Yamaha FZ8 Overview

Yamaha has always been known to produce bikes that offer value for money, apart from being a pleasure to ride and being fun too. This was evident in the FZ series and later the XJ 6. One of the later bike introductions was the FZ8 model.  It came with an increase in engine capacity  -779cc, and was more a performance driven bike with a swingarm and a cast alloy frame, accompanied by a rather expensive price tag. It was introduced with the purpose of catering to bikers in Europe and to rival its main competitor Kawasaki. The FZ8 is surprisingly easy enough for any level rider to hop on to ride and is a pleasure to commute on.

While it has a crankcase that is similar to the FZ1, it does offer a lighter crankshaft that gives it a speedier response and has a capacity decrease due to its smaller cylinder bores. The fuelling and the stroke length is similar to the FZ1 which offers an abundance of power at all levels. It gives out 60ft lb torque with a 106bhp which may not seem that great, but fares well enough. If you want to ride a bike that offers a hassle free experience and decent power output – the FZ8 has it all.

Despite its sports chassis and swingarm, the bike surprisingly features a non-adjustable suspension at the front and is pre-loaded at the rear. As a result the front suspension could have been better although the rear performs okay. Apart from the not too great suspensions, the bike is smooth to ride and ideal for city traffic as well as the open motorway.

Yamaha FZ8 Spec

Seat height815mm
Weight211kg
EngineLiquid cooled, four stroke, forward-inclined transverse four cylinder
Capacity779cc
Average fuel consumption39mpg
Top speed133mph
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Owner Reviews

Submitted by:Neil PhillipsReview Date: March 2017
Comfort
Can get a numb bum when riding for long time
Ride Quality
Nothing bad to say
Build Quality & Reliability
Nothing bad to say
Engine Rating
Nothing bad to say
Brake Rating
Could be better
Running Cost
Better seat and a bigger capacity for petrol
Overall
Pros CommentsI absolutely love this bike it's like having a second wife.
Cons CommentsBetter seat and a bigger capacity for petrol
Submitted by:AlexReview Date: November 2017
Comfort
Very easy to ride solo or two up.
Ride Quality
Smooth and throttle responsive
Build Quality & Reliability
No had issues with it
Engine Rating
For a naked upright bike, it has more than enough power.
Brake Rating
Abs brakes should be on all bikes after having this bike which has
Running Cost
Decent running costs. £64 for road tax .180 ish to a tank of fuel
Overall
Pros CommentsVery comfortable bike to ride
Cons CommentsOnly improvement i would make is a gel seat if planning long distance touring
Submitted by:MikeReview Date: November 2017
Comfort
This bike is an absolute dream to ride a long distance, not too comfortable for pillion but a bit better now I have fitted some pillion handles.
Ride Quality
This fz8 take corners as well as any sport bike I have owned .
Build Quality & Reliability
Yamaha enough said!!
Engine Rating
I was unsure if to go to a 800cc as I've always hovered around the 1000cc but wow I'm not disappointed, this machine can keep up with the big boys, you just got to hold on tight!!!
Brake Rating
Stops on a dime!!!
Running Cost
Cheap to fill but that's down to having a small tank, but pretty good on mpg.
Overall
Pros CommentsComfort. Absolutely the best all round bike I've ever owned. Yamaha have done an excellent job on ticking all the boxes!!
Cons CommentsThe paint around the key ignition is a bit thin
Submitted by:DanielReview Date: November 2017
Comfort
Ride Quality
Take corners well, but a little heavy when ritning back
Build Quality & Reliability
Everything is where it should
Engine Rating
From 3000rpm its on its best
Brake Rating
Powerful and Abs= success
Running Cost
The weight means that the consumption goes up a little bit compared to other bikes I have had
Overall
Pros CommentsIts nice to look at
Cons CommentsA little smaller tank-fuel

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