Yamaha is one such brand which has always paid attention to the latest motoring vogue of the youth. The RX series and RD series show this concern for the tastes of the youth. The FZ has always been an important model in the company's product line up. First introduced in 2008, the bike turned out to be an instant crowd- puller with its sporty "naked sport" styling, superb performance and impressive drivability . As times changed and many of the rivals turned up, having undergone mere plastic surgeries Yamaha has now given FZ a new avatar with considerable changes - both in the design as well as in the engine. Here is what we feel after having had a test ride of this new macho boy.
The company has retained the basic design of the bike. The new version sports a redesigned headlamp , which looks magnificent with its new angular design. The front mud guard is carved out of fiber. The new FZ sports air scoops on either side, which give it a sporty appeal.
The design of the 12 L tank has been left untouched and it now gets a two-tone color scheme and new 3D graphics. The entire body gets a catchy two- tone color scheme.
The rear has been tweaked and now looks even more "sporty" with the new tail lamp. The rear wheel gets full cover mud-guard which makes the bike even more practical. As a part of the weight-losing strategy, this mud guard has been made out of fiber.The exhaust pipe has also been redesigned. This new design of the rear as well as the exhaust pipe give the bike a surprisingly different look.
FZ FI sports wide split seats which offer ample support and comfort and split grab rails which add to the style quotient of the bike too apart from offering ample comfort.
The new rectangular LCD digital meter cluster hosts speedo, tacho , fuel gauge, odo and trip meters. The various warning lamps and indicators are all neatly arranged around the instrument panel (display). Something needs a special mention here. The new FZ comes with an "ECO" warning lamp which helps in making the rider ride in such a way so as to get the maximum out of every drop of fuel. the plastic quality is above average. The rear view mirror retains its old design.
The overall dimensions of the new bike have changed too. The length, breadth, height and wheel base of the new FZ are 1990 mm, 70 mm, 1050 mm, 1330 mm. A 160 mm ground clearance and 2.6 m turning radius make the new FZ a practical bike.
The bike has telescopic fork in the front and mono-shock, box section swing arm in the rear.
RIDE AND HANDLING:
Mileage was the biggest (and may be the only) drawback of the previous gen FZ. But the new model does away with this defect. The new 1409 cc 4 stroke "BLUE CORE" single cylinder engine gives out the peak power of 12.9 bhp at 8000 rpm and the peak torque of 12.8 nm at 6000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5 speed transmission. The engine uses"Fuel Injection " technology.
You can actually feel the difference right from the moment when you start the mill. The entire thing is now butter- smooth.The new technology uses a fuel injector instead of a carburetor and sprays petrol into the cylinder. Thus maximum combustion of the fuel takes place and hence you get the maximum power at you fingertips.The engine is now even more refined. Since more combustion occurs, the emission gets reduced considerably. The FZ FI is built in accordance with the BS4 emission norms.
The new FZ FI offers good throttle response. The power delivery is almost linear upto 6000 rpm. The vehicle responds accurately to your fingers. The throttle can go for a head to head fight with Apache RTR which boasts of a "Racing Throttle Response" technology. The gearshift is smooth and precise. The vehicle does the 0-60 kmph dash in about 5.2 seconds.
The ride is smooth. You dont feel a bit of vibration, even at high speeds. The stability needs a special mention. You don't lose your confidence due to air resistance at high speeds. The bike stays in hand even at 3 digit speeds. You feel confident in cornering at high speeds. It is interesting hat the company has slightly decreased the power of the new FZ, but still it performs better than the old one. Thanks to the weight losing strategy that has made it almost 3 kg lighter now. As said earlier, the bike performs impressively up to 6000 rpm. But you really feel the lag after 6000 rpm. The brakes do their duty well, making the FZ a safe bike to roam around with. The bike gets 267 mm disc for the front and drum for the rear wheels. Yea yea... Yamaha could have provided rear discs , at least as an option. The FZ FI proves itself to be a good street bike with its impressive low and mid range performance.
The new FZ gives you 45-55 kmpl
- Interesting design
- Better efficiency
- Impressive ride and handling
- Reduction in weight
- Appealing color combos
- Good throttle response and power delivery ( up to 6000 rpm)
- ECO indicator
- Absence of rear discs
- Lag in response after 6000 rpm
- The plastic quality of the rear mud guard could be improved.
Rs. 78,250 (Ex showroom, Delhi)
The new FZ Fi is a good street bike with its appealing design, good efficiency and impressive performance.
Vehicle for test ride provided by: Shinrai Yamaha, Kundannoor
Test Ride and Report: Sudheesh Kumar
Edits: Neeraj Padmakumar