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Yamaha FZ16 Review

Bike Tested: Yamaha FZ16

Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 75,000/-

To start off this bike has striking presence. The looks of this bike will be a major reason for its success. We all know that the Pulsar 150 isint as great a bike as its sales figure suggests, its engine is not as refined either compared to the Unicorn but it does sell and how! One of the main reasons for the Pulsar 150 to sell so well is, it looks the part and the FZ16 makes the Pulsar look like a bike from last generation. After looking at the FZ16, i can confidently say that the bike is Definitely Male.

Just like the Yamaha R15, the FZ16 has been wind tunnel tested for better aerodynamics. The engine is air cooled and uses a carburetor. A FI version would have made this bike really more desirable but then Yamaha had to price it sanely too. However the bike does ride pretty well.

There is good amount of low end grunt, something which is missing in the R15. Though power of 14PS doesn’t speak much, its the torque which is worth talking about. 13.6NM @ 6000 RPM means this bike pulls very well from any RPM. There is very good throttle response and the bike will nudge 120kmph which is the norm in the 150cc segment. Yamaha claim an unrealistic mileage of 50kmpl. Expect 40kmpl under normal riding conditions.

The fat front forks, mono cross suspension and the fat tires ensures that the FZ16 rides very well. You hardly feel a bump and is thus suited for our roads, which are well poorly made. Although the bike looks all muscles, it handles pretty well. Change of direction is quick and the wide handle bars makes the riding position almost spot on. Braking is good and gear shifts are smooth but not as good as the R15, which is in another league.

We really didn’t like the instrumentation on the FZ16. The tacho needle is small and makes it difficult to read. Otherwise too the instrument cluster is a wee bit small for our liking and for a bike which looks so big and butch, i really don’t know why Yamaha compromised on better instrumentation. The bike also has no kick start (ala Pulsar 220), similar fuel tank capacity as the R15 (12 liters) and weighs just 127 kgs (dry)

To sum up the FZ16 is a fantastic machine, it is worth the money and is certainly our pick in the 150cc segment. However Yamaha could have made it better, all those fat tires and forks need a bigger engine, perhaps a FZ20 should be launched by Yamaha to quench the performance hunger in us.

Whats Kool

  • Looks amazing
  • Rides very well
  • Engine has good grunt
  • Attention to detail
  • Fat tires
  • Good pricing

Whats UnKool

  • Unimpressive instrument cluster
  • Pillion seat too small for humans

Yamaha FZ16 Specifications -

  • Engine: 153CC air-cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder, SOHC, 2 valves
  • Power: 14PS @ 7500rpm
  • Torque: 13.6Nm @ 6000rpm
  • Transmission: 1 down 4 up
  • Top Speed: 120kmph
  • Fuel Consumption: 35-40 kmpl (City), 40-45 kmpl (highway)
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 12 litres
  • Fuel Type: Petrol Unleaded
  • Fuel System: 26mm CV Carb
  • Tires: 100/80/R17 (F), 140/60/R17 (R)
  • Brakes: 267mm single cross-drilled ventilated rotor with 2-pot calipers / 130mm drum

Yamaha FZ16 Dimensions -

  • Overall length x width x height: 1975mm X 770mm X 1045mm
  • Seat height: 790mm
  • Wheelbase: 1,335mm
  • Minimum ground clearance: 160mm
  • Dry weight / Curb weight: 127 kgs / 137 kgs

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  • Raul September 22, 2008, 9:57 pm

    Nice review. I really like the FZ16. However can anyone tell me which one would be a better choice? A more powerful Pulsar 200 or the FZ16. The Pulsar has some features which the FZ16 lacks. But then the FZ16 has some features the Pulsar 200 lacks. Both are similarly priced.

  • ringo September 23, 2008, 11:37 am

    Nice but some questions.

    - Have you ridden the bike ?
    -The company web site says torque is 14 nm.
    - How do you know about the mileage. Because as to what I know Yamaha claims normal riding mileage. Yamaha claimed 38-42 knpl for R15 and as per reports on magazines and internet R15 is giving about 40 so when yamaha claims about 50 may be it is it might give about 50.

    But any way your analysis is very good.


  • fas September 23, 2008, 12:16 pm

    Thanks for your comment. Yes i have ridden the bike. Torque is 13.6NM as per the brochure. Maybe the company has rounded it off. When i asked the dealer the mileage he hesitated and said, it will give what all 150cc bikes do and then he said 50, which does not seem likely. However if it gives 50kmpl it will be icing on the cake, because this bike is that good that you wont care about the mileage.

  • Nomad September 24, 2008, 5:32 am

    Which dealer did you go to? Are they offering test ride’s? Also did you inquire about booking details? I want to book a Black one soon!

  • fas September 24, 2008, 12:51 pm

    Normad where are you located? I went to a dealer in Mumbai, test rides have not started every where yet. Booking has started. You have to pay Rs. 10000 booking amount and deliveries will start in October.

  • gaurav September 27, 2008, 5:35 pm

    Hi there,

    Nice review guys..But I still have doubts regarding the bike’s comfort level for tall riders..the thing looks well built and snug..but it looks smaller than even apache 160..I feel it may not be that comfortable for tall guys (like me!)..any ideas on it?

  • fas September 27, 2008, 8:15 pm

    The bike is much more comfortable to ride for tall riders compared to the R15 but still its not as good as the Karizma.

  • ratna September 29, 2008, 4:56 pm


    Can I know what would be the mileage, am planning to buy a new bike. I dont have much money, but I got flatened by FZ 16 specs. I have two bikes in my mind one is honda stunner which gives mileage of 60 in city and other is FZ16 in yamaha. Please send me the answe quickly.

    thanks in advance.

  • fas September 29, 2008, 8:29 pm

    Dear Ratna the mileage will hover around 40-45 kmpl in normal riding conditions. Certainly the CBF Stunner will be more economical but then it has lesser power and is more of a economy bike then a fun to ride bike like the FZ16.

  • MGame Zone September 30, 2008, 3:26 pm

    So beautiful Bike. I like it.

  • Mohit October 1, 2008, 12:48 pm

    Hi, i liked what was written but have few queries of my own… with the specs claiming the performance to be on a higher side and with the widest tyres compared to any production bike in India, i am rather skeptical that it would even give a mileage of 40!! Moreover, the view of the rear seat makes me feel that it would be on the uncomfortable side for a BIG BOTTOMED pillion,,
    Lastly, can you clarify the overall length of the bike when compared to pulsar,, coz i believe everyone would like to have a comfortable ride rather than sticking to the pillion…
    I am eagerly awaiting a road-test for myself to decide if its worth the buy. its not yet given for a test ride in hyderabad… sad,,,,,

  • fas October 1, 2008, 3:48 pm

    Mohit, the rear seat is really very uncomfortable to sit on. Its very small and i doubt the pillion will be comfortable sitting on a seat that small. Mileage of 40 is attainable under sane riding conditions. The Pulsar 150 has a length of 2055mm which is longer compared to 1975mm length of the FZ16.

  • Mohit October 2, 2008, 11:30 am

    So do you think I should opt for Pulsar 200/180 in comparison with FZ16′s overall performance and value??? This would help me decide my buy…
    Thanks for the info..

  • fas October 2, 2008, 12:42 pm

    Mohit the 200 is a very good bike. However its nowhere close to the FZ16 in terms of engine refinement and built quality. The 200 is worth the extra cost over the 180 since the 200 uses the 220′s chassis, whereas the 180 uses the 150′s. I would advice you to go for the FZ16 but if you find the rear seat a issue then you can wait for the Apache Menace 180 (details on the Menace coming soon) but don’t go for the 200 as a upgraded version seems to be on the cards. Read about it here

  • Romi October 2, 2008, 9:53 pm

    Hi! I would like to know is when is FZ16 being officially launched??? Is the launch date same all over india or if no when is it being launched in Kerala????

  • Mohit October 3, 2008, 5:12 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions. Its a long dream for me to own my own bike all these days and i guess now i just need a test drive to zero in on whats that gonna be, mostly it should be FZ 16 as i love a quality, performance and durable bike which will set me off any tensions regarding maintanace or it would be 180cc coz my elder bro has it and its giving a hassle free performance with good mileage as well… cheers

  • fas October 3, 2008, 5:36 pm

    Romi the FZ16 has been launched and you can get yours by booking it right away. Yamaha has launched it all over India. Just check with your local dealer.

    Mohit both the bikes are very good and i am sure will live up to what your looking for, if you can wait then the Apache Menace will be another option.

  • inao October 6, 2008, 10:44 pm

    i have seen it and read many reviews. i really like this bike will buy it someday near. it is the best in its 150ccc… event pulsar 200 is nothing compare to it.
    buy one and experience yourself dude

  • fas October 7, 2008, 6:40 pm

    Yes the FZ16 is a very good bike but Bajaj are getting the upgraded Pulsar and it might have FI.

  • Piyush October 8, 2008, 4:14 pm

    it’s a very very good bike..i like this bike i have booked it on 20th september.and the delievry will be on 19thoct.this bike is most handsome of all i had ever seen..go yamaha go.please yamaha develop more higher segments..

  • Mohit October 9, 2008, 2:57 pm

    -> fas,
    Are you sure BAJAJ are up for an FI version of the PULSAR.. If yes, what segment would that be on??? Are they planning for a new segment all together???

  • Mohit October 9, 2008, 2:58 pm

    I am waiting for a test drive and noone knows when they might give it for test drives to the public…I am waiting YAMAHA….

  • fas October 9, 2008, 5:42 pm

    Mohit – Bajaj are getting the FI version of the 200cc Pulsar. They are not planning for a new segment but the same segment. Speak to your Yamaha dealer and tell him you need to decide on the bike fast.

  • Mohit October 10, 2008, 12:23 am

    Hey, i got my first look at the monster today.. Gosh,, i should say that it has got looks that will steal your imagination and the paint quality on the plastics and other visible areas are top notch…
    Some drawbacks that i noticed was;

    Firstly, the handle bar and speedometer cluster is a bit odd( maybe coz i am used to seeing other bikes..). i feel the ergonomics used there was a bit raw and hasnt got the neat look but again i guess thats what this bike is all about… the RUGED LOOK…

    Secondly, there is no provision as of now for a CRASH GUARD which is something taht one cant over look.. i guess YAMAH will come up with something for it.

    Thirdly, the position for placing the number plate is not yet decided as the area under the head lights are too low which would scratch the mud guard on brakling and aas per yamaha’s advice goes, it will be placed between the head light and speedometer console which ruins the look of the bike…

    rest all things are stunning and top of the class…

    *NON BRAKABLE INDICATORS( totally flexible made for parking damage)
    *Lights glow on battery without the engine being turned on
    *Speedometer console is great to see as its all digitised
    *The suspension seems very smooth and comfortable.
    Overall thebike is a class apart.. and people are gooing crazy as the bookings in that showrom i visited was recently opened and its already crossed 150..

    I hope i made things a lot more easier to all…

  • fas October 10, 2008, 1:51 am

    Hey Mohit, very good opinion about the FZ16. I don’t like instrumentation. Its does not look all that impressive compared to the Pulsars. Are you buying the FZ16?

  • Mohit October 10, 2008, 2:33 pm

    Thanks …and like i said, i will have a test drive once YAMAHA lets it off for a test drive. My buy will be decided then. Till then its a painful wating game… Till then i want all the bikers to go an check out this monster and give us all better suggestions.

  • fas October 10, 2008, 4:14 pm

    Is int it a good thing that you are waiting since the TVS Apache Menace will be out by then. Read

  • gaurav October 12, 2008, 1:52 pm

    I really fail to understand why the design/product development engineers have not given kick start to FZ-16.Being a street bike it should have a kick start to make it more reliable.
    I m not against Self starter…but remember the kick that bought life to RX100/ is fun to kick start..also kick start eliminates the dependence on battery for the prime reason why somebody wants a bike..>>TO RIDE IT OF COURSE.

  • fas October 12, 2008, 2:49 pm

    Kick start is being eliminated by many bike companies. First it was Bajaj with the Pulsar 220 Fi and now its Yamaha. Low maintenance batteries seem to last better and hence kick start is avoidable.

  • Kaustubh October 13, 2008, 1:41 pm

    Hi All,

    This bike is stunner.. I have booked it yesterday….I have not seen such bike in its segment…..about average..if you are buying such a HOT chick why you are thinking about that….dont show the indian mentality…..its a one of its kind….

    and please atleast do not compare Pulsar with FZ16…:-)))

  • Kaustubh October 13, 2008, 1:45 pm

    I will update this blog once i get FZ16 (might be within few weeks)…but i will suggest all the people who are planning to buy new bike, go for this one or RTR than pulsar…..

    These are the only 2 best bikes in the 150 segment….

  • fas October 13, 2008, 1:53 pm

    The Pulsar really looks tamed infront of the FZ16. Do share your review with us on the FZ16 ownership. Yamaha could have very well used the tagline definitely male with the FZ16 but then Bajaj already uses it.

  • Sameer Malik October 13, 2008, 2:46 pm

    Yamaha FZ16 definitely out of the league bike in design and I’m sure on riding it for the first time, it’ll going to leave us all speechless in performance as it has been refined to give 5 star rating till the speed of 80Km/h, aby the time it exceeds this limit it’ll start losing its glory, as we all know, for that range Yamaha has introduced R15. Now it’s upto us what we want,’Almost near Perfection maneuverability(FZ16) or High Speed with SuperSport Bike Feeling(R15)’.

  • gaurav October 17, 2008, 2:07 pm

    I just saw the bike at one dealer.The bike is well built with good finish.The engine sound is heavy (BASS type-whereas I like TREBLE Type..but OK )
    They should have given analog instrument console..the digital looks out of place.Also the gear link looks weak.

  • Purshotham October 19, 2008, 12:16 pm

    Pls suggest me which bike is good for handling (Pulsar, RTR160, Stunner, FZ16)

  • john October 19, 2008, 2:19 pm

    actually review got some problem me and my yamaha professional rider go upto135-140 top speed.

