Chassis and running gear
The FZ8-series features a new engine that is a stressed member in an all-aluminium frame. The design’s high rigidity and low weight minimises frame torsion while providing outstanding high-speed stability and cornering confidence. The FZ8-series also uses a CF aluminium die-cast swing arm, enhancing the effectiveness of the rear suspension.
Front-end suspension is a pair of upside-down forks, running 43mm inner tubes. Rear suspension is handled by a linked Monocross unit – the link being designed to provide soft, light suspension near the top of the stroke to deal with bumpy surfaces in comfort, but then to provide firmer cushioning as the shock is further compressed, for sharper handling during hard cornering.
Front brakes are twin four-piston monoblock calipers, gripping 310mm floating front discs. Being monoblock designs, the calipers suffer minimal distortion under hard braking, so the stopping force is linear, stable and controllable when the chips are down. Both the naked FZ8 and semi-faired Fazer8 models are available with optional ABS.
The wheels are five-spoke cast aluminium rims – the front tyre is a 120/70 ZR17, and the rear is a 180/55 ZR17. This gives both bikes outstanding ride feeling, grip and cornering performance, with access to the full range of sports rubber.
The riding position is sporty but comfortable, with a seat height of 815mm and a narrow tank which gives the rider a good ground access. Overall ride experience is compact and light, with generous room for manoeuvring. Steering is quick and responsive, with an extended 33-degree left-to-right steering angle – making tight U-turns and peak-hour traffic busting much easier.
Muscular, mass-forward design
The FZ8-series consists of two models – the naked FZ8 and the semi-faired Fazer8 with a front cowl and screen. A short muffler, narrow tank and new 3-part tank cover instantly distinguish these bikes from their peers.
Visually, the FZ8 series evokes a pure release of energy in forward motion. The black side parts on the tank provide comfortable knee grip, and give the subtle impression that the coloured tank is breaking away and accelerating forward. The headlight unit on the naked FZ8 adds an aggressive-looking detail. In all, the visual impression is of a bike that looks fast even when it’s standing still – and that sensually curved diamond frame and muscular 4-cylinder engine are still the stars of the show.
2011 Yamaha FZ8 model Features
• 779cc , 4-valve, inline 4
• Real world comfort & ergonomics
• Aggressive looks and aggressive character define the new Yamaha FZ8 – a high performance real world sports bike designed to deliver a shot of adrenaline every time you turn the key.
• At the heart of the FZ8 is a flexible and powerful 779cc engine with instant drive and torque at low revs, and a trademark Yamaha rush of horsepower as you approach the red line. Light, easy handling and roomy ergonomics round out the ultimate everyday sports machine – and the optional ABS system makes hard braking safe, whatever the conditions.
• The FZ8 is not a bike for beginners – it’s the naked sportsbike with true attitude and the power to back it up.
• All new, 779cc, DOHC, 16 valve (4-valves/cyl), liquid-cooled, 40 degree inclined, in-line four-cylinder engine. The engine has been tuned to provide plenty of low to mid range torque with strong yet linear throttle response. Redline is set at 11,500 rpm and features a “soft” rev limiter to protect the engine.
• Pistons, cylinder, cylinder head, cams, valves and crankshaft are unique to the FZ8. Most other engine components are shared with the FZ1.
• New, compact “Pent roof” combustion chamber design features 4-valves per cylinder and a 12:1 compression ratio for excellent torque feeling. Four valves per cylinder enhances the low to midrange torque.
• Pistons, cylinder, cylinder head, cams, valves and crankshaft are unique to the FZ8. Most other engine components are shared with the FZ1.
• Intake valves are 26mm in diameter while the exhaust valves are 22mm. The valve angle is set at 26 degrees to keep the combustion chamber compact
• Crankshaft inertial mass has been optimized to achieve strong torque over a broad rpm range as well as fast throttle response. The inherent strong revving feeling of a line-4 cylinder engine is maintained.
• “Fracture split” connecting rods are carburized for extra strength and use a nut less design. The lower end “cap” of the rod is made from the same piece of material as the upper portion; this design is known as • “fracture splitting”. This design aids establishing true big end roundness and greater precision in con rod dimensions for excellent durability despite the high horsepower loads.
• Ceramic composite cylinder “bores” are a “liner less” design with the ceramic coating sprayed directly on the aluminum block. This coating allows for a thin film of oil between the cylinder and piston which • reduces friction and increases power. Other important benefits include; excellent heat dissipation for consistent power delivery and reduced weight since there is no heavy liner.
