Yamaha FZS-FI Version 3.0: Pros, Cons, Should You Buy One?
Here’s what works in favour of the Yamaha’s best selling bike, the FZS-Fi, and what doesn’t
The FZ series has been one of the best selling bikes to ever come out of Yamaha’s stable. However, over the years, the bike has become a lot more expensive while quality levels have taken a massive hit. So, does the Yamaha FZS-Fi V3 still make a good argument for itself against rivals? Here’s what works in favour of the FZS-Fi and what doesn’t.
Comfortable riding posture:
Granted, the FZ was a good handler in its heydays, but over the years it has transitioned to being more city-oriented. For this, Yamaha has raised the bike’s single-piece handlebar by 22mm and positioned it closer to the rider. Couple this with slightly rear-set footpegs and you have a comfortable, upright riding posture. Adding to the overall ride experience is the FZ’s well-cushioned single-piece seat.
While the engine isn't as powerful as its rivals it more than makes up for it by delivering impressive fuel-efficiency figures. To put things into perspective, the bike returned 49.31kmpl in the city and an impressive 55.42kmpl on the highway in our tests.
The highlight has to be the FZ’s braking setup. The disc brakes at both ends offer great bike and progression through the levers, while the single-channel ABS setup ensures you don’t lock the front end even in slippery conditions.
Engine Lacks Punch:
The Yamaha FZS-Fi Version 3.0 packs a smaller 149cc fuel-injected motor compared to its rivals in the 150-160cc segment. It’s essentially the same fuel-injected engine that’s been carried over from the V2 which was downsized to extract more fuel-efficiency. Consequently, it lacks punch!
Headlight lacks intensity:
While the FZ’s LED headlight offers decent throw and spread at night compared to the FZ25 and the YZF-R15 V3 it still lacks intensity and sharpness, forcing you to strain your eyes. It could also be problematic while riding at night on highways at high speeds.
The overall build feels fairly solid, however, there’s a huge difference in terms of quality compared to the bikes the company produced a couple of years ago. The quality of plastics has taken a massive hit as the panel gaps are quite inconsistent.
Should you buy one?
You’d be better off with options like the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V (Rs 99,101) which offers better performance and is more fuel-efficient compared to the FZ (Rs 98,180). We will soon be riding the 2019 Suzuki Gixxer, which should give us a better idea of where the FZS-Fi stands, so stay tuned for our first ride impressions.
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