  • fas October 19, 2008, 3:58 pm

    Can you please tell us how you manage to go 135-140kmph on a 14bhp bike?

  • fas October 19, 2008, 4:05 pm

    Purshotham – If you want a good bike for handling then get the R15 or the Apache FI.

  • Mohit October 20, 2008, 12:41 am

    well well…here we are… guys, i have successfully test driven the FZ 16 which was given for test drive today in Hyderabad…. to be frank i was very excited as my plan was to book it as soon as i was done with the test drive but there is always twist in a story… so here is what i found in the test drive i did..

    Although the ride was short and brisk but i managed to take the bike to its max rev where i thought i would come to know it actual muscle and to speak honestly i was DISAPPOINTED.

    What made me take my mind off this bike was the value for the money i plan to invest on something i wanted to be proud of.. The bike, as told in lot of reviews which i read everywhere stated that it had the best torque(power delivery) in every gear but i found it to be very normal.
    (I guess i had over expectations on it..)

    But what i would like to highlight is the other aspects of the bike,,,
    Firstly, it has the best gear shift i have experienced in any bike..(way ahead of pulsar, unicorn and HHs… )

    Secondly, the bike has a very good and refined engine, which is a great thing in today’s market as people don’t really know what it means to have a good performance.

    Thirdly, the balance of the bike is incredible. Even when i took a very sharp U turn, i was very confident in its stickiness on the road ( its all in those meaty tires)…

    The front brakes are spot on and reassuring coz the back brakes where not up to the mark (as what i felt..)

    As a whole, i would say its a great bike with all the pros and cons that it has,, you cant take away the YAMAHA engineering that is done on this baby… I would say, if its for a college going student, its a great bike, but not for a bike enthusiast… YAMAHA needs a bit more research to do on its marketing strategies…

    My final verdict is that, you can go for it blindfolded if you need a good performing bike with less power. Cheers

  • fas October 20, 2008, 2:14 am

    Excellent review there Mohit. Yes it does not feel as good and powerful on higher revvs like the R15 does. Yamaha’s FZ16 is made more for the city then the highway.

    So which bike have you decided to buy?

  • Ravi October 20, 2008, 12:19 pm


    Just had one query. I have seen both the R15 and FZ 16, but cannot make up my mind as to which one to buy. I’m about 5’11 and have to commute about 60-70 kms everyday, including both city and highway. Can you suggest me which one should i go for? thanks…

  • fas October 20, 2008, 1:04 pm

    Ravi – Since your tall i wouldn’t suggest you the R15 as you have to lean quite alot while riding the R15 ans since your riding 60-70 kms a day, comfort is very important. I would suggest the FZ16 and if you want to try out other bikes, check out the Karizma as well.

  • Mohit October 20, 2008, 4:47 pm

    @ fas,

    Well, out of my desperation for performance and taking all odds into consideration, i would go for 180cc pulsar.. sorry guys, YAMAHA left me with no ther choice… I wish i could have bought that beauty if it had al that i need.. a little more aggression…

    Thanks fas for your replies… you were patient with me…

  • fas October 20, 2008, 5:02 pm

    Mohit – Your most welcome. I would still suggest you to check out the Apache and the Pulsar 200. The Pulsar 200 is very good bike and is priced pretty good too.

  • Ravi October 21, 2008, 11:14 am


    Thanks for the earlier advice… but u see i already had a pulsar 180, which gave me good performance… considering FZ 16 that belts out about 14 bhp (compared to 180′s 15), i don’t want to compromise on speed and performance…to put it in simpler words, a ‘slow’ bike…i like to rev the throttle hard and i feel FZ16 would feel just like the 180….nothing special…please advice…

  • fas October 21, 2008, 12:00 pm

    Ravi – Why don’t you check out the Pulsar 200 and 220′s. They have better performance then the 180. But if performance is what your looking for then the R15 and 220 is what you should consider.

  • Ravi October 21, 2008, 2:07 pm

    Thanks for the advise fas… i think i will stick to the R15 then, as pulsar has become too common…
    Thanks again…

  • fas October 21, 2008, 2:31 pm

    Ravi your most welcome. Make sure to check out the riding position before booking the R15.

  • web design October 23, 2008, 1:30 am

    The FZ16 looks awesome, with more power it can be the best performance bike.

  • AMAN MEHRA October 23, 2008, 12:16 pm

    Hi,i hade ride fz16 its good but the only thing which is nt good is its lenth.As yamaha is launching new new bikes they should use there brain also, if ur launching a bike in 150ccf seg than the prices should be accordingly.Yamaha is a big comp should no that is the time to launch 2,3cylinder bikes. fx16 is a butifulbike but it is too small in leanth as well as in hight….

  • Max October 24, 2008, 12:19 pm

    great reviews… nice pictures!!

  • manav October 26, 2008, 12:09 am

    hey there every one….
    i was planning to buy a bike now but im really confused bet the fz16 and the 200… the thing is since fz 16 is a new bike i dont know how will it be like after a yr or so…atleast with pulsars we know…
    secondly i have a broad built (6 ft) so will these bikes suit me???
    also my dad is saying better to go in for a thunder bird…
    pls advice…

  • fas October 26, 2008, 12:38 am

    Manav – FZ16 will be as reliable as any other bike after an year as its a Yamaha. Both these bikes are good enough for you, but the Pulsar 200 is the better bike as their is no replacement for displacement. Thunderbird is in a different league, its a Enfield, its not what you buy from your head but your heart.

  • Ravi October 27, 2008, 11:45 am

    Dear Fas,

    Sorry to bother you again…but looks like my turmoil is going to lasta little longer…
    I was going thru diffrent websites, when I came to know that bajaj is going to launch the Kawasaki Ninja 250 for about 1.5 k!!! Now im dead confused… Should i still stick to buy an R15 or wait for the Ninja?? Please help…

  • fas October 27, 2008, 6:05 pm

    Hey Ravi this is no bother, we are here to discuss and i would always love to hear from you. The Ninja is surely a better bike, infact some say its the best 250cc bike in the world. But pricing seems to be speculative. On Kawasaki’s site the price is mentioned as 4000 USD and at current conversion rates that equates to Rs. 2 lacs. So if Bajaj get it for 1.5 lacs then it surely is worth the money. I suggest wait if possible otherwise the R15 is good enough but surely the Ninja will be much much better.

  • Ravi October 28, 2008, 11:17 am


    Seeing the 4000$ price tag and conversion, there would also be a tax as bajaj plans to bring it in a CKD version from Thailand. But even if the govt. levies 40% tax, it well may swell over to 3 lacs, right?
    But then, the entire logic of having an affordable superbike would be defeated…

  • fas October 28, 2008, 1:10 pm

    Your totally right Ravi and that’s the reason Bajaj has been localising a few parts to get the price down. They intent to price it around Rs. 2 lacs which is still quite a good price for this bike. Pricing of Rs. 1.5 lacs is nothing but a rumour and we all wish that this rumour is true. Who wouldn’t like a affordable superbike?

  • Ravi October 29, 2008, 11:20 am

    Ur right fas, though i think my budget would overstretch if the bike, as u say, would come at around 2 lacs…guess have to stick to the R15 only…thanks a ton!!!

  • fas October 29, 2008, 2:08 pm

    Your most welcome. Did you read the Yamaha R15 review here

  • chintan October 30, 2008, 3:55 pm

  • chintan October 30, 2008, 3:58 pm

    zigwheels has figured out overall milage as 60.32kmpl(25%highway+75%city)… it true? i doubt…wht do u say?

  • fas October 30, 2008, 4:16 pm

    To be frank Chintan, most magazines give really unrealistic mileage figures. All these mileage figures are got by riding very cautiously which is not possible in day to day riding. You must have seen a few road tests claiming mileage of cars like Fiesta and Verna to be over 30kmpl which is a load of BS :p

  • chintan October 30, 2008, 5:48 pm

    though i dont care abt milage..but i am worrying about seat it comfortable for 6′ guy?

  • fas October 30, 2008, 5:54 pm

    Yes, the bike is comfortable for a 6 footer. But if you are tall i will suggest you the Karizma.

  • manav October 31, 2008, 2:33 pm

    @ fas
    dude i agree that theres no replacement for displacement…
    but tell me one thing honestly if u were in my place which bike will u go in for????
    the fz or the 200???

  • fas October 31, 2008, 4:32 pm

    Manav i would go for the 200, its much more value for money.

  • Saroj October 31, 2008, 9:50 pm

    HI guys,

    I am around 5’6″ tall and was wondering to buy fz 16. Do you think it will be okay for me ???? I test rided r15 and found that it was bit difficult to handle with my height.

  • fas October 31, 2008, 11:46 pm

    Saroj – I don’t think riding the FZ16 will be difficult. Why don’t you take a test ride. Once you get used to riding the bike you won’t feel its difficult to ride :)

  • gaurav927 November 1, 2008, 8:58 am

    See the complete review of FZ16 here (posted on friday)

    Chech out the mileage guys (they say its 60 kmpl!)

  • Mindguage November 4, 2008, 1:12 am

    Hi , i have checked with the brand new Yamaha FZ16, the bike looks are ultimate and with black color mind blowing.. and had a test ride on my friends bike . But intersting about the bike is it does nt not have a kick start, which has no feel to ride . Power well go , the body is made up of double coat of fibre .. and economy is 35km per litre. To get the body parts of the bike. spoke to the dealers they suggested incase of crash of the bike the parts to get would minimum take a week.. I wanted to buy the bike .. but now its let me down with the overall of the bike .. The ultimate bike would be with power , economy and also offcourse the looks .. Hope some good company comes up with it..

  • fas November 4, 2008, 1:40 am

    Bajaj is planning to get the 250 Ninja which will be a bike with power, economy and look :)

  • Mindguage November 4, 2008, 8:12 am

    Probably Kawasaki Ninja 250 (again joint venture by bajaj)had to lauch the bike on Oct or Nov this year.. And the bike is somewhere up to 1.5 to 2 Lak..

  • fas November 4, 2008, 1:06 pm

    I doubt the Ninja will be anything less then 2 lacs. It costs that much in the US itself.

  • ashley November 6, 2008, 7:02 am

    hi,i was planing 2 buy a new bike in december…but m thinkin which 2buy. i liked fz16… but i heard dat its very difficult 2get their parts in da market is it true…n i heard also dat their 4stroke bikes r not coming out good….so plzzzzzz tell me is it true or no….otherwise im planing 2 buy baja 200cc.plzzz telll me..

  • fas November 6, 2008, 1:01 pm

    Ashley i haven’t heard such things and i am sure Yamaha will take care of sourcing the parts. I think buying the FZ16 is not a issue and you should get a test ride of the FZ16.

  • zing November 7, 2008, 4:19 pm

    hey guys, i booked for this bike [fz16] on the 18th of october. and i paid the dealer 50000 rupees cause they said its the minimum amt… but the bike’s not yet been delivered to me, nor did they inform me about the exact delivery… is it normal??? cuz im waitin too long for this one..
    by the way, im in imphal and we’ve only one dealer here… i really want to get the bike soon, so, any suggestions?????
    and plllleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee help…!!!!!!

  • fas November 7, 2008, 5:07 pm

    You paid too much for booking. The bike should have been delivered to you, just speak to the dealer and tell him you want the bike asap.

  • Mohit November 7, 2008, 9:15 pm

    Sorry guys, but after all that i went through to check overall utility aspect of this bike i have opted to take the 200cc.. i wish i could have bought this beauty only if it had most of what a total utility bike needs. good luck to guys who have bought it or planning to. thanks fas, i guess you helped me out of this and i should mention this, i need a bike dedsperately that why i am not waiting for the new uograded 200 pulsar. cheers to alll. :)

  • fas November 7, 2008, 11:18 pm

    Good decision Mohit. By the way the upgraded Pulsar 200 gets FI :)

  • zing November 8, 2008, 10:12 pm

    hey, fas… thanx for tha advice…. but man, gimme d=sum more cuz im real confused…….

  • fas November 9, 2008, 1:03 pm

    Did you speak to the dealer? What did he say?

  • Teja November 9, 2008, 9:12 pm

    Hii…I’m waiting for the new CBZ Xtreme which is coming with an upgraded version. Can u exactly tell me when would Hero Honda will launch new CBZ Xtreme. Please get me the actual details of the bike. I referred some of the sites where its bhp is around 18 & top speed is 135. Is it true……?. Comparing both CBZ as well as FZ-16 which is more preferable….? [:)]

  • fas November 9, 2008, 10:14 pm

    Teja Hero Honda just launched a upgraded version of the CBZ Xtreme with red alloys. There is no confirmation of a CBZ Xtreme with 18bhp and 135kmph top speed. I would suggest you to test ride the FZ16 and Pulsar 200. Hero Honda’s next performance bike will be the Karizma FI.

  • Teja November 9, 2008, 10:55 pm

    If I want to go for Pulsar 200 it would be better to wait for the 200 Fi than the present one. Moreover can you tell me when CBZ xtreme would be launched. Actually I was waiting for CBZ xtreme then suddenly there is a launch of FZ16.

  • fas November 10, 2008, 11:40 am

    There is no plan to launch a new CBZ Xtreme. Hero Honda might launch the Karizma FI.

  • Teja November 10, 2008, 2:54 pm

    But some of the pictures of CBZ xtreme were already released in some sites. Even I have some of the pics releated to this particular bike. The hero honda delears are saying that the old cbx xtreme production had been stopped to release a new variant of it. I think Hero Honda will concentrate on CBZ xtreme because that is the only bike in 150 cc which has good fame.

  • fas November 10, 2008, 6:26 pm

    Hero Honda have launched a new CBZ Xtreme with the Hunk engine. There is no info about the 18bhp version, but we will let you know if we come to know about a new variant of the CBZ Xtreme.

  • Ravi November 12, 2008, 12:39 pm

    Dear Fas,

    I have postponed my bike buying exercise for about 2 months, primarily because of two reasons:
    1. I cannot buy an R15 till I don’t see Ninja and its price ;)
    2. I think it will be wiser to buy in January, as the model year would change… N maybe something exciting comes by by then…
    Though I had to keep a stone on my heart for this decision, but i think it would be wise…watsay?

