Yamaha does listen to its customers and take their suggestions very seriously, so much so that they build a complete bike based on combined suggestions.
The Yamaha FZ-X is the newest member of the FZ family. The customers wanted a ‘different’ looking bike with an already proven track record, so Yamaha went ahead and built the FZ-X. It is based on the same engine and chassis of the earlier FZ’s which were a great Hit.
Especially the sporty-looking naked FZ-S which came into existence back in 2008. Fun Fact, it was also my first motorcycle ever, which I had won in a rally in 2009, ever since, I never got off the bikes.
So, naturally, I am excited to review the new FZ-X and talk about everything it has and has not!
Let’s start with how ‘different’ the bike looks from all the other motorcycles available in the same segment.
It’s retro for sure, modern because of the round by functional LED DRL headlamp with 3 sleek position lights, the tank is tear-shaped and quite broad which gives it a very bulky front. On the sides, it does carry a good-looking pair of radiator shrouds which are purely cosmetic because this bike does not have a radiator it’s got 2 level tuck and roll seat which is wide, long and well-cushioned.
Towards the rear, under the seat, the LED tail lamp looks decent. Surrounded by removable grab rail.
The FZ-X rides on MRF dual-purpose, block pattern tyres, supported by Telescopic suspension with front fork boot the motorcycle is available in 2 other colours Matte Black and a particularly striking shade of blue, to be honest, the look of the bike has failed to impress me. I’ve had it for a couple of days now and it hasn’t grown on me. But it does make up for it in performance during city rides.
Now what’s interesting and new on the bike is the new instrument cluster which comes packed with a number of features. With 3000/- extra for the top model, the bike will be compatible with Yamaha’s new Y connect Bluetooth app which brings in new features like fuel consumption, maintenance recommendations, Calling alert, Engine RPM, real-time fuel consumption, notify in case of any malfunction and for security shows last parking location.
What’s missing is the gear position indicator and it does not support turn by turn navigation which I feel is important and comes in handy.
Now, these days what’s become important is a charging socket and Yamaha has provided you with a 12v power outlet right where you look at.
Let’s talk about the Comfort, handling and Riding performance of the motorcycle.
The riding position is comfortable, Handlebars are higher up Footpegs are further up in a comfortable position, the seat has good space for a rider, pillion and maybe some luggage if you want. The fuel tank looks very bulky but can store only 10 litres of fuel 3 litres lesser than the previous FZ’s, which means more stops to the gas station.
Surprisingly, I do not remember tiptoeing on any commuter bike before, this one is surely taller, good for tall guys not sure about the average Indian Height guys
Yamaha FZ-X is powered by 149cc, air-cooled 4-stroke, single-cylinder fuel-injected “BLUE CORE” engine, which produces 12.4 HP and 13.3 NM torque. Same engine character as the previous FZ’s for safety it gets The Bosch single-channel ABS, 282 mm disc-brake with ABS in the front and 220 mm disk brake at the rear handling of the bike is extremely easy, power delivery is linear, smooth in traffic, the mid-range is torquey enough to help you overtake other vehicles on the road easily.
Engine revs are nice and lower speeds are enjoyable till 5000RPM over and above you do start to feel the vibrations. It’s not so much fun at high speeds. The refinement is decent but not the sharpest and finest in the market.
This was quite a surprise for me because Yamaha is known for its top-class performance motorcycles, even in the commuter segment like the previous FZ’s ride quality is decent, FZ’s have been tuned to tackle the Indian roads and this one gets a metal cowl for our harsh roads. Talking about metal, the bike is loaded with metal parts making it 4 kgs heavier than before.
Although the bike still feels light on its feet even at 139kgs, I have no complaints with the braking, its adequate suspension travel and ground clearance remains the same, but MRF tyres don’t appreciate being pushed too hard at the corners, the bike is decent but not as good as FZ’s though, additional the turning radius of the bike is also more maybe because of the hunky looking tank in the front.