The Fazer 8, a distant descendant of the famous FZS 600 Fazer, continues its career with a welcome adjustment in 2013: suspension tuning. Certainly, given its road vocation, it was easier to forgive its soft suspensions. The criticism was more virulent on his brother FZ8.
We said the Fazer 8 got adjustable suspensions. The fork is now adjustable for rebound and compression on the right leg, spring preload on the left leg. The shock absorber gains a firmer spring (83.4 N / m against 78.4 previously), new settings and a thumbwheel allowing the rebound adjustment. Other small changes are to be identified: transparent indicators, and a new exhaust much more elegant than the previous blunderbuss.
What to change the breath of the 4 cylinders? No, above all a more delicate visual appreciation. The Fazer 8’s engine is a bored version of the big 4-cylinder FZ1, originally installed in the 2004 R1. The piston stroke is the same but the bore is reduced from 77 to 68mm. This gives us a boiler of 779 cm3. 106 horsepower is delivered but above all, Yam worked on the torque. A large volume air box (7.8 liters), double butterfly injection, engine dimensions not too super-square, and to compensate for the loss of the EXUP, the intake ducts are not the same following the cylinders. The tubes leading to chambers 1 and 4 are 125mm long and 150mm for cylinders 2 and 3. This also improves torque. With 8.4 mkg, the Fazer 8 is a tad better equipped than the Z 800, and much more than the FZ6 Fazer S2 which it replaced.
The Fazer 8 will have a response. And the chassis will be able to follow without problem. Almost identical to that of the Fazer 1000 and therefore designed for a much higher power, the diamond aluminum frame, the inverted fork and the swingarm worthy of a hypersport will know how to handle the ardor of the mechanics and the pilot perfectly. 2 310 mm discs pinched by 4 piston calipers slow everything down. ABS is optional.
Besides, we will not choose a Fazer 8 for the castagne (although….). Its raison d’etre is versatility, with a touch of sportiness. The nice sized fork crown is also there to confirm it. Apart from the muffler and the side tank covers, it is above all this appendage that will allow you to distinguish the Fazer 800 from the 1000. A more tapered look, more R1, makes it both less intimidating but more piercing, more malicious. The sides are complemented by offset sides, like those inaugurated on the latest generation of R6.
Slightly different seatback, slight drop in tank capacity, same speedometer, same engine, same chassis…. We take gloves but not too many risks in the design of this new machine.
With this Fazer 8 with a more potent engine, the medium-capacity FZ road roadster has something to do with the Kawasaki Z 800. More powerful and equipped with a bigger trunk than an FZ6 Fazer S2, less heavy than the FZ1, this 800 just lacks a little daring but no qualities. If in addition she wins her bet on versatility, Yam could well have found a very good recipe here..
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800 FAZER 8 2014
Model marketed in
about 230 km / h
The technical aspect
Yamaha 800 FAZER 8 2015
- Tank: 17 liters
- Width: 770 mm
- Height: 1225 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,460 mm
- Weight in running order: 215/220 kg
- Train before
- Secondary chain transmission
- Rear axle
(68 x 53.6 mm)
at 10,000 rpm
at 8000 rpm