Yamaha unveils FZ8 naked bike

Yamaha has announced their 2011 model lineup, which includes the debut of the brand new FZ8 naked bike.

According to the company, the FZ8 streetfighter will slot between Yamaha’s similar street bikes, the FZ1 and FZ6R, which will also get 2011 models. The FZ8 has already torn up asphalt in Europe, where it has been a consistently popular model.

The FZ8 is designed to accommodate riders in an aggressive position, with footpegs moved back and down from their location on the FZ1.

2011 Yamaha FZ8 Specs
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
Suspension / Front: 5.1-in travel
Suspension/Rear: 5.1-in travel
Brakes / Front: Dual 310mm hydraulic discs
Brakes / Rear: 267mm disc
Tires / Front: 120/70-ZR17
Tires / Rear: 180/55-ZR17
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*: 39.8 mpg
Wet Weight**: 487 lb
Warranty: 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

The bike is powered by a 779cc liquid-cooled and fuel-injected inline-four engine with forged aluminum pistons, fracture-split carburized connecting rods and ceraminc-composite plated cylinders. The impressive performance output is complemented by a manual cable-actuated clutch 6-speed transmission.

In terms of ride geometry, Yamaha claims that the FZ8 has a 51/49 front-wheel bias.

Yamaha says that the bike will “deliver smooth power delivery and gobs of torque in the low to mid rpm range, but this engine also lets loose with eye-opening horsepower when the revs climb toward redline.”

The FZ8 will be available in motorcycle stores in December for an MSRP of $8490.

* Fuel economy estimates are based on US EPA exhaust emission certification data obtained by Yamaha. Your actual mileage will vary depending on road conditions, how you ride and maintain your vehicle, accessories, cargo and operator/passenger weight.

** Wet weight includes the vehicle with all standard equipment and all fluids, including oil, coolant (as applicable) and a full tank of fuel. It does not include the weight of options or accessories. Wet weight is useful in making real-world comparisons with other models.

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