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Yamaha FZ 16 in India – Analysis

Posted by automobz on September 16, 2008

Ah oh… good that sanity prevailed, else you would have had to bear with my explicit vocabulary. But what, would you not ask, was the reason for such ‘illustrative’ tongue effort of mine? Well, Yamaha has just launched what, I think, is one of the most stunning and sexy looking bikes in India, ever. It is called the FZ 16 and with that, what Yamaha has done is given ‘naked street bike’ a whole new definition.

It is perhaps as huge and important a revolution in the biking circus as Luciano Pavarotti has been in vocal performance.

The advertising campaign of FZ 16 says “The Lord of the Streets” and we could not agree more with it. If looks could kill, the Yamaha FZ 16 would already be facing the gallows. Just look at the damn thing, will you. That flared fuel tank with knee recesses that lend a muscular stance to the bike also aids riding position.

The bug-eye inspired headlamp is in tune with the overall aggressive look which is accentuated by the irregular-shaped and tapered exhaust. The rear is taut and smart but a sore element to the eye is the instrument cluster. Though it has the bells and whistles to whack its competition with vicious force, the instrument panel looks gaudy and has a populated appearance to it.

As is the norm of the day, LCD display and a rev counter redlined at 9,000rpm is as sporty as the bike itself is.

As was expected, the engine is not the liquid cooled motor that FZ 16’s cousin R15 hides behind its fairing. Yamaha FZ 16 has a 153cc, SOHC, air-cooled unit that is capable of putting 13.8bhp on road via the fattest rear tyre that we’ve seen on any Indian bike thus far. Measuring 140/60 R17 at rear and 100/80 R17 upfront, Yamaha FZ 16’s footwear endows it with a mean and muscular attitude.

The engine breathes through two valves and has a maximum torque rating of 14Nm@6000rpm. The FZ 16 is now one of the handful of bikes, including Yamaha’s own YZF-R15 to do without a kick starter. Unlike the R15, the Yamaha FZ 16 makes do with 5 gears instead of six but that will suffice, we think, owing to the bike’s nature of catering to everyday commute and an occasional ride to the beach with your lady hugging you from behind.

The Monocross rear suspension is essentially a monoshock that provides about 120mm of wheel travel. This will prove to be a boon on our crater-filled roads. The Yamaha FZ 16 sports a disc-drum combination with a 267mm-diameter disc at the front that is operated via a twin-pot calliper.

The street-fighter looks, features that stand out in the segment, attention to detail and the very fact that Yamaha is back doing what they do best – mad, mean bikes. These aspects are enough to make you run to a Yamaha showroom and place your wallet for one of these, but wait till you hear the price, for Yamaha surely has pulled out a trick from down under. The FZ 16 is priced at Rs 65,000 which makes it an ultra attractive package.

Hunk, Apache, Pulsar… Yamaha has made us, rather forced us to think beyond these bikes now. Yamaha has made us think ‘FZ 16’. This is what Yamaha should have done when the Pulsars, Apaches and CBZ-Xs were making the best of biking world … but as the famous saying goes, better late than never. We will bring you a detailed road-test report soon, until then, feast your eyes on the pictures below.

Yamaha FZ 16 – that’s what the nation will be shouting, for a quite some time now!

Yamaha FZ 16 – Technical Specification:

Type: Air-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve

Displacement: 153.0cm3

Bore Stroke: 58.0 × 57.9mm

Maximum output: 13.8bhp / 7500 rpm

Maximum torque: 14 Nm / 6000 rpm

Starting method: Electric starter

Yamaha FZ 16
Yamaha FZ 16
Yamaha FZ 16
Yamaha FZ 16


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