Yamaha fz8n review




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    Yamaha fz8n review

    Yamaha fz8n review

    In these days where many naked bikes have transformed into ADV styled naked bikes the FZ8 seemed tiny. The suspension was compliant and the ride was smooth not a firm as the MT but still this bike handles like it is on rails. The Fat Bar rocks. Home Yamaha Articles News.

    Yamaha fz8n review

    Yamaha fz8n review

    Yamaha fz8n review

    Yamaha fz8n review

    Yamaha fz8n review

    Yamaha FZ8 test | Motorcycle Paradise

    Got to spend four days riding a low km Yamaha FZ8 in Spain so I want to talk a little about this motorbike. As usual with my motorcycle reviews I am not going to be talking about the specifications or history and the other press release type stocking filler that is the content you will find on commercial motorcycling web site reviews. What I am going to do is chat about how the bike actually rides and feels and other real world things lacking on the commercial sites.

    First thing I noticed is it looks and feels really small. In these days where many naked bikes have transformed into ADV styled naked bikes the FZ8 seemed tiny. Actually by habit with the FZ8 on the side stand I put my left foot on the peg and stepped up then threw my right leg over to mount it much as I would do with a ADV bike and as I need to do with my FJR being also a large motorcycle. This behavior of course immediately became obvious to me as being totally unnecessary but it took me awhile to unlearn mounting a bike this way and I found myself still doing it over the four days I had the machine.

    Yamaha fz8n review

    The bars were a little lower than these machines and put me into a slight forward lean but again not too much so. I ride long tours so lean towards wanting maximum comfort but if doing day rides with a sporty style then the position would be perfect, better than an ADV style bike for that sort of riding. I did one km long day on the FZ8 and while that ride would have been more comfortable on the MT the FZ8 was less fatiguing than I thought it would be.

    The bike I was riding had a Givi mini screen but it is hardly a screen at all extending just an inch up much like my Buell XB9 Lightning screen did and this directed a lot of wind to the upper body same as the XB9 used to do.

    Yamaha fz8n review

    Wind blast on the highway reminded me of the Buell also. Mild up to about 90kph then it gets really noticeable. The highway speed limit in Spain is kph and at that speed I initially was uncomfortable with the wind blast on my upper body and neck. However I got used to it, I had to as the actual speed the traffic flows at on the highways is about kph and I needed to be flowing with that on a motorcycle or put myself at risk.

    Any naked bike will have wind blast and the FZ8 is no different. I actually booked the Fazer with half fairing but got the FZ8 naked model supplied instead Throttle action seemed lighter than other Yamahas I have ridden, the brake lever was adjustable, the clutch lever not adjustable and miles away from the bars why do manufacturers still do that?

    A small LCD screen with red back light I was happy enough with the information, easy to read my speed and fuel remaining which is about all I needed. I would never want to return to an analogue speedometer with small figures on a clock face dial that require I put on my reading glasses to make out.

    Yamaha fz8n review

    Similar I would not want to return to a motorcycle with just a fuel light showing I have reached reserve. Even though motorcycle fuels gauges are not always as accurate as I would like it still is something I have grown used to. Actually I love the trip computer on my FJR with distance remaining even though this is a motorcycle that can travel km on one tank so kind of the last bike that actually needs this sort of information.

    It would have been handy on the FZ8 as it had a average range. I was refueling before km since gas stations were not as common as most any other country I have been to, actually I had to get the GPS to find me fuel twice.

    Yamaha FZ8 review by Luke Wilkins



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