The FZ has always eluded me. Sincethe bike first came out in 2008, I've been planning to ride it but the plans never camethrough. Which is why, after the testing wasdone, I made up for lost time and immediatelystarted putting the motorcycle throughmy daily commute.
While the motorcycle looks familiar tobut slightly more compact than the original,it still feels large once you swing a leg across itand this holds true even for an exceptionallytall rider like me. The tank too is on the biggerside and it's nice to see and feel such a chunkytank when you're riding. I also find the seat tofoot peg ratio to be just perfect. I've spent alot of time on the FZ's bigger brother, the R15and while it doesn't feel quite as nimble, it isstill great for carving up traffic.
Yamaha may have detuned and downsizedthe engine but the fuel injection brings ina new level of smoothness to the package,I've been told. What I can say is that the FZfeels as fast as any of the current crop of 150sin the city. Out on the highway though, themotorcycle loses steam rather easily. Butregardless of the revs, it remains smooth. I dothink that the ride quality over broken roadscould be better and that the suspension couldabsorb more but the FZ was always known tobe on the stiffer side. There is enough room forthe pillion, even with me riding but it's not themost comfortable of rear seats.
The FZ currently is returning well over45kmpl overall and running sweet. It is timefor the routine first service, after whichthings should get even smoother.