It was the year 2008 when Indian motorcycle industry got some thing which they had never seen before, it was muscular and beefy every where it was the Yamaha FZ16. During its launch motorcycle enthusiasts were most excited and couldn’t wait to see this concept like looking machine on the street. After its launch in 2008 Yamaha has offered two new models based on the FZ16. The difference is made only in the paint job and fairing, the engine and the ride quality remains the same. Successor to the FZ16 are the FZ-S and Fazer. Let’s see what makes this new breed of Yamaha so special.
|You’ll like this if..||You may not like this if..|
|You’ll like the Yamaha FZ16 if you are looking for muscular profile and a ride that keeps in control.||Yamaha FZ16 is not the place for you if fuel efficiency and comfort are major concerns.|
- Good low and mid range torque
- Excellent road manner
It’s a muscle in the two wheeler industry; almost no other bike present in India is with so much muscular styling as the Yamaha FZ16. Prior to the FZ, India has accepted the Bajaj Pulsar for its manly and muscular looks, but when Japanese brought the Yamaha FZ16 in India, Pulsar felt need for serious gyming.
Yamaha FZ16 is worked majorly in style and carries beefy radial tyres. Yamaha’s smart work is clearly seen in the tank work. The fuel tank is made up plastic panels which makes the tank look the double to its actual fuel carrying capacity. The bike showcases plastic cows that are fixed above the safety bar giving a dummy look of a radiator those found on bikes with having larger displacement. Yamaha covered the exhaust with plastic panel to make the exhaust look bigger and goes in context with the bikes over all masculine look. Most of the Yamaha FZ16 is made up of plastic material. The head lamp looks like a honey comb hanging from a tree branch. The head lamp looks is very different and mergers well with the instrument panel. the front looks makes the bike a sure winner over the Pulsar.
The dash is not that impressive. Every thing is digital, Yamaha should had given needle tachometer to make it look more sporty rather than a toy instrument. Also the fuel gauge has a problem of showing incorrect fuel level. The instrumentation includes fuel gauge, speedometer, tachometer, trip and odometer. The handle bar is black colored to match with the speedometer and is long enough to give a feel of riding a real huge bike.
The side rear panel makes a way to passenger grab bar. The grab bar is unique and is designed to give a cool look to the ride. the bike weighs 138 Kg Kerb thanks to puffed up plastic parts which interferes minimum to increase overall ride weight.
Riding Impressions: Handling and Comfort
I am tempted to tag the Yamaha FZ16 in India as the most mannered bike present. FZ16 comes with superb road manners, it really doesn’t matter for the ride if the road is wet or has a bit of dirt, tires and overall position helps the ride anchor the ground no matter in what condition the road is. The FZ16 is doesn’t make short riders feel cramped but the problem is with riders having long feet. 6ft+ riders may face discomfort when taking the ride to longer distance as riders have to keep their feet wide open along side of beefy tank.
Yamaha FZ16 receives 41mm forks which is the biggest to be ever installed on Indian street bike. On the rear the ride receives 140mm tyres which are the widest in the segment. Rear suspension is monoshock, when all three elements are perfected to include suspension, rubber size and rider’s position, the Yamaha YZ16 moves like a dream for daily commuters. This is the only ride to take the rider closest to the road while keeping settled on the saddle. The tire is sourced from MRF, it looks flat from rear giving a beefy look and is sleek when looked from side ways. Taking the ride through city condition is also a little problem where you spent more time stopping on signals rather than riding.
The handle bar is wide and feels commanding and the footpegs are positioned to give a sporty ride. Its control and handle capability makes you forget the discomfort and also the top end performance.
For braking the ride relies on 267mm hydraulic disc brake and rear receives drum. Both of the brakes functions well to stop the bike along with a partner.
Yamaha FZ16 Photo Gallery
The gear shifting and engine performance is adequate for city commuting. The 153cc engine gives out 14 bhp @ 7500 rpm and a torque of 13.6nm when the engine runs at 6000 rpm. With that amount of bhp Yamaha FZ16 manages to reach 111km/hr top which is not great but its pickup is something I can talk. FZ16 generates 13.6nm at low 6000rpm this means that you will be in the gang of riders who leave first from the red light. Yamaha YZ16 is low on power when we compare to other premium bikes in the category, but FZ16 makes a perfect commuter. With max torque generated at lower band the ride manages to reach 60km/hr taking 5.5 seconds from a still. The ride is designed to become a successful urban commuter and not a street racer and thus does a top of 111km/hr.
Being a premium segment urban commuter, the Yamaha FZ16 fails to deliver required fuel consumption figure. In the city the ride gives a poor of 36kmpl and on highway manages to give 47kmpl and in mixed condition it gives only 40-45kmpl. If we compare the fuel economy to other bikes in the segment, others manage to give 45-50 kmpl from a 150cc engine. Yamaha FZ16 is a bad on fuel economy. I don’t know where the fuel is getting consumed when the engine lacks power. In terms of fuel economy the FZ series of motorcycle performs like Pulsar 220 or Karizma ZMR but the engine performance is similar to that of Honda Unicorn and Hero Honda Hunk where both of the bikes manage to give 45kmpl even in worst condition.
The Bottom Line
Till now there was nothing as sporty as the Yamaha FZ16 in India. Bike looks a rear street bike with monocross suspensions, wide diameter front forks, beefy radial tyres every thing works to take you the closest to the FZ1,a naked street bike which 1000cc on displacement. Currently the Yamaha FZ16 price in India is Rs72,000 on road the pricing is similar to the Unicorn and heavy than Bajaj Pulsar 150. The bike suits well for young crowed as Yamaha offers colors schemes for tank panes which can be changed and chosen from variety of trendy shades. Motorcycle enthusiasts can also get Daytona Race kit for the Yamaha, adding additional bhp, performance exhausts notes and race responsive throttle bodies.
Value: 4 out of 5
Reliability: 4 out of 5
Quality: 4 out of 5
Performance: 3 out of 5
Styling: 4 out of 5
Comfort: 3 out of 5
Yamaha FZ16 Specification
Maximum Power: 14 Bhp @ 7500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 13.6 Nm @ 6000 rpm
Gears: 5 Speed
Clutch: Constant Wet Multi Plate
Bore x Stroke: 58 x 57.9
No. of Cylinders: 1
Chassis Type: Diamond
Cooling Type: Air Cooling
Weight: 126.00 kg
Ground Clearance: 160.00 mm
Fuel Tank: 12.00 ltrs
Wheelbase: 1335.00 mm
Wheel Type: 5 Spoke Alloys
Suspension(Front): Telescopic Hydraulic Shock Absorbers
Brakes(Front): 267mm Hydraulic Disc