2010 Yamaha FZ8 – Officially Official

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After teasing us time and time and time again, Yamaha Europe has taken the wraps off its 2010 Yamaha FZ8 (and it’s cousin the 2010 Yamaha Fazer8). As was expected, the FZ8  is a 779cc naked street bike that borrows its heritage from the FZ1, and replaces the FZ6 in the European line-up.

While the FZ8 looks well and good, Yamaha has proven that a copy of a copy never carries over well. The FZ8 motor is in essence a smaller bored FZ1 motor, which is itself a de-tuned R1 powerplant. As such the Yamaha FZ8 puts out a solid 104hp, which may disappoint many riders. Torque lovers rejoice though, the 2010 Yamaha FZ8 makes an impressive 62lbs•ft of wheel turning power from its 779cc’s.

Yamaha insists the lack-luster top-end power is made up for with breakneck power lower down in the RPM range. Without riding one ourselves, we’ll have to take Yamaha’s word on that one, but considering the FZ6 puts out 96hp and 46lbs•ft of torque, we’d say the larger stroke motor is doing it’s job adequately by adding almost 50% more power to the middleweight street bike. For comparison, the FZ1 motor achieves a more similar torque figure to the FZ8, with 78lbs•ft coming out of its lump, albeit with nearly 50 more ponies under the hood.

The 2010 Yamaha FZ8 will start at €8,190 in the EU, and comes in white, blue, black color schemes. Check the photos out below, and the technical spec’s that follow them.

Technical Specifications of the 2010 Yamaha FZ8:

  • FZ8, naked, sports, all-rounder
  • Aggressive, mass-forward design
  • 779cc engine
  • Instant torque meets slingshot horsepower
  • Aluminium frame
  • Slim fuel tank and compact, roomy ergonomics
Engine type: Liquid cooled 4-stroke, DOHC Forward-inclined parallel 4-cylinder
Displacement: 779 cc
Bore x stroke: 68.0 × 53.6mm
Compression ratio: 12.0: 1
Maximum power: 78.1KW (106.2PS) / 10000 rpm
Maximum torque: 82.0Nm (8.4kgf?m) / 8000 rpm
Lubrication system: Wet sump
Carburettor: 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
Chassis: Deltabox
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, Ø 310 mm
Rear brake: Hydraulic single disc brake, Ø 267 mm
Front tyre: 120/70 ZR17 M/C(58W)
Rear tyre: 180/55 ZR17 M/C(73W)
Length (mm): 2,140 mm
Width (mm): 770 mm
Height (mm): 1,065 mm
Seat height (mm): 815 mm
Wheel base (mm): 1,460 mm
Minimum ground clearance (mm): 140 mm
Service weight (kg) 211 kg