Since its inception in India several decades ago (1985 to be
precise), Yamaha has been synonymous with speed and excitement. Mileage was
never a bother for the riders as they simply looked at heady pickups and raw
speeds. But then those were the days when two-stroke engines were the order of
the day and the likes of RX100 and RD350 ruled our world. Since then bikes from
Yamaha have become more caring towards the environment and more frugal when it
comes to fuel consumption.
One of the most solid bikes from the Yamaha stable in recent
times has been the FZ range of bikes. But what has surprised me is that when a
company upgrades a bike’s façade why not the performance or the heart that
makes it thump? Yes, minor tweaks are made here and there but surely there are
several like me who would always anticipate and look forward to something
faster and more powerful apart from those bold lines and the aggressive
At the heart of the new FZ-S FI V2.0 is a 149cc, single cylinder,
air-cooled, 4-stroke fuel injection engine which produces 12.9bhp revving at
8000rpm and produces 13.6Nm of torque at 6000rpm. The engine has been mated to
a constant mesh 5-speed gear box. The gear box is smooth and you can feel the
refinement over the previous version with a light action clutch which feels as
slick as a rich man’s bow-tie. The throttle response of the bike is crisp and
precise and you can pull the engine cleanly till about 8000rpm after which it
begins to tail off. The most fun aspect about this bike is the engine, for its
capacity it produces a good amount of torque which caters for a very spirited
ride. When you are powering out of a corner the sheer volumes of torque and the
light weight of the FZ-S V2.0 performs honorably. Incidentally, the V2 is a few
lighter than the earlier version. Off the line the Yamaha FZ-S V2.0 will give
you nothing but pleasure to ride. The single cylinder air-cooled engine is
definitely not one of the fastest around but none-the-less will not leave you behind
in competition. My only complaint is why not a variant with a bigger engine,
every competitor is on to that play and I feel its time Yamaha woke up to this
reality. While others are introducing more powerful models Yamaha has powered
down their FZ by one bhp. The earlier variant had a 153cc engine while the
present one has dropped by 4cc. The exhaust system on the FZ-S V2.0 has not
changed will still produce that same grunt as the previous model.
Ride & Handling
There are only a handful of Indian bikes which can claim a
good riding position and a comfortable crouch. The FZ has been a name in the
Indian biking world which practically reinvented the way the bikers would look
at the riding position and comfort. The bike has a low set riding position and
broad handles as before to give the rider a comfortable riding position and
makes handling the bike a pleasurable experience. The curb weight of the bike
has been reduced from the previous model to 132kgs making it very zippy in
corners. The FZ-S V2.0 like the previous model has a pair of robust front
telescopic forks and a monocross rear fork. FZs are known for their good
handling ability and Yamaha has always had good build quality but what is an
addition to this new FZ-S V2.0 is the new MRFs in the front and the usual broad
radials at the back offering enormous amounts of traction and grip to the
tarmac. The front discs are highly effective and when combined with a large
rear drum brake the bike gives you a higher level of confidence while riding.
Design & Styling
When you hear the name FZ you know it is going to be a great
looking bike. So what exactly can you do to improve an already beautiful
looking bike? There have been some subtle changes which have been made on the
new FZ-S V2.0 which are not too distinguished to amateurs. The bike has more
edgy lines while the headlamp has been made to look more aggressive. The vinyls
on the bike now bear the proud FZ-S V2.0 badge. The bike has a split riding
saddle which is broad and comfy. The bike is very muscular and macho, with very
few panels and trims and it is one of the snazziest looking naked bikes out
there. The tyres profiles are 100/ 80 R17 in the front and 140/ 60 R17 in the
rear. Both wheels have slim five spoke light weight black alloys which add
elegance to the profile of the bike. The instrument cluster is new with bolder
looking symbols and easy visibility the cluster provides more convenience and
comfort while viewing it on a ride. The cluster also displays an eco-mode to
help you monitor your driving style and fuel consumption. The fuel tank can
hold 12 litres of petrol and has been designed to add comfort while riding. The
tank is designed to provide enough room to tuck in your legs and crouch. The
rear view mirrors are broad and give a good view of the back. The palm grips on
the bike have a good grip and the flip switches are easy to operate and have
been located conveniently. The overall design of the bike compliments its
profile well and adds to the value Yamaha is offering on the new FZ-S V2.0.
With a price tag of Rs.78,000 ex-showroom Delhi, the latest
FZ from Yamaha is good but could have been priced a little better to be more
competitive. It is mainly the loyal Yamaha fan follower who has a true biker’s
spirit who will know why the FZ or any other Yamaha for that matter of fact is
worth the extra cost. The design and styling of the bike remains jaw dropping,
the performance has been improved in terms of shifting and light weighting but
the compromise made on the engine front will not really push it ahead of the
previous versions but rather keep it at par. The new fuel injection technology
does definitely add value to the biking experience and the overall feel of the
bike is a notch better than before. For a biking enthusiast who will admire the
ancestry and heritage which Yamaha has to offer this is the ideal bike if you
have the same price bracket in mind. The
Yamaha FZ-S FI V2.0 is definitely the chip off the old and sacred Yamaha block!
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