We can observe that the Indian biking scene is changing drastically. Earlier, it was easy to buy an automobile because we didn’t have many options to choose from but now, the scene has changed. The manufacturers are competing each other with the technical concepts like power and torque among the same displacement engines.The new era of automobile enthusiasts are having a tough time choosing their ride comparing all the technical aspects which satisfies their requirements. Apart from the power, the next main thing which we Indians are concerned is the mileage! With the increasing fuel prices, its really hard to meet our dream of purchasing a performance oriented bike. Some of them even have to sacrifice their dream machine because of its mileage figures. Likewise, even i had to. But not anymore..So, here goes my review about my ride and my experiments and experiences with it..
First let me give you a brief intro about myself. I’m Ashwin, an engineering student from Kerala sharing the ownership view about my macho.. “The Lord of the Streets”.Yeah, you guessed right! It’s the YAMAHA FZ-S.
The technical specs of this machine goes like this :
- Engine type: Air-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC
- Displacement: 153.0cc
- Bore & Stroke: 58.0 × 57.9mm
- Compression ratio: 9.5:1
- Maximum output: 14PS @ 7500 rpm
- Maximum torque: 13.6 N.m @ 6000 rpm
- Starting method: Electric & Kick
- Fuel Supply: Carburetor
- Clutch type: Wet, multiple-disc
- Transmission type: Constant mesh 5-speed
- Cylinder layout: Single Cylinder
- Battery: 12 V, 5.0 Ah
- Frame type: Diamond
- Suspension (front/rear): Telescopic/ Swingarm
- Wheelbase: 1,334mm
- Brake type(front/rear): Disc/Drum
- Headlight: 12 V, 35/35W
- Length × Width × Height: 1,973 mm × 770 mm × 1,090 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,334 mm
- Minimum ground clearance: 160 mm
- Kerb weight: 135 kg
- Fuel tank volume: 12 liters
Again, as mentioned earlier, choosing my ride was an ambiguous task! I wanted my first ride be a good performer in all aspects but my parents restricted the displacement to 150cc for my first ride. Now, who is the best performer? Apache? Fz? R15? confused! After hours and days of googling comparing the specs, I finalised the R15. But again, the problem was mileage. The low mileage and increasing petrol prices was a problem for a college student like me belonging to a middle class family.So, had to go with the Fz! It’s mileage figures were 40-45kmpl in city and 45 to 50 kmpl in highways as said by the salesman. It sounded okay for me. After a week of sleepless nights and endless dreaming, i finally got the most awaited call from the showroom. I rushed there and saw the macho standing right outside. I kept my hands on it and turned on the ignition. Oh God! The feel which u get when you see the LED display of tachometer goin all the way up and coming back with all the lights on the dashboard flashing is just amazing! Hard to express in words.. The engine starting signal seemed like an example for the spirit of innovation. So, from this point begins my biking story.. To be exact, it starts at 6:05 PM on 17/06/2012.
Now, each kind of biker has a different taste. Some like big fairing, while some like the aggressive, naked and bold looks (exactly my choice). Having a triple macho design, there wont be any one who could miss this one on the road.The 140mm rear tyre (MRF revz) is the biggest in India providing 60% aspect ratio. MRF tyres has made this radial tubeless tyre exclusively for the FZ. The front tyre is of 100mm (MRF Zapper), which is very impressive. The broad tires help you twist and turn with ease. I make the turns tilting the bike till my shoes scratches on the road. It’s fun!
The short 1.5m exhaust pipe adds to the unique feeling of the bike to give a sense of volume an external diameter of 35mm is adopted in a two-layer type exhaust to minimize the effect of heat on the pipe. The muffler of this machine is an irregular shaped tapered type mid-ship muffler which adds a great look to the bike and also helps maintaining the centre of gravity of the machine.The 267mm diameter brakes assist in doing easy stoppies. The Monocross rear suspension provides 120 mm of wheel travel, while optimized oil and damping valve specs help ensure agile running performance and handling. The mono suspension is great and can be adjusted which helps you to tune according to the road conditions.
So, it’s clear that doing stunts in FZ is a piece of cake because of its key features like mass centralisation and its ultra broad tires and also the front beefy fork adds to it’s muscular looks.You cannot compare the FZ with the other premium bikes in India because each ride has its own feel. The 153cc engine of this bike is designed for the urban commute.The machine churns out 14 Nm of torque just at 6000 rpm. The mid range thrust and the highly tuned throttle response are designed to give you the feel of a ultra-powerful bike in the urban ride.
