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2013 Yamaha FZ8 - Coolness Factor: 68.67%

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:54 am

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2013 Yamaha FZ8

Does it all. Amazingly Well.

The revised 2013 Yamaha FZ8 features both compression and rebound damping adjustability on the new front fork, while the new shock now features both preload and compression damping adjustability, as well as a stiffer spring. In addition, new fuel injection settings provide a sportier engine feeling, quicker revving power charater, and more direct and linear feeling from the throttle to the rear wheel.

Combining sports performance and aggressive naked styling, with all day riding comfort, the 2013 Yamaha FZ8 is a special breed of motorcycle. Thanks to its upright riding position and comfortable ergonomics, the word practical comes to mind. But don't confuse practical with dull. It delivers solid performance and handling thanks to its 779cc inline four engine and new adjustable suspension front and rear. If you are a sport oriented rider the 2013 FZ8 is a great value.

Practicality Plus

The motorcycle world is becoming more highly specialized by the day.

Special niche models are popping up everywhere. Unfortunately, most of us can only afford one bike. The FZ8 is a brilliant "all-rounder" with an upright riding position that brings fun and excitement to each and every ride. It is ready to slice its way through the "twisties", cruise the back roads in comfort and style or make that daily commute a bunch more enjoyable. For 2013 we have added a more stylish muffler and a new adjustable suspension system front and back. The FZ8 is the ultimate everyday sport bike.


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2013 Yamaha FZ8 - USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $8,890 USD(Matte Gray/Matte Black) Available from February 2013
Canadian MSRP Price: $9,599 USD


Engine
Type 779cc liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder; DOHC, 16 valves
Bore x Stroke 68.0 x 53.6mm
Compression Ratio 12.0:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel Injection
Ignition Digital TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition with 32-bit ECU
Transmission 6-speed w/multiplate clutch
Final Drive O-ring chain


Chassis
Suspension / Front Telescopic fork; adjustable compression and rebound, 5.1-in travel
Suspension / Rear Single shock; adjustable preload and rebound damping, 5.1-in travel
Brakes / Front Dual 310mm hydraulic discs
Brakes / Rear 267mm disc
Tires / Front 120/70-ZR17M/C 58W
Tires / Rear 180/55-ZR17M/C 73W


Dimensions
Length 84.3 in
Width 30.3 in
Height 41.9 in
Seat Height 32.1 in
Wheelbase 57.5 in
Ground Clearance 5.5 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 25.0°
Trail 4.3 in
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal
Fuel Economy** 39 mpg
Wet Weight*** 467 lb


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Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)



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Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha FZ8: Vote Today

Unread post by HYPERR » Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:42 pm

Didn't we do this bike already?
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Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha FZ8: Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:06 pm

HYPERR wrote:Didn't we do this bike already?
Great memory! Yes indeed we did back in 2010. Time flies when you are having fun eh? :D

Now with the revised model for 2013 it was time for it to again come back into the light. :revv:

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Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha FZ8: Vote Today

Unread post by dr_bar » Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:10 pm

Don't know why, but I like this bike. For some reason it appeals to me on a different level. So I voted cool, when someone figures out why I like it, let me know... :)
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Unread post by Bullet Bill » Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:00 pm

This has got to be the only modern naked bike left that doesn't have that "trying too hard" stink all over it. By all reports, it's easy to handle, the seat is comfortable, the visual style is appealing but simple, and it'll do whatever you want it to do. Awesome, says I.

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Unread post by Wrider » Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:13 pm

It's also the only "middleweight" naked bike out there. It's got good power, good looks, good handling, and good comfort!
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Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha FZ8: Vote Today

Unread post by madjak30 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:31 am

It's a pretty cool bike...800cc is about the perfect size, Goldilocks...not too big, not too small. I like the naked styled bikes, but now that I've had one for a few years I'm ready for a bike with some weather protection...

Voted: Cool

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Unread post by blues2cruise » Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:10 pm

It makes me think of meccano.
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Unread post by dr_bar » Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:18 pm

Don't think I'd ever buy one, but maybe at the next Demo Days???
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Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha FZ8: Vote Today

Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:41 pm

Yeah...I feel it too.

There's something about this one. I dunno if it's the four pipes all arranged underneath the case, or the muscular way the tank hunches into the steering head, or all the steely bolts glinting against the blacked out engine and looking like a starry sky. But it's something. It I ever decide to give the sport class a spin, it'll be on something a lot like this. All the power you need to cut loose and -feel- a sport bike, but without the sort of in-your-face 'light it up and burn it down' styling that attracts fan boys and doomed beginners. Throwing this one an Awesome.

