YAMAHA FAZER 8 (2010-on) Review

Published: 13 January 2011

Good-looking all-rounder that promised much but originally let down by inflated price and deflated forks, but since improved

Yamaha Fazer8

Good-looking all-rounder that promised much but originally let down by inflated price and deflated forks, but since improved

  • At a glance
  • 779cc  -  106 bhp
  • 41 mpg  -  155 miles range
  • Medium seat height (815mm)
  • £7,999

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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 & Running Costs 3 out of 5

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.

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Equipment 2 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their YAMAHA FAZER 8 (2010-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

The Comfortable Sports option

16 January 2011 by gtufnell

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... Read more 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. :)

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued -
New price £7,999
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 16 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 106 bhp
Max torque 60 ft-lb
Top speed 137 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 155 miles
Specification
Engine size 779cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16v four-stroke in-line four. Six gears
Frame type Cast ally beam frame and swingarm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 815mm
Bike weight 211kg
Front suspension Non-adjustable
Rear suspension Adjustable for preload only
Front brake 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

History & Versions

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)

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