The Yamaha FZ6 / Fazer series Model History Timelines
The FZ8 line is slated to replace the FZ6 and allow Yamaha to better compete with middleweights like the BMW F800R, Triumph Street Triple, and Aprilia Shiver 750.
2010 Yamaha FZ8 – Preview Model
2011 Yamaha FZ8
The all new 2011 Yamaha Fazer 8 is the sharp “dressed” cousin of the 2011 FZ8. Featuring all the same great engine and chassis features as the Yamaha FZ8, the 2011 Fazer FZ8 sports a stylish 1/2 fairing that helps to keep wind and weather at bay. Powered by a 779cc inline 4 that produces plenty of low to mid range torque, the 2011 Yamaha Fazer8 is a mid class sport bike that excels in delivering fun each and every time you swing a leg over the seat.
Based on our successful FZ1 platform, the new Fazer 8 sports a 779cc, four cylinder engine that is tuned for plenty of low and mid range torque, making every ride an exciting experience.
Just like its naked FZ8 cousin, the Fazer 8 is a brilliant “all-rounder” that can slice through city traffic or apex a series of corners on your favourite twisty road. Attitude, power, handling and style, the Fazer 8 is an everyday sport bike you will be proud to own.
Fazer8 / ABS – Class, comfort, confidence – with serious power.
If you’ve only got room for one roadbike in your garage, choose one that ticks all the boxes – serious performance and good looks, plus genuine all-round versatility,
With a muscular, torquey 779cc engine, the Fazer8 breathes new life into the mid-class bike category. Open the throttle and enjoy the instant torque for easy overtaking and superb grunt around town. Keep it pinned for a shot of sports bike adrenaline with that trademark Yamaha top-end surge.
Comfortable, confident and classy, the semi-faired Fazer8 is a powerful companion – an all-weather all-rounder with the ability to make any ride a high-performance sports ride.
If you’ve only got room for one roadbike in your garage, choose one that ticks all the boxes – serious performance and good looks, plus genuine all-round versatility, With a muscular, torquey 779cc engine, the Fazer8 breathes new life into the mid-class bike category. Open the throttle and enjoy the instant torque for easy overtaking and superb grunt around town. Keep it pinned for a shot of sports bike adrenaline with that trademark Yamaha top-end surge.
Comfortable, confident and classy, the semi-faired Fazer8 is a powerful companion – an all-weather all-rounder with the ability to make any ride a high-performance sports ride.
The Fazer8 – serious performance, total versatility
Yamaha’s FZ range packages supersports performance into a versatile chassis for everyday enjoyment. The Fazer8 breathes new life into the mid-class bike category, with a bigger, broader spread of power out of the flexible FZ8 powerplant.
The Fazer8 is set up for comfortable, fast road riding wherever you take it – whether it’s a high-performance city journey or a week away exploring the continent at full throttle. The front cowl and screen add weather protection and improved aerodynamics to a powerful sports bike engine and handling package.
Hit the road with class, comfort, performance and confidence, every ride, every day.
Brand new for 2011
Yamaha is proud to announce two new motorcycles that open up a whole new class within the popular FZ sportsbike range – the FZ8 and the Fazer8. The FZ8-series is based on the idea of a high-performance all-rounder with the power and character to make every ride an exhilarating sports ride.
Following in the footsteps of the hugely successful FZ6-series – which, since 1998, has sold over 250.000 units – both bikes offer serious sports bike looks, outstanding handling and a flexible, powerful, torquey engine that encourages riders to explore its full potential.
It’s an accessible kind of adrenaline: a shot of sportsbike energy, designed to be enjoyed every day.
These dynamic new sports machines are built on a new 779cc engine and all-aluminium frame. The engine offers a balance of middleweight accessibility with big-bore power and instant grunt throughout the rev range. It steers fast and effortlessly, and handles with surefooted confidence – whether it’s cranked right over on a tight, smooth corner or slicing its way through traffic on a congested commute.
The naked FZ8 is a machine with attitude. Muscular, aggressive design gives onlookers a hint of this bike’s serious intentions. Not a bike for beginners, the FZ8 is a pure expression of performance and quality craftsmanship.
With the semi-faired Fazer8, the emphasis is placed firmly on getting out there and enjoying the roads, whatever the weather. Discover sportsbike performance and handling, with the aerodynamics, wind and weather protection of a front cowl and screen. It’s a solid step up in performance and quality.
