Yamaha FZS-FI: Same Price, Other Options
There are six other bikes you can buy for Yamaha FZS-FI money. Question is, should you?
Yamaha had launched the third generation FZS-FI at the start of this year. Priced at Rs 98,180 (ex-showroom Delhi) the FZS-FI gets a major cosmetic redesign that makes it appear larger than before. It gets more upright ergonomics thanks to a new single-piece seat and features like a new LED headlamp and digital instrument console. Its 149cc fuel-injected motor makes 13.2PS at 8000rpm and 12.8Nm at 6000rpm. You also have a more affordable option in the form of the FZ-FI. The FZS-FI is one of the more expensive 150cc bikes available in India, and there are a few other bikes you can buy for the same price. Which one should you put your money on then? We help you decide.
Bajaj Pulsar 180F Neon ABS (Rs 95,290):
The Pulsar 180 Neon has been around for a while in the form of the Pulsar 180. It was recently updated and as part of the update, it got the fairing and headlamp from the larger Pulsar 220. Features include a projector headlamp, LED tail lamp, semi-digital instrument console, clip-on handlebars and a split seat. Safety-wise it gets a disc at both ends and a single channel ABS setup. Its 17.6cc air-cooled motor makes 17PS and 14.2Nm of torque and is a refined unit. In terms of fuel efficiency, the Pulsar 180F delivers 48.95kmpl in the city and 47.86kmpl in the highway. The Pulsar 180F is a good tourer thanks to its comfortable ride quality and isn't expensive to run or maintain.
Hero Xtreme 200S (Rs 98,500):
The second faired bike in this list comes packed with features like LED headlamp, LED tail lamp and a digital instrument console with Bluetooth connectivity. It gets a 199.8cc air-cooled and carburetted single-cylinder motor that offers 18.4PS and 17.1Nm of torque. For safety, you get a single-channel ABS as standard. If you are looking for a fully-faired motorcycle, the Xtreme 200S is your most affordable option.
Suzuki Intruder 150 ABS (Rs 1.01 lakh):
If you are looking for a modern cruiser, the Intruder is a good bet. While it might not win any prizes for its looks, the Intruder manages to grab a lot of attention. The low seat height is suited for shorter riders and it handles surprisingly well for a cruiser. With its small 155cc air-cooled and carburetted motor, the Intruder isn't exactly quick off the line but earns brownie points for refinement and high fuel efficiency. It delivers 47.6kmpl in the city and 54kmpl on the highway.
Suzuki Gixxer SF SP ABS (Rs 1.02 lakh):
Suzuki recently updated the Gixxer SF and with the new redesign comes a substantial Rs 8,000 hike in price. However, you can still buy the previous generation Gixxer SF SP. Feature-wise this Gixxer SF SP gets a full-digital instrument console but misses out on the LED headlamp. The bike is also available in an attractive livery that manages to make it stand out from the crowd. This faired bike shares its 155cc air-cooled powerplant with the Intruder and makes the same 14.8PS and 14Nm. While the Gixxes might be low on power, its fuel-injected motor impresses with its refinement and fuel efficiency: 51kmpl in the city and 62.47kmpl on the highway.
Hero XPulse 200 (Rs 97,000):
The XPulse 200 is the most affordable adventure bike available in India. This entry-level adventure bike gets all the right off-road bits like long-travel suspension, 21-inch front and 18-inch rear spoke wheels with dual-purpose tyres, engine bash plate, serrated footpegs and a high-mounted exhaust. Features include an LED headlamp, LED tail lamp and full digital instrument console with Bluetooth connectivity. The XPulse 200 shares its 199.6cc motor with the Xtreme 200S but comes in carburetted and fuel-injected guises. Of the two we would pick the FI (Rs 1.05 lakh) for its better throttle response. The motor makes 18.4PS and 17.1Nm but gets a shorter final drive for better off-road performance. It delivers 46.4kmpl in the city and 42.75kmpl on the highway.
Hero XPulse 200T (Rs 94,000):
The XPulse 200T is the touring friendly variant of the more hardcore XPulse 200. For this, it gets a more road-biased suspension setup, 17-inch wheels with road-biased tyres on both ends, a lower seat height and different disc brakes. It shares its 199.6 air-cooled and carburetted motor with the Xtreme 200S but gets a different final drive for more relaxed touring.