Yamaha FZ-X is here and the model could turn out to be a retro-modern version that paves the way into the replacement for the SZ-R that existed earlier as a commuter-sporty motorcycle. Why? given its bare basic look despite funky and new elements and lower power figures, it is most likely target an older audience.
The FZ range could get more power and a bigger engine once Yamaha is done with the FZ-X. The suspension setup includes telescopic forks with longer travel at the front and a mono-shock at the rear. The new FZ-X comes with a 2-valve Blue Core FI Engine which generates 12.4PS of peak power at 7,250 rpm and 13.3Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. The exhaust note too is extensively tuned to produce a powerful sound.
The feature-loaded FZ-X is Bluetooth enabled, it also receives a Communication Control Unit (1st in India for Yamaha bikes), which is compatible with Yamaha’s dedicated Y-Connect app that helps users enjoy a fuller motorcycling lifestyle. Through this, the rider can check smartphone notifications via the instrument cluster icons, look at maintenance recommendations, track the bike’s last parking location, track fuel consumption, receive malfunction notification, along with a unique feature –
The Revs Dashboard, which displays data such as engine rpm, degree of throttle opening, rate of acceleration, an eco-friendly riding indicator, etc on your smartphone. Other attractive and innovative features include a unique looking Bi-functional LED Headlight with Daytime LED Running Lamp (DRL), a newly designed negative LCD console with a Power Socket, and an LED Taillight.The FZ-X also comes equipped with Side Stand Engine Cut off Switch which is a standard and mandatory feature for all Yamaha two wheelers in India.
The new FZ-X gets a higher handlebar that is positioned closer to the rider, which in sync with a relatively flat and plush feeling step-up seat and well-positioned footpegs that offer improved ergonomics. The new FZ-X also showcases a minimum ground clearance of 165 mm and weighs 139 kg (with oil and a full fuel tank). On the convenience front, Yamaha has also offered a Side Stand with Engine Cut-off Switch, a lower Engine protector guard and for safety a BOSCH single-channel ABS with block pattern dual-purpose 100/80-17 (Front) and 140/60-17 (Rear) tubeless tyres to ensure maximum grip over every terrain. Overall, the Neo-Retro FZ-X gets a very mature design approach with a macho vibe and exclusive colour schemes to make it stand out from the crowd.
Yamaha is keen to get the share from the likes of Bajaj Pulsar 150 and Honda Unicorn 150 which rule to roost of commuter 150cc motorcycle space. Expecting this motorcycle to a basic it will do just what Yamaha wants it to do, which is a well-priced motorcycle that is easy to ride and easy on the pocket as well. The start of a new inning yet again the commuter 150cc motorcycle space is on as enthusiasts continue to wait for 15/16 PS 150cc sporty motorcycle from the brand.
FZ-X (Without Bluetooth) Rs. 1,16,800
FZ-X (With Bluetooth) Rs. 1,19,800
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