2011 Yamaha FZ Review


The 2011 Yamaha FZ line includes the Yamaha FZ1, Yamaha FZ 6 R, and Yamaha FZ 8. The Yamaha FZ 8 is a new introduction to the U.S. for 2011, having previously been sold only to overseas markets. While having a lot of features in common with the FZ1, the FZ 8 is a compromise between a 600-cc bike and a 1.0-liter bike like the Yamaha R1-based FZ1 or those offered by some competitors. Prices for the 2011 Yamaha FZ 8 in particular are significantly lower than the price for the 2010 Yamaha FZ1. As the economy struggles, this point is a notable check in the positive column.

Offering more speed and power with the chassis of a sport bike, the Yamaha FZ line is also a comfortable ride on the street. This allows for a unique mixture of the two groups. A specific target demographic will be itching to get their hands on these bikes as a result. The design of these bikes, particularly the FZ 6 R, along with enviable performance, makes this line stand out among the competition in a notable manner.

The Yamaha FZ series draw riders in with sleek looks and stand-out colors. The bikes offer a European style that isn’t available in other rides, all while including features that American riders require. Riders remain interested as a result of the bike’s impressive road-hugging capability and reliable steering that make for the best possible ride.

New For 2011

  • Forged steel under bracket and die-cast aluminum upper triple clamp weigh in to enhance cushioning performance and a reliable feel for the front end.
  • Maximum output of 10,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 9000 lb-ft means performance that satisfies any driver.
  • A four-into-two-into-one midship exhaust provides quality rumble without overdoing the sound factor. Exhaust emissions are decreased by the three-way catalytic converter included in the advanced exhaust system.
  • Simplicity that can provide great aesthetic appeal and the necessities while keeping details simple so a beginner can feel comfortable.
  • Separated seat allows for adjustment for driver, providing optimal comfort for extended excursions or short trips around town.
  • Four-valve-per-cylinder head and new crankshaft make the 2011 Yamaha FZ 8 stand out from its sibling, the Yamaha FZ1. These differences also support longer intake funnels. This leads to better performance and a satisfied rider.

2011 Yamaha FZ Specs

  • Model: FZ 6 R
  • Engine Type: 600-cc, four-cylinder
  • Bore and Stroke: 2.58 inches x 1.75 inches
  • Compression ratio: 12.2:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC
  • Induction: N/A
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.6 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 40 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): Dual hydraulic disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Hydraulic disc
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin-sided swing arm
  • Wheelbase: 52.5 inches
  • Rake: 25 degrees
  • Trail: 4.3 inches
  • Seat Height: 30.9 inches
  • Curb Weight: 302 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 100/80 x 17 inches
  • Tires (Rear): 140/60 x 17 inches


  • Comfort seat
  • Raised bubble windshield
  • Frame sliders
  • Bike cover
  • Sport tank bag with map pocket for additional storage
  • Re-settable hour meter
  • Seat cowl in various colors
  • Tank pad in various colors

Key Competitors For The 2011 Yamaha FZ

  • Kawasaki ZRX 1200R
  • Yamaha FZ 6 S
  • Yamaha YZF R15