2015 Yamaha SZ-RR Version 2.0
When Yamaha launched the R15 and FZ16 in 2008, both the bikes dramatically revived the fortunes of Yamaha Motor India, which seemed to be in a slumber mode till date. Within few days of their launch, both the R15 and FZ16 rewrote the rules and created new benchmarks of the 150cc motorcycle segments. To keep the rhythm going on, Yamaha played a gamble by launching the SZ series.
The more commuter-oriented SZ series was positioned below the FZ series and catered to that audience which wanted the best of both the worlds of frugality and performance. The unique positioning of the SZ in the highly competitive 150cc segment made it instantly recognizable and since its launch, the motorcycle has been clocking consistent and decent numbers for the Yamaha.
In these years, the SZ has emerged in various avatars such as SZ-X, SZ-R, SZ-S and SZ-RR. The latest joiner in this lineup is the SZ-RR Version 2.0. Powered by the company’s latest innovation in technology termed as ‘Blue Core’, the new SZ-RR intends to be more refined and sorted out as ever. Can the motorcycle create a stir in the entry-level 150cc segment. Read further to find out
The SZ series has always been in the middle ground, as far as looks and design are concerned. While it was never a brawny and head-turning machine as the FZ, it was neither a drab looking motorcycle like many 100/125cc commuters. The SZ-RR Version 2.0 is completely based on the current SZ-RR and now surpasses the latter to become the range-topping model of the SZ lineup. The SZ-RR Version 2.0 is nicely differentiated from the SZ-RR with dual tone paint scheme and snazzier graphics.
The front continues to be subtle with a long face which consists of a transparent visor and trapezoidal headlamp. The side view of the bike is dominated by the big and sleek fuel tank which has been inspired from that of the FZ16. The fuel tank is flanked by tank extensions which incorporate the 3-D emblem of the bike, along with ‘RR’ suffix. The rear side profile of the bike continues the blend of simplicity and flair of the rest of the design. The split tail lamp as well as split grab rails for pillions are unique to the bike
Though the instrument console of the SZ-RR Version 2.0 is completely analog as opposed to the part analog-part digital units of the current crop of 150cc motorcycles, the meter console remains comprehensive and displays all the necessary details you would expect from a premium commuter. It consists of a speedometer and tachometer with fuel gauge stacked between them, along with the basic tell tale lights above the fuel gauge.
The switch gear seen on the SZ-RR Version 2.0 is the best which an SZ has ever received ever, ditching the low quality switches for a more premium ones usually seen on the other premium 150cc motorcycles. The overall fit and finish is top notch for the segment, which goes in favor of the motorcycle
Unlike the other models of the current SZ series like the SZ-S and SZ-RR, the SZ-RR Version 2.0 is powered by an all new single cylinder, air cooled, 149cc engine which debuted for the first time in the FZ Version 2.0. The engine is a redesigned version of the 153cc engine of the other SZs and pumps 12.0bhp of power and 12.8Nm of torque. These output figures may create an impression of being underpowered for a 150cc motorcycle, but the engine is tuned for a meaty mid-range and top-end power, which makes it a breeze to ride. The engine is mated to a five speed gearbox which has taller ratios to make the best use of the wide torque band.
As mentioned above, the SZ-RR Version 2.0 gets the ‘Blue Core’ technology, which enhances the fueling on the bike in order to extract the optimum performance and fuel efficiency. The bike manages to put up a fuel efficiency figure in the range of 50-55 kmpl in real world conditions, which considering a 150cc motorcycle is a good figure.
RIDE AND HANDLING
The SZ-RR gets a set of telescopic hydraulic forks at front and adjustable coil springs at rear, unlike the monocross suspension on the other 150cc offerings from Yamaha. The unit however is impressive and soaks all the bumps and potholes effectively, thus ensuring a comfortable ride quality. The bike gets a standard disc brake at front and drum brake at rear, and has a decent feedback from both the ends. The tyres are not as chunky as that of the FZ series, but serve their purpose well with good levels of grip
The Yamaha SZ series always had an upper hand on the aspect of pricing, as the variants of SZ are positioned on the starting range of 150cc segments. Continuing the trend, the SZ-RR Version 2.0 too has been priced competitively at Rs. 65,400 (ex-showroom, Delhi). At this price, it undercuts many of the capable 150cc motorcycles and retains the value for money tag reminiscent with the SZ series for the technological and design prowess it packs in.
Honda CB Unicorn
The Unicorn has been ruling the entry-level 150cc segment right since its inception in 2005. The motorcycle is highly regarded for its tank like build quality and butter-smooth refinement of the tried and tested 150cc engine it comes bolstered with. Though the Unicorn has hardly received any major change in its tenure, except the minor cosmetic upgrades like black treatment to alloy wheels and engine. On the other hand, the Yamaha SZ-RR has a more appealing design with an equally powerful engine and build quality
The Yamaha SZ-RR Version 2.0 hits that perfect sweet spot between the 125cc segment and premium 150cc motorcycles. Though the motorcycle may be positioned below many 150cc motorcyles such as Bajaj Pulsar, TVS Apache RTR160, Suzuki Gixxer and even its own stable mates, FZ and FZ-S, but that doesn’t deters it from the sheer value it gives you for every penny you spend on it. The motorcycle has a pleasant design, has a powerful engine pretty good for quick city commutes and has enough features to justify the price it asks for itself.
The SZ-RR Version 2.0 is purely for those people who want more than a 125cc motorcycle but don’t wish to spend too much on a 150cc motorcycle as well. And this is the gentle appeal of the bike which lends it a unique trait to boast of.
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