Consider yourself a college goer chap with young blood in your veins who wants to accomplish his big-superbike desire, but at a price which may not burn a hole in his pocket, the bike which can make the heads turn wherever he goes. For him, the Yamaha Fazer is a sure-shot choice. The Fazer has got everything which a rider can expect from a sub-1 lakh rupee bike – flashy mesomorphic looks which can make any passer-by drool, long list of irresistible features which can make you feel that you have spent your each and every penny wisely, a powerful engine (though it can have a more kilos of that power) and a comfortable tourer on which you can mount your bags and head on to Ladakh. And what’s the deal sealer is the price – at Rs.77,985 (ex-showroom Delhi), it is one of the most lucrative stuff out there in the two-wheeler market.
Yamaha Fazer Bikes
153 cc, Petrol, 50 KmplRs 80,910*
149 cc, Petrol, 53 KmplRs 86,720*
Yamaha has always been famous and a significant name in the biking sector all these years, worldwide as well as here in our Indian market too. Even after holding a status of pioneers in the performance motorcycling segment since last fifty years, they are still going strong with their drool-worthy offerings. Though in India, their history has not been a dream run as comparable to other international markets. Their successful initiation with the RD and RX series bikes was later doomed by the four-stroke commuters, which although being very capable, failed to ignite interests among the Indian bikers. But enter 2008 and Yamaha came back on the track with offering the first fully faired Indian super-sport 150cc, YZF-R15, which instantly brought the speculative eyeballs back to Yamaha showrooms. And later on, the street-naked FZ-series carried on the momentum of the success ride of the triple tuning forks, here in India. Staying in league in the performance envision, Yamaha introduced a semi-faired version of FZ-16, giving it a familiar name to it – Fazer. The Fazer has been a common sight on Indian roads for a while now, and has been one of the topmost choices for those looking for some muscular styling with equally muscular performance on tap. Is it a perfect amalgamation of the modern demands, let’s find out.
Yamaha introduced a 125cc Fazer some 10 years back, which looked a bit alien due to its odd front face having goggle-eyed headlamps. The bike, although being mechanically composed, didn’t sell in good numbers due to its poor styling. But this Fazer is truly a poser. Its unmistakable muscular stance gives it a stance on FZ-16 on steroids; the body panels being similar to the naked street version, with a semi-fairing attached in place of singular headlamp. The fairing is nicely sculpted in an aerodynamic manner with a nicely styled tinted front visor and incorporates the dual headlamps with a tiny pilot parking lamp in between the two halogen units. But the unfortunate downside is that only one light glows at a time, with the right unit glowing for upper position and the left lamp glowing while the switch is on dipper aside. This sometimes looks odd while the headlamp is switched on, but the illumination from both the 35 watt pieces is very good. This front, while enhancing the night vision, gives a macho front end to the bike. Apart from the front view, the rest of the design is fully taken from the FZ-series bikes, with the side and rear profiles being the same as seen on the latter. From the side, the nicely carved and muscular plastic fuel tank with good and comfortable knee recesses make this one of the most stylish tanks out there in the business. The rear view of this bike is also unique with the chunky panels with the minimalistic tail lamp placed below it. This unconventional feature makes this rear outstanding even in an over-crowded parking lot. The rear fender has been widened to prevent the splashes of mud. The ‘ultra-fat for the segment’ front and rear tires along with the short stubby exhaust and all black finish on engine and alloy wheels enhance its muscular visual appeal. The instrument cluster is also carried away from FZ, with full LCD displays for speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, odometer and trip meter with orange backlit, along with basic warning/indicator lights placed in its surroundings. Though the displays are too small, and needs a bit of ‘concentration’ to view them, especially in sunlight. Adding to it, the garish graphics inside the meter make it look cheap. Overall, it is a nice feature, which was introduced for the very first time in India in this motorcycle itself. The overall paint job, switchgear and build quality is top notch – a typical Yamaha trait.
