Yamaha FZ8 ABS naked bike tested

Yamaha FZ8 ABS test

Yamaha naked bike with ABS

The new FZ8 from Yamaha is naked, relatively undisguised. But why the manufacturer called them "The sheer madness" advertises on its homepage, is not really accessible.


The test motorcycle was equipped with some parts from the Yamaha accessories: -slim license plate holder, radiator cover, engine cover, sports screen, crash pads, LED indicators and seat cover. These special attachments increase the base price by 960 euros.

When driving, the Yamaha FZ8 ABS is thankfully lamb-pious. Which does not mean that the engine is sluggish or not very fiery. No, the four-cylinder strolls up to 4500 rpm on the country road, from 6000 rpm it pour enough oil into the fire and reaches its maximum output of 106 hp at 10,000 rpm. The direct Japanese competition has slightly more to offer with 113 hp in the Kawasaki Z 800. But it’s not just about top performance.

The engine of the Yamaha FZ8 ABS impresses with its smooth throttle response and smoothness. Vibrations are kept within limits. Only the slight trailer at 4500 rpm bothers a little when overtaking. But a simple downshift in the well-stepped gearbox is enough to get things going.

Yamaha FZ8 ABS test

Yamaha naked bike with ABS

Yamaha FZ8 ABS can now be enjoyed by even sporty drivers, because the rear remains much quieter. However, the suspension elements of the 800 series do not come close to the qualities of a pure sports suspension: Even with full preload and closed damping, the Yamaha FZ8 ABS remains a good-natured motorcycle that still pampers with sufficient comfort.


The spring preload and rebound stage of the fork are now adjustable.

This is not only due to the successful suspension set-up and 130 millimeters of travel at the front and rear, but also by the seating position, which is ideal for people between 1.65 and 1.80 meters. Footrests, handlebar ends and seat are exactly where you would probably have liked to screw them. The FZ8 integrates its drivers perfectly, and even short contemporaries can stand safely on the floor thanks to the narrow waist and low seat height of just 810 millimeters.

The only downer: The FZ8 is fitted with an outdated Bridgestone BT 021 ex works, which steers stiffly and sluggishly when cold and is not a handling miracle even when it is warm. More manageable tire would probably be awesome in this case.

Technical specifications


The spring strut can also be adjusted in terms of the spring base and rebound stage.

Water-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke engine, four valves per cylinder, wet sump lubrication, injection, Ø 35 mm, regulated catalytic converter, battery 12 V / 9 Ah, mechanically operated multi-disc oil bath clutch, six-speed gearbox.
Bore x stroke 68.0 x 53.6 mm
Displacement 779 cm³
Compression ratio 12.0: 1
Rated output 78.1 kW (106 hp) at 10,000 rpm
Max. Torque 82 Nm at 8000 rpm

landing gear
Bridge frame made of aluminum, upside-down fork, Ø 43 mm, adjustable spring base and rebound, two-arm swing arm made of aluminum, central spring strut with lever system, adjustable spring base and rebound, double disc brake at the front, Ø 310 mm, four-piston fixed calipers, disc brake at the rear, Ø 267 mm, Single piston floating caliper, ABS.
Tires 120/70 ZR 17; 180/55 ZR 17
Tires in the test Bridgestone BT 021 "BB"

mass and weight
Wheelbase 1460 mm, steering head angle 65.0 degrees, caster 109 mm, suspension travel f / h 130/130 mm, seat height * 810 mm, weight with a full tank * 217 kg, payload * 193 kg, tank capacity 17.0 liters.

Two year guarantee
Colors black, white, gray / blue
price 8,850 euros
Price test motorcycle ** 9,810 euros
Additional costs around 170 euros

* MOTORCYCLE measurements; ** License plate holder 108 euros, radiator cover 99 euros, LED indicators 54 euros, engine spoiler 216 euros, sports screen 126 euros, crash pads 141 euros, seat cover 216 euros

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