The Macho looks continues in 2017 with AHO and BS-IV joining the party.

Launched in 2008, Yamaha’s FZ series of motorcycles had created a new meaning to the streetfighter nemesis in the country. The DNA embedded had street characteristics that made the FZ the number one in the segment pretty fast. Then, Yamaha launched Fazer in the year 2009 under the FZ series, the Japanese Blue’s wonderful semi-faired sports tourers. It provided a perfect balance between the aggressive of Yamaha’s true-blue super sports and the very practical naked roadsters termed under the brand ‘FZ’.

After a span of five years, Yamaha gave the faired Fazer an overhaul and called it the Fazer FI Version 2.0. Along with a fresh styling elements, the bike also got Fuel Injection Blue Core technology installed which increased both the performance as well as fuel efficiency. Now, the same iteration gets even better with AHO, new decals and a BS-IV engine to run cleaner that before. Let’s have a look at these in detail.

  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-1
  • Top Speed:
    93 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    INR 87935
  • Price:
  • Overall:
    7.7/10

STYLING

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2014 Yamaha Fazer 2017 Yamaha Fazer FI

Regarding styling, Yamaha hasn’t played much with the overall design and proportions of the new Fazer FI compared to the Version 2.0 from 2014. Instead, they have given the new iteration some new paint schemes and stylish graphic decals.

The front still has the dominating twin headlamp unit embedded in the front fairing and a slender, tall windshield. The half fairings run till the edge of the tank which is enough to provide the build-up outlook of the Yamaha DNA. The carbon pattern remains to enhance the sporty image of the bike. The fuel tank design also remains almost similar to what it came with ever since the beginning and the large 12-litre capacity pushes you to ride farther.

The bike is equipped with split tandem seats providing a more comfortable riding experience for both you and the pillion. The easy to grasp aluminium handle grab bars give the pillion rider extra support during long rides. Below is the similar advanced midship muffler that helps the bike to make its presence felt on the streets. It gives a miss to what some would call it as an ‘ugly’ tyre hugger and instead gets a longer rear fender.

The instrument cluster too is carried forward on this 2017 model which is an all-digital LCD that feels upmarket even today. Wide radials have always sweetened the heart of every motorcyclists, and the Fazer surprisingly has them ever since the beginning. This time too it does not disappoint.

Overall Dimension

Make Model 2017 Yamaha Fazer FI Suzuki Gixxer SF FI Honda CBR 150r
Length 2073mm 2050mm 2000mm
Width 705mm 785mm 825mm
Height 1115mm 1085mm 1120mm
Wheelbase 1330mm 1330mm 1305mm
Seat height 790mm 780mm 785mm
Wet weight 137kg 139kg 138kg
Fuel tank 12L 12L 13L

POWERTRAIN

Now remember the Fazer FI is just the faired variant of their FZ FI, and thus they both share the same engine. The FZ25 is powered by the same 149 cc air cooled, 2-valve, fuel injected, single cylinder engine that can produce 13bhp @ 8000rpm, which is not jaw dropping awesome but manages to not disappointment much. Similar with the torque delivery of 13Nm peak @ 6000rpm.

This power is taken to the rear via a 5-speed gearbox and chain linkage, and the engine carries the Blue Core technology keeping the right amount of balance between performance and efficiency meeting BS IV efficiency norms. It also ensures high-efficiency combustion by providing the right amount of fuel, depending on riding conditions and contributes to increased mileage and cleaner emissions.

Engine Specification

Make Model 2017 Yamaha Fazer FI Suzuki Gixxer SF FI Honda CBR 150r
Capacity cc 149 154.9 149.4
Bore/ Stroke mm 58/58.7 56/62.9 63.5/47.2
Output 13 bhp @ 8000 rpm 16 Bhp @ 8000 rpm 18 bhp @ 10500 rpm
Torque 13 Nm @ 6000 rpm 14 Nm @ 6000 rpm 13 Nm @ 8500 rpm
Type Air cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 2 valve single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4 valve
Clutch type Multi-plate wet Multi-plate wet Multi-plate wet
Transmission 5-speed 5-speed 6-speed

RIDE AND HANDLING

Nothing has changed when it comes to riding quality and handling capability as the new Fazer FI still uses the same Diamond frame type chassis. The riding position is accurately suited for an upright feel, perfect for those long stunts. You don’t get the clip on handlebars, but the position is well balanced to suit the foot peg’s positions. A split two-up seats are well cushioned and have balanced shape to ensure a good fit for the rider’s comfort levels.

AT the front it still uses the Telescopic suspension setup while the rear gets the Monocross suspension setup which delivers an exhilarating and stable riding experience. Thanks to the wide 140 / 60 rear tyres the Fazer FI gets lots of grip when leaning into corners. This motorcycle uses a disc brake at the front, and unfortunately, it only gets drum brakes at the rear instead of proper disc brakes.