Now, coming to the main topic of any Indian bikers’ concern. The fuel efficieny!As i have mentioned earlier, 40 to 45 kmpl in city and 45 to 50kmpl in highways was the figures told by the salesman. Being a bike enthusiast, i read various articles about automobiles and once i came across the article about “how to run in your bike”. Found it really helpful. I followed it for the first 1000kms.By the way, during the first service interval, my bike showed overheating problems and the mileage figures were around 40 to 45 kmpl. I never went above 50 for the first 1000 kms. After completing the crucial run in period, the mileage figures were around 48 kmpl.
Now, since i have a habit of reading articles, once i was searching for mileage boosters in internet. I have seen many articles some saying its fake and some which guarantees the boost. It was called HHO kit. So, being curious, i contacted the seller whom i found from an advertisement in quikr.com. He gave me the details and an assurance of 20 to 40% of guaranteed mileage increase. Now, who doesn’t want more mileage? I wanted to make sure whether it really works or not before buying it. So, i took the contact no. of one of his customers who fitted this thing in his Bajaj Discover at Coimbatore. Had a talk with him and he said he used to get 70 kmpl and now he is getting 90 kmpl it seems! Now, that made me more curious to test it.
It costed Rs.2700 and I ordered it. I got the courier within two days. The kit had a cell (with water in it), an adapter and an instruction manual in it. I took it to the Yamaha Service Center to get it fixed. The service people were like “You will loose your warranty and lose engine life and blah blah.” I took the risk and gave it to them.Next day I received a call from them saying “Sir, your bike is ready.” That evening I went to collect it and to my amusement, the service guys who had an angry face before had a punctual smile on their face. As soon as I entered, one of them came to me, shook my hand and said “Your bike is ready sir, and we have fitted the kit you gave. We tested your bike with 100ml of petrol and your bike is returning a mileage of 63kmpl!“. I was like.. Seriously? It was really a jaw dropping incident. Can u imagine how it sounds when someone says a 63kmpl FZ? Yeah! That’s what i felt too.
Let me share my experiences with you after fitting the kit.My bike became noiseless and the emission levels came down far lower than before and let me tell you, there is no change in the acceleration and speed since many people have questioned me about this! Now, its been an year and the odo has clocked over 12000 kms after fitting the kit. No problem to engine no change in performance. Still the same lord of the streets with an unbelievable mileage. I find it one of the worthiest investments i have ever made.
Here is the brief description about the HHO kit :
HHO is a hydrogen-oxygen compound. HHO gas is produced by a simple process of electrolysis. If you apply a DC current into water, it is being split up into its elementshydrogen and oxygen hydro tuning’s HHO Systems have small HHO generators filled with water and connected to a small water reservoir. This system uses the electrolysis process to produce HHO gas while you are driving. The power needed for this is taken from your vehicle’s battery. When introduced into the combustion chamber of any engine, HHO helps to burn the fuel fully and in a cleaner way. It also burns as a self-contained fuel supplementing and replacing a certain amount of gasoline.
Now, i guess many of them will think how does thing look like after its fitted. Well, there are people asking me “Hey, whats that thing? Have you got Nitrous Oxide fitted in your bike or what?” lol! Yeah that’s how it looks like.Thats all about the mileage. A 63 kmpl FZ!
Like the fact stating no one is perfect, same applies to automobiles. Here are some of the drawbacks i felt :
1.The dashboard has a toyish appearance and lacks a clock and dual trip meter.
2.The Head light visibility is very poor at night. You will have to overcome by using xenon lamps or projectors. I have got my fz fitted with a projector with a colour temp. of 8000k (ice berg blue light) with a green angel eye around. Now, it looks awesome! but after fitting it i came across the article about the projectors and its colour temperatures. found that only the colour temperatures from 4000K to 6000K are legal in India and above that, everything is illegal! so, be careful before buying.
3.Gets attracted to dirt due to naked styling so, makes you busy with a bucket and mug during rainy season!
4.The pillion seat is uncomfortable. They have resolved the problem in the new edition but the old one cannot be modified since there is a change in the chassis itself.
5.The mud defender at the rear is a waste because, while riding at rainy seasons the whole mud and dirt will be thrown at the pillion’s back! but now, they have additional accessories which is overlaid on the mud defender and solves the problem.
6.Now, since the odo has clocked over 18000 kms, the chain cannot be adjusted anymore it seems as said by the service guy. its the time for the chain and sprocket replacement.
7.The seats are very stiff making long rides miserable. while going for long rides, the butt aches starts since the first hour itself. so, during long journeys, the bike shows no signs of tireness but you do.
Now, apart from these minor drawbacks, its one of the best choice to opt for under 150 to 160cc category and i am completely satisfied with my ride. The above review is based on my own experience and doesn’t mean to harm or offend anyone. Having spent your precious time reading my review, I hope you found it worth and useful.Always respect your ride and ride safe!
Note : There must be people who offend the fact that i’m getting such mileage figures. To them, come here, grab the keys and test it yourself!