779cc, liquid cooled, inline 4-cylinder engine
In order to arrive at the perfect power and torque spread for a mix of high performance and all-round usability, Yamaha threw out all preconceptions about engine size. The 1000cc and 600cc categories that largely divide the market are imposed by racing regulations, not road riding considerations. Many riders find 600cc supersport engines to be hard work on the open road – and 1000cc superbike engines to be overkill.
Yamaha’s engineers selected a 779cc engine displacement to provide the perfect balance between the accessible performance of a 600 and the broad, instant torque and power of a litrebike.
The new FZ8-series engine is fuel injected, and uses both a throttle valve and an electronically controlled sub-throttle valve to provide additional control over intake airflow volume. The cylinder bodies have a bore and stroke from 68.0×53.6mm. Readings on engine rpm and throttle opening are processed in real time by the ECU, which operates a new stepping motor to control the sub-throttle valves and optimise volumetric efficiency in each part of the rev range. This is one of the many design considerations aimed at boosting low-middle drive.
Another key to the FZ8-series motor’s flexibility is found in the large-capacity 7.8 litre airbox, where the air intake funnels are two different lengths – cylinders 1 and 4 have 125mm intake funnels, where 2 and 3 are 150mm in length, producing an excellent spread of torque throughout the rev range.
The FZ8-series engine produces 106.2PS (78.1kW) at 10,000rpm, and a generous 82.0Nm of torque at 8,000rpm – with a character that feels light, torquey and responsive down low but builds to a signature Yamaha top-end power rush.
It easily clears EU3 exhaust emission standards, using a short, side mounted muffler and a 4-into-2-into-1 exhaust system with a honeycomb type catalytic converter fitted at the point where the header pipes meet. An oxygen sensor feeds real-time exhaust information back to the ECU, allowing the bike to constantly adjust its air/fuel mixture for optimum efficiency and clean emissions.
Chassis and running gear
The FZ8-series features a new engine that is a stressed member in an all-aluminium frame. The design’s high rigidity and low weight minimises frame torsion while providing outstanding high-speed stability and cornering confidence. The FZ8-series also uses a CF aluminium die-cast swing arm, enhancing the effectiveness of the rear suspension.
Front-end suspension is a pair of upside-down forks, running 43mm inner tubes. Rear suspension is handled by a linked Monocross unit – the link being designed to provide soft, light suspension near the top of the stroke to deal with bumpy surfaces in comfort, but then to provide firmer cushioning as the shock is further compressed, for sharper handling during hard cornering.
Front brakes are twin four-piston monoblock calipers, gripping 310mm floating front discs. Being monoblock designs, the calipers suffer minimal distortion under hard braking, so the stopping force is linear, stable and controllable when the chips are down. Both the naked FZ8 and semi-faired Fazer8 models are available with optional ABS.
The wheels are five-spoke cast aluminium rims – the front tyre is a 120/70 ZR17, and the rear is a 180/55 ZR17. This gives both bikes outstanding ride feeling, grip and cornering performance, with access to the full range of sports rubber.
The riding position is sporty but comfortable, with a seat height of 815mm and a narrow tank which gives the rider a good ground access. Overall ride experience is compact and light, with generous room for manoeuvring. Steering is quick and responsive, with an extended 33-degree left-to-right steering angle – making tight U-turns and peak-hour traffic busting much easier.
Muscular, mass-forward design
The FZ8-series consists of two models – the naked FZ8 and the semi-faired Fazer8 with a front cowl and screen. A short muffler, narrow tank and new 3-part tank cover instantly distinguish these bikes from their peers.
Visually, the FZ8 series evokes a pure release of energy in forward motion. The black side parts on the tank provide comfortable knee grip, and give the subtle impression that the coloured tank is breaking away and accelerating forward. The headlight unit on the naked FZ8 adds an aggressive-looking detail. In all, the visual impression is of a bike that looks fast even when it’s standing still – and that sensually curved diamond frame and muscular 4-cylinder engine are still the stars of the show.
