Yamaha portfolio in India has been rather long in the tooth if one can be honest. But, all of that changed last month with the launch of a brand new product from the company. The motorcycle in question here is the FZ-X, which as the name suggests, is an off-shoot from the FZ-series. So, what’s the difference? The FZ-X is touted to be a scrambler-ish version, with a more upright riding position and design changes.
First things first, it’s powered by a 149cc, air-cooled, SOHC motor which churns out 12 bhp at 7,250 rpm and 13.3 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. The five-speed gearbox, like the engine, remains the same as the 150cc-powered FZ-series, which includes the standard FZ and FZS. Secondly, it’s priced at Rs 1.17 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), that is, if you’re willing to live without Bluetooth connectivity. If not, you’ll have to pay an extra – Rs 1.20 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), to be exact.
Yamaha states that the FZ-X comes with a more rugged look with components like the metal components visible on the fuel tank, side covers, engine guard, headlight stays, the front fender, fender stay, and the grab-bar, for increased strength and durability. The FZ-X is also the first motorcycle from Yamaha in India to receive a Communication Control Unit which is compatible with Yamaha’s dedicated Y-Connect app. FYI, there are three colour options – Metallic Blue, Matt Copper and Matt Black.
Other notable features include a bi-functional LED headlight with LED DRLs, a newly designed negative LCD console with a power socket, and an LED taillight, as well. The FZ-X also comes equipped with a side-stand engine cut off switch which comes as a standard. Besides all this, it gets a higher handlebar that is positioned closer to the rider which syncs up well with the relatively flat step-up seat and revised footpeg positions. Ground clearance stands at 165mm and FZ-X tips the scale at 139 kilograms (wet).