Engine And Performance
Yamaha is known for its performance-oriented power mills, and the Fazer is not an exception too. This muscular beast is powered by the tried and tested 153cc air-cooled, 2-valve, 4-stroke SOHC engine with a maximum power of 14 bhp and a maximum torque of 14 Nm at 6000 rpm. The engine is a refined and capable unit with strong low and mid-range grunt and is stress free even at longer distances. But the added weight to the FZ chassis results in a bit weaker top-end performance, with the engine craving more for power at high revs. For a bike of the stance of John Abraham (who co-incidently is its brand ambassador too!), the bike should have given a punchier engine to do justice. The 0-60 sprint is also covered up in a not-so-quick 5.6 seconds and the top speed is equivalent to the street naked 150s, with the bike maxing out at 118 kmph. Nevertheless, the lack of top end power is compensated by a fabulous 5-speed gearbox, with the universal pattern of one down and four up shifts. The gearshifts are slick and are set on shorter side, reducing the sweaty tasks by your left foot in the middle of the city traffic. The weight gain has made this machine notorious in fuel-efficiency stakes, with the bike delivering an overall mileage of 46 kmpl. And don’t get mistaken by the ultra-bulgy fuel tank, it’s capacity of just 12 liters (‘just’ because of its size) gives it a range of just 550 kms, which means it requires more refueling at petrol pumps than its rivals.
Braking And Handling
This surely is the strongest forte of Fazer. This bike is a true mile-muncher, which is designed to offer a highly comfortable ride. The almost flat handlebar positioned a bit higher as compared to FZ, accompanied with a mildly rear set foot-pegs and a capacious full-sized seat make this seating position a less tedious for your backbone, neither being too focused as R15, nor commuter-ish like YBRs. Though the pillion riders may find the perch is a bit small, but not that tedious, with a very functional and good-looking split grab rails. Though the positioning of kick-start lever is very quirky, with front footrest coming in the mid-way. Yamaha has worked wonderfully in mass centralization through its mid-ship muffling system, which helps to concentrate the weight of the whole bike as close to the center of gravity as possible. This marvelous concept has aided this bike to maintain rider stability even at high speeds. The tyres are themselves gems in their own, with the segment first 100/80-17 front and 140/60-17 rear radial tyres offering superb grip on all kinds of even and uneven surfaces. The suspension setup of this bike is also far superior and high-standard, with an fatter 41mm diameter front telescopic forks and a 7-time adjustable Monocross suspension at rear. The whole suspension setup is consistent and responsive with smooth feedback and makes the Fazer one of the most planted rides out there. The brakes are also by far the benchmarks in the segment, with a big front 267mm two-pot hydraulic disc brake at front a 130mm drum brake at rear. The front disc brake provides really sharp feedback with providing shorter stopping distances. It’s so fabulous that the absence of rear disc is not that missed, considering the rear disc brakes are now found in almost every other 150cc machines. Though a disc brake at rear will increase the already sharp bite even more.
The Yamaha Fazer is equipped with class-leading brakes and suspension setup, which is hard to beat. But rather than introducing some new graphics and calling them facelifts, Yamaha should introduce some modern safety equipments like ABS system and rear disc brake which can increase the value-for-money factor.
Yamaha Fazer is available in four striking colour options: Streak Red, Milestone Black, Rising Red and Getaway Blue.
Macho looks, Long list of features, Comfortable ride
Lack of top-end grunt, Fuel efficiency
Yamaha Fazer Review
does Yamaha fazer new version has kick start facility or not?
I got my bike at the end of apr'2014. I was very much excited to write my 1st review online. I was very much satisfied with my yamaha fazer- battle green about its look, riding quality and mileage. While i driving this is streets all view are on me it is definitely a head-turner.. I maintained my speed upto 40km/hr upto my 1st service. Now checked mileage and really got shocked that it gives 50kmpl. In most of the reviews online and my friends told me that it gives only 42kmpl. So it is purely depend upon the handling and riding condition. So friends pls take care of your speedlimit upto 1st s...
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