Tuesday, October 09, 2012

2013 Yamaha FZ8: First official pics, specs

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We actually like the FZ8 a bit more than the FZ1!

Yamaha have tweaked their naked middleweight sportsbike for 2013, with the FZ8 getting bits like a new exhaust muffler, a rear shock that’s now adjustable for rebound damping and fully adjustable front forks. The bike’s fuel-injected 779cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve inline-four remains unchanged, which is probably all right since it’s anyway smooth, refined and fairly powerful.

For anyone who thinks of the FZ8 as a cheap and cheerful UJM, the bike’s engine has bits like forged aluminum pistons, fracture-split carburized connecting rods and ceramic-composite-plated cylinders. There’s a close-ratio 6-speed gearbox, cast aluminium chassis, die-cast aluminium swingarm, 43mm USD forks, twin 320mm brake discs at the front with monobloc 4-piston calipers and 5-spoke cast aluminum wheels shod with 120/70 (front) and 180/55 (rear) ZR-rated radials. The Yamaha FZ8 is probably a bit too heavy to be a real ‘streetfighter’ type of bike but as a naked sportsbike, it’s not too bad – we actually like it a bit more than the FZ1…

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