7. Yamaha FZ6R



When last we tested Yamaha’s FZ6R in 2014, the very-long-in-the-tooth sportbike shocked everyone involved by winning the Middleweight Intermediate Sportbike Shootout against the then brand new Honda CBR650F and Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS. The FZ6R also won a previous shootout in 2010 against the Suzuki GSX650F, and Ninja 650R (2010 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Vs. 2009 Suzuki GSX650F Vs. 2010 Yamaha FZ6R). So, a two-time champion sportbike under $8k has to be on this list!