Here is the youngest of the Fazer family: the FZ8. Yamaha will have simmered us for a while before completely revealing its new mid-range toy. First a wink, then some stolen photos, then a single shot with no info…. Something to stir up curiosity or abort the surprise effect ?
Design question, we can not say that Yamaha took risks with this roadster. He smells of FZ1 a mile away. Same chassis, same style, same inverted fork, same rear axle. This is the same policy as Kawa with his Z, whose 750 is a scaled-down clone of the 1000. Well, that’s not exactly an exact copy-paste either. Slight differences appear at the level of the airbox cover, the side plastics of the tank, the ridges under the passenger seat – the EXUP has cleared, as have the discreet radiator scoops. The real difference and the stylistic identity of the FZ8 is its carefully flipped and aggressive headlight. Supported by the gold inverted fork, the front end of the FZ8 is not a kid at heart.
Enclosed in the large aluminum frame, the 4-cylinder inaugurates a new displacement at Yam. With 779 cm3, the FZ8 is stacked on top of the 106 hp barrier. But what interests us is the torque available with this increase in displacement. The FZ8 comes out 8.4 mkg, that is to say 2 mkg more than the FZ6 and a bite more than its main competitor, the Kawasaki Z 750. In the absence of EXUP, Yam put above inlet nozzle injectors of different dimensions: 125 mm for cylinders 1 and 4, in the center, 150 mm for cylinders 2 and 3. Thanks to the physical properties of pressure waves, these ducts optimize filling and inflate the curves. As for the character of the boiler, it should be quite close to that of the FZ1. This “little” 800 is a reduction of the 1000cc, itself derived from the R1 hypersport. The piston stroke is exactly the same (53.6mm) while the bore has shrunk by 9mm to 68mm. A technical choice that favors the couple and their availability. The almost 8-liter air box goes in the same direction.
The technical platform of the FZ8 differs from that of its brother 1000 only on anecdotal points. A smaller rear tire, a few pounds less, a smaller tank (- 1 liter) and that’s it. The cost rationalization policy favors cloning, and this FZ8 is truly an FZ1 on the part-cycle side. And there is no reason to complain. We don’t have much to complain about its range: the diamond-type aluminum frame with the engine as stiffener, the 43 mm inverted fork, non-radial but very efficient 4-piston calipers, a superb swingarm…. hidden on its right face by a terrible saucepan. Admittedly, this opinion is very subjective, but without dèc….
Yamaha took the opportunity to sweep up its range of roadsters to see a little more clearly in its hierarchy. The FZ6s are gone, the access machines are the stronghold of the XJ6s; the FZ8s take care of the midrange; and for lovers of big cavalry, the FZ1 sound the charge. This roadster is particularly in the limelight and eagerly awaited around the corner. On his shoulders weighs the legacy of 250,000 Fazers sold since the appearance of the model in 1998. But from there to find the fantastic compromise of the first generations of 600 FZS ….; since 2004, a more sporting trend has taken hold. How the FZ8 will combine the new decade ?
Yamaha has planned a lot of accessories and a whole series of clothes to accompany the new FZ8 and Fazer 8:
• High screen for Fazer8
• Screen for FZ8
• Seat cover
• Luggage rack
• 46 liter top case
• Passenger backrest for top case
• Bag for Top-case 46 liters
• Heated grips
• Passenger grab handles
• Central stand
• Radiator cover
• Crankcase guard
• Protective castors
• License plate holder (available April 2010)
• Tank protection
• LED turn signals (available in May 2010)
• “Touring” tank bag for Fazer8
• “City” tank bag for FZ8
– 1-piece or 2-piece Yamaha “Speedblock” leather suits, available in standard and large sizes, black or blue.
– Yamaha gloves “Speedblock ”for men, available in black or blue
– Yamaha “Venturi S2” jacket for men or women, available in blue, red or black.
– Yamaha “Venturi S2” gloves for men or women, available in blue, red or black.
– “Iwata” men’s jacket and pants, available in black
– Jacket and pants for women “Iwata”, available in black
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800 FZ8 2011
Model marketed in
about 230 km / h
The technical aspect
Yamaha 800 FZ8 2012
- Tank: 17 liters
- Width: 770 mm
- Height: 1,065 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,460 mm
- Operating weight: 211 kg
- Train before
- Secondary chain transmission
- Rear axle
(68 x 53.6 mm)
at 10,000 rpm
at 8000 rpm