  • fas November 12, 2008, 6:20 pm

    Ravi you have made a very good decision. Waiting is not easy but buying a bike in the new year would give you better resale value. As far as the Ninja goes, it surely will be a very good bike. We will let you know more about the Ninja as and when we get concrete news.

  • Ravi November 13, 2008, 1:30 pm

    Thanks Fas,

    Hope to see the Ninja on motorbeam soon!!!

  • fas November 13, 2008, 1:52 pm

    Ravi your most welcome. Will let you know the Ninja details asap :)

  • Deepak November 14, 2008, 9:16 am

    Hi fas..
    i ve decieded to buy a bike in this december n have choosed R15, FZ15, n pulser200.. which one of you think will be the best for me as m 5’3 height i like speed n also some milage giving… n will R15 model would be change n a year.. ill be really very thankful to your suggestion

  • Teja November 14, 2008, 7:22 pm

    Hey new CBZ xtreme is launched. Its really awesome bike. Its cost is also 66000 in Andhra Pradesh. Overall the bike is marvelous.

  • fas November 15, 2008, 7:34 pm

    Hi Deepak,

    You should get the R15, its the best performance bike which has good mileage too. Since your height is 5’3 you won’t have any issues with the bike as the bike is well suited for your height.

  • BINNY November 15, 2008, 9:41 pm

    Dear Teja,Can u tell me more about the new CBZ…//??
    how it looks??
    any photos.??

  • sanju November 16, 2008, 6:02 pm

    i have a karizma and have to change the tyres.. how would a 110/18 tyre effect the performance in terms of grip and fuel efficiency????

  • fas November 16, 2008, 8:27 pm

    Going for wider tyres will give you more grip but your fuel efficiency will decrease.

  • Teja November 17, 2008, 5:05 pm

    Hi Binny The new CBZ Xtreme has a new look with its new graphics. ‘X’ logo printed on that bike. Its the same old CBZ in its specifications, only the ATFT technology which is present in has been introduced in this bike. I thnk HH is planning to improve the mileage of the bike. Yuvraj Singh got the bike for the man of the match in 1st 2 ODI’s of HH cup. The ad for the NEW CBZ Xtreme is rocking.

  • manav November 20, 2008, 6:28 pm

    hey any news about the mileage of fz????
    i asked one guy he is saying its giving him 45 before even the 1st servicing.. can it be true???

  • fas November 20, 2008, 6:49 pm

    Manav the FZ can give a mileage of 45 kmpl under normal riding conditions. However you can expect 40 kmpl in city riding.

  • zing November 20, 2008, 7:57 pm

    hey fas, finnally got the bike, its awesome, i chose the orange one since it looked larger… its a lot larger in real life than in the online pics…. its awesome, however im havin problems using the electric starter. any advice??
    and heard that yamaha is planning to launch another good one soon,,, is it true? if so , can i have details?

  • fas November 20, 2008, 8:07 pm

    Congrats Zing for buying the FZ16. What problems are you facing with the electric start. Why don’t you ask your dealer and see what they say about the starter.

    Yamaha will be launching a few bikes next year. Its not confirmed yet, but they are going to be awesome bikes.

  • manav November 25, 2008, 1:46 pm

    hey wat is the city average for a p200???
    n any idea when will the 200 fi be out ???

  • fas November 25, 2008, 5:37 pm

    THe P200 gives a mileage of 40 kmpl. The P200 FI should be launched early next year.

  • manav November 28, 2008, 9:29 pm

    how come the p200 n fz 16 givin the same mileage????
    dont u think the fz 16 being 150cc shud give more??? any idea????

  • fas November 28, 2008, 9:37 pm

    The FZ16 should be more fuel efficient but the bike has been designed for performance and not mileage. The Pulsar 200 has been designed to give a good balance of performance and mileage.

  • Simple November 30, 2008, 6:14 pm

    I wanted to buy yamaha fz16.But i have little question to ask siince its selfstart bike n it dont have kick so i was wondering what gonna happen if someone dont use it for more then a week esp in winter season.Right now i have cbz extreme and in winter i was instructed not to use self start if not used for 3-4 days otherwise selfstart will not work.And really it dont work if i dont use it more then a week.This is my major concern.So guys suggest me regarding this…

  • fas November 30, 2008, 8:31 pm

    Many bikes don’t come with kick start nowadays and thus they have maintenance free battery. If your bike does not start using self start you can push the bike and it should start. Go ahead with the FZ16, its a fantastic bike :)

  • Hari December 4, 2008, 11:13 am

    Hi guys,

    i am planning to buy a new bike, i got confusion with FZ16 and Pulser 180, Pulser 180 is 70,000 and FZ16 is 73,500 on road. i need a worthy bike that can handel bumpy road of chennai.


  • fas December 4, 2008, 3:00 pm

    Out of the two bikes i would suggest the FZ16. Its a newer bike and is engineered better than the Pulsar 180.

  • manav December 4, 2008, 10:45 pm

    hey how does the k&n filter affect the bike???
    is it used to increase the efficiency or the performance of the bike???

    i was planning to buy the 200…. shud i wait for the 200fi to come???
    do u think its a better choice over a fz???

  • fas December 4, 2008, 11:24 pm

    KnN filter will give better performance as well as better efficiency. You should wait for the 200FI as it is expected to be launched soon. It will be better than the FZ16.

  • samZ December 6, 2008, 6:44 pm

    Open the throttle and the sweet sound emitted through the exhaust by the 153.0cc motor will instantly strum the strings of your heart with finesse of a musical maestro.

    The air-cooled single cylinder motor has a bore x stroke of 58.0 × 57.9mm translating into a long stroke configuration tuned for low-end and mid-range grunt. The engine has the conventional 2-valves head and it is fed by a 26mm Mikuni carburetor. The carburetor is equipped with Yamaha’s 3-position TPS (throttle position sensor), which works hand-in-hand with the advanced ignition system. The CDI has a 3-dimensional mapped control for more versatile power delivery to suit different riding conditions.

    In terms of power and torque, the FZ16 doesn’t break any new grounds but it produces enough punch to make it one of the quickest bikes in its class.

    The 153cc powerplant makes 14PS of power at 7,500rpm and 13.6Nm of torque developed right from 6,000rpm.

    The FZ16 touches the 60km/h mark from a standstill in 5.6 seconds and continues to record a top whack of 112.34km/h. That’s respectful performance for a bike which is not aimed at the performance oriented bikers. However, the FZ’s true charm lies in roll-ons and that’s where the 13.6Nm of torque comes handy.

    The gear ratios are sorted out to give the FZ a solid mid-range thrust and the bike takes 10.59 seconds in 4th gear to complete the 30-70km/h dash. Even while riding in 5th gear, the difference wasn’t much and it took 12.36 seconds for the FZ16 to do the same. The whole gear changing process is silk-smooth and one need not to keep dancing on the gear lever while dodging city traffic. The 5-speed transmission on the FZ16 is super-refined and it offers precise shifts even at higher revs.

  • samZ December 8, 2008, 5:30 pm

    Finaly i got the bike today,

    Wow !!! What a bike yaar. I m proud of it.
    Thanks all u guyes for the best review on this fZ16. Thanks. i’m loving it


  • fas December 8, 2008, 5:48 pm

    Congratulations samZ on buying the FZ16, it truly is a fantastic bike :)

  • Piyush December 15, 2008, 4:57 am

    Hey fas,

    I am in love with FZ16 and I want to have it but I need a suggestion from you. I am 5’9” and my weight is only 60 KG so I am very lean looking. Do you think the bike will look good on me? I test ride the bike and did not face any problem handing it. Please suggest so that I can go for it. Also it will be my first power bike. I am currently using Bajaj Discover.

  • fas December 15, 2008, 12:39 pm

    Piyush the bike will look good on you. You need not worry, since you did not face any problem the bike suits you. Even if you found it difficult you would be able to adjust with time. Go ahead get the FZ16 :)

  • sumit December 15, 2008, 3:11 pm

    Fas, what about the headlight beam of the bike. I have over the years realised that a good headlight is must in the indian conditions but hardly any indian bike (with the possible exception of enfield, P220 and Avenger) has a good head light. How about FZ16? I also read at some site that going for HID lamps is a good option but I guess thet cost lot. What is your take on this?

  • fas December 15, 2008, 6:11 pm

    Sumit the FZ16s low beam is quite good and illuminates the road pretty well, but the high beam lacks good throw. HIDs are the best options, they consume less power and give excellent illumination but are very very costly. If you want the best lightning go for HIDs. The P220s projector setup is by far the best yet.

  • Vin December 16, 2008, 11:27 am

    Hi Fas,
    I have been through the entire blog and have seen the quality of your comments. As you rightly said… Enfield, its not what you buy from your head but your heart.. very true.
    I am planning to sell off my Enfield and go for a city-bike, which is more practical. I am confused on what I should go for. Speeding@120 is not what I would do each day… so I am no longer crazy for performance bikes. I’ve had a Karizma as well till almost 6 months back, but it was not economical to keep 2 elephants at home (enfield and Zma). I am flattened by the looks of FZ16 and had decided that I will go for it soon. So now I am confused… I know that FZ with a 180cc or 200cc engine would have been better. Do you know of any upgrades ar new bikes being introduced by Yamaha in the next 3 months? I dont want to buy the FZ, only to realise that something better is about to launch.

  • fas December 16, 2008, 3:16 pm

    Vin thanks for appreciating. As of today Yamaha has no plans to launch a more powerful FZ bike. They do plan to launch a few bikes next year but nothing is confirmed as of yet. You can go ahead and get the FZ16, its a fantastic city bike. If you don’t want the FZ16, you can wait for the TVS Apache 180 Menace or even the Pulsar 220. The Pulsar will give you good mileage and is a practical alternative.

  • Don December 20, 2008, 3:00 pm

    Hi Fas!!

    Just one quick question!!

    I am 6’3” tall, i wonder if the bike will suit my height!

    I had a test drive and it was comfortable but i am worried i might look like an elephant on a bicycle!

    Hope u know what i mean


  • fas December 20, 2008, 7:03 pm

    Don, go ahead with the Yamaha FZ16, it will suit you. You wont look like an elephant on a bicycle because the FZ16 is quite muscular. You would look like that on the Yamaha R15.

  • Don December 23, 2008, 10:55 am

    Thanks for your prompt reply FAS!! appreciate it, now am going to book it this week sometime!!!

    Also please let me know if there is any price cut for the bike since the duty has been cut by 4% I mean in Chennai!


  • fas December 23, 2008, 11:02 am

    Don, there is no news of a price cut by Yamaha yet. Many manufacturers did cut prices but Yamaha hasn’t and it seems highly unlikely too since the bikes are selling pretty well. Go ahead get the FZ16, its a fantastic bike :)

  • sumit December 24, 2008, 2:27 pm

    Yamaha is back to what they have been for a long time. Being arrogant and not recognising the public’s mood. Fiat did the mistake when they did this thing thinking their Palio was an out of the world model for india. I see yamaha going the same way if they thing they can do without passing the simple benefits to the public.

  • Don December 26, 2008, 7:53 am


    Am gonna book my beast today :) woohoo!!!! cant wait!!!



  • Rajan December 26, 2008, 2:19 pm

    What is the mileage of this bike?? (Highway & City)??

  • fas December 26, 2008, 5:04 pm

    Don, there is no crash guard and there is no provision for a crash guard either. Congratulations for booking the bike. Which colour did you opt for?

    Rajan – The FZ16 should give 40kmpl in the City and 45kmph on the highways.

  • Vin December 27, 2008, 5:45 am

    Hey Fas, I booked my FZ on Dec 19th. I have opted for Black. Thanks for the advice! I should get my bike on/before Jan 15th. I will post some reviews once I get my hands on it.

  • fas December 27, 2008, 10:52 am

    Vin, make sure the dealer gives you the 2009 model and not the 2008 model. Will help in resale.

  • Don December 27, 2008, 5:05 pm

    FAS!! I went in for the LAVA RED!! Booked yesterday and the dealer promised to deliver next day itself but I opted for Jan 5th! and 2009 reg!

    Also I opted for RED since BLACK is very very common for bikes and suddenly if a black FZ passes, I wouldnt know if its a pulsar, unicorn or watever bike… RED is striking!!

    I paid 3330 incl. taxes for a number of my choice too :-D

    Yes the crash guard aint there, but do u think it would really affect the bike in anyway?? the only thing am worried is when the bike is parked in my office, what if someone knocks it down… this is where normally the crash guard comes into effect right???

  • fas December 27, 2008, 6:54 pm

    Good colour choice don. Good decision with the 2009 registration. Crash guard won’t really affect the bike, just be carefully while parking. Yes the crash guard protects the bike in case of falls but then a little cautiousness will help :)

  • Vin December 29, 2008, 10:56 pm

    I got my bike on Saturday evening. According to the dealer, he received the lot for 2009 on Saturday morning and told me that he can give me the 2009 model. (Hope thats true… will get to know when I prepare my invoice) I have asked the dealer to prepare the invoice only on 01st January and register it in the first week of Jan. So my resale value shouldn’t get affected. I drove my bike for 170kms yesterday, drove it to Mulshi dam and Tamhani Ghat near Pune as there are no cops on those roads who would have smelt fresh meat as I was driving with a temporary regn. As promised, here’s my share of the experience:
    +ves I noted: Very good road stability.. The rear tyre makes you feel confident even on miserable roads and sand.
    Good engine response at low speeds.
    Headlights: Dipper illuminates the road well and is satisfactory
    Gear: Mine was not as smooth as butter, but will be ok after first servicing
    Seating position: Comfortable for a 150km/day drive atleast, though not the best for long journeys as the driver and the pillion leans a bit towards the handle.
    Monoshox: Its a life-saver. Very smooth.. and can be adjusted by a mechanic according to personal choice.
    Self check Indicators: Does a check on electronics and engine when you turn on the ignition.