2011 Yamaha Fazer 8 model Features
– Real world comfort & ergonomics
– Stylish, wind beating ½ fairing
– A design study in understatement
– New 779cc engine
– Instant torque meets slingshot
– Aluminium frame
– Semi-faired for comfort and sleek
– Slim fuel tank and compact, roomy
– Optional ABS
A design study in understatement
An understated front end and civilised lines conceal an important fact – that beneath the Fazer8’s classy exterior beats the heart of a true performance sports machine.
Specially-designed 779cc engine
An all-new engine combines new cylinder bodies, crankshaft, top end and forged pistons with a new displacement of 779cc – to craft the perfect power curve and character for this new category.
Instant torque meets slingshot horsepower
The new FZ8 engine is designed for instant drive down low with a thick torque band – making it a lively machine even on shorter trips. But rev it towards the red line, and you’ll discover that trademark Yamaha rush of top-end power when it’s time to unleash serious sports performance.
The black, powder-coated Deltabox frame at the structural centre of the Fazer8 uses a low weight, high rigidity design – giving you outstanding highspeed stability and cornering confidence.
Semi-faired for comfort and sleek aerodynamics
The weather protection and sleek aerodynamics of a half cowl and screen make the Fazer8 even more comfortable and composed at high speeds and in changing weather conditions.
Slim fuel tank and compact, roomy ergonomics
The Fazer8 has a slim tank and speciallypositioned footrests and handlebars – for a riding position that feels light, compact and gives you the space to move.
All new, 779cc, DOHC, 16 valve (4-valves/cyl), liquid-cooled, 40 degree inclined, in-line four-cylinder engine. The engine has been tuned to provide plenty of low to mid range torque with strong yet linear throttle response. Redline is set at 11,500 rpm and features a “soft” rev limiter to protect the engine.
Pistons, cylinder, cylinder head, cams, valves and crankshaft are unique to the Fazer 8. Most other engine components are shared with the FZ1.
New, compact “Pent roof” combustion chamber design features 4-valves per cylinder and a 12:1 compression ratio for excellent torque feeling. Four valves per cylinder enhances the low to midrange torque.
Intake valves are 26mm in diameter while the exhaust valves are 22mm. The valve angle is set at 26 degrees to keep the combustion chamber compact
Crankshaft inertial mass has been optimized to achieve strong torque over a broad rpm range as well as fast throttle response. The inherent strong revving feeling of a line-4 cylinder engine is maintained.
“Fracture split” connecting rods are carburized for extra strength and use a nut less design. The lower end “cap” of the rod is made from the same piece of material as the upper portion; this design is known as “fracture splitting”. This design aids establishing true big end roundness and greater precision in con rod dimensions for excellent durability despite the high horsepower loads.
Ceramic composite cylinder “bores” are a “liner less” design with the ceramic coating sprayed directly on the aluminum block. This coating allows for a thin film of oil between the cylinder and piston which reduces friction and increases power. Other important benefits include; excellent heat dissipation for consistent power delivery and reduced weight since there is no heavy liner.
Short skirt, lightweight forged pistons. Lightweight design aids in fast engine response and reduced engine weight. During the forging process, the aluminum is heated to the point where it can be shaped under pressure in a die but not to the point that it melts. By not melting the aluminum, the material stays stronger and hence can be lighter with excellent durability.
New, lightweight, hollow intake and exhaust camshafts provide incredible horsepower and fast engine response. Cam profiles and the cam timing are designed to enhance low to midrange power and torque.
Revised inline 4 cylinder crankshaft is based on the FZ1 design.
Automatic hydraulic cam chain tensioner reduces both maintenance and engine mechanical noise.
Mikuni “sub throttle valve” fuel injection system is based on the FZ1 design, featuring 35mm throttle bodies fitted with T.P.S. (Throttle Position Sensor). This style of fuel injection uses sub throttle valves in addition to the main valves to further control the intake airflow. The sub valves optimize the intake volumetric efficiency at all rpms and are powered by a stepping motor that is controlled by the ECU. The key benefit is excellent “ride ability” and throttle response.
The injectors are sequential high dynamic range type featuring 4 holes and a dual directional spray pattern for excellent power and a linear throttle response across the entire rev range.
The fuel injection’s lightweight Electronic Control Unit (ECU) utilizes a powerful 32-bit processor for fast control of the injection process. The compact design also reduces weight.
New, specially designed 7.8 litre airbox features different intake funnel lengths for the inner (150mm) and outer (125mm) cylinders. The benefit is a wide torque curve. A high flow paper type air filter is utilized.
