They call it Lord of Streets.
Yamaha Motors which was lagging behind in India few years back is right on target to get back its reputation in Indian Market which it enjoyed for many years with bike like RX100 . After few months of launch of YZF R15 they launched new Yamaha FZ 16, a 153 cc bold bike. So today I finally got hand on to check out this bike and present a road test here.
This new bike is priced at Rs. 65000 (ex Showroom), its again pricey as compared to other bikes in 150cc segment but hey, it is so distinct and so bold, people who want to unique will sure go for it. We know it is sort of trimmed down version of Yamaha's global bike .. rather naked bike FZ1. And if you give closer look, its not a direct copy of FZ1, rather look like sibling to FZ1.
First glance of bike will make you to look at it again and again. As a naked bike, Yamaha has paid so much attention to every details of the bike. Starting with fuel tank, the fuel tank is huge, curvy shape and goes as high to the handlebars. Most part the fuel tank is plastic fairing and the real steel tank is beneath.
After that I go to Instrument Cluster, again it has unique layout and its colorful. May look cool but you need to pay extra attention to it in order to read in real life condition. Or may be I was not able to get use to it fast.
Coming to the front, the headlight, well clear Yamaha FZ1 style, the headlamp is V-shaped and looks like sleeping down with meter ie. instrument cluster at top. Overall, most important aspect of naked look.
The engine of the bike which is 153 cc with 14 PS at 7500 rpm of power and maximum torque of 13.6 delivered at 6000 rpm is also neatly packed, high attention is paid to the details of engine areas and at first glimpse it create a look of power packed bike. The bike is provided FIVE speed transmission. This power train was able to make 0-60 kmph in mere 52 seconds. Acceleration is pretty good and it won't give you hiccups while pickup.
As acceleration is smooth, you will get pretty fast soon but as you go high in speed reaching maximum or peak speed of Yamaha FZ16 is cumbersome, it will take time and effort reach peak speed which is about 114 kmph. After 95 kmph bike tends to feel little heavy on acceleration. But remember, they call it Lord of Streets. Its meant for quick biking .. zip zap and go.. .
The bike's engine vibrations are amazingly low and it starts with throaty gruns. The exhaust of the bike is also unique which has a loop below in engine chamber and in the end a short exhaust making it better support to torque. On design wise, the exhaust is small is sort of double layer cover which prevents it from getting it heated.
Bike sports a large front disc brake while the rear one is drum only and bike comes with all fitment as standard ie. Electric start, disc brakes, as for now there is no drum and disc brake separate model of the bike.
The rear pillion seat don't look much comfortable but its really comfortable and set just right. One of the another unique feature of the bike is its fatty rear tyre. Its 140/60 radial tubeless tyre. This wide rubber gives an impressive rear look as well as add an stunning style to overall package. Its fattier than those many higher capacity engine bikes.
While riding positing is sporty, wider handle bar gives you are cool feeling and turning is just fun. Riding this bike on bumpy road was not so smooth, may be we need to adjust Monoshock absorbers to little more softer settings. This bikes comes monoshock suspension at rear with and comes nine suspension settings, means will have fun time with playing these settings as per conditions of roads.
As they advertised, this is really Lord of the streets, be it looks or performance. Lots of torque at lower rpm makes it choice for urban commuting. A bold bike which is definitely creating a space for itself. May be more room for Yamaha in Indian Biking Industry.
Yamaha Fz-16 Technical Details and Specifications
Engine type Air-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve
Bore & Stroke 58.0 × 57.9mm
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Maximum output 14PS / 7500 rpm
Maximum torque 14 N.m / 6000 rpm
Starting method Electric starter
Lubrication type Wet sump
Carburetor type BS26
Clutch type Constant mesh wet multiplate
Ignition type CDI
Primary/secondary reduction ratio 3.409 / 2.857
Transmission type Return type 5-speed
Frame type Diamond
Suspension (front/rear) Telescopic / Monocross
Brake type(front/rear) Hydraulic single disc / drum
Tire size (front/rear) 100/80-17 / 140/60-R17
Overall Length × Width × Height 1,975mm × 770mm × 1,045mm
Seat height 790mm
Minimum ground clearance 160mm
Dry weight/Curb weight 126 kg / 137 kg
Fuel tank volume 12 liters
Engine oil volume 1.2 liters
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