2011 Yamaha MotorcycleBrand new for 2011, after a test run in Europe, the FZ8 slips itself in- between the R1-derived FZ1 and the R6-inspired FZ6R.
More naked than the other FZs, the 8 sports a fully high-tech 779cc powerplant with a very healthy 12:1 compression ratio.A six-speed transmission provides a cog for every condition, while tuned intake funnels give the inline four a solid punch.A front-end weight bias of 51-percent matches up well to the friendly 25 degrees of rake to create a bike that should be firmly planted in corners.2011 Yamaha FZ8 Quick Stats
ENGINE TYPE: DOHC inline-4
BORE x STROKE: 68mm x 53.6mm
COMP. RATIO: 12:1
WHEELBASE: 57.5 inches
RAKE: 25 degrees
WET WEIGHT: 487 pounds
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