R1 inspired “stacked” 3-axis gearbox / clutch design stacks input/output shafts to centralize mass and keeps overall engine size shorter front to back. As a result, the stacked design gives the engineers the freedom to place the engine in the frame for optimum front to rear weight balance and thereby maximizing handling performance.
Smooth shifting wide ratio 6-speed transmission features optimized gear ratios for maximum performance in the “real world”. 5th and 6th ratios are “tall” for reduced engine rpms at highway speeds for excellent rider comfort.
New, compact, heavy duty, multi-plate clutch ensures consistent, positive engagement. The clutch has been designed to provide a light lever pull for excellent rider comfort … especially during stop and go city use.
4 into 2 into 1 exhaust system features 35mm diameter, stainless steel header pipes and a short design silencer / muffler. The header pipe length has been optimized for maximum power and torque. This system is fitted with a 3-way honeycomb catalyzer with an oxygen sensor to reduce harmful CO and HC exhaust emissions. The oxygen sensor monitors the amount of oxygen in the spent gases and adjusts the fuel -air mixture via the ECU and FI system for maximum performance with minimum emissions.
High-efficiency “curved” design radiator features compact dual ring-type fans for maximum cooling efficiency. This rad and fan design allows more airflow than conventional flat design rads to maintain optimum engine temperatures for consistent power output.
Large liquid-cooled oil cooler maintains stable lubricant temperatures for extended engine life.
Convenient cartridge style spin-off oil filter.
Convenient oil level sight glass means easy oil level inspection.
Maintenance-free transistor-controlled digital ignition ensures great performance at all rpms.
Air Induction System (AIS … not ram air) reduces harmful HC and CO emissions for a cleaner environment.
Gravity cast, lightweight aluminum twin spar frame provides an optimized rigidity balance for incredible sports performance combined with great stability. The engine is a stressed member of the chassis, allowing a lighter main frame design without sacrificing stability and light, agile handling qualities. The frame is the same spec and shape as the FZ1.
The riding position is one of the most important features of the Fazer 8. Based on the FZ1 layout, it offers a balance between a sporty riding position and excellent rider comfort thanks to its upright design.
Key chassis geometry figures include: 1460mm (57.5″) wheelbase, 51% front and 49 % rear weight balance, 25 degrees of rake and 109 mm of trail. The 47 degree lean angle highlights the Fazer 8’s8 sporty side.
Detachable steel rear sub frame allows easy access to rear suspension components and reduces costs in the event of a “loop-out”.
C.F. (Controlled Filling) die cast aluminum truss-type rear swingarm offers great rear wheel control and traction for razor-sharp cornering and superb stability at speed. The 3-axis stacked engine design allows enough room for the engineers to use this long design (690mm) swingarm, which minimizes the effect of the chain tension on the bike’s handling.
43mm Kayaba inverted fork offers 130mm (5.1″) of wheel travel. Fork offset is 25 degrees. The benefits of the inverted design include, reduced “unsprung” weight and reduced fork flex since the larger diameter tubes are gripped in the triple clamps. Unsprung weight is weight or mass of the suspension and the components such as the wheels and other components that move with the suspension. A reduction in unsprung weight allows improved control of the suspension function.
Lightweight aluminum upper and lower triple clamps.
Link-type Monocross rear suspension features a preload adjustable shock that allows the rider to tailor spring preload to match load and/or road conditions. Adjustments include 9 – way spring preload. Rear wheel travel is 130mm or 5.1″
Dual 310mm floating front discs are squeezed by ultra rigid 4-piston, monoblock calipers which provide outstanding stopping power and feel. The master cylinder utilizes 16mm piston for outstanding stopping power with less lever effort.
267mm rear disc is squeezed by a lightweight single piston slide-type Nissin caliper with sintered metal brake pads.
Lightweight cast-aluminum 5-spoke wheels reduce unsprung weight for great handling characteristics. The front wheel is an MT3.50-17 and is fitted with a 120/70-ZR17 radial tire. The rear wheel is a MT5.50-17 fitted with a 180/55-ZR17 radial tire.
Eye catching, half fairing offers surprisingly good wind and weather protection. The windshield features a special vent that allows some airflow behind the screen to help prevent the “vacuum effect” and to help reduce buffeting.