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Unread post by High_Side » Sat Feb 23, 2013 9:55 pm

I'll start by acknowledging that I'm biased - but to me it looks like they are a big fan of the 2007 SuperDuke.

But the FZ8 has less attitude, less power, too many cylinders too.

I like the original ;)

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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:33 pm

I'm inclined to give any middleweight standard at least a cool vote. It's a great category, hardly a duffer among the lot. I really liked the FZ6 (almost bought one) and I like the FZ8 even more. The only reason this doesn't get an awesome vote from me is it's a really competitive category and there are some truly awesome bikes in it, like the mentioned Duke (well, the Duke 650 for a closer comparison), the MV Agusta Brutale 800, the Triumph Street Triple, or the Monster 800.
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Unread post by Wrider » Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:07 pm

High_Side wrote:I'll start by acknowledging that I'm biased - but to me it looks like they are a big fan of the 2007 SuperDuke.

But the FZ8 has less attitude, less power, too many cylinders too.

I like the original ;)
Original?

Oh you mean something that came out before... Like an 05 Z750 with the correct number of cylinders?

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Unread post by High_Side » Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:46 am

Wrider wrote:
High_Side wrote:I'll start by acknowledging that I'm biased - but to me it looks like they are a big fan of the 2007 SuperDuke.

But the FZ8 has less attitude, less power, too many cylinders too.

I like the original ;)
Original?

Oh you mean something that came out before... Like an 05 Z750 with the correct number of cylinders?

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Nope -like an '05 Superduke with the correct :mrgreen: number of cylinders
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Psst. Now you play the '03 Z750 and I dig in saying that there is no friggin way any Z750 or FZ8 is is the same league :shooting: :laughing:

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Unread post by Wrider » Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:22 pm

High_Side wrote: Psst. Now you play the '03 Z750 and I dig in saying that there is no friggin way any Z750 or FZ8 is is the same league :shooting: :laughing:
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Unread post by High_Side » Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:08 pm

Wrider wrote:
High_Side wrote: Psst. Now you play the '03 Z750 and I dig in saying that there is no friggin way any Z750 or FZ8 is is the same league :shooting: :laughing:
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:shooting: :laughing:
That would be a bit of a leap. Yep, it's naked....and um, well, yeah that is about it :P

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Unread post by Wrider » Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:30 pm

Lol yeah, but nekkid = good. I think that's something we can both agree on!
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Unread post by sunshine229 » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:56 pm

I love this bike, always have and always will. I'm a sucker for a naked sports bike / standard. I voted Awesome... of course! ;)
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Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha FZ8: Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:53 pm

High_Side wrote:
Wrider wrote:
High_Side wrote:I'll start by acknowledging that I'm biased - but to me it looks like they are a big fan of the 2007 SuperDuke.

But the FZ8 has less attitude, less power, too many cylinders too.

I like the original ;)
Original?

Oh you mean something that came out before... Like an 05 Z750 with the correct number of cylinders?

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Nope -like an '05 Superduke with the correct :mrgreen: number of cylinders
Sorry, I just had to get in on this bit of fun!

The SuperDuke might have the correct number of cylinders, but they are obviously in the wrong orientation, they should be positioned like the CX500 and CX650 Honda's...and any other bikes that might just happen to use the same engine layout. ;)

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Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha FZ8: Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:01 pm

Ok, I noticed I didn't vote. So, I did.

COOL.

Yup, the seat styling (ouch!) maybe uncool to me, but it will introduce more riders to Nakked bike love. And the world needs more love, thus more naked bikes! :revv:

I don't think there is anything wrong with the FZ8 itself, but I find it a little bit of a confused bike... Is it a FZ1? A cheater 750cc? The FZ6 Fazer was a legendary bike, there was no need to push it to 800cc, the 650cc and 1000cc options were perfect, 800cc IMO is just too close to 1000cc and so is the price which is too close.

But that said, it is a bike that a rider could buy and live with, never need to upgrade and 800cc will do anything you ask of it and more. You can ride a 750-800cc bike and push it, even an experienced rider might get to 80-90% of the bike's capabilities, which is fine.

I couldn't agree with Yamaha more: "Special niche models are popping up everywhere. Unfortunately, most of us can only afford one bike. The FZ8 is a brilliant "all-rounder" with an upright riding position that brings fun and excitement to each and every ride"

A great bike, but Yamaha, get the focus back to a 650cc. There was a reason the 650cc range did so well for the FZ6, the FZ8, I just can't see it as successful.

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