The Yamaha FZ is now close to being called a legendary motorcycle. This chunky motorcycle has been doing great ever since it was launched and kept giving out a strong competition to other motorcycles in the segment.

Considering the Yamaha FZ price, the motorcycle is still a very good option among the many from the present generation. But is it good enough to be the ultimate buyer’s choice? There isn’t much doubt that the motorcycle is known for its high-paced acceleration and a secure ride, but is fast enough to be competing against the likes of the new Honda Hornet 160 or the Suzuki Gixxer? Let’s get the answers right away.

How does it look?

The Yamaha FZ boasts on a very beefy look that is enticed by the chunky fuel tank and the low swung headlamps. However, it did not need a fuel tank cowl to look big. The upright sitting stance offers comfort as well as aggressiveness at the same time. The rider’s seat is low while the pillion seat is on the higher side. Even the new split seat cluster also carry the same pattern.

As unique as it could get, the motorcycle had 140 section rear tyre on the 17-inch wheel, which was the thickest at the time of its launch. However, the present lineup of motorcycles, like the Suzuki Gixxer and the Honda Hornet 160, have similar thick tyres, thus making life a little difficult for the old horse.

How powerful is it?

The Yamaha FZ S is powered by a 149cc, fuel injected engine, which is capable of powering a maximum power of 13 bhp at 8,000 revs per minute along with a peak torque of 12.8Nm at 6,000. The power is transmitted to the wheels via a 5-speed gear unit. The engine is smooth and won’t give the riders many hiccups at any gear.

However, the likes of the present generation motorcycles are much more powerful than the FZ with the power ranging from 14 bhp to 15.5 bhp. However, what makes the Yamaha motorcycle better are the lightweight-ness and the fuel injection technology (most of the competitors have carburettor).

Is that enough?

The Yamaha FZ is one of the oldest motorcycles in India with the naked branding and was first retailed with the tagline “Lord of the street”. And indeed, it looks no less than a Lord. The company has also managed to keep the motorcycle more relevant to the growing and changing taste of the customers in India by updating it on a regular basis.

Hence, known for its muscular appearance and a refined ride, the Yamaha FZ is still a very bankable motorcycle in its segment.