Dual “cat eye” halogen 60/55 watt headlights.
Conventional handlebar design features an upright positioning for maximum everyday riding comfort.
17-liter fuel tank offers a slim design with great knee grip. The reserve portion of the tank is 3.4 litres.
Separate rider and passenger seats offers exceptional solo or two-up comfort. Seat width is narrower than the FZ1, making it easier to touch the ground. Seat height is 815mm (32.1″)
One-piece race inspired instrument features analog tachometer, digital speedometer, odometer, dual tripmeters, fuel gauge, fuel reserve tripmeter (counts kilometres since the fuel went on reserve), clock, coolant temperature and a self diagnosis mode.
Integrated passenger grab rails
Adjustable, 5-position front brake lever
Small storage compartment under the passenger seat
Excessive lean angle engine cut-out switch … if unit is on its side the engine will shut down
Extended idle cut-off … if engine idles for more than 20 minutes it will automatically shut down
Durable “O”-ring-sealed drive chain
Lightweight, sealed low-maintenance battery
The “Fazer” offers a significant level of power and performance. It is not intended for novice or inexperienced riders.
2011 Yamaha Fazer 8 – Specifications
MSRP: $NA USD
Model not available in the USA at time of writing.
2011 Yamaha Fazer 8 – Canada Specifications
MSRP: $10,999 CDN
Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve, inline 4
Bore and Stroke 68 x 53.6mm
Compression Ratio 12:1
Maximum Torque 8.4 kg-m (60.8 ft-lbs.) @ 8,000 rpm
Fuel Delivery Mikuni 35mm throttle body F.I
Estimated Fuel Consumption* TBA
Lubrication Wet sump
Ignition / Starting TCI / Electric
Final Drive “O”-ring chain
Suspension (Front) 43mm inverted fork
Suspension (Rear) Link Monocross
Brakes (Front) Dual 310mm disc
Brakes (Rear) 267mm disc
Tires (Front) 120/70ZR17
Tires (Rear) 180/55ZR17
Length 2,140mm (84.3″)
Width 770mm (30.3″)
Height 1,225mm (48.2″)
Wheelbase 1,460mm (57.5″)
Rake / Trail 25° / 109mm
Seat Height 815mm (32.1″)
Fuel Capacity 17 litres (3.7 Imp. gal.)
Wet Weight 216kg (475.2 lbs)
Colour(s) Metallic Black
Vivid Purplish Blue
* Fuel economy estimates are based on US EPA exhaust emission certification data obtained by Yamaha and converted into Canadian measurements. Your actual mileage will vary depending on road condition, how you ride, maintain your vehicle, accessories, cargo and operator/passenger weight.
Specifications, appearance, and price of product are subject to change without notice.
* MSRP does not include freight, PDI (Pre Delivery Inspection), pre-rigging (boats), or taxes. Dealer may sell for less.
2011 Yamaha Fazer 8 – International Specifications
MSRP: See local dealer for pricing in your country.
Engine type Liquid cooled 4-stroke, DOHC Forward-inclined parallel 4-cylinder
Displacement 779 cc
Bore x stroke 68.0 Ã— 53.6mm
Compression ratio 12.0: 1
Maximum power 78.1KW (106.2PS) / 10000 rpm
Maximum torque 82.0Nm (8.4kgfm) / 8000 rpm
Lubrication system Wet sump
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection
Clutch type Wet, multiple-disc coil spring
Ignition system Transistorized coil ignition
Starter system Electric
Transmission system Constant mesh, 6-speed
Final transmission Chain
Fuel tank capacity 17 L
Oil tank capacity 3.8 L
Front suspension system Telescopic fork, 43mm inner tube
Front travel 130 mm
Rear suspension system Swingarm, linked monoshock with spring preload adjustment
Rear travel 130 mm
Caster angle 25º
Trail 109 mm
Front brake Hydraulic dual disc brake, Ã˜ 310 mm ABS brake system optional
Rear brake Hydraulic single disc brake, Ã˜ 267 mm
Front tyre 120/70 ZR17 M/C(58W)
Rear tyre 180/55 ZR17 M/C(73W)
Length 2,140 mm
Width 770 mm
Height 1,065 mm
Seat height 815 mm
Wheel base 1,460 mm
Minimum ground clearance 140 mm
Wet weight 211 kg / ABS:216 kg