Chassis Specifications

Make Model 2017 Yamaha Fazer FI Suzuki Gixxer SF FI Honda CBR 150r
Suspension / Front Telescopic Telescopic Telescopic
Suspension / Rear Monoshcok Linked type Monocross Spring Loaded Hydraulic Type (Monoshock)
Brakes / Front 282mm Single disc 282mm Single disc 276mm Single disc
Brakes / Rear Drum 240mm Single disc 276mm Single disc
Tyres / Front 100/80-17M/C 52P 100/80 - 17 100/80-17M
Tyres / Rear 140/70-17M/C 63P 140/60R - 17 140/70-17M

PRICE

You can get a 2017 Yamaha Fazer for a price tag of ₹ 87935 (ex-showroom) which is a ₹ 7000 difference that the previous model.

The 2017 model comes with three shades: Burning Red, Marble White, Midnight Black and all of them get stylish new graphic decals.

COMPETITION

Coming from the same country are two other 150s’. One is another 150 cc motorcycle that recently made its entry into the country. The Suzuki Gixxer SF FI was the first hit for this Japanese after the Access 125. It was the most affordable fully faired motorcycle in the country and eventually became a sure shot hit too.

The other is Honda’s attempt at meeting all the demands by launching a performance oriented motorcycle in the premium end of the 150cc segment with the CBR 150R. The motorcycle was launched on the lines of the higher positioned CBR 250R, sharing the overall design language and several components.

Both of them are more expensive that this Fazer, and are fully faired bikes compared to the Fazer’s semi fairing.

Suzuki Gixxer SF FI

The Gixxer SF has already received a number of accolades and compliments owing to its sharp and brawny design, with the beautifully added front full fairing. The full fairing at the front does its job of upsizing the Gixxer SF FI as a supersport motorcycle effectively, though the curvaceous design of the fairing looks a bit pale in comparison to the rest of the bike’s design.

On the Gixxer SF FI, Suzuki has a powerful single cylinder, air cooled, 155cc engine, which has been shared with the naked version, the Gixxer. Suzuki has introduced fuel injection system on this engine for the Gixxer SF FI, which makes it the first mass-market fuel injected motorcycle from Suzuki in India. It produces 16 bhp of power and 14 Nm of torque. However, as with other fuel injected engines, then powertrain here definitely feels more responsive in the entire rev range, with crisper throttle responses and better fuel economy over the carburetted version of the same. The mill is coupled to the same 5-speed gearbox of the Gixxer, with no changes to the gear ratios.

Suzuki has introduced the Gixxer SF FI in only one dual paint shade of MotoGP Blue with graphics, which comes with rear disc brake as standard (unlike on the standard model, which gets rear disc brake as optional equipment). The motorcycle has been priced at ₹98803.

Honda CBR 150R

The original CBR 150R was launched in 2012 and was designed entirely on the lines of the quarter litre Honda, CBR 250R. It looks purposeful and has a right stance. From the sides, the inspiration from the CBR 250R continues to exist, with the design of the full fairing, fuel tank and side panels being the same as that of the CBR 250R.

The Honda CBR 150R is powered by a new liquid-cooled 149.4cc liquid motor with a 4-valve head, and the engine has been programmed with Honda’s fuel injection (PGM-FI) which has improved the overall fuel efficiency of the motorcycle and also enhanced the overall performance and power delivery of the motorcycle. The 150 cc engine generates 18 bhp @ 10500rpm and 12.66 Nm @8500rpm. The engine has been mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox with shorter gear ratios to enhance the fun quotient of this baby CBR.

The Honda CBR 150 R costs ₹1.2 lakh and is offered in four colour options as before. While the Standard variant is available in Sports Red and Black with Pearl Sunbeam White, the Deluxe option is offered in two colour options, Vibrant Orange and Black with Candy Palm Green.

VERDICT

The Fazer has, even today, have not only been imparting a big bike stance of the YZF super sports but also have proved their everyday usability which the FZs were famous for. In the Indian market too, it was this 150cc Fazer based on the FZ 16 that carried the trend of macho looking full sized motorcycles in the sub-1 lakh category of motorcycles. And although competition is improving by the second, this 2017 Fazer still has some more juice left to make you curious.

Now, with the advent of the new breed of motorcycles under the ‘MT’ and ‘Tracer’ ranges, the FZs’ and Fazers’ are soon going to be things of the past. However, Yamaha believes that there is still enough metal available in the Fazer range, because there are still many enthusiasts who believe that the macho looking stance and character of the Fazer is unique to its self.

This could as well be a final farewell to the 150cc Fazer, but Yamaha is not letting the brand vanish in our country. Recently, Yamaha added a new boy to the FZ lineup, the FZ25. This is their official entry to the quarter-litre naked motorcycle segment in the country. Like history repeating itself, we believe Yamaha will launch another semi-faired tourer and call it the Fazer 250.

Bring it on Yamaha.

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