Yamaha FZ8 Naked Bike | First Ride

Mind the gap

By Ari Henning, Photography by Riles & Nelson

EVOLUTION
Yamaha fills out its “sport” segment with an FZ1-based model that’s lighter, nimbler and properly naked.

RIVALS
Aprilia Shiver 750, BMW F800R, Ducati Monster 796.

TECH
Price: $8490
Engine type: l-c inline-four
Valve train: DOHC, 16v
Bore x stroke: 68.0 x 53.6mm
Compression: 12.0:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 6-speed
Claimed horsepower: na
Claimed torque: na
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension: 43mm Kayaba fork
Rear suspension: YHS shock with adjustable spring preload
Front brake: Dual Akebono four-piston calipers, 310mm discs
Rear brake: Akebono single-piston caliper, 267mm disc
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Bridgestone Battlax BT021
Rear tire: 180/55ZR-17 Bridgestone Battlax BT021
Rake/trail: 25.0°/4.3 in.
Seat height: 32.1 in.
Wheelbase: 57.5 in.
Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.
Claimed curb weight: 467 lbs.
Colors: Raven Black
Available: Now
Warranty: 12 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact: Yamaha Motor Corp. USA
6555 Katella Ave.
Cypress, CA 90630
800.962.7926
www.yahama-motor.com

VERDICT 4.5 out of 5 stars
The FZ8 perfectly bridges the gap between the FZ1 and FZ6R.

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