Yamaha FZ16 Ownership Review by Vasanth

by Deepak on July 23, 2010

When I talk about biking, I only get reminded of a quote which I read from a book once “Four wheels moves the body. Two wheels moves the soul”, well true being said, when I start my bike, it my soul which takes off even before the engine starts roaring. And today it’s nice to see that I started off with the humble Bajaj sunny and today I am riding the bike of my heart, my all new Yamaha FZ-16. I am a creative person and work for the Media in one of the biggest TV / Film production houses in Chennai and to me even though cars are the means of going out, biking as always been a passion and it never seemed to get out of my blood. I still remember those years when I used to race in the Sunny and still managed to reach speeds of up to 80 kmph on that mini scooter. Those were years!!!

Just like most young bikers, it was love at first sight, and it all started when I was driving to my office one day when I happened to pass a Yamaha showroom and there was a FZ lined up in the front of the showroom, and while I sat there looking deep into those glassy showroom, I totally forgot that I was in the middle of the road and there were 20 to 30 cars behind me all honking as hell. I finally just captured that thought of this amazing looking bike and moved on to office. Later that evening I took the same route and made it into the showroom right on time before they closed for the day. I got all the brochures and finally had a firm thought in my mind that this was going to be my bike after all these years. It was finally “YES” for Yamaha.

When you actually look at the FZ-16, you will see a style and a make unlike any other, the style captivity is so high in this bike that even now, so many months after the launch, I still manage to get the looks from co bikers when I wait in the red light, or zoom across the streets of Chennai. The Yamaha FZ16, at 153cc it’s quite a muscular bike. When you look into the specs of the bike, you can see that it is nothing extraordinary, but when you get the feel of the drive, I found that it was worth the price. I do agree the Pulsar one of a master piece for India, but after the Yamaha FZ-16 launched, it made the Pulsar look like a bike of the older generation.

The R15 is also an amazing bike, but I felt it doesn’t have that much a road presence as the FZ-16, the way I handle my FZ is sure way too better than the R15. There is good amount of low end grunt, something which is missing in the R15. Though power of 14PS doesn’t speak much, it’s the torque which is worth talking about. 13.6NM @ 6000 RPM means this bike pulls very well from any RPM. There is very good throttle response and the bike will nudge 120kmph which is the norm in the 150cc segment. If you don’t mind the fuel mileage, I guess we just not talk about it…

Why the R15 can’t look at FZ’s in the face:

  • The mono cross sense of style
  • Broad Forks and massively impressing rear tire
  • Handling capabilities of the FZ-16 in narrow stretches of the road
  • The fuel tank combines both safety and style in one single piece.
  • The fat front forks, mono cross suspension and the head up display.

Few points for which the FZ looks itself down:

  • Toyish dashboard with Full Digital Stuff. (Would have been better with dials)
  • Just three color options, sporty colors should be introduced.
  • Could have provided disc brakes for the rear tires.

I will set the norms straight with 4 major credibility’s which are to be considered:

  • Styling
  • Performance
  • Power
  • Add-ons

Styling:

When you give the first look at the bike, you will notice that there is an ample amount of graphics and vibrancy of colors on the bike and they have been done keeping in mind the end user and is customized exclusively to cater to the needs of the majority of the young biking community. I guess the major target of the FZ is a 18-35 year old male who is brand conscious, stylish & confident and has an active mindset and inclination towards the best style in life and it just suits my creativity more than any other bike around.

Performance:

FZ comes with a ‘MidShip Muffler’ which is toward the center of the machine to achieve good concentration of mass, exhaust efficiency and handling. The Monocross rear suspension is something very new in India and I was skeptic on how its performance would be, but after riding the FZ, I found that it was one amazing technology to be considered for an effective biking since it ensures agile running performance and handling. The bikes also have “140/60-17″ size rear radial which is also the first time to be introduced in India it also guarantees a 60% aspect ratio that contributes to better grip and handling stability.

Power:

The FZ boasts a 153cc air-cooled, 4-stroke, single-cylinder high torque engine for active & aggressive city riding. The engine is been massively tested against the minimum horsepower loss. An active TPS (Throttle Position Sensor) contributes to outstanding engine response. The 5-speed transmission provides a smooth operational touch and the gear ratios provide optimum performance and agility in city riding. I am not saying other bikes come with better performance, but when I zoom across a curve I realize that shifting gears in FZ is much smoother than in any other bike.

