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Yamaha Fazer8 (2010-current)



Detail Value
New price £7,999
Used price range View Yamaha FZ8 bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 779 cc
Power 106 bhp
Top speed mph
Insurance group 16 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 2 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 3 rating is 4

MCN overall verdict rating is 3

Yamaha’s Fazer range of bikes used to be all about hard-working, do it all, value for money bikes. One look at the today’s price for the new Fazer8 says otherwise when comparing it to the competition – and the fact there is the slightly bigger capacity but vastly superior FZ1 in Yamaha’s line up. But what you have to remember is the Fazer8 and naked FZ8 were developed for mainland Europe, where three-quarter litre naked bikes are extremely popular. Don’t get us wrong, the Fazer8 is a competent tool – it’s just that there are many more useful tools available.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Fazer8 shares crankcases with the FZ8, and both are derived from the 1000cc FZ1 but both smaller capacity bikes feature a lightened crankshaft for quicker engine response, and the cylinder bores are reduced in size for the capacity decrease. However, the same stroke length leaves the FZ8 with a wide band of easily accessible drive, underlined by faultless fuelling. A claimed 106bhp and 60ftlb of torque doesn’t sound much by today’s standards, but if you want more power then walk towards the 150bhp FZ1. On the other hand if you want a continuous smile, a civilised commuting tool and to keep your licence fairly healthy, walk back towards the Fazer8.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

Given that the Fazer8 has the same ‘race’ inspired chassis of ally frame and swingarm for sporty riding as the FZ8, it’s a puzzle why Yamaha saw fit to prop both bikes with non-adjustable front suspension and preload-only at the rear. Yamaha’s answer is the greater majority of its extensive customers do not adjust suspension – this is no defence in our book. As it is the front is compliant bordering on soft, which is really noticeable with the Fazer8’s top half fairing when opening and closing the throttle but especially on the brakes. And there’s not a lot of feedback from the front Bridgestone tyre. The rear isn’t so bad.
Suspension aside, the Fazer8 is endowed with an easy to ride nature that belies the FZ1-based chassis. It’s a happy rider who cuts through town traffic like a needle through tissue and the Fazer8 is a god tool for such use. It’s forte is fast flowing roads. The same can be applied to the naked FZ8.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 4

The aluminium frame and swingarm are good to shout about down the pub – most of its competitors run with steel tube frames and box-section swingarms. The rest of the bike is fairly standard stuff, literally. It’s easy to say the Fazer8 and FZ8 are ‘parts bin’ specials because… erm, they are: FZ1 engine cases, FZ1 rear light, XJ front wheel, XJ6 headlight, FZ clocks (new background display though), ye olde R1 front brakes and so on. New technology comes with the length of the of inlet stacks 2 and 3 cylinders are long, 1 and 4 are shorter, again for improved midrange drive. Shock, horror the in-line four doesn’t feature an Exup exhaust valve. Instead the downpipes are narrow and the longest on any Yamaha to date in an attempt to get the same midrange push.
The Fazer8 gets the obligatory half-fairing that does a damn fine job of making light work of prolonged high speed riding, which is particularly useful for commuting. The Fazer8 comes with ABS as standard. Compare and buy parts for the Yamaha FZ8 in the MCN Shop.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

Compact, tidy assembly and the FZ series comes with a reliability record only surpassed by the change in seasons. Saying that, it is a new bike (despite the parts bin assembly) and there is always the chance of something not lasting. It’ll be a slim chance, but it’s the sort of chance you accept with any new bike, car, computer, dishwasher etc…

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

Hmmm. Ok, cutting to the chase here. At £8999 the Fazer8 is overpriced. The evidence is the vast array of bikes that will match and exceed what the Fazer8 delivers and all for less money – Suzuki Bandit 1250 at £6099, Aprilia Shiver £6150, to name but a few. Find a Yamaha FZ8 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 16 of 17

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Model History

1998-2004: FZS600 Fazer
2000-2001: FZS600-S Fazer (special edition paintwork)
2003-2007: FZ6 Fazer
2004-2007: FZ6
2007-2010: FZ6 S2
2007-2010: FZ6 Fazer S2
2010: Yamaha Fazer8 launched.

