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  • Yamaha FZ-s Fi Ridden and Reviewed

    xBhp rides the recently launched Yamaha FZ-s Fi and finds out if it is an upgrade to the older model.



    Text: Avinash Noronha (The Monk)
    Photos: Sunil Gupta (sunilg) and Ashish Guliani (orange)The very neat and clear Instrument Cluster



    But the real update to the motorcycle lies under the tank in the form of the Blue Core Technology being used in the bike. The Blue Core technology is not so much a new technology as a different outlook towards design. Yamaha, like other manufacturers, have understood that in this category of motorcycles, fuel efficiency will always be a factor. And this is the underlying focus right from the R&D stage itself. Where the engine is designed not just for maximum power, but also towards improving efficiency and reducing emissions. And to this end, Yamaha have succeeded by increasing efficiency by a claimed 14% and bringing down CO2The extremely well sorted out Yamaha engine





    The ride quality of the FZ-s V2.0 is excellent and leaves the rider more than just satisfied. The bike is balanced perfectly and with the new diamond frame and now Fi engine, the bike can be turned on a dime. The V2.0 also sheds some 3 kg to make it an even sweeter proposition. The bike handles like a dream and is a complete point and shoot package, never giving the rider anything to fret about. The tyres from MRF do a wonderful job in the dry and stick to the tarmac under hard braking as well as some spirited cornering. And we also had the chance to take it out for a spin in the dirt and the tyres held their own along with the plush suspension giving a composed feeling when bumping around in the mud. The flip side is the rear drum brake; we did hope to see the V2.0 sport a disc at the rear and are a tad disappointed, though this would of course increase costs. The split seats are broad, soft yet firm and give both the rider and pillion a reason to be happy, at least on short city rides. Whether it is flicking the bike through traffic or taking corners too enthusiastically, the bike feels sure footed at all times and reminds you that it is a true blue Yamaha! The slightly shorter overall length and wheelbase of the bike helps in change of direction, though it does not take anything away from its straight line stability.


    Riding posture of the FZ-S Fi is extremely comfortable even for a tall rider






    The bike's neutral handling is a boon off tarmac




    The lil red thing that helps you ignore the numerous potholes that dot our roads


    Drum Brakes were effective, but no disc brake is a disappointment


    The front brake gives good feedback even while braking hard


    The pillion seat is extremely comfortable, even though it is a split seat




    Version 2.0 a big improvement




    Good quality switch gearThe muscular Tank


    The rear tyre hugger could have been designed better







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    Very nice review , well documented Mr.Monk .
    So now the modern day 150 cc fight will boil down to Fz fi and gixxer

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      [MENTION=38603]The Monk[/MENTION] : Infomative writeup

      I had a couple of queries ...
      How is the top end in comparison with the older model?
      Is there any noticeable drop in pulling power with a pillion onboard ?

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      • #4
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        wah wah,,, good write-up. Now I get the Ecometer part
        So how was the experience after riding my brute?
        [MENTION=38603]The Monk[/MENTION]

        PS - What's with the stand-up straight ergonomics....
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        • #5
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          Great review!

          I've been thinking of swapping my 2010 FZ-16 for something new and this was an obvious option, but I don't like the way it looks overall. The tyre hugger is, of course, the main culprit, but I can't shake the feeling that the wrap below the tank looks very SZ-ish! If anything, with these two points, it makes the bike look tamer than the old FZ and the lower power doesn't exactly disprove that. Even the console looks strange, like an old Nokia Communicator. The older console had a better shape and design, IMHO.

          I guess I'll continue to look for my upgrade elsewhere!
          Last edited by aalaap; 09-06-2014, 04:01 PM.

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            Originally posted by aalaap View Post
            Great review!

            I've been thinking of swapping my 2010 FZ-16 for something new and this was an obvious option, but I don't like the way it looks overall. The tyre hugger is, of course, the main culprit, but I can't shake the feeling that the wrap below the tank looks very SZ-ish! If anything, with these two points, it makes the bike look tamer than the old FZ and the lower power doesn't exactly disprove that. Even the console looks strange, like an old Nokia Communicator. The older console had a better shape and design, IMHO.

            I guess I'll continue to look for my upgrade elsewhere!
            You forgot the confused looking brake lights and the tiny mudguards. :|

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            • #7
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              Great detailed review. Had the opportunity to ride a FZ V2.0. I had assumed a little less power but to my surprise, did not feel the 1 bhp reduction during my 10 minute stay.
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              • #8
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                Great review as usual, but I don't like the rear tyre huger, I don't know why every 2nd company is giving rear tyre huger in their bikes....
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                • #9
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                  As always a detailed review blended with beautiful pictures.

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                  • #10
                    re: Yamaha FZ-s Fi Ridden and Reviewed

                    I did like the FI engine upgrade and would tag it to be best Leh Tourer under 150CC class especially after its carb counterpart.
                    Good write-up monk a detailed one.
                    Though didnt like the mudguard and grab rails, previous one was way better.
                    And yes what is that with the stand-up straight ergonomics??
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                    • #11
                      re: Yamaha FZ-s Fi Ridden and Reviewed

                      Never noticed until now that the Engine capacity had gone down by 4cc. What's the fuel efficiency you guys attained ?
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                        Originally posted by eliksir View Post
                        Never noticed until now that the Engine capacity had gone down by 4cc. What's the fuel efficiency you guys attained ?
                        We didn't get a chance to measure fuel effeciency.

                        Originally posted by pranav0091 View Post
                        @The Monk : Infomative writeup

                        I had a couple of queries ...
                        How is the top end in comparison with the older model?
                        Is there any noticeable drop in pulling power with a pillion onboard ?
                        Unlike the older model, this bike revs right through its rev range without feeling like it was being choked.
                        Like any and every 150cc a pillion does make a considerable difference to pulling power. Not much different than other 150s in the market.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Yamaha FZ-s Fi Ridden and Reviewed

                          I hae owned the fz-s v2.0 for past 1.5 months. Fuel efficency pre-service was around 40 kmpl and post first service is 48-50 kmpl.

                          To All those complaining about rear-tyre hugger, its actually a boon in the rainy roads of Hyderabad, not a single smudge either on the exhaust or the chain. Although it could have been designed a bit better, but its definitely proved its usefulness.

                          The engine is very smooth and when revved hard, it produces the nice grunty sound that is expected of a sporty bike.

                          It definitely is a looker, believe me when I say this that almost 15-20 guys started talking to me at traffic lights (at different occasions), to ask about the price and performance.. (one compliment was made by a CBR250 owner that it looks awesome)


                          Originally posted by eliksir View Post
                          Never noticed until now that the Engine capacity had gone down by 4cc. What's the fuel efficiency you guys attained ?

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                          • #14
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                            nice pics..
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                              Re: Yamaha FZ-s Fi Ridden and Reviewed

                              Hello [MENTION=71840]TheNewKid[/MENTION]

                              Is the riding stance comfortable for city commute?

                              Please do share some more of your observations . Good and bad (if any :-) )

                              I'm looking to buy a city commute friendly bike as my 4 year old R15 V1 isn't being nice on my back and wrists anymore :-)
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