• Short skirt, lightweight forged pistons. Lightweight design aids in fast engine response and reduced engine weight. During the forging process, the aluminum is heated to the point where it can be shaped under pressure in a die but not to the point that it melts. By not melting the aluminum, the material stays stronger and hence can be lighter with excellent durability.
• New, lightweight, hollow intake and exhaust camshafts provide incredible horsepower and fast engine response. Cam profiles and the cam timing are designed to enhance low to midrange power and torque.
• Revised inline 4 cylinder crankshaft is based on the FZ1 design.
• Automatic hydraulic cam chain tensioner reduces both maintenance and engine mechanical noise.
• Mikuni “sub throttle valve” fuel injection system is based on the FZ1 design, featuring 35mm throttle bodies fitted with T.P.S. (Throttle Position Sensor). This style of fuel injection uses sub throttle valves in addition to the main valves to further control the intake airflow. The sub valves optimize the intake volumetric efficiency at all rpms and are powered by a stepping motor that is controlled by the ECU. The key benefit is excellent “ride ability” and throttle response.
• The injectors are sequential high dynamic range type featuring 4 holes and a dual directional spray pattern for excellent power and a linear throttle response across the entire rev range.
• The fuel injection’s lightweight Electronic Control Unit (ECU) utilizes a powerful 32-bit processor for fast control of the injection process. The compact design also reduces weight.
• New, 7.8 litre airbox features different intake funnel lengths for the inner (150mm) and outer (125mm) cylinders. The benefit is a wide torque curve. A high flow, paper type air filter is utilized.
• R1 inspired “stacked” 3-axis gearbox / clutch design stacks input/output shafts to centralize mass and keeps overall engine size shorter front to back. As a result, the stacked design gives the engineers the freedom to place the engine in the frame for optimum front to rear weight balance and thereby maximizing handling performance.
• Smooth shifting wide ratio 6-speed transmission features optimized gear ratios for maximum performance in the “real world”. 5th and 6th ratios are “tall” for reduced engine rpms at highway speeds for excellent rider comfort.
• New, compact, heavy duty, multi-plate clutch ensures consistent, positive engagement. The clutch has been designed to provide a light lever pull for excellent rider comfort … especially during stop and go city use.
• 4 into 2 into 1 exhaust system features 35mm diameter, stainless steel header pipes and a short design silencer / muffler. The header pipe length has been optimized for maximum power and torque. This system is fitted with a 3-way honeycomb catalyzer with an oxygen sensor to reduce harmful CO and HC exhaust emissions. The oxygen sensor monitors the amount of oxygen in the spent gases and adjusts the fuel -air mixture via the ECU and FI system for maximum performance with minimum emissions.
• High-efficiency “curved” design radiator features compact dual ring-type fans for maximum cooling efficiency. This rad and fan design allows more airflow than conventional flat design rads to maintain optimum engine temperatures for consistent power output.
• Large liquid-cooled oil cooler maintains stable lubricant temperatures for extended engine life.
• Convenient cartridge style spin-off oil filter.
• Convenient oil level sight glass means easy oil level inspection.
• Maintenance-free transistor-controlled digital ignition ensures great performance at all rpms.
• Air Induction System (AIS … not ram air) reduces harmful HC and CO emissions for a cleaner environment.
• Gravity cast, lightweight aluminum twin spar frame provides an optimized rigidity balance for incredible sports performance combined with great stability. The engine is a stressed member of the chassis, allowing a lighter main frame design without sacrificing stability and light, agile handling qualities. The frame is the same spec and shape as the FZ1.
• The riding position is one of the most important features of the FZ8. Based on the FZ1 layout, it offers a balance between a sporty riding position and excellent rider comfort thanks to its upright design.
• Key chassis geometry figures include: 1460mm (57.5″) wheelbase 51% front and 49 % rear weight balance, 25 degrees of rake and 109 mm of trail. The 47 degree lean angle highlights the FZ8 sporty side.
• Detachable steel rear sub frame allows easy access to rear suspension components and reduces costs in the event of a “loop-out”.
• C.F. (Controlled Filling) die cast aluminum truss-type rear swingarm offers great rear wheel control and traction for razor-sharp cornering and superb stability at speed. The 3-axis stacked engine design allows enough room for the engineers to use this long design (690mm) swingarm, which minimizes the effect of the chain tension on the bike’s handling.
• 43mm Kayaba inverted cartridge style fork offers 130mm (5.1″) of wheel travel. Fork offset is 25 degrees. The benefits of the inverted design include, reduced “unsprung” weight and reduced fork flex since the larger diameter tubes are gripped in the triple clamps. Unsprung weight is weight or mass of the suspension and the components such as the wheels and other components that move with the suspension. A reduction in unsprung weight allows improved control of the suspension function.
