In response to black and white images initially leaked by Motociclismo.it Yamaha has released this single full-color image of the 2010 Yamaha FZ8, but no firm details. The 2010 Yamaha FZ8 Fazer, which adds a dinky fairing, is also being teased. Is this an all-new model? No, instead, Motociclismo suggests that the FZ1′s 1,000cc engine has simply been sleaved down to reduce power and torque, but more importantly insurance costs and the tendency of relatively novice riders to get happy with their throttle hands.
Power is apparently down from 150 on the FZ1 to something in the region of 120 on the FZ8, while visual differences come from gold instead of blue anodizing on the brake calipers. To facilitate a reduced price, suspension isn’t adjustable and neither are the levers. The FZ8 is also missing plastic radiator shrouds and has a slightly different exhaust, although it will come with optional ABS.