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More Details On Yamaha Fazer8 (Including Official Picture)

An official photo of Yamaha’s new Fazer8 has finally surfaced, along with some additional details on the Fazer8 and its sibling, the FZ8. We showed you the official image of the FZ8 last month.

According to an interview conducted by MCN of a Yamaha Motor Europe official, both the Fazer8 and the FZ8 will feature an “all-new engine with the emphasis on torque”. Previously, there had been speculation that these bikes would receive a sleeved-down version of an R1 or FZ1 motor. If the motor is actually a ground-up design, it makes these bikes all the more interesting. Additional photos and detailed specifications will be released by Yamaha on March 12. At this point, we have no idea whether Yamaha will make either of these bikes available in the U.S.

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MD Readers Respond:

  • The right bike at the right time. The cases look great. Can’t wait to read a full test!   Mark
  • I truly hope that Yamaha brings the half faired version to the U.S.
    I seems to be a niche that has been abandoned by the other
    manufacturers.
    There is only the BMW F800 in this displacement for a standard type
    bike, now the the VFR 800 is gone.
    There is almost nothing available for someone looking for a mid sized,
    versatile, comfortable, capable
    motorcycle . Your choices are either a cruiser or full on sport bike,
    neither of which is appealing to me.
    If offered with options of hard luggage, heated grips etc., it could
    be a do it all motorcycle.
    I think Yamaha has the potential of a runaway hot seller. I am
    anxiously awaiting the news from Yamaha.   Stephen

  • While I’m still looking out for a low-mile or leftover FZ6, a Fazer8 with a completely new engine would tip me over the fence. With the new VFR squarely in land barge territory, there aren’t many options left in the sweet spot between 600 and 1000ccs. The only other real middleweight sport touring option is the BMW F800ST, which feels a bit too much like my NInja 650R. — Mike