Add-ons:

Apart from the best breed of technology which has gone into this bike, I loved the way they have designed the exhaust and the head display. The headlight gives a very masculine look and the back of the FZ has always been a view of jealousy to many bikers. With a 2.5k extra you can afford the FZ-S which shares the same performance details as the FZ but the stickers and the frontal wind shield will be an added asset. The new Yamaha FZ-S will be available at a price of Rs.73,175/- while Yamaha FZ16 is priced at Rs.75,300/- (Ex-showroom, Chennai).

Conclusion:

Of all what I have said above, the FZ16 is a fantastic machine; it is worth the money and is certainly my pick in the 150cc segment. Its unlike no other bike in India (as far as my opinion is considered) it will determine if you are an ordinary biker or an extraordinary one.

I may not have the money to buy Harley Davidson and I certainly don’t want to work all my life to fill the tank with ever increasing fuel prices and being tall and slim I don’t have that much of a strength to handle a Bullet, but I definitely have a choice of riding my red colored Yamaha FZ16 and get the looks from all those lovely people while I zoom my city of Chennai.

Cheers

- Vasanth G.Benjamin (Chennai)

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ATHUL4R July 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm

nice look. whats the milage you getting. i ask coz many people saying that it only gives about 40+ but my friend getting 53kmpl+ (70-100kmph).

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Ramgopal July 23, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Dude, bajaj sunny and 80km…. seriously u should be awarded the fastest sunny driver…i hope u can be proud even if u could touch 45km without vibourations in a bajaj sunny… its jus a 59.88cc scotter and if u check out the speedo, there’s only upto 60cc i guess.

good review though…!!!

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Krishna July 23, 2010 at 8:35 pm

“The new Yamaha FZ-S will be available at a price of Rs.73,175/- while Yamaha FZ16 is priced at Rs.75,300/- (Ex-showroom, Chennai)”… @Deepak- The details are wrong i guess…They are onroad prices..also FZ-S is costlier than FZ-16.. But overall a good review..Good job

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Vineeth July 23, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Nice review, being a fz 16 owner for 11 months, I do feel it is THE bike. for youngsters though. I think its the bike for the busy cities. Best handling and performance. No trace of strain after riding for 2 hrs straight!
the big disadvantage are the puny rear seat, mileage and high end performance.

@ATHUL4R , the mileage of fz depends on the mode of ride. I used to get 50-53 during my 1st run in period. Now I get arnd 45-48 that too riding in economy. I think your friend got 53kmpl for 2 litres at 70-100kmph. High end performance truly reduces the mileage to as low as 27kmpl.

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Vasanth Benjamin July 23, 2010 at 9:52 pm

@ Athul : My FZ gives 35 – 40kmpl max…. on a city cruise of 50 to 70kmph

@ Ramgopal : Hey thanks for the fastest Sunny biker award !! lol… well, whenever I go down the bridge that’s when I hit the gas on that poor little Sunny and it screams as loud as hell….. Otherwise 80 on a sunny is near to impossible…!!

@ Krishna : sorry about the prices (yeah they are on-road prices) but thanks for the correction.

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Captain Obvious July 23, 2010 at 10:10 pm

My Friend has an FZ, He rips it to its Max capabilities and gets 35-40 kpl out of it. But the Good thing is its still the same even after 2yrs. No Change in Engine/Exhaust Note, No Added Vibes, When he leaves for a Service, Hardly he complaints anything. Now thats called Quality, Even a Two Year max ripped Unicorn/CBZ may not be the same.

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niks July 23, 2010 at 11:02 pm

it lacks…
performance &
mileage…
n i think its not upto the mark as compared to apache RTR’s & Pulsars…they definitely rock…although others r not as good as FZ but surely apache & pulsar are way ahead in every aspect …thts a f****g truth..!!

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gokul November 8, 2010 at 7:39 pm

ya ya may be ly for 1 or 2 yrs …then we all can see the condition of those stupid bikes ……they all cant give the same performance when they were new …….where yamaha engine is awesome .even after some years they engine condition is good…this is also a fucking truth dude!!!!