    -ves: No kick start… so make sure you maintain the battery. Cannot leave it unattended for weeks and hope that it will take you to office on time.
    Headlights: Upper beam points to the pole star. It can be used to read hoardings placed 10 feet above the road. It may be useful on long stretches that are 20 degrees steep. It can also be used to blind a truck driver who is heading directly towards you.
    Mileage: I haven’t checked that yet. But it feels as if it will give 45-50 if you ride within the 40-50 speed bracket. If you speed, mileage will be around 35-40. I could be wrong as these are my assumptions and are not fact based.
    Crash guard: No Crash guard.. so ride carefully.

    I haven’t exceeded the speed limit of 50 yet, so cannot comment on higher performance. But once i am through with my first servicing, I can share my experience.

    Just wanted to add that my bike is just the same as described by many in this blog. All the details I got through this thread was very helpful and I encountered no surprises when I rode my bike for the first time. Thank you Fas, Thank you all.

  • chintan December 30, 2008, 9:31 am


    even i was also facing the same problem with light, thouh not with the upper beam, but the lower one. some how i was not satisfied with the intensity of it…so, I changed the angle of headlight itself, our FZ can do it…one screw is given at the left hand side of head light to change the beam position..i kept it all the way down…and the result was too good…I suggest all FZ lover to change the beam position…you will be 200% happier than before…

  • fas December 30, 2008, 4:31 pm

    Fantastic review Vin. Thanks alot for sharing it with us. The FZ16 is sure living upto your expectations. Congratulations once again.

  • Don December 30, 2008, 7:51 pm


    I’ve heard people talk about Teflon coating.. wonder if it is worth it!

    Also how much wud it cost?


  • fas December 30, 2008, 8:45 pm

    Teflon coating for a bike should not cost more than Rs. 1000 or so. It is int exactly worth it since dealers usually polish up your bike and push it as Teflon. Just ask a local accessory shop guy to do it for you, much cheaper i guess.

  • Shoeb.S. Hasan December 31, 2008, 2:25 pm

    Hi guys….
    Recently i hv sold my 2002cbz bike for 20,000/- & i guessd i got a gud price coz it was only 7500km done. so u cn make out wat kind of rider i’m. Now i’m planning for a new cake my requirment is for 150cc so i think FZ fits excatly my need rgt.
    But there r some douts abt this bike like the horn is verry peppy type,
    no guard for safety, digital consol is verry small, position of no plate dosnt match with it, average & i hv also heard of spare parts not available.. Can u guys gv some more info abt it.
    Thanx Shoeb.

  • Don January 5, 2009, 1:45 pm


    Am getting my beast in a few hourssssssssssssss!


  • fas January 5, 2009, 5:52 pm

    Congratulations Don, you must be excited :) Let us know about how your like the bike after buying it. I am sure you will love it more.

  • Abhisek Verma January 6, 2009, 10:56 pm

    i hvnt driven the bike.
    most imp thing i wud like to say is tht after designing a whole lot of funny looking bikes wid funny headlamps(libero,fazer) they have designed the best made in india bike.. it looks awesome.
    —– it has the widest rear tyre on any produced bike in india and is the 1st bike in india to have a fully digital speedo….
    —– it lacks Fuel Injectn, windshield, crash guard. but is really impressive bike..

  • Don January 7, 2009, 8:40 am

    FAS!! just got my beast!! couldnt get off it!! I am 6’3” tall and it is so comfortable to maneuver in the city!!! I have a doubt now…

    What according to you is the best tyre pressure?? and how often do I need to do an air check?

    One guy in the service center said 28 Front and 33 back. Is this ok?
    Once in a month is good enough for air-check?

    Also since I dont have a manual yet,


    Otherwise its so so so good! FYI i was using a thunderbird earlier and it was getting heavy on me. This one makes me feel like i am the “BOSS” :-)



  • fas January 7, 2009, 3:11 pm

    Congratulations Don, you sure are in love with the FZ. Just follow what the service center guys said and see how the ride is and accordingly use trial and error to get to the best pressure. If the ride is uncomfortable, try 27,32 and see how the bike rides. Air check should be done once in a week. To trip the meter press the button below the Yamaha sign on the instrument cluster.

  • Vin January 11, 2009, 8:19 pm

    Hey Chintan, Thanks for the tip about the headlight. I understood the trick now. I will get my headlight adjusted according to my preference during the first servicing.

    Don, incase you have not got your manual yet, here’s the info. Tyre pressure should be ….Front= 2.0 kgf/cm2 i.e 28psi, Rear = 2.25 kgf/cm2 i.e 33psi. Dont exceed 4500rpm till you complete the initial 500kms. Dont exceed 6000rpm when you are within the 500-1000 kms slab. After that, you are due for the first servicing and can use the bike according to your taste after the servicing.

    I have completed 890 kms already and my bike will be due for servicing soon. Every mile that I drive, I am falling more and more in love with my bike. Today I drove it from Pune to Malshej Ghat (230 kms round trip). The road stability is amazing and you can feel the width of the rear tyre when you dip your bike on turns. It just makes you feel that there’s room for more. The horn is a bit funny and sounds like that of Honda Activa. Otherwise, the bike is very good. And I should not forget to mention that most of the youngsters stare at my bike even when it is half buried under dust ;)
    I will post more after my bike is done with its 1st servicing. Cheers till then! Ride safe and wear your safety gear when you drive.

  • Joseph Joy January 12, 2009, 6:00 am

    Hey yo brothas ma niggas….I own this phat shyt and dn u dare tell anythin to it for any sake..coz its not fake..gotha stake..anyway Its even smooth without tht hard feeling at even 130 one to rip the road with.,,Cheers and Peace!!

  • Ash January 13, 2009, 4:35 pm

    Hi fas, i like ur comments very much.i wanted 2 know bout d exact mileage n bout d gear lever of dis beast plz reply.

  • fas January 13, 2009, 4:59 pm

    Ash, the gear lever shifts smoothly just what is expected from Yamaha. The mileage is around 40-45 kmpl.

  • Ash January 13, 2009, 7:26 pm

    Thanks 4 dat.anyways wich is ur bike wont u buy a fz16?

  • fas January 13, 2009, 10:27 pm

    Ash, your most welcome. I am glad to help you :)

    I currently am waiting for the upgraded Pulsar 220 which will be out in the next 2 months or so. I would buy a FZ16 but honestly I want more power :)

  • Saubhik January 15, 2009, 6:13 pm

    Hi Im planning to buy my first bike and Iam confused b/w FZ16, avenger 200 DTSi. Iam 5″9. I am very confused as its my first bike and the both the bikes are from different league.
    Prices of both the bikes in NOIDA:

    **Fas ne suggerstion”

  • fas January 15, 2009, 9:54 pm

    Saubhik, I suggest you get the FZ16 since its your first bike. The Avenger is not a hot selling bike and has poor resale. Also It won’t be easy to ride since its a cruiser bike. Go ahead get the FZ16 you will love it.

  • saubhik January 16, 2009, 4:53 pm

    Thanks Fas, even I liked the looks of FZ 16 but as it always happen when you are purchasing your first bike, I am stillconfused. One thing which I really don’t liked in FZ16 was the absence of kick start. the second thing is when I discussed among my friends and asked them that which bike will suit my height then there is one more bike which has been suggested to me that id Royal Enfield Electra. but I heard that Royal Enfield is very costly in terms of maintainence.

    Electra is 7-8,000 rs costlier then FZ16

    As it would be my first Bike hence I am really confused

    As far as BULLET is concerned its not what you buy from your head but your heart.

    Please suggest

  • fas January 16, 2009, 7:21 pm

    Saubhik, your most welcome. The Bullet is not a very good bike. If you really love it and are ready to face the problems that Enfield bikes come with go ahead. But since its your first bike I wouldn’t suggest it. Its very heavy. The FZ16 will suit your height just fine. Absence of kick start is not a issue at all trust me. Most bikes come without a kick start nowadays. What are your requirements? Mileage and style or fun and touring. I would suggest the FZ16 or the Pulsar 200. These are very good bikes.

  • Saubhik January 17, 2009, 8:47 am

    Hi Fas!!! thanks for helping me, well In my first bike I really want all the 4 factors mentioned by you(Mileage and style or fun and touring), but to be very honest I m new kid who don’t knw anything about bikes. As far as Enfield is concerned, it is a heavy bike and to be very honest with you I have never dare to ride an enfield but one day I’ll definitely try riding a bullet. My elder bro is already using Pulsar 180 CC so FZ16 is the only one left, thanks for the quick reply and I’ll definitely inform you once I’ll purchase my first bike
    Hey by the way do you know any good shop for modifying the Bikes in Delhi & NCR? I knw it is an out of league question, but if you could help me :-)

    By the way which bike you are currently using!!!

  • fas January 17, 2009, 1:21 pm

    Hi Saubhik the FZ16 does offer all the 4 factors you are looking for. If you want a tried and test machine, you can get the Karizma, but it lacks many features and is due for a upgrade. Currently i am not using any bike. I have been waiting for the upgraded Pulsar 220, which will be launched by mid February.

    For modifying bikes in Delhi/NCR reason you can check out the following : -

    Ultimate Bike, 41, Ashoka Park, Main Rohtak Road, Bank of Baroda Building (Rampura), New Delhi-110035
    Kaulson Overseas Pvt. Ltd., 7/58, South Patel Nagar, New Delhi – 110 001
    DC Design, Okhla
    Lalli Singh’s, near the Karol Bagh post office
    Modvike, Kirti Nagar
    Saboo Senny Bike Care, Kalkaji
    Western Fabrications Works, Mayapuri
    Nanna Motors, Wazirabad

  • Shoeb Hasan January 17, 2009, 6:09 pm

    Hie Fas hw ru… Well i’m shoeb from bbay.
    Recently i hv sold my 2002cbz bike for 20,000/- & i guessd i got a gud price coz it was only 7500km done. so u cn make out wat kind of rider i’m.
    I’m verry confused with so many options in the market. Well so which one i , shoud go for… Pulsar,Fz16,Karizma or Apachi ???
    Plss suggest me…
    With Regards;

  • krishna January 17, 2009, 9:09 pm

    what is milage of fz16?
    iam getting only 30 -35

  • Saubhik January 18, 2009, 11:13 am

    Krishna-Its 40 in CIty and 45 in Highway

  • gaurav January 18, 2009, 12:22 pm

    Hi fas

    I just bought P220..have done some 700 km on it..Thanks for the excllent comments/advises.
    Is the new 220 coming with some major changes or it is the crome edition (with cosmetic changes only)?

  • Aditya January 18, 2009, 1:19 pm

    I am planning to buy the upcoming upgraded pulsar 220…..when it is expected to be launched?
    And is it worth to wait for the karizma fi?????????
    plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. help,i m in great confusion.

  • fas January 18, 2009, 6:20 pm

    Shoeb Hasan, I would suggest you get the Pulsar 220. Its a fantastic bike and other bikes don’t come close to the Pulsar 220 when you talk about value for money. You can also opt for the FZ16 if you don’t want to spend 88 grand on a bike.

    Krishna – Try to change your riding style, fill the tires with recommended pressure and see what mileage you get. Otherwise tell your Yamaha dealer to check the bike.

    Congratulations Gaurav on buying the Pulsar 220. Its a fantastic bike. Don’t worry the upgraded Pulsar 220 has nothing much different in it except black wheels and black engine and a new colour – chrome.

    Aditya, the new Pulsar 220 is expected by mid February. Its not worth waiting for the Karizma FI because you can’t trust HH, they keep saying they are getting a new Karizma but all we can see is new is stickers :@

  • krishna January 19, 2009, 7:22 am

    plzz help me
    my bikes has completed 1500km & 1st servies is complted iam getting only 30-35 milage

    can any one help me what is the reson of decrese in milage
    what to do to increase the milage of my bike

  • fas January 19, 2009, 11:45 am

    Krishna, just check the tire pressure of your bike and alter your riding style. Don’t revv the engine much. Shift gears at optimal points and see your mileage go up. Change your pump, you might be getting lesser fuel then you are paying for.

  • Shoeb Hasan January 19, 2009, 1:10 pm

    Hi fas… 1st of all thanx 4ur quick response. Well i hv heard Yamaha is getting some new changes in Fz16 is tat true?? so shud i wait for new correction or simply go for it..

  • fas January 19, 2009, 1:14 pm

    Shoeb your most welcome. There is no confirmed news from Yamaha India on any changes yet. You can go ahead with the FZ16, its a fantastic bike.

  • Yamaha India January 19, 2009, 2:46 pm

    Yamaha FZ16 250cc will be launched in July …

    Price will be announced in June 2009

  • krishna January 19, 2009, 10:52 pm

    ok thanks i will do

  • Shoeb Hasan January 20, 2009, 2:02 pm

    Ok ya i vel go soon for this beauty thanx Fas & thanx yamaha for the update. I will write my exprience soon when i buy it. bye tk.

  • Anand January 21, 2009, 12:35 am

    Hello guys,

    I have been driving Pulsar 150 2003 model.. Yes.. the first ever basic model till now… I have done 55000+kms… i dont have any queries abt the performance.. the only issue is that it is getting very hard to maintain.. i mean the parts are hard to come by and milage has dropped to 35 to 38 Kmpl.. Now i was looking for an upgrade.. I’m a guy who regularly use the bike for commuting.. say i daily run it for around 30-40 kms… and occasionally take it on long drives… I was considering few bikes and i’m finding it difficult to finalize.. my options are FZ16, Pulsar 200 and GS150… which do u guys think will be suitable? FZ16 has issue with the mileage.. but then it’s Yamaha.. so that shouldnt be a worry.. Pulsar 200.. Is there an upgrade version coming up? Is the fork issue fixed with Pulsar 200.. and GS150 is my last option and i have no idea abt it except for it’s from trusted Suzuki… please suggest guys… Thanks in advance… Cheers!!!!!

