Click video to watch two-time XDL Series Champion Bill Dixon puts the new Yamaha FZ8 to the test. The 2011 Yamaha FZ8 was designed to fill the gap for sport riders who feel a 600cc motorcycle is too small and a 1000cc is too big.
The all-new 779cc engine combines new top end components, including ceramic-composite-coated cylinders and forged aluminum pistons, with a carefully optimized crankshaft to deliver the perfect power curve and torquey performance character for this category.
The motorcycle has a muscular, naked-bike styling that provides an aggressive, mass-forward stance. This bike screams freestyle attitude.
The cast aluminum frame and controlled-fill aluminum swingarm is lightweight and was developed to provide the rigidity balance required for superior cornering performance.
It appears to have a fairly comfortable, upright riding position with a compact design that contributes to the bike’s claimed first-rate handling.
This motorcycle will most likely excel, both in the morning commute and on that spirited weekend ride on a twisty backcountry road.