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harsha January 23, 2011 at 12:43 pm

@gokul: i second ur comment….

sanjay February 23, 2011 at 9:25 pm

niks it seems like u r a bad fan of pulsar n apache …
bt ur comment can’t hide the truth buddy.. pulsar n apache r good only in mileage..
bt in othr aspects fz rocks…

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ASDF July 24, 2010 at 12:22 am

It’s been a year and a half i’ve been riding my fz16 and i’m definitely proud owner of it.. I see no difference in the performance of the bike till now since i first bought it home.
The tiny pillion seat is the pain for the backseater, honestly agreed …
Monocross suspension, one of the best u can ever have and dont forget the grippy and massive radial rear tyre ever introduced in the Indian history, though majorly contributing in the fuel consumption.
High quality parts, awesome engine refinement, comfortable and wide (FRONT) seat and overall the agressive naked styling indian market has ever seen.
overcoloured Clocks is disappointment though.. looks like PSP…
Big center mass along with midship muffler offering high stability and control in the road…
Be clear, a complete street tool rather than track machine (Live that dep. for R15 :))
There goes my short review and congratulation brother for ur new bike…. Good choice and ride safe !!!!

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sachin July 24, 2010 at 6:46 am

good review.before the launch of R15 and FZ16 yamaha was struggling to survive the competition.and FZ16 sales have changed all that.fuel efficiency is the only major cons of this bike.i mean if it matches with other 150cc bike,it will be great.

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sachin July 24, 2010 at 7:20 am

here is the latest news. yamaha is launching a new 150cc bike.The yamaha SZ150 on 15 august.

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amitabh July 24, 2010 at 5:33 pm

how can u compare ur fz wid r15 dude??

then second u hit 80 km in sunny…u r one hell of a rider..[:P]

ur review is full of exaggeration

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fas July 24, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Sachin not 15th but 5th August.

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Satadal Payeng July 25, 2010 at 11:55 am

My god!80 km/hr on bajaj sunny? The whole realibility of this review is in suspense by this single sentence!

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Vasanth Benjamin July 25, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Guys….. full throttle down a steep bridge…. I don’t think any of you guys ever tried it on a Bajaj Sunny, am just one of those very few who tried n succeeded….!!!

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Rajesh July 25, 2010 at 6:57 pm

fz cannot cross even 110kmp!!

it struggles a lot once it reaches 80-90kmph
n goin further becomes a hercullien task fr it!!

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Raghav July 27, 2010 at 10:10 am

its a good bike but only problem as someone above stated the rear seat is a pain…probably tats the reason y the bike is always seen ridden only by the rider and no pillion…
but engine refinement definitely not better than Honda..
the ultra size rear helps in those sharp turns but the power of the engine doesnot justify the size of the size…the bike should hav been 17-18bhp with amazing torque..i can say the same to R15 the size of the tyre doesnot justify its performance…:)

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satish July 29, 2010 at 11:38 am

Yamaha is launching new Fazer 250cc in October pricing around 1 lacs.

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sunil July 31, 2010 at 12:28 pm

dude forget the comments made by others about doing 80kmph on sunny.cause i made 55kmph on an ordinary electric scooter.so that sunny can make 80 its possible it depends on the rider not the ride some people dont drive their bikes upto full engine capacity cause some fear that they cant stop the bike in top speed instantly because of drum brake system and comming to me iam proud to say that my ride is YAMAHA FAZER 150CC which is the combination of both R15 and FZ16 iam getting a milage of 40-45kmpl in economy and one of ur friens is right if i ride at speed of (70-100kmpl) i got an extrordinary milage of 57kmpl.
anyway nice review drive safe rule the streets……

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bhaskar September 2, 2010 at 8:04 pm

@Vasanti Benjamin:
What a joke buddy. Dont forget to GOOGLE it before you cook up a story next time. 80kmph on a Sunny. Are you ok dude?