  • fas January 21, 2009, 10:38 am

    Anand, the FZ16 is a fantastic bike but since you have been using a 150cc machine for quite some time now, its time for a upgrade. Get the Pulsar 200. But not so fast. The upgraded Pulsar 200 is coming with FI which will be very good. Wait for it and go ahead with that. The GS150 is a good bike too but you need more power now don’t you :)

  • Anand January 21, 2009, 12:18 pm

    Thanks a lot for the reply Fas… I was thinking as i’ve been using Pulsar.. why another Pulsar now.. but when u mentioned abt the upgraded Pulsar 200 on the cards.. i think i’ll wait.. :) do u have any idea abt when will it be released? and there is also criteria abt the pricing.. If the Pulsar comes out with FI it’ll be around 85000-90000 dont you think? then budget will be a concern.. Yes.. i do need more power.. who doesnt ;).. I learnt driving on a Yamaha RX100 (1987 model).. So have huge emotional attachment with that brand.. this had put me in huge confusion… glad u helped with your comments.. i hope after reading this u’ll have clear picture abt wat i need more than wat i want :) and if the Pulsar 200 pricing is just right.. then i guess i’ll have to wait.. and can u please let me know if there are any particular problems with the FZ16? will it be good for long drives? if i’m buying a bike now.. i intend to keep it for atleast 5-7 years… I know i’m flooding with too many questions.. Kindly bear with me.. :)

    Thank you in advance.. Cheers!!!!

  • Anand January 21, 2009, 1:46 pm

    Thanks a lot for the feedback Fas…. Yes.. i would definitely need more power… but few things linger my mind when i think of buying Pulsar again.. First being that i’ve already had Pulsar for quite long time.. 5 and half to be precise.. I know it’s banal comparing a 150cc and 200cc.. but both have same problems.. so i have heard abt the gears and the clutch.. and not to forget abt the Fork of Pulsar 200.. I seriously thought that Pulsar 200 FI was a rumour.. But if it is really going to release.. then nothing like it.. saying that, the FI version will be lot more expensive.. say abt 85000-90000 on road in bangalore which is a big deal.. and my budget is the issue here… and i have special attachment towards Yamaha.. I learnt drivin on one :).. The Yamaha RX100 (1987 model).. after the RX series i guess the FZ16 and R15 are the only bikes which live upto the Yamaha’s brand.. now saying this.. the next bike i’m going to buy will stay with me for 5-7 years… now i guess you know wat i exactly need than wat i want.. hence all these confusions :( .. now coming to questions.. do FZ16 has any particular issues that i should know abt? and wat are the issues with Pulsar that i should know abt? do u know when will the Pulsar 200 FI model will be released? I’m willing to buy tht bike before feb ends… If i go for Yamaha will it serve me well for 5 years (i maintain my bike very well.. so there wont be any rough handling)? I know i’m flooding you with all these queries :).. Kindly bear with me.. Thank you in advance.. Cheers!!!!!

  • Anand January 21, 2009, 10:12 pm

    wat does “your comment is awaiting moderation” mean?

  • Anand January 21, 2009, 10:13 pm

    Thanks a lot for the feedback Fas…. Yes.. i would definitely need more power… but few things linger my mind when i think of buying Pulsar again.. First being that i’ve already had Pulsar for quite long time.. 5 and half to be precise.. I know it’s banal comparing a 150cc and 200cc.. but both have same problems.. so i have heard abt the gears and the clutch.. and not to forget abt the Fork of Pulsar 200.. I seriously thought that Pulsar 200 FI was a rumour.. But if it is really going to release.. then nothing like it.. saying that, the FI version will be lot more expensive.. say abt 85000-90000 on road in bangalore which is a big deal.. and my budget is the issue here… and i have special attachment towards Yamaha.. I learnt drivin on one :).. The Yamaha RX100 (1987 model).. after the RX series i guess the FZ16 and R15 are the only bikes which live upto the Yamaha’s brand.. now saying this.. the next bike i’m going to buy will stay with me for 5-7 years… now i guess you know wat i exactly need than wat i want.. hence all these confusions .. now coming to questions.. do FZ16 has any particular issues that i should know abt? and wat are the issues with Pulsar that i should know abt? do u know when will the Pulsar 200 FI model will be released? I’m willing to buy tht bike before feb ends… If i go for Yamaha will it serve me well for 5 years (i maintain my bike very well.. so there wont be any rough handling)? I know i’m flooding you with all these queries :).. Kindly bear with me.. Thank you in advance.. Cheers!!!!!

  • fas January 21, 2009, 10:52 pm

    Sorry Anand, i don’t know why the comment went for moderation. Anyways coming back to the bikes, the upgraded Pulsar 200 will be launched by March and won’t cost more than Rs. 80,000. Bajaj won’t cannibalise the 220 by pricing the 200 anyway near it. The current Pulsars are very different compared to the older Pulsars. Bajaj has indeed come a long way. The issues with the forks on the 200 were only on the intial batch and Bajaj has rectified the issue.

    There is no problem with the FZ16, yes it does drink a little compared to the horses it has onboard but then it has bigger wheels and looks awesome too. It is good for long rides and has good cruising abilities.

    The Pulsars engine feels coarse at times. Gears don’t shift all that well occasionally and built quality still has room for improvements, having said that i will put my money on the Pulsar for the value they offer.

    Yamaha service is improving. You won’t have issues with Yamaha bikes as they are very reliable and made very well. You will get parts but you really won’t need much with the Yamaha. Both bikes will serve you well but for long term i would say Yamaha.

    I think you should opt for a higher capacity bike since you have been using a 150cc machine for quite some time. But seeing the long term aspect i can’t help but say get the Yamaha FZ16.

  • vijay January 22, 2009, 12:26 am

    i want to buy yamaha fzi 16 bike i liked it so much but i am thinking abt milage and 15occ pick up is ok for me and it has single shock up to how much waight it can plzzzzz let me know the correct figure of milage ok fzi 16 wth this doubts iam prolonging my dates to buy fzi 16 so plz help me in this.immediately i can buy bike if i satisfy wth ur doubts.
    thank u !
    @@@# vijay #@@@

  • fas January 22, 2009, 12:51 am

    Vijay the FZ16 has quite good shocks so you can comfotably sit a pillion weighing even 100 kgs. The mileage varies from 40 to 45 depending on your riding style.

  • Anand January 22, 2009, 12:28 pm

    Hi Fas,
    Thanks for the response dude.. It was wat i wanted to know actually.. Had been to Pulsar Probiking Showroom ystrday and they told the mileage will be around 35-40 kmpl.. which took me back a little… Now that i know the facts and as per ur suggestions/comments.. i would go for the FZ16.. I dont mind if it gives mileage of around 40-45 kmpl.. Thanks for all the advice Fas.. U’ve been of great help.. will get back to you once i get my hands on the “Lord of the Streets”.. Thanks a million.. Cheers!!!!!

  • fas January 22, 2009, 2:22 pm

    Your most welcome Anand. Congratulations on deciding on the FZ16. Which colour are you opting for?

  • Anand January 22, 2009, 2:26 pm

    Lava Red.. I’m a big fan of red
    I cannot thank you enough for your suggestions… Thanks once again….

  • johnny January 22, 2009, 2:30 pm

    Hello, nice review!! And indeed, FZ 16 is an awesome bike!! Whomever rides it, buys it!! No doubt! Is the nest available!! Thanks for the review which helped be sure that it was for Fz ;)


  • fas January 22, 2009, 2:51 pm

    Hey Anand, your most welcome. I am happy to help :)

  • zahid hussain January 24, 2009, 12:12 am

    it best in india ever come I like it it is very very very very very good in looking too

  • Aditya January 24, 2009, 7:50 pm

    What would be the differences between the current 220 and the upcoming one?
    will there be any technical improvements too?
    Also,i want to know some negatives of the 220?

  • fas January 24, 2009, 8:03 pm

    Aditya, there will be no technical difference in the new 220. Only black engine and black wheels and a addition of chrome colour.

    The negative of the P220 is the uneven built quality, engine sounds coarse at times and small rear view mirrors.

  • Aditya January 25, 2009, 10:23 am

    Thanks fas.

  • svk January 29, 2009, 6:30 pm

    Hi fas, I am planning to buy either Pulsar 200 or FZ 16. I am too confused which one to select. Currently I have suzuki fiero which is very comfortable for city rides, I didn’t used this bike for long rides. I want to change the bike and with my preferences to looks and performance, I have two options Pulsar 200 or FZ 16. I am 5’5″ taller and medium frame. I haven’t gone for test ride for any of these two bikes. I heard Bajaj engines are not good, Is it true? and Pulsar 200 seating position is more leaning. How good it will be for city rides and long rides. I normally travel around 40KM inside city daily. Please suggest? Mileage is not important for me. Looks, comfort and performance matters.

  • Anupam January 30, 2009, 4:33 pm

    Hi, fas.
    Your r of such a help to us.
    i also need some advice,
    i want to buy FZ16,but my problem is
    1.i live in bihar(near patna),but after may 09, i have to go to either Delhi or Mumbai.
    I have heard that i have to pay some kind of taxes(Rs 5000 to 7000) for transfering my bike to these that true?if yes,should i buy Fz16 in delhi/mumbai itself.
    2.Is that good to have only self start option? i have pulsar 150 dtsi 2004 modle right now and two year back its selfstart stoped working.replacement would cost around Rs. 1300 so i rejected that option. What if this happen with fz16? much p200 fi will cost? Thank in advance bro. Fas you rock on this site.

  • fas January 31, 2009, 12:25 am

    Svk, both the bikes are very good. But i would suggest you get the P200. Bajaj is going to launch a FI version of the P200 soon. Yes, Bajaj still does not make the best of engines, but yes they are improving. The P200 does have a sporty position but it won’t give you any issues in long rides. Both the bikes have very good performance on the highways but with more power the P200 is really the better option. For the city the FZ16 is a very sweet machine. You should get the P200, its a very good bike, not that the FZ16 isint but more power is something you would love, wont you?

    Anupam, when you shift to another state, you will have to pay some taxes for transfer so its better to buy the bike in the place where your going. Better still if you could manage on temporary registration in Bihar you can buy it now and register it when you shift. Self starts are becoming more reliable. The older Pulsars did have problems but i guess Yamaha has made a very reliable bike. So you should not worry about that. The Pulsar 200FI will cost around 80k and should be launched by March.

  • prasandeep February 1, 2009, 12:04 am

    i m really confused…………which one to go for……..pulsar 200dtsi
    or fz16…………..

    i liked the looks of fz16………….but if u talk about the price

    then why should i pay the same price n get a less powered vehicle………

    P 200 gives amilage of 40-45—–>so as fz
    P 200 n fz16 both cost around rs 75000

    but P 200=18bhp/200cc——-fz16=14bhp/153cc

    so tell me guys what to do………i m going to buy a bike with in a week

  • Svk February 1, 2009, 12:10 pm

    Hi Fas, Thank you for your suggestions. As I do only City driving and no long rides, as per your suggestion I am leaning towards FZ16.

    Yes I need power, but P200 is heavy and not comfortable option when I travel inside city which I do most. And also P200 has good looks, good performance and mileage too, but looks bit heavy for me to handle for city driving and mostly very problematic while parking.

    I am planning to keep this vehicle for long time may be more than 5 years, as I don’t like changing vehicles as and when. Is P200 a good option in this scenario ? What about FZ16 in long run?

    What about unavailability of Crash guard and Mud guard in FZ16? is crash guard not useful? is there any provision for crash guard in FZ16?

    Please let me know If I am wrong in my views. You will be very helpful If I could decide on which bike to buy, as this decision is dragging for almost 3-4 months because of the confusion between P200 and FZ16.

  • Anupam February 1, 2009, 3:52 pm

    Hi, fas. Thanks 4 ur advice.

    Should i really go with fz16?
    Is yamaha has any kind of info about the upgradation of fz16 to somewhat Fz20.i want more power fas bcoz i m using pulsar 150 for more than 3 yrs now.Plz reply today bcoz tomrow i am getting my beast.i am opting for black.i think its evergreen colour for bikes. Again fas u rocks.plz reply today.plz..

  • fas February 2, 2009, 12:23 am

    Prasandeep, I would suggest you get the Pulsar 200, its extremely value for money and you get bang for your buck. Wait for some time to get the Fi version of the P200 which will be out soon.

    SVK – Your requirements show that you really don’t need more power. The FZ16 has pretty good torque which makes city driving a breeze. I would suggest you check out the P200 in person by taking it for a test ride to decide about the parking and feel. Also that should not be a issue because you will get used to it. Since you want to keep the bike for a long time, get the FZ16, Bajaj quality is still not upto the mark. FZ16 will age pretty well being a Yamaha. Crash guard is useful when your bike falls off, but if your careful you wont miss it. Also its not feasible to add one to the FZ16. I would suggest you close your eyes and go get the FZ16, your requirements are delivered by the FZ16 and so you should go ahead with it.

    Anupam, I am sorry for the late reply. Yamaha has not said anything about a high powered version of the FZ16 and they will focus on more value for money bikes. They have got all power packed bikes already like the R1, MT-01 and the R15. Which bike are you getting? Both bikes are very good and if you buy either, you wont regret it, because both will give you a fantastic biking experience.

  • Anupam February 2, 2009, 8:30 am

    Hi, fas .
    Thanks 4 reply.

    i am getting FZ16(thats my beast) in the evening around 6 pm.
    Which colour Should i opt for fas? I am thinking about black.Give me some more info regarding temproray registration.Plz reply before 5 pm.i am sorry but its request fas.

  • fas February 2, 2009, 12:02 pm

    Anupam, get any colour, all FZ16 colours are nice. I really like black and black looks awesome on bikes. Your bike will be temporary registered till it goes to the RTO and gets a permanent number. Only thing is during temporary registration your insurance is not valid so be careful. Congratulations on the FZ16.

  • Svk February 2, 2009, 10:12 pm

    Hi Fas, Thanks for your response. So, I will go with FZ16 but before that I will have test ride for P200. Will update you once I order :) Many Thanks for you inputs

  • fas February 2, 2009, 10:26 pm

    Your most welcome Svk. Let us know on what you decide to go in for.

