User Review; Biography of a Legend – My 1.5 Year Old Yamaha FZS

by Saad on January 16, 2014

Sachin has submitted this review in our Ownership Review Contest No 13, ensuring himself an assured prize. The contest also offers a chance to win Riding Jacket, Helmet and more.. You can submit your review to us as well. Here are all the details.

I never imagined that that day would dawn into my life so unexpectedly making a sudden change to something I was really crazy about.

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I was driving on a normal sunny day and I was going on at 80kmph, when suddenly a man on a bike got on to the road without looking back, not even having rear view mirrors. I did everything to save us but all that went turned into a total fiasco. I was flying and my bike was following me, neither of us knowing where we would land.

It landed on me and I lied there thinking I was no more. I was in hospital for 2 long weeks as I had my hand muscles completely shaved off by the tarmac. I thought it would be the end of my riding. But to be frank, it’s after that I had become a real rider. I knew the change in me because I could feel in it me. Like the saying goes, “If you don’t crash, you don’t ride”. After that accident, a stronger bond established between me and my bike.

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It’s all about a street fighter and his wars. I was unsure about writing a review about FZ-S since it is a common bike for most people ever since its launch a few years back. But there has to be some reason why I woke up at midnight and started writing this, well you will find it out as you read on…

How and when I got the bike?

I-cried-Dad-bought! As simple as that. I badly needed a bike from the time I was studying in 10th grade. My dream became a reality in 12th grade. I was riding my red and white FZS during my 12th grade vacation time!

I won’t be talking a lot about the usual characteristics like performance and handling but I’ll surely talk about instances where the bike has made my jaw drop! Neverthless to say every other kid in India knows about FZ16 and FZS, common man’s muscle bike!

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My bike is one and a half years old and did just 7500 kms! It was only 2 months ago that I had taken it for its first long ride to the hills of Vagamon, Kerala. The ride was very amusing and the bike was very submissive around corners. On the top of the hill, the fifth gear was literally useless no matter how much I revved in 4th gear. For the record I had a pillion. But by just shifting it to down to 4th, it was jumping horses all over again!

On stretches I could easily touch 100 in 4th gear. I did a top speed of 110+ but I haven’t bothered much about top speed in a bike with low and mid-end power band. The jump one gets in lower gears are truly mind blowing.

Right now I stay in Bangalore and in the city traffic, I feel enough power in twist of my right hand. I owe this bike so much for helping me to learn a lot of skills so easily. I’d have never learnt cornering like how I do now.


I owe it so much for saving my life at moments everytime I thought things were at their end. Once I was going through a familiar road in my hometown and I saw a small electrical wire lying across the road. Not thinking much over it, I proceeded normally as I was in a hurry. And then suddenly someone pulled the wire from one side and it suddenly got raised like a barrier! There was less than a metre or two before I could get entangled in it and fall down.

I applied front brake aggressively and front wheel locked and bike was going towards a post! And suddenly, I could feel the bike leaning to crash but then I let go the front brake and applied it again progressively and stopped. The construction workers as well as myself, had our eyes closed! When I opened my eyes and I realized that I was only a needle distance away from another big crash.

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Now, talking about the performance front, till 80-90kmph it stays ahead of all other bikes less than 160cc. Yamaha FZS is a very forgiving bike but I warn you, if you push it to the limits in corners the foot peg often touches the road!

What is so special about just a ‘150cc’ bike?

I have ridden a lot of bikes with bigger engines like pulsar 220F or even the Duke 390. I do accept that they put more adrenaline into my veins through their sheer acceleration. But for me, my FZS has all my heart. After I rode Duke 390, I was all like “Heck Yeah, I’m selling my bike and getting a 390.”

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But after sometime I was so sad thinking of what I said. Not that 390 is bad, it is an excellent bike and I plan to get one after I get a job, but, SORRY-IN-ADVANCE! 390, my heart was stolen once and you’ll never get it. In the near future I’ll be upgrading to 180CC big bore from Race Concepts. And I just got reminded of a saying, “If you can’t take a moment to appreciate it’s beauty after parking, then you got the wrong one”. Well, me? I always stop and admire before walking away. :D That’s all about a legend who still rides on.

