The FZ has always eluded me. SinceÂ the bike first came out in 2008, Iâ€™ve been planning to ride it but the plans never cameÂ through. Which is why, after the testing wasÂ done, I made up for lost time and immediatelyÂ started putting the motorcycle throughÂ my daily commute.
While the motorcycle looks familiar toÂ but slightly more compact than the original,Â it still feels large once you swing a leg across itÂ and this holds true even for an exceptionallyÂ tall rider like me. The tank too is on the biggerÂ side and itâ€™s nice to see and feel such a chunkyÂ tank when youâ€™re riding. I also find the seat toÂ foot peg ratio to be just perfect. Iâ€™ve spent aÂ lot of time on the FZâ€™s bigger brother, the R15Â and while it doesnâ€™t feel quite as nimble, it isÂ still great for carving up traffic.
Yamaha may have detuned and downsizedÂ the engine but the fuel injection brings inÂ a new level of smoothness to the package,Â Iâ€™ve been told. What I can say is that the FZÂ feels as fast as any of the current crop of 150sÂ in the city. Out on the highway though, theÂ motorcycle loses steam rather easily. ButÂ regardless of the revs, it remains smooth. I doÂ think that the ride quality over broken roadsÂ could be better and that the suspension couldÂ absorb more but the FZ was always known toÂ be on the stiffer side. There is enough room forÂ the pillion, even with me riding but itâ€™s not theÂ most comfortable of rear seats.
The FZ currently is returning well overÂ 45kmpl overall and running sweet. It is timeÂ for the routine first service, after whichÂ things should get even smoother.