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Timothy Mathews September 16, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Being an FZ16 owner i would recomend the FZ16 to an FZ-S or a Fazer. Being a fan of racing and an upcoming racer i used to freak at times on steep bends while i used to do speeds like 80 on bends with my RX135but with the FZ16 my bends are a cake walk now, thanx to the designer on the wheel base.. The Fz16 is a biker’s bike, no match to it in its catogery.
Timmy..

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Shobhit Agarwal September 27, 2010 at 2:58 pm

I am owning a blue Fazer and i have acheived a top speed of 120 (a bit of slope), otherwise in normal conditions it goes up to 115 at 8.5 rpm ( i was at full throttle). Average i am getting is 35 to 40 but it’s really comfortable and no need to say anything about the gr8 looks :).

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Timothy Mathews September 28, 2010 at 11:30 am

Hey Shobhit, The Fazer is a touring bike and the FZ16 is a racing one, the R15 is a total racers edition which is next on my list… U cannot drag on the Fazer, trust me cuz i have tried it with frnds on the track, the FZ 16 does a speed of 170 with a K & N filter.. Yes ofcourse its again yr choice when it comes to liking of bikes for u its yr fazer nd for me and Vasanth it is always the FZ16, u can drag u can cruize it is the same feeling u get and yea the milage is ofcourse 38 – 40 wen cruizin nd wen u drag it is around 32-35. The difference between the 16 & the Fazer is just the faring.

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Tilak Raj October 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm

hey All,
I checked with all responses and finally after not making to RE because they stopped making the other kind of engines and switched to UCE, I was looking for some better options in the 150- 200CC segment. FZ is indeed a great bike however, the concern is on the mileage.lately, I visited a showroom to check with the new SZ bike and I said to sales person that I would rather go for FZ if the manufactures has done something better with the mileage on FZ and you know thats a shock to me when he actually told me that now the new FZ are coming with tuned engines that can generate easy 45 kmpl in cities and 55+ on highways, company advised for 74kmpl under std conditions, however, till first service you have to ride this not more than 40-45 km/h. He literally threw challenge that if the bike don’t give 45kmpl mileage bring it back to you and we will offer a reimbursement of the bike, sounds crazy, how far thats True i dont know, Are really the new FZs are better tuned for mileage, If yes, 2moro I am going to purchase this Bike.

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rr October 29, 2010 at 7:49 pm

hi guys, im from philippines and this fz16 already launched in my country, the bike is cool in many aspect, but the speed maybe the problem….my friends and i always go for a long drive…we always hit the long road full throtle….most of our bikes are yamaha mio 115cc can reach 120kmph, yamaha nouvou z 125cc can reach 130kmph, suzuki raider 150cc can reach 145kmph….im using honda wave125 wid racing clucth and sprocket can reach 130kmph….im planning to buy this fz but im thinking i will be left behind on our every travel by small bikes in philippines….not good i think if small bikes passing you by on a long road….

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dr3yk January 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm

It’s a bit late for this comment, but here it goes. Likewise rr, I am from pinas, and a bit shock to know that FZ with a 153cc engine could top 110kmph only. I am crazy bout this bike and planning to buy one. I searched every site that can show me the top speed, only to find out that it could do 110kmph, I honestly am disappointed. My honda xrm 110 can top 110+ stock, even with a backride. Its kinda embarrassing like you said, to have a mio pass you on your 150cc. sadly enough, the fz gives only 40km/L that could go only 110 top. I really would like to buy this bike, somebody please enlighten me. I might decide to buy Bajaj rouser instead. So sad!!!!

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Rahul February 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm

i certainly would’nt recommend FZ16 if you guys are looking for raw power . the only thing i like about this bike is it’s mono suspension n’ the style ofcourse .
a R 15 or rtr 180 would be a much greater choice for the road ragers out there ;)

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Param August 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

@Vasanth,

Where are you getting your bike serviced and how satisfied are you with the Yamaha Service ?

I have a new FZ-S and it’s due to 1st service soon.

I happen to stay in the same surroundings as you and would like to hear your opinion.

- Param

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Tanveer wani April 20, 2012 at 3:01 am

i also enjoy a lot. when i get Yamaha FZ nice look , strong , and looks beauty
i am coming back from Aboard hope that i will drive my Yamaha FZ Yamaha FZ Thanks Friends nice boiack
Tanveer WANI

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