The new Yamaha FZ 2009 was launched in India after the huge success of Yamaha's other variants such as YZF R15, Yamaha FZ16 and the Yamaha FZS.
The Yamaha FZ 150 was launched in the Indian market after keeping its fans on a long wait, while the rest of the branded bike makers and Yamaha's competitors rolled down many of their bike variants one after the other.
The Fazer 150 was first uncovered in the Auto Expo and the bike was officially launched in July 2009. Considering the fact that apart from Yamaha's success of other models, Libero had been one model that received a big thumbsdown and Yamaha's brave move to bring in Fazer 150 in spite of the failure needs to be patted and appreciated.
Looks and Styling
The global model of Yamaha Fazer 150cc is the third variant in India, and it is built along the line of Yamaha FZ16. In terms of looks Yamaha has followed the latest International trend and tried to give it an 'insect-look' and that certainly gives unique look to the bike.
Coming to the design of the new Yamaha Fazer it cannot be described as stunning or something out of the world, but still the bike features a new look and only time will decide how the Indian bikers are going to accept this model. Of course, one cannot ignore the detailed finishing touch; it is simply awesome. To keep up to the image of the insect-look the twin light protrusion in the front adds more distinctness to the looks.
The Fazer 150 is adorned with aluminium clamps, twin-pod instrument clsuter, speedometer and the usual lighting system that is indeed a shared feature of all Yamaha models. The fuel tank is quite huge and it is stylised with scoops that extend towards the functional knee-recesses. The tank almost seems to flow into the side panels and the filler is very similar to what we find in the Libero. The seat looks quite comfortable with an eye-catching grab rail that also supports the tail lamp. The silencer and the aluminium frame give an edge to the bike's overall design.
The new Yamaha FZ 2009 is powered by a four-stoke, two-valve 150cc engine. The power generation can touch up to 14PS at 7500RPM and the fuel capacity is 12 litres that is inclusive of the reserve. Yamaha has kept its injection system intact. The new 150cc Yamaha has stuck to all the Indian emission norms; the bike has the potential to burn out the unburned mixture by releasing the oxygen inside the exhaust port. There is also a provision for the exhaust gases, which gets purified with the help of a catalytic converter that is inside the silencer.
The carburettor has got a unique valve that monitors excess cylinder suction and has the ability to adjust the mixture according to the content available. This feature enables you to have a comfortable ride even during the tough ride conditions. But one cannot dispute the fact that Yamaha FZ 150 is a smooth riding machine with shortcoming and that is the absence of the fifth gear, a big let down in these days where all bikes are coming 5-gear transmission.
Price and colour availability
The Yamaha Fazer 150cc is priced at Rs 72,000 and comes in attractive colors options of blue, black, red, and orange. There is no doubt to the acute competition in the two-wheeler market currently existent. In any case, we will need to give time to know how the new Yamaha 150cc is performing on Indian roads with the Indian consumers.
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