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When I ride, I know how to synchronize my heart beat with that of the valve openings and closings of my bike.

Thank you for reading. Have a nice day!
Sachin Syam

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Dinesh January 16, 2014 at 5:26 pm

is it possible for FZ to reach 100kmph in 4th gears..?


Sachin Syam January 17, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Yes, 90 in 3rd and 100 in 4th.


Palvinder Singh January 16, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Faster than sub 160′s till 90 kmph?
Well, even a 135 cc pulsar is faster than FZ in both acceleration and top speed plus I’m sure pulsar 150 and apache 160 should be faster as well.

But I agree that riding pleasure is more important than outright performance.


Sachin Syam January 16, 2014 at 11:10 pm

Dear friend, a well maintained FZ16 will outrun all the bikes that you have mentioned above.


Dinesh January 17, 2014 at 9:27 am

FZ is superior in handling, even comparing to some higher CC bikes.but it is not the fastest in its segment though the riding quality is very good..

Champak January 16, 2014 at 8:09 pm

you are right bro If you don’t crash, you are not a perfect ride… because mistakes make a man more perfect…


Dinesh January 17, 2014 at 9:25 am

and you should be alive to correct yourself next time. :D


Vaibhav Chavan January 17, 2014 at 12:20 pm

well said champak


Sachin Syam January 17, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Thanks Champak. Ride safe. :)


Rony January 16, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Just how many colors do they have in Fzs O.o


Sachin Syam January 17, 2014 at 7:20 pm

More than 10 I guess
green+black,orange+black,yellow+black,red+grey,white+red,red+white,cyan limited edition,dark blue limited edition,midnight black limited edition,white+blue,gold+black,blue+ash are all that I can remember


Arun January 17, 2014 at 1:13 pm

This is just a love letter and I could not see any review here.


Sachin Syam January 17, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Dear friend, I have choosen a different way of reviewing the bike using real life experiences.


Sandeep January 17, 2014 at 5:21 pm

where is bike review???

bro pls drive once Pulsar 180 and check speed on 3 – 4 – 5 gear, you will know the what kind of feeling you missing.

Its not 100% currect that “If you don’t crash, you are not a perfect rider”. just enjoy riding dont play with life. God Bless You…!!!


Sachin Syam January 17, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Dear friend, My friends have P180,220. Have ridden.
I know how powerful they feel. Besides I never said FZ is powerful than 180!
BTW, do you have any assurance pulsars stop on sudden brakin?
And about the review, I did not wanted to write white paper specs of the bike. have tried to put real life situations to talk about the performance,handling,fuel efficiency etc of the bike.
And about the crash thing. I said, If you don’t crash you don’t ride. There are lot of things a crash teaches us and I’m not the only rider to tell that. I never said if you don’t crash you’ll never become perfect rider. There are only 2 kind of riders. Those who HAVE met an accident and who WILL. I never play with my life. I always respect fellow riders and riders on road as well as the traffic rules.


Sandeep January 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm

bro i also confirmed that its not 100%, ya u r r8 for If you don’t crash you don’t ride… n about braking none bike is perfect and im also gone from some kind of bike acsidents.

And pls share some bike review, like tech specification and what is ur experiance which is helps to other people to know about bikes.

santanu January 18, 2014 at 12:29 am

what kind of punk ass review is this?


Sachin Syam January 18, 2014 at 8:17 am

Ok, I’m sorry sir.


faisal January 20, 2014 at 1:01 pm

The last pic is really nice, gives a clue of what this bike is about.


Sachin Syam January 20, 2014 at 11:10 pm

Thank u Sir


Sagar D February 21, 2014 at 10:20 pm

hey Sachin, can u tell me please is there any problem in head light of FZ at night riding. because i have read in many reviews and comment that FZ has poor light compared to other bike..and the night vision is not so good of FZ head light..
please reply..


Sachin March 12, 2014 at 11:36 pm

@Sagar D – Headlight is kind of ok. But what you read is actually partially true. At times we feel the stock bulbs ain’t that good. Upgrade to osram nigt breaker


Vimal Jegan March 19, 2014 at 6:47 am

i like it very is very comfortable for me.


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