Other Versions

FZ8: naked non-ABS version of Fazer8 (£7999)

Specifications

Top speed mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 106 bhp
Max torque 60 ft-lb
Weight 211 kg
Seat height 815 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 16 of 17
Engine size 779 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16v four-stroke in-line four. Six gears
Frame Cast ally beam frame and swingarm
Front suspension adjustment Non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Adjustable for preload only
Front brakes 310mm discs with 4-piston caliper
Rear brake 267mm disc with single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

  • The Comfortable Sports option

    gtufnell

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have owned 25 bikes over 26 years and have to say that I personally think Yamaha have made the perfect bike for a rider like me. I've had GSXR 750s, R6, R1, Fazer 600, Fireblades etc... and have now reached a point where I prefer comfort but still want the power. I had an XJ6 but it just didn't do it for me and I thought the FZ1 was too much. As soon as I tried the Fazer8 I was hooked. We could all complain about a high price tag but it will hold it's value unlike some of the cheaper alernatives. Well done Yamaha. Great manageable power, great comfort and fantastic styling. :)

    16 January 2011

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Pads1982

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HOW MUCH

So our cousins across the pond get one for under 6K sterling? Welcome to rip off britain!  Bet its a bargin stateside but still rather have a monster or street triple

04 February 2011 13:26

mickdel

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too pricy

sounds like a decent enough bike,  but killer over priced. 

24 January 2011 11:51

philthewindsurfer

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Model history

Why do MCN list the 600 in the model history when the 800 is a new model. Most of the bike, crankcases,  frame, swingarm, brakes, are off the earlier 1000.

Glad to see gtufnell enjoying his bike as much as me. 150 bhp all up to top end in a thirsty engine isnt for me either. Apart from the rear shock lacking a click or 2 or extra rebound its a great bike for sports touring. A bit expensive but haggle. 

When they created this Fazer8 review (same content as the FZ8 they did earlier) they should have copied my Fazer8 review over here too.

23 January 2011 12:00

gtufnell

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The perfect mix

I have owned 25 bikes over 26 years and have to say that I personally think Yamaha have made the perfect bike for a rider like me. I've had GSXR 750s, R6, R1, Fazer 600, Fireblades etc... and have now reached a point where I prefer comfort but still want the power. I had an XJ6 but it just didn't do it for me and I thought the FZ1 was too much.  As soon as I tried the Fazer8 I was hooked. We could all complain about a high price tag but it will hold it's value unlike some of the cheaper alernatives.

Well done Yamaha. Great manageable power, great comfort and fantastic styling. :)

14 January 2011 19:28

dankatz

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Fazer8

OK, so I think Yamaha addressed the biggest problem I have with the Fazer6 which was lack of useful grunt. I loved the bike otherwise - excellent combo of useful tank range, beautiful looks, comfortable for two up riding, useful instruments and good quality. I had mine for 2.5 years (2008) and 10,500 miles until I changed to the VFR800. I don't understand Yamaha's pricing in the UK at all - way too expensive. I appreciate the reviews (am from the USA), but don't like all the emphasis on price. Yes, in the UK it is very expensive and not worth it. But, pricing is different in every country. In the USA an FZ8 costs $8495, less than a base Street Triple ($9k) or Ducati 696 ($9k) and much less than a bandit 1250 ($11k) or Ninja 1000SX ($11k). So, why don't you evaluate the bike on it's merit and then just ding it on the price in the value category? In many ways my Fazer6 was a much better tool for the city than my VFR. Overall, the VFR is much more refined and smooth.

14 January 2011 01:06

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