  • Anupam February 3, 2009, 12:04 am

    Hey, fas..

    I got my beast (fz16,black,2009)
    cost 74500 on road(i got it registered here itself in bihar).I will call it BLACKBIRD. i wanted to share my experience wid u but got server error 3 times .and i am tired now(it was a tough task to write the samething 3 times).BUT STILL i thinK i can say that FZ16 IS A ROCKING BIKE AND I THINK IT WILL ROCK FOR SOME YEAR…guys believe this guy who is fas.he give some great advice and info.And u can trust him blindly like i did.
    Hey my brother fas i dont know where u live but open ur mouth and accept a ladoo .(really, i kept one ladoo 4 u fas).goodnight and yes FZ16 is “the lord of street”.believe me.

  • fas February 3, 2009, 1:00 am

    Hey Anupam, many congratulations on the FZ16. You have given it a fantastic name blackbird. Have a fantastic biking experience on your new bike :)

    Thanks for your appreciation, this is something which keeps us going. I am sorry for the server issues, i will try and look into the matter.

  • Harish February 3, 2009, 12:11 pm

    i am planning to buy a bike but am unsure whether to buy the fz16 or the apache rtr series.
    i need your advice regarding these two bikes based on mileage, performance and overall looks.
    and i am about 5feet 6 inches so will i be able to handle the bike well enough(espicially the fz) i will be mostly driving within city limits.
    so which is better value for money dude!!!

  • fas February 3, 2009, 12:14 pm

    Harish, both the bikes are very good. The handling of the RTR is very good but the FZ16 is a better machine. The RTR is more of a track bike. The RTR does have slightly better performance and mileage but the FZ16 looks better. You will be able to manage both the bikes and since your looking to ride in the city, get the FZ16, its worth the money.

  • Anupam February 3, 2009, 6:58 pm

    Hi, fas and hi harish.

    harish , get fz16 and that will clear ur doubt.

    anyways ,before that u should believe in
    1. what fas says bcoz he know more than enough about bikes,far enough that we all know.,bcoz i own fz16.
    It has fantastic look,great pickup and torque.,heavy presence,very good suspension(best feature that i like).,very very smooth ride,nice balance ,very good at corners and turning bcoz of its WIIIIDDDDEEEE..radial rear tyre.satisfying mileage of 37.(before 1st service.)trendsetting lcd consoll(but small).
    Overall in my opinion, best bike in 150 cc to 180 cc category(except pulsar 220 and R15). Go for it Harish ,you wont regret your choice.
    Believe 1000% in FAS and 100% (atleast) me.let us know what ur going for.

  • Anand February 5, 2009, 11:15 pm

    Hi Fas,
    I got my beast 2day… It’s truely the Lord of the streets.. :).. I’m loving it… Can feel the power of Yamaha.. Thank you for ur suggestions.. I truely have done the right thing going for a Yamaha.. Thanks once again..


  • Shoeb Hasan February 7, 2009, 12:44 pm

    Hi fas, remember v had a chat last month. I ws vry confused abt which bike i should go for & u suggested me FZ16 rgt. Today morning i wnt to the yamaha malad showroom for test drive & really its a awesome bike there is no comparison to any other bike seriously man. Its really Lord of the steets….
    So finaly i make up my mind , i should go for this beauty no second thoughts.
    On road its costing me 75,763/- which include Leg guard & Cover. Delivery time 10working days well tats go worth waiting for it. But nw the confusion is which colour i shud go for Lava red or black?both colour is good. orange not in my list.
    But all thnx to this guy (Fas). He has complete knowledge of bikes.
    Guys who still confused in buying it ask this guy he will guide u verry well.
    According to me dont miss this beauty, later u vel regret through out ur life…
    Fas i will update it as soon i get my hands on this beauty.
    Bye tk…

  • fas February 7, 2009, 4:47 pm

    Hi Shoeb, Congratulations on deciding upon the FZ16. I would suggest black colour as the FZ16 looks awesome in black. You can even go for red, it depends on what you like more. Thanks for your appreciation, enjoy your new beast :)

  • Anand February 7, 2009, 6:40 pm

    Hello Fas,

    I got my beast and it’s AWESOME.. i had one question.. is there a provision to fit a crashguard (leg guard) on my bike?
    Thanks in advance.



  • fas February 7, 2009, 8:08 pm

    Congratulations Anand on your FZ16. Putting a leg guard is possible on the FZ16. Just speak to your Yamaha dealer.

  • sat_vrossi February 8, 2009, 11:53 am

    yo Fas..
    Awsome review on the FZ..
    I am planning 2 get a bike by this month, the obvious shortlisted
    being the FZ and P200.
    I’m also sure u would suggest the P200 Upgraded, but the point is,
    I am 6 1″ ht and on the heavier side. I would be mainly using it on
    city roads only( about 50 km daily)..I like good initial as well as
    good mid and top end.mileage not that imp.
    Wot do u suggest,dude……..

  • fas February 9, 2009, 1:32 am

    Sat_vrossi, since mileage is not that important I would suggest you get the Karizma. Its well suited for tall riders, has good power as well.

  • Anupam February 12, 2009, 11:57 am

    Hi,fas and all bike lovers.

    fas my fz16 is a really rocking bike.and it has bcome a centre of attraction in my town..hahaha.i am happy that i own one.thanks to u also.
    But give me some tips regarding its maintenance in respect of performance ,mileage,etc..and how much it will cost for a tank cover.plz help fas.thanks in advance.

  • fas February 12, 2009, 4:06 pm

    Anupam I am glad to know that your enjoying your bike. Regarding maintenance, remember to keep your bike clean and get regular service done. Get it polished once in two months, it doesn’t cost much if you get it done at your local car accessory shop. A tank cover will cost you around Rs. 500.

  • Haju February 18, 2009, 5:11 am

    Hi ,

    im having this bike for last two weeks.this bike has a very good pickup. take it from me you will love to ride this bike. you can compare RTR FI at this segment. but still the road grip is excellent in FZ 16. Altogether a fun riding bike.

  • Anupam February 21, 2009, 12:39 pm


    i have query fas.,
    what will be the effect of rideing my bike above 50 kmph (around 70-80kmph avg. & top 112 kmph)
    before the 1st service? BCoz a couple of time i have done that. (1 time it was the result of road-rage wid pulsar 180, sorry about that(112 kmph was its result.).plz advice me bro. Thanks.

  • raeshh February 21, 2009, 1:48 pm

    hi guys,

    i hav bought fz-16 four months back… that was a great bike. i feel it has no negative impacts… design, pick-up, road grip was good.. comfortable driving..

    i feel that i hav taken a marvelous decision in choosing the bike.

    also i own apache 160 also, i can easily differ b/n the two bikes when compared to apache 160, fz-16 is good at comfort driving..

  • fas February 23, 2009, 12:07 am

    Anupam, riding like that before first service will cause mileage issues later on. Try avoiding fast riding till first service and take it easy and run in your beast.

  • prasandeep February 23, 2009, 8:55 pm

    hey fas,Can u tell me when the FI version of Pulsar 200 release…will there be a rear disk break…what is the expected price and milage of the bike

  • fas February 23, 2009, 10:34 pm

    The FI version of the Pulsar will be launched by May. I will let you know more about the FI version when i get more information from Bajaj. Expected price is around 3k more then the current Pulsar 200 and mileage is said to increase by 5kmpl with FI. Rear disc is mostly not coming in the FI version of the Pulsar 200.

  • deep February 27, 2009, 1:53 am

    i wanna go for a long term bike…i mean it should do good atleast for 5 year

    i need power milage….n looks

    Apache RTR 160 Fi is a good bike…but donno whether its gonna perform the same after 1 or 2 years…i mean is TVS reliable

    fas…help me out…..plz dont mention FZ16…i just wanna know about RTR 160FI

    thnx in advance

  • fas February 27, 2009, 12:53 pm

    Deep, RTR is a good bike and has good reliability. You can go ahead with that. Or you should get the Karizma, which is another bike which will be trouble free.

  • prasandeep March 1, 2009, 10:54 am

    guys jus check out the link below…new version of pulsar 200 n pulsar 180 is coming up….

    but200 isnt coming with a FI system but got the clipon, forks,fairing of 220 dtsfi…

    180 got the looks of 200

  • fas March 1, 2009, 11:32 am

    Thanks Prasandeep on the link. I will try to get more information and details and post a follow up post :)

  • Anupam March 8, 2009, 4:10 pm

    Hi.Fas..(hope tat u remember me.)
    fas i m enjoying my bike (FZ16) ,got it serviced after 950 km running.again i need ur help fas .i know that u r into the BIKES and not much into the scootys.but plz, PLZ reply and help me in deciding which scooty should i purchase for “love my life” as bday gift. I dont know anything about scootys,so Plz help brother.plz.thankz a lot.remember that u HEEELLLPPP A LOT.take care..

  • fas March 8, 2009, 8:04 pm

    Anupam, obviously i remember you. I cant forget friends :)

    For scootys you have alot of options. I would tell you 3 very good scootys. One is the Kinectic Blaze, but its expensive. I would suggest you have a look at the recently launched TVS Scooty Streak and the Honda Aviator. The Honda Aviator is a very good scooty and gives good mileage too. Just check these out and let me know if you have any other query.

  • zie March 8, 2009, 9:20 pm

    Hi.. I’m from indonesia, I’m very interest to know about automotive development in your country. because in my country the automotive progress is stagnant. oh ya, in indonesia, bajaj pulsar and tvs apache are very popular.

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  • Anand March 9, 2009, 12:25 pm

    Hi Fas,

    Hope u remember me.. I have certain issues with FZ.. First the mileage… i knew it would be low.. but never expected it to be this low :( getting between 30-35kmpl some times even lower :(.. have completed my first service.. as i hadnt crossed 50 before my first service i couldnt notice any vibrations with the bike.. but now when i exceed 65kmph there is a distinct vibration on handle bars.. is it wat i have to live with? the vibrations doesnt give me the confidence to push the bike.. :( and i’m not able to push my bike beyond 90kmph :( i was easily pushin my pulsar 150 2003 model beyond 100kmph even before i sold it…

  • Anand March 9, 2009, 12:26 pm

    and abt the crash guard.. the yamaha dealer told they cant get it on FZ :(

  • fas March 9, 2009, 7:04 pm

    Anand, there seems to be some issue with your bike. Go to your dealer and tell him about it and I am sure they will take some action. Make sure you are using unadulterated fuel as using adulterated fuel can cause mileage as well as performance issues.

  • Aditya Dhavale March 19, 2009, 10:56 am

    it gives u slight vibes at 5000 rpm but smoothen out round 6500rpm unfortunately thats how long the powerband lasts…past 6500 u need effort to push it past 100…i managed 115 ( speedo read ) but i thnk its capable of more with a few changes…need to study the engine first…

  • Anand March 19, 2009, 11:18 am

    Hi Fas & Aditya,

    I had taken my bike to the service station as suggested and the mechanic told there might me a problem with the front wheel. He told he’ll change it under warranty if they cant fix the issue. Just hoping that it’ll come out good. Have lots of hope on this bike. Have fought to get this machine. Hard earned money and everything.. I just hope it’s worth everything i’ve gone thru… :)

  • fas March 19, 2009, 3:55 pm

    Anand, don’t worry Yamaha will change any part which is defective under warranty. The taste and feel of something which you get with difficulty is something else, right? :)

  • Anand March 19, 2009, 4:01 pm

    That’s correct Fas, I’m just waiting to taste and feel it asap… i hope it tastes and feels just as i imagined it to be.. :) Thanks once again Fas.

  • aditya March 19, 2009, 7:00 pm

    Hey Anand, I faced the same issue…infact in my case the front disc caliper was slightly brushing against my disc rotor and was creating deep impacts on it…showroom guy said the company would change both the wheel and the disc but in the end only the disc rotor was changed in warranty. I am still not satisfied with the front braking and i feel the disc is still not aligned. Rear brake is absolutely inefficient so I plan to remould the rear brake shoes with a Ferrodo brake shoe liner hoping that would improve it.
    I encounter steady and medium intensity distortion ( vibrations ) on handle bar and the foot pegs at speeds above 70Kmph….I am gonna try out spring loaded bar end weights…so lets see…also the bike runs very lean so maybe upjetting may help though im not sure as i havent found time to do it yet…what have u guys experienced so far?

  • fas March 20, 2009, 11:17 am

    Your most welcome Anand. Aditya I suggest you tell the service guys to change the wheel as well and tell them your not satisfied. If they dont take action, then you can write a complaint to Yamaha India and I am sure they will help.

  • samuel March 20, 2009, 11:07 pm

    hello I purchased Fz16 on march 9th of 2009 since i love yamaha very much i like the look of this bike, but unfornately the bikes engine got leakge of engine oil I went to the dealer he opened the engine and dismentelled the engine that is in 4th day of purchase this is not fair with yamaha so please help me what to do? I want new bike from the dealer.

  • fas March 21, 2009, 4:39 pm

    Samuel, please write to Yamaha India and tell them your dealer gave you a defective bike and you want a new one.

  • aditya March 22, 2009, 12:29 am

    hey fas… do you by chance have the contacts for the customer care of Yamaha India?

    Also, Wanted to let you guys know that Yamaha India is officialy announcing the sale of OEM spares for RD350 and the RX bikes…my engineer had a Yamaha team visit and since he has been working n RD’s since they were launched, the news is for sure….keep a watch on that all those who have RD’s and Rx….

  • fas March 22, 2009, 1:37 am

    Aditya, you can contact them at 1800-180-1600

  • Anand March 22, 2009, 4:12 pm

    Hi Fas,

    Abt my tyre being changed. I was shocked to know that the yamaha showroom guys told that they’ll give me a letter which i have to take to a MRF showroom which is 30 kms from my place and have to talk to them and get it fixed from them. and after quite an argument they have agreed to get it fixed by themselves. i.e, they’ll take my bike and get it fixed. hope all these ordeal is worth it Fas. It hurts a lot sometimes.. :(

  • fas March 22, 2009, 6:50 pm

    Anand, its plain lazyness on the part of the dealer. Let us know how the bike behaves after going to MRF.

