Since long i was thinking that we at TAI
discuss so much about SUVs, Hatches, Sedans. We have numerous test drive reports of the same too. Thanks to Rajeev, we lately got into discussions about commercial vehicles. But where are the bikes? We have only three or four Ownership reviews of bikes, so to make bring in some action on 2 wheels, i decided to road test some bikes and post my experiences here. Now i had to decide the bike. Since this was going to be my debut bike test on TAI
, i thought it should be a big one and i could think of nothing else but YAMAHA.
Went to the nearest Yamaha showroom and picked up FZ-S
for my test.
Yamaha is one of the company which has been putting Indians on 2 wheels from the days of 1980s.
Some of their older models like RX100 are still the favourite among college guys. One of the finest bike of that time. With time Yamaha lost its appeal among the new buyers and Bajaj and Hero Honda took over the bike market.
But Yamaha came back with a bang with 2 of its finest bikes R15 and FZ16. After the success of FZ16 the company then launched the sports edition of this bike and then came FZ-S and this is the bike i tested.
FZ-S or FZ-Sports comes with the same engine as that of the FZ-16. This is the 153cc engine is able to generate a power of 14Bhp which will never let you lose the race. If you are a fan of thump notes, then you will be disappointed, because FZ-S has a engine which is silent and sound a smooth note when revved hard.
The riding position is equally sporty. The handle bar is long one which is placed a bit lower. You will never complain of backaches even after long rides. The front telescopic forks take care of it and mono cross rear suspension is able to filter most of the road bumps making the ride more comfortable for the pillion too.
Coming to the transmission, the FZ-S comes with a 1down 4 up gearbox with a toe shift gear lever. The perfect gear ratios make it a traffic friendly bike. Highway cruising too is smooth though i cannot comment on how this bike performs on a longer drive since the strech on which i rode was limited to a few kilometers.
Now the coming to the aspect which makes FZ-S different from its brother FZ16. Looks. FZ-S comes in two tone colours which make it a lot more sportier than the latter.The massive fuel tank adds to the muscular look. Over it you find an alloy fuel tank cap. The new visor above the instrument cluster which to me is can be used to put small objects though Yamaha has put it to add some attitude to the face. The instrument cluster is all digital. Tachometer, speedometer, fuelmeter are put together in the most compact manner, out of which the fuel meter is too dificult to read during the daytime. Move your eyes down and you have a silencer which unlike others looks really cool.
FZ-S sports black alloys which have 5 thin spokes. The wheel is jacketed with 140/60 MRF rubber. They will never leave you short of grip and give an extra confidence while cornering some of really dangerous twists and turns. The taillamp is nonclear lens type. Though it has no styled shape, but still without it the design would have been surely looked incomplete.
Overall this bike is a complete headturner. A perfect bike for those who dont want just showoff but a mean and powerful heart too. A great blend of style, power and ride quality. Specifications
Engine type Air-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve
Bore & Stroke 58.0 × 57.9mm
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Maximum output 14PS / 7500 rpm
Maximum torque 14 N.m / 6000 rpm
Starting method Electric start/Kick start (optional)
Lubrication type Electric start/Kick start (optional)
Fuel Supply BS26
Clutch type Multiplate wet type
Ignition type C.D.I. with 3 dimension digital
Primary/secondary reduction ratio 3.409 / 2.857
Transmission type Return type 5-speed
Gear ratio 1st=2.714 2nd=1.789 3rd=1.318 4th=1.045 5th=0.875 Cylinder layout Single Cylinder
Overall Length × Width × Height 1,970mm × 770mm × 1,085mm
Seat height 790mm
Minimum ground clearance 160mm
Kerb weight 135 kg
Fuel tank volume 12 liters
Engine oil volume 1.2 liters