Yamaha FZ-X Connected Instrument Cluster Features Explained
The instrument cluster in the new Yamaha FZ-X can do a lot of things except for one crucial bit
Even though the Yamaha FZ-X is meant to represent all things old-school, the Japanese brand has equipped the motorcycle with enough modern features to make it a properly practical offering. The biggest talking point is the bike’s connected instrument cluster. Here’s what it’s all about:
The full-LCD instrument cluster features an analogue-like circular tachometer similar to the one on the Honda CB650R. Then there’s the speedometer, odometer, dual tripmeters, and a six-bar fuel gauge. The call and message alerts have their dedicated icons in the console itself. It also shows the connectivity status via the ‘App’ icon, and the smartphone’s battery level. For added convenience, there’s a USB charging port (with cover, to protect the outlet from rains) just below the console.
The console is paired to the smartphone app called Yamaha Motorcycle Connect via bluetooth. The app is available on both Google Play Store and Apple App Store. You can access all the functions of the app once you’ve signed up and connected to your motorcycle’s console.
Apart from the call alerts, the message alert includes both emails and text messages. The connectivity also synchronises the bike’s internal clock so that you don’t have to set the time in the console manually. You can also find out the average fuel efficiency and fuel consumed in a day/month or even year-wise format. The app alerts the user to change battery or engine oil as per the distance, riding style and duration as well.
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Another handy function is the Parking Location which allows the user to locate their bike in a crowded parking lot. If there’s an engine malfunction, the app immediately alerts the user and automatically sends out a mail to the registered email address. You can also reach out to your registered dealer for further assistance.
The Revs Dashboard function shows the tachometer readings in two different layouts: bar and dial. Apart from this you can also view other information like instantaneous fuel economy, intake air temperature, Eco indicator, degree of throttle opening and rate of acceleration. The ‘Ranking’ function ranks the user based on the distance covered and fuel efficiency achieved. You can then compare your ranks with other riders in the country or even the world.
All in all, the Yamaha Motorcycle Connect app is quite informative. But we feel certain crucial data such as the real-time mileage readouts should’ve been displayed on the console itself, rather than the app, for better convenience. One major feature that’s missing is the turn-by-turn navigation. Yamaha could’ve offered at least a no-frills turn-by-turn directions feature on the console like the one in the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V. We hope to see these updates included as a part of the 2022 iteration.