• Lightweight aluminum upper and lower triple clamps.
• Link-type Monocross rear suspension features a preload adjustable shock that allows the rider to tailor spring preload to match load and/or road conditions. Adjustments include 9 – way spring preload. Rear wheel travel is 130mm or 5.1″
• Dual 310mm front discs are squeezed by ultra rigid R6 inspired monoblock, 4-piston calipers which provide outstanding stopping power and feel. The master cylinder utilizes 16mm piston for outstanding stopping power with less lever effort.
• 267mm rear disc is squeezed by a lightweight single piston slide-type Nissin caliper with sintered metal brake pads.
• Lightweight cast-aluminum 5-spoke wheels reduce unsprung weight for great handling characteristics. The front wheel is an MT3.50-17 and is fitted with a 120/70-ZR17 radial tire. The rear wheel is a MT5.50-17 fitted with a 180/55-ZR17 radial tire.
• Aggressive single headlight provides plenty of illumination with its 60/55 watt halogen bulb. There is even a super small, colour matched “bikini” windshield mounted above the headlight to add even more style.
• Conventional handlebar design features an upright positioning for maximum everyday riding comfort.
• 17-liter fuel tank offers a slim design with great knee grip. The reserve portion of the tank is 3.4 litres.
• Separate rider and passenger seats offers exceptional solo or two-up comfort. Seat width is narrower than the FZ1, making it easier to touch the ground. Seat height is 815mm (32.1″)
• One-piece race inspired instrument features analog tachometer, digital speedometer, odometer, dual tripmeters, fuel gauge, fuel reserve tripmeter (counts kilometres since the fuel went on reserve), clock, coolant temperature and a self diagnosis mode.
• Adjustable, 5-position front brake lever
• Small storage compartment under the passenger seat
• Excessive lean angle engine cut-out switch … if unit is on its side the engine will shut down
• Extended idle cut-off … if engine idles for more than 20 minutes it will automatically shut down
• Lockable steering
• Durable “O”-ring-sealed drive chain
• Lightweight, sealed low-maintenance battery
• The FZ8 offers a significant level of power and performance. It is not intended for novice or inexperienced riders.
A range of genuine Yamaha functional and styling accessories is available to enhance the looks and extend the capabilities of the FZ8 and Fazer8.
The range includes:
• Higher windscreen for the Fazer8
• Stylish flyscreen for the FZ8
• Seat cover
• Rear carrier
• 46L Topcase
• Passenger backrest for 46L topcase
• Innerbag for 46L topcase
• Grip heaters MC 120
• Passenger grab bars for the FZ8
• Main stand
• Radiator cover
• Engine guards
• Roller protectors
• Stylish license plate holder (available in April 2010)
• Stylish LED indicators in black, chrome and carbon look (available end May 2010)
• TF Touring tank bag for the Fazer8
• TF City tank bag for the FZ8
2011 Yamaha FZ8 – USA Specifications
MSRP: $TBA USD
Model may not be available in the USA at time of writing.
2011 Yamaha FZ8 – Canada Specifications
MSRP: $10,499 CDN
Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve, inline 4
Bore and Stroke: 68 x 53.6 mm
Compression Ratio: 12:1
Maximum Torque: 8.4 kg-m (60.8 ft-lbs.) @ 8,000 rpm
Fuel Delivery: Mikuni 35mm throttle body F.I.
Estimated Fuel: Consumption* TBA
Lubrication: Wet sump
Ignition / Starting: TCI / Electric
Final Drive: “O”-ring chain
Suspension (Front): 43mm inverted fork
Suspension (Rear): Link Monocross
Brakes (Front): Dual 310mm discs
Brakes (Rear): 267mm disc
Tires (Front): 120/70ZR17
Tires (Rear): 180/55ZR17
Length: 2,140mm (84.3″)
Width: 770mm (30.3″)
Height: 1,065mm (41.9″)
Wheelbase: 1,460mm (57.5″)
Rake / Trail: 25° / 109mm
Seat Height: 815mm (32.1″)
Fuel Capacity: 17 litres (3.7 imp. gallons)
Wet Weight: 212 kg (466.4 lb.)
Colour(s): Metallic Black
* Fuel economy estimates are based on US EPA exhaust emission certification data obtained by Yamaha and converted into Canadian measurements. Your actual mileage will vary depending on road condition, how you ride, maintain your vehicle, accessories, cargo and operator/passenger weight.
Specifications, appearance, and price of product are subject to change without notice.
* MSRP does not include freight, PDI (Pre Delivery Inspection), pre-rigging (boats), or taxes. Dealer may sell for less.
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