  • aditya March 22, 2009, 10:10 pm

    hey Fas…I tried using a 117 size jet (stock main jet size is 112.5). The bike is definately running pretty well at lower revs upto 6.5k but im still finding it a bit lazy above 100…i guess ill try some other jet sizes and reset the needle slot. Also using a NGK Platinum plug coupled with the new jet size is giving better results..lets see ill do a few more tests and post info….but the main difference i found was that the engine is definately running much cooler than before

  • fas March 23, 2009, 2:12 pm

    Aditya, be careful, if Yamaha comes to know about these mods, they will void your warranty.

  • aswath March 24, 2009, 9:06 pm

    Hi fas, this is aswath frm chennai.. I am planning to buy FZ-S in May but i hav a doubt that whether the new one comes with a kick start or not.. Also i appreciate your comments and suggestions and i want to know some details abt u since i am a new to this website..

  • fas March 25, 2009, 12:02 am

    Aswath, the Yamaha FZ-S does not come with a kick start. About details about me, I will post them on the about page in the near future :)

  • aswath March 25, 2009, 9:58 am

    Thank you fas.I really dont like the number plate coming above the head light in FZ,so will i be able to put it below the head light.. The dealer will accept or not..?

  • fas March 25, 2009, 4:48 pm

    Aswath, you can put the number plate where ever you think is convenient and the dealer can’t say a thing. Its your bike, its upto you where you want it to be :)

  • aswath March 25, 2009, 7:19 pm

    Hi fas,thanks for your reply..

  • Anand March 26, 2009, 10:19 am

    Hi Fas,

    I got back my bike this morning. I must say. This bike all i ever wanted. There was misalignment with the wheel and the rim. So the MRF guys took it out and re-aligned it. Now there are no wobbling or vibrations wat so ever :) … I fell in love with yamaha.. all over again.. :)

    Thanks a lot for the support and suggestions Fas..


  • fas March 26, 2009, 12:46 pm

    Anand, Congratulations on getting it fixed. Now you shouldn’t face a problem. Your most welcome :)

  • BikeLuver April 1, 2009, 3:36 pm

    Hey friends!!
    Wassup!! I tell u this bike is really stylish specially the fuel tank…it really looks very attractive…hey I m in love with this bike..
    Keep on going Yamaha!!

  • Krishdivesh April 1, 2009, 11:16 pm

    Hii fas…i am new to this website , well i am thinking to buy my first bike by this may and i am confused between the Pulsar 200 and Yamaha FZ16…I am about 5ft 11inches tall and i will use the bike mostly in the city but i want a powerful enough one for the highways also….does the Pulsar still have any issues…also i heard that a update is due for Pulsar 200, if so can i expect it by this may….please help me regarding this
    Thank you

  • fas April 1, 2009, 11:27 pm

    Krishdivesh, the upgraded Pulsars would be launched by May. However I would suggest you to get the FZ16, it has better built quality and since this is your first bike, you wouldn’t want too much power. The FZ16 would be a very good first bike for you.

  • Aryan Mirror April 2, 2009, 11:45 am

    i am also about to buy my first bike, i love fz16 and i am about to buy this, but i heard from many ppl that the bike is trash
    its milage is very low, nearly equal to pulsar 200 about 30kmpl
    and also the parts are too week, almost every part will break off once the bike slides or falls, also the parts start moving here and there when the bike gets old
    is this all true ?

  • fas April 2, 2009, 3:45 pm

    Aryan, mileage depends on driving style and under normal driving conditions, the FZ16 will give you 40kmpl. If any bike falls there are chances of parts to break so we can’t really blame Yamaha for that.

  • Aryan Mirror April 2, 2009, 8:21 pm

    fas, do u have this bike? i really wish all the things i have heard are not true!
    and other thing about that worries me is that the no. of used fz bikes on sale is staggering, i dont know why ppl are selling this bike
    so i want to know, that i wont regret buying this bike after 8-9 months
    and thank you for ur reply!

  • fas April 2, 2009, 10:31 pm

    Aryan, I don’t have a FZ16. People are selling because they want something more powerful. Trust me you won’t face issues with this bike. Get yourself a test ride and see how you like it.

  • Krishdivesh April 3, 2009, 11:27 am

    Hii fas…i have taken a ride on my friend’s FZ-16 yesterday and it was amazing but the only thing i didnot like in it was the handle bar and the awful looking console.I heard that a new FZ-S variant is coming if so what changes does it have and by when is it expected…If they modify the console in the new FZ-S i would surely buy it but right now i am sticking with the Pulsar 200 though….

    Thank You

  • fas April 3, 2009, 3:12 pm

  • Aditya April 3, 2009, 3:37 pm

    hey friends…
    just wanted to let you know that the FZ16 is not a performance oriented bike…its a decent and refined commuter but yes it looks very racy. One shouldnt compare it to a pulsar 200. Secondly, most of our bikes are not performance machines..they are merely commuters with sporty cladding on them.
    It is very unfortunate that our Indian bike makers (TVS, Bajaj etc) have still not given the public a true performace bike..its also partly due to the cost factor but since the KB100 and the TVS shogun/samurai which were two strokes these manufaturers have not gone beyond 220cc!…thats more than a decade ago…that too with nothing very revolutionary in them. I hope that one day they make a decently powered 6speed 4 valver with liquid cooling and sure with bajaj’s expertise in cost handling the bike wouldnt cost a bomb. Again, sadly, quality is a different ball game all together….phew…

  • abhisekh April 4, 2009, 2:43 pm

    this bike looks very curvy ,hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    its sine wave sexy curvy being the most attractive part,its looks from side is just awesome and……
    its just too sexy

  • j@ck_sp@rrow April 8, 2009, 4:25 pm

    hi…. guys i know this is a cool,sexy bike but i am confused between these 2 models r15 and fz16…. which is looking tougher?….which one can i purchase..?

  • fas April 8, 2009, 4:28 pm

    Jack, it depends on your requirements, if you love riding and love the twists then the R15, if you want a machine for the city, get the FZ16.

  • Akram April 9, 2009, 9:52 pm

    what does “Unimpressive instrument cluster” mean?

  • John April 10, 2009, 11:46 am

    Hi, I m planning to buy FZ16 by this may or june. I know all about its Cons and Pros. I Love it. Hey Fas, I still need to know.. are there any other options in other brands (Exclude Pulsar and karizma) around same price. thnx :)

  • fas April 10, 2009, 11:54 am

    Akram, maybe some people prefer instrumentation like the Pulsars.

    John, the other option you have is the Suzuki GS150R, a very good alternative.

  • viswanath April 10, 2009, 5:56 pm

    hi fas, can u tell wat will be the delivery time for this bike in bangalore. cuz i have heard that due to increase in demand they are
    taking much longer time for shipping.

  • fas April 10, 2009, 9:50 pm

    Viswanath, the delivery time is between 1-3 weeks depending on your colour choice.

  • Sam April 11, 2009, 10:31 am

    is this bike guddd for new lerner ? reply honestly..

  • fas April 11, 2009, 1:43 pm

    Sam, yes the bike is good for newbies. It can be handled with ease, no worries.

  • Saubhik April 15, 2009, 12:26 pm

    Hi FAS!!! oneofmy friend is planning to buy Bullet electra so i just want toknow the problems which a new rider can face with Bullet

  • fas April 15, 2009, 1:19 pm

    Saubhik, a new rider can face plenty of problems with the Bullet Electra. Firstly Bullets aren’t really reliable and they are very heavy. Handling the weight will be extremely tough for a new rider. However with practice I am sure your friend will be able to handle the Bullet.

  • aswath April 21, 2009, 8:56 pm

    Hi Fas,
    Any information about the upgraded pulsar..?

  • fas April 21, 2009, 10:26 pm

    Aswath, just do a search there are a few posts about the upgraded Pulsars. You can have a look on the top right hand side in the popular section for information on the upgraded Pulsar.

  • Aaron Cardoz April 27, 2009, 2:03 pm

    This bike is an awesome bike. I have just completed 400 km in 2 weeks and the engine sounds awesome. The handling is truly amazing. It picks from any gear and there is very less knocking even if you are on a high gear and low speed. The angle for the bike resting on the side stand should have been a little lower as it is nearly at an upright position on the side stand. The seat locking system is awesome and as simple as a click to open and close unlike my old 150 where i had to remove the side panel and pull the wire. Its great to manover and the fronk forks are really strong and handle sudden braking really well. Need not comment about the looks. Looks and design, well…lets say this…80% of people in cars or on bikes stare at the bike for atleast 3/4 seconds and also give second looks..thats a high percentage…but that is also because the bike is new and not so many on the road. Anyways, overall although the price is higher for its engine capacity and segment..its worth the money for true biking enthusiasts!

  • Tarang April 28, 2009, 7:10 pm

    I am planning to buy FZ16 but I have few concerns.

    Seating posture of the rider? as i suffer from little bit of neck pain so wanted to know is seating posture is upright or is it like sports byke. and is this byke good for long drive wrt seating posture?

    You have said pillion seat too small for humans? does it mean second person cannot sit comfortably??

  • Aaron Cardoz April 28, 2009, 7:21 pm

    Lets just say the seat is well designed for your gf :-)

    It is a little smaller compared to other bikes and especially if the person sitting behind is wearing a saree so has to sit side ways.
    My old pulsar 150 had perfect space for the pillion …how ever till now i have no complains from any of my friends or family members who have sat behing and have been pretty comfortable.

  • Tarang April 29, 2009, 11:35 am

    Thanks Aaron. You got my point. ;)

    Another thought as well as concern, the byke doesn’t seems to have provision for Leg guard, so wouldnt it make byke as well as rider vulnerable to damages. or is there any other safety machanism to deal with such accidents?

  • Aaron Cardoz April 29, 2009, 11:53 am

    Well there are two/three options for the leg guard and it dosen’t look that bad either…if you want you could check them out at the yamaha showroom. I would not suggest you to go for the short stubbed leg guard…the one that doesn’t complete a circle…but go for the complete one and a thick one. Thats recommended by yamaha. Which city are you from? Please note the log guard comes separately and costs around 550 i guess, you also get tyre stickers and they cost an additional 300, they are by default in the new FZS.

  • asai April 30, 2009, 8:22 am

    Please can anybody tell me which yamaha dealer i can get leg guard for fz.

  • Anand April 30, 2009, 9:18 am

    Hi Fas,

    I enquired at Bangalore Wheels abt the leg guard. They told they have no idea abt it and a leg guard cannot be fitted onto a FZ16. Please advice from where can i get it.
    Thank you in advance,


  • Rvaneet April 30, 2009, 1:30 pm

    first i had a pulsar 200cc and now i have a FZ16. FZ16 is the killer of pulsar and pulsar is the worst bike ever and there is no compitition between FZ16 and pulsar

  • Sherwin April 30, 2009, 3:04 pm

    do u know how i can import one of these

  • fas April 30, 2009, 8:46 pm

    Anand, check the local shops. Mostly they do keep leg guard.

    Sherwin, where do you want to import?

  • Aryan Mirror April 30, 2009, 9:10 pm

    my 3 friends bought the bike and guess what , all 3 of them gives milage of 20kpl!
    but when i read the comments in this page or other sites, they all say they get milage of 45+
    is it coz of fuel ? do u guys use high octane fuel ? or u like somewhere plain ? with no hills to climb and thing ?
    i live in kathmandu

  • fas May 1, 2009, 12:37 am

    Aryan, I wonder what mileage will your friends get with 600cc bikes. Fuel and riding style plays a major part in mileage. The FZ16 does give 40+ in normal conditions.

  • nainar malik May 3, 2009, 12:24 pm

    Please suggest me 4 better mileage such as min n max km in each gear..n tell me abt de gear it like pulsar r xtreme??

  • fas May 3, 2009, 1:01 pm

    Nainar, You should shift around 3000 RPM, which will give you good mileage. Gearshift pattern is standard like on all bikes.

  • Shamanth May 3, 2009, 2:27 pm

    Hi Anand , I got my new FZ-S from Panche CMH Road showroom, while taking delivery i asked for leggaurd. They had fixed a nice black gaurd. Its really helpful in parking, making other bike not to kiss your bike.

  • afwar May 3, 2009, 3:13 pm

    hye fas..act i’m already ‘in love’ with this fz16 but i’m from malaysia.. i don’t know where to get this bike in malaysia..i also don’t know the exactly price for this bike in malaysia..can you help me on this..?

  • fas May 3, 2009, 3:42 pm

    Afwar, the Yamaha FZ16 is not available in Malaysia and shipping it there will be very expensive due to import duties. Its better to buy another bike. Yamaha has made no confirmations on launching the bike in Malaysia. But you never know, they just might.

  • afwar May 3, 2009, 4:22 pm

    i’m quit dissapointed about it..huhu..can you suggest another yamaha motor that have a quite similar specs with the fz16..?and the price is below RM8000 if according to ringgit malaysia (RM). is there any naked and big bike like fz16 from yamaha..?i want to a yamaha bike that look big and stable if we ride on highway..and i want to know which one is the best bike and the price is below RM8000 because i’m still a student right now and i don’t plan to buy a very expensive bike as i don’t have so much money..hehe..

  • aswath May 3, 2009, 6:23 pm

    Hi fas,
    I bought my FZ-S silver colour.. I want few tips to maintain my bike before giving it for the first service.. Help me..

  • fas May 4, 2009, 1:40 am

    Afwar, I don’t know which bikes are sold in Malaysia but you can checkout the Yamaha FZ150l.

    Aswath, don’t exceed 60kmph, don’t accelerate hard or brake hard. Don’t exceed 4000RPM.

