DOB: 26 November 2009
Color: Black Why/How FZ? inspiration
: Idea for buying a two wheeler came after fed up with office bus commute and loss of time. I had only a year's saving of 10k in hand. Home-worked on options available for such a low down payment. Zeroed to Honda Dio and Yamaha Gladiator. Glady was ruled out after brother saying its too uncleish. So it's the Dio. Main intention was modding and had a good neighborhood Honda mech. Booked Dio paying 10k and applied for HDFC two wheeler loan. Procedure went smooth and some customization parts bought. Promised 14-day delivery, but kept delaying, Two months went past and HDFC cancelled loan because of the delay. Lost hope and decided to wait for one more month. Then came by brother-like friend, who gave more fund and asked to take something else. Dio cancelled, got refund.
The bike saga begins. Options:
1. HH Hunk.
2. RTR 180.
4. FZ was never in picture. It was a plastic bike then ;), but brother wanted nothing else.
Hunk: Waiting period 2.5 months. Out.
RTR: Pay today, delivery tomorrow. RTR180 was newly launched and had its own share of problems and aftersales was terrible. Out.
Unicorn: I recommended to many. Had a whopping period of 6-9 moths.
Then the plastic bike comes to picture. Wasn't much interested in it, but was promising. It was a half hearted decision. Asked brother to inquire as I heart was not okay with it. Muthoot Yamaha had no stock of FZ-16 and again unknown waiting period. Hilton had stock, but no black, but promised same week delivery. Paid 23k and booked and initiated loan again with HDFC. Loan took 2 more days. Some price difference for new stock. Paid some more extra. The D-Day.
Bike at showroom after registration. Asked to take delivery before 6 PM, already 5 PM. Took new helmet, called a friend along, took a bus despite him offering to go in his bike because of the fear of riding back alone. Longest hour of life. No direct bus. Bus was dead slow. Got out at changing point for the next bus. No bus, no auto. We ran. Got an auto after a km, again he dropped halfway, ran again. Reached by 7 PM. Luckily, reached there before he closed, but turned out we were the first to show up and more were there for delivery. Was so impatient, took the papers and keys and rode off even before the guy could explain about the operations. Didn't even click a snap
Extras: Ladies step - 175 bucks. First Experience
My concept about FZ changed all of a sudden. It was light and peppy. Zipped through heavy traffic with ease, one of the reasons why I preferred a gearless aka Dio. Till then I had experienced only top-heavy bikes like Unicorn and Gladiator. Filled it for the first time. Went home. Everyone impressed and wondered how I am gonna tame it.
Went for work with no mood, very later, by 12 PM. It was hard to spend the night at work with bike outside. Got out at 2 AM without informing anyone. First time riding at the spooky hours. Lonely and creepy. Dogs and creatures everywhere. Reached home. Woke up bro. Was sad for not letting him take home bike. Pros and cons
No major issues so far.
Steering column gets loose frequently, had an small spill.
Chain noise. Chain needs frequent cleaning and oiling.
Tyre makes rumbling noise which is characteristic for wider tyre.
Handling is awesome.
Great low-mid torque.
Vibration creeps in between 4k and 5k rpm. Throttle response after that range is great.
Rear seat is absolute no for long journey. Did a 450 km trip as pillion. Got down 3 times in first part and at least 10 times in return leg.
Good for solo long journeys and short rides with pillion.
Braking is great.
Mileage is constantly varying. Worst is 38 and best is 61 kmpl with 43-45 kmpl most of the time. Mods
Installed Bosch Symphony, which is hidden neatly inside my petrol tank.
Changed spark plug to NGK G-Power recently. Cold start improved a lot. Refinement is notable. Didn't check mileage difference.
Switched from Yamalube to Motul 3000 as Yamalube turned black quickly and engine was heating up fast.
Had plans to install Green Cotton (later Cosworth), but never materialized.
Apache handle weights on CBZ rods.
60/55 bulb upgrade.
Full LED coversion. Milestones:
First minor cosmetic mods>>Red scoops + Some Matt black + Saree guard out
15k Update >>Barricade - Yamaha FZ-16
One-year ownership summary + LED tail lamp coversion + Black Forks>>Barricade - Yamaha FZ-16
20k Update + Even more black >> Barricade - Yamaha FZ-16
25k Update >> Barricade - Yamaha FZ-16
New Rear Tyre + 15T Sprockets >> Barricade - Yamaha FZ-16
Front Tyre Upsize >> ContiGO 110/70-17>>Barricade - Yamaha FZ-16
New Battery>>Barricade - Yamaha FZ-16
Second-year ownership summary >> Barricade - Yamaha FZ-16
LED Indicators>>Barricade - Yamaha FZ-16
Completes 3rd year + Summary + Crosses 50k + New mods + New tyres + Then 60k + Carb Slide + Piston Rings + Chain Kit + full Black Theme >>Barricade - Yamaha FZ-16
Longest trip + New LED taillamp + crosses 70 k + Free-flow exahust Barricade - Yamaha FZ-16
75K + New tyres + Steel-braid hose>> Barricade - Yamaha FZ-16
New rear tyre>>Barricade - Yamaha FZ-16
80k and 5 year >>Barricade - Yamaha FZ-16
More trip + New mirror + 85k km + Swingarm overhaul + Rim custom paint>>Barricade - Yamaha FZ-16
Even more tripping + New speedo sensor + some tips + new spark plug + new bulbs + steering overhaul + hits 90k km + Turns 6>>Barricade - Yamaha FZ-16
More rides + more parts + hits 95k km + more DIY + Back to stock exhaust >> Barricade - Yamaha FZ-16
Hits 1 Lakh + New Speedometer + RTR Mirrors>> Barricade - Yamaha FZ-16
Xenos Stingray Charging Socket + Timing Chain + Valves + Brake Shoe + Battery + Embossed Number Plate >> Barricade - Yamaha FZ-16