• Jan 31, 2010
The upper-middleweight naked bike segment, which currently has entrants from the likes of BMW, Aprilia and Ducati, is about to get an good ol' injection of Japanese know-how as Yamaha readies its upcoming new FZ8 for production. Yamaha apparently sees room for a machine that splits the difference between the smaller FZ6 (and FZ6R) and the full FZ1 naked literbike.

As far as we're aware, Yamaha has confirmed neither the FZ8 nor its fully-faired FZ8R sibling for North America (we'll keep you posted), but it seems possible the models could make it Stateside if there's sufficient interest... which is why we're bringing you this initial official image of the FZ8. So, what do you think?

Judging from the photo, the FZ8 appears to be based on the current FZ1, and internet rumors suggest the 800cc mill will be a downsized version of the former R1 engine with an identical stroke and smaller bore. We'll know soon enough – the official unveiling is scheduled for March 12 – but in the meantime, enjoy the teaser.

[Source: Yamaha, Asphalt & Rubber]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I like me a naked bike. These always seem to really flesh out what is so great about motorcycles, taking the lotus ideology to the nth degree: absolute performance through absolutely light weight, and a healthy amount of torque to boot. I'm glad Yamaha has come to compete with the Europeans because I just cant seem to get enough of that awesome simplicity.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Europeans still do it better but I agree with your assessment of the naked bike. However, removing the fairing does not make the bike faster and your Lotus analogy is not quite accurate. I prefer a naked bike for looks, as I think sport fairings are a waste unless one is on a track, That being said, I still prefer the Dukes or even an XR1200 to this effort but it is ok. Too much plastic for my tastes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks fine, but I certainly do not feel there is a need for yet another bike between 600cc and 1000cc.

      How about a smaller version, Yamaha (like 300-500cc)?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Majarvis

        No. You spoke again by mistake. Now go sit in the corner.

        @Mr.FlyOn71

        While it's true 1000's are more powerful, 600cc is still plenty of bike. Especially current generation repli-racers. Though I prefer a twin for any naked bike.

        • 4 Years Ago
        @Majarvis

        Why did you click on this story? if you don't like it, don't read it
        • 4 Years Ago
        Did I go to www.motoblog.com again by mistake?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hear hear! Great looking bike though... would really be interested in a smaller version of this
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll keep my Z1000, thanks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is nice, but I am anticipating an FZ1 with the crossplane crank engine from the R1. I also am not sure about how Yamaha would price this and what the component quality will be. I doubt they will bring it to the USA though...Yamaha broke my heart with the MT-01 a few years ago.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like they dropped the centerstand from the FZ6. Dang it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wonder if it will come to the US with that headlight assembly. I have a 1st Gen FZ1 and have always wished it had the euro non-faired headlight.

      Have been considering moving up to a 2nd gen and doing the conversion myself.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh -like the blue color, but I'd have to get that fork re-anodized black.
      jimpanzer07
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about an R8???
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