  • Akbar B.L May 4, 2009, 7:50 am

    Really it gives a butch look… If it has rear disc break, then it seems too gud… My negative opinion on this bike is, it has no kicker, in rainny seasons the Battery might get down… then whats the aliter to start the Bike… As a whole it is worth.. I’ll give 90 out of 100

  • aswath May 4, 2009, 11:38 am

    Hi fas, thank you for ur advice.. tell me whether i have to put a leg guard in my bike or not.. Also tel me a Pro yamaha service center’s in chennai..

  • Aaron Cardoz May 4, 2009, 12:21 pm

    Leg guard is absolutely essential. RTO passing is not done without the leg guard in mumbai. You have variants of the leg guard and they cost around Rs 550.
    aswath: For the first 1000 km or before 1 month you will have to ride your bike between 40-50 km/h per hour. DO NO rev the engine above 4000 rpm. Your pistons are new and the engine is tight, it will cause damage.
    Also, dont stay at a constant speed, for example for long distance rides, dont stay at 40-45 for a long time, that also causes stress. Ride your bike through each gear and keep lowering and increasing the speed. After 30 minutes of constant riding in hot conditions, stop the bike, allow it to cool and then continue…try getting a feel of your new bike what it is capable of. Second service, 4000 to 5000 rpm at 50-60 km/h, average will also increase from around 38-40 to 40 – 43 km/litre.
    Anybody needs any more clarification, would be glad to help.

  • Aaron Cardoz May 4, 2009, 12:25 pm

    No 150 CC bike would give an average of 20 km/litre, no body would ever buy that bike even if it looked better that Katrina Kaif. :-)
    The FZ 16 gives an average of around 40-45 km/litre. 40 being the lower side for city riding conditions and on clear highways, it would give around 45/46 or may be even more.
    For example crusing at 60 km/h would yield a better average that ripping it at 120 :-)

  • Aaron Cardoz May 4, 2009, 12:28 pm

    Rvaneet : What is the difference between the pulsar 200 and the FZ, cause it would help many people out there to make a decision while purchasing a new bike. I also owned a pulsar for 5 years and now own an FZ. I was always under the impression that the p200 was the best among the pulsar series for it good looks and good power balance. It definitely is a good bike. One of the reasons i didnt pick up the p200 was because i had already used a pulsar for 5 years and wanted something different. And believe me guys the FZ 16 is something different!!!!

  • fas May 4, 2009, 6:07 pm

    Thanks Aaron for your fantastic explanation.

    Aswath, you can go to any Yamaha dealership. All are well equipped. Where in Chennai are you located? Choose a location which is closest to you and I will tell you the dealer. Adyar, Anna Nagar, Anna Salai, Ashok Nagar, Avadi, Chromepet, Mylapore, Porur, Purasawalkam.

  • Prabhu S May 6, 2009, 12:33 pm

    Hi all ,

    I have done with my new FZ 16 more than 900kms .. In a day or two , i am about to leave the vechile for 1st service. mileage is coming around 48kmpl. I didnt still cross 60km speed .. For the 1st 500kms i was not crossing 50km speed mark . The next 400kms i was going at a speed of 50 – 60km .. I didnt cross 4500rpm once also .. When i took the bike , the mechanic over there in showroom , adviced me all those things to follow until 1st service and i did as his words .. Nice comfortable handling in city conditions.. Simply Awesome . I recommend FZ 16 , to all those who goes for bikes at 150cc segment.

  • aswath May 7, 2009, 9:11 am

    Hi fas, i bought my bike in purasavalkam and they told me that they will not fix the leg guard.. They also suggested me to get it from outside..

  • fas May 7, 2009, 12:17 pm

    Aswath, maybe they don’t have stock. Get it from outside. Make sure they do a good install.

  • Aaron Cardoz May 7, 2009, 12:25 pm

    Guys: A small secret to share. The FZ 16 is a DEMON on corners and turns.
    No other bike (besides sports bikes:-)) will dare to go at an angle that the FZ can go at.
    It being so close to the ground it gives you a sense of stability and security that i never had even with my old pulsar. I had a 130 tyre(Shinko) and could do those turns but with the FZ stock, its much better and easier.
    Disclaimer: :-)
    Please be careful of sand, mud, gravel, water, garbage dumping:-) on the roads before attempting any sharp turns.

  • aswath May 9, 2009, 5:33 pm

    Hi fas, plz tel me which would be the correct position to fix the helmet lock in FZ-S..

  • nikunj May 10, 2009, 9:54 am

    i tried FZ 16 and tvs apache but like the performance of apache

  • nikunj May 10, 2009, 9:55 am

    which bike i should prefer fz or apache

  • fas May 10, 2009, 12:32 pm

    Nikunj, I think the best place is at the rear, behind the rear seat.

  • fas May 10, 2009, 12:39 pm

    Nikunj, the Yamaha FZ16 would be a better bet than the TVS Apache. If you ride on the tracks, get the TVS Apache.

  • Wilkim Lee May 12, 2009, 11:51 pm

    I bought this bike last year in November 2008 and till now I have clocked almost 10,000 KM. The bike is comfortable though the inside of your thighs start to pain if you streach the ride for more than an hour. I love to ride this beast as it looks massive and awesome. Just a word of caution, you may have many heads turning to take a look of it and do brave a volley of questions about “Your” bike.
    Since I am not tech savvy I have limited knowledge of its engine and stuff which only an automobile engineer can understand. But, this bike is the best in the 150 cc category. Be it the pick up, performance in terms of ride or style. It out performs each and every bike in this segment. Maintainance is minimal as of now.
    Happy Riding

  • vinayak May 13, 2009, 9:41 am

    hey frnds …………. i got ma fz16 on 26nov2008 n it gives a gud milage of abt 45 o so n itz very quick compared 2 other 150cc bikes n itz havin a gud top wack toooooo datz upto 127 kmph …….. n i even raced ma frnds p180 on NH4 ……..

  • aswath May 19, 2009, 11:47 am

    Hi fas,my FZ-s has crossed 200km and next week i will be out of station for 5 days.. so i cant use my bike.. My friends told me that the new bike should not be kept idle for more than 2 days.. is it true..? what should i do now.. help me friends..

  • fas May 19, 2009, 7:26 pm

    Aswath, there is nothing like you can’t leave your new bike idle for a few days. Yes, you can safely leave it for 5 days, without bothering about anything, there isn’t any issue with that. When you are leaving it for around a month then you need to worry. Just cover it and have a nice trip :)

  • yash May 19, 2009, 7:54 pm

    i wanna purchase a fzs or an apache 160…pls…wh s better? im lookin 4 fuel efficiency as well as riding compfort but d fzs looks are irresistable….im confused as fzs gives low fuel efficiency…also note tat im a beginner…pls inform as im gonn purchase within 5 days…

  • fas May 19, 2009, 10:48 pm

    Yash, get the FZ-S, its not all that bad on mileage and is more comfortable to ride than the Apache.

  • yash May 19, 2009, 11:05 pm

    thanks fas…but could u tell me wats the mileage of apache in city?

  • fas May 19, 2009, 11:10 pm

    Yash, the mileage of the Apache 160 is around 42kmpl in the city.

  • aswath May 21, 2009, 12:05 pm

    Thank you fas..

  • metoseeu May 26, 2009, 3:05 pm

    I am pretty new to the concept of tubeless tyres. I was using Splendor so no idea about tubeless tyres .
    Do we need to fill air for FZ 16 (tubeless tyres) and if so can we do it in regular petrol pumps.
    Sorry if the ques is very novice/naive.

  • metoseeu May 27, 2009, 11:29 am

    I am getting the “Lord” on 28th , pretty exited.

  • Aaron Cardoz May 27, 2009, 5:09 pm


    The primary advantage of a tubeless tyre is in internal construction and materials used. A tubed tyre is vulnerable to friction and heat generated between the tube and the inner surface of the tube which reduces life of the tube. In a tubeless tyre the inner layer of the tyre is the tube itself. This layer is made of a material like halo-butyl/chlorobutyl which is basically resistant to heat and reduces permeation of air.

    The weight of the tube inside a tyre adds to the unsprung weight affecting handling characteristics and overall performance. The lack of a tube reduces unsprung weight and improves dynamic ability. The lack of a tube also reduces rolling resistance caused by friction between the tyre and tube. The lower rolling resistance, lesser weight and the tubeless tyre’s capability to uniformly retain air improve fuel efficiency.

    Another important advantage from a safety point of view takes care of a problem none of us have control over: punctures! Ever experienced a high-speed blowout? There have been a number of gruesome high-speed fatalities on the Mumbai-Pune expressway caused by tyre blowouts.

    At speeds in excess of 100kmph high temperatures are generated. These high temperatures expand (in some cases this tube is over-inflated too which only aggravates the situation) the tube and a sudden sharp penetration at high speed causes the tube to burst very easily. The air expelled at high pressure forces its way out of the tyre from around the rim and the tube valve hole. In some cases the pressure exerted by this escaping air is strong enough to rip open the tyre. A burst tyre causes a sudden loss in traction which is sufficient to throw the vehicle off course violently.

    In a tubeless tyre penetrations into the tyre are sealed off by the rubber itself. As a result, leakage of air does not take place and if it does, it is minimal. Over-inflation can still cause grievous harm but the hazards from punctures in a tubeless tyre are greatly reduced. In case of a total loss of air inside the tyre, it is likely that the bead will collapse inside the rim-well rather than come off it.

    Other tube troubles include ballooning, open splice, spurious tubes, pinholes, tube mounting

    Hope, this clears your doubts.

    And yes, you need to fill air for sure like any other tyre

  • vikash May 27, 2009, 11:34 pm

    I m really in love with FZ16. i am totally satisfied with fz 16

  • vikas kurup May 28, 2009, 12:13 pm

    fas….u probably own a fz16 and are a proud bike owner but u should forget that the rtr is made for the race tracks and fz is made for showing of the looks….they are two different catagory bike and its better not to compare them.i might sound a bit harsh but the rtr-fi’s cruise speed is a fz16′s top speed.

  • Aaron Cardoz May 28, 2009, 12:33 pm

    vikas kurup:
    I own an FZ 16 and believe me, its an awesome bike.

    We keep saying RTR is fast and i agree, its not just fast, its really fast.

    But on the road, and for city riding conditions, the FZ 16 would probably beat it.

    The reason the FZ 16 is quick because of the torque it generates and therefore the initial is really good for a 150 CC bike.
    RTR is 160 CC +.

    Now to the facts, from 0-65 there was a zma behind me all the way…

    May be he wasn’t riding hard, may be the rider was on the heavier side(a bike with a load of 85 kgs is totally different from a bike with the load of 60 kgs), but still, from the bhp point of view and the cc part, the zma beats most bikes on the indian roads.

    And coming to the point of the rtr, i once had a race in traffic with the rtr, it could not over take me, neither could it maneuver like i could, and that’s a fact.

    I am not praising Yamaha, even I have owned a pulsar and a zma(for 6 years totally), and me riding my zma would probably beat the FZ 16 who knows, but to summarize, its not just looks of the FZ16.

    Have a read here and then you tell me the difference in engineering….

    Tell me if is only looks, after reading this article.

    And anybody interested in the Yamaha, please read this article carefully. It will tell you that you choice is the right one.



  • Kiran May 30, 2009, 4:34 pm

    Hey guys…

    Can anyone say me about the gears & transmissions in FZ-16?
    And I hav a confusion on choosing FZ-16 or FZ-S…
    Please guys help me out!!

  • fas May 30, 2009, 5:12 pm

    Kiran, the transmission of the FZ is silky smooth, just like any Yamaha bike. What are you confused. Both bike are the same, only with little cosmetic variations. Choose which one you like more.

  • Anand June 1, 2009, 11:15 am

    Hi Fas,

    How have u been?
    I needed a suggestion.. My friend is planning to buy a bike.. and he has come down to deciding between the new Pulsar 180 and the Yamaha FZ16.. I suggested him to go for FZ coz i own one.. :) However, i would want to know from you which is the better option.. and ya.. he had TVS Victor all this while.. :)

    Thank you in advance..


  • fas June 1, 2009, 12:33 pm

    Hi Anand, I am fine, thank you. What about you. How is your FZ doing?

    Overall the FZ is a better pick of the two, the engine is refined, the bike looks absolutely stunning and the torque is really very good for city driving. Quality of Yamaha is light years ahead of Bajaj, so my pick would be the Yamaha FZ16.

  • Anand June 1, 2009, 12:36 pm

    Hi Fas,

    I’m doing good.. and so is my FZ :)
    And thanks again for the feedback.. U’ve been great..

    Until next time…

    Adios amigo..

  • Apurv June 6, 2009, 2:50 am

    Hi all ,

    I wanna buy Fzs but the thing is it does’t have kick It only has auto start,which i think might create problems during rains Or Cold weather.As per Indian weather.Wht would u all think reply me soonnnn….

  • nikunj June 6, 2009, 11:01 am

    yes it is true

  • fas June 6, 2009, 1:43 pm

    Apurv, not much of an issue. Nowadays maintenance free battery really does not cause any starting problems. The P180, P200 and P220 all have done away with kick start.

  • Noufal June 7, 2009, 12:50 pm

    Fas, do u’ve any news abt d GLADIATOR 165, who just appeared in d previous year’s motor expo,,,,??? Is dis bike launched in any part of d country:-)??? Is it is equipped with monoshock!!!!!

  • fas June 7, 2009, 1:00 pm

    Noufal, no idea about the Gladiator and I don’t think Yamaha wants to focus on any of its old bikes. They want to launch something a step above the other bikes. I don’t see it will see the light of the day anytime in the near future.

  • Maddy_fz16 June 11, 2009, 3:49 pm

    Hello everybody…I’m a proud owner of Fz…I salute yamaha 4 their great engineering…They have mixed up Power wit Beauty…Its 5430 km on ma indicator wit 2 service…I drive ma byk harsh (I lyk it)…So I get low on Milage(37-41 kmpl) but who cares…I no only 1 thing i.e SPEED…Till now I’ve taken down all 150′s (xcept R15),RTR 160, Pulsar 180 (all versions) and karizma…And proudly suceeded…Till now I’m able 2 wrack a speed of 128 kmph(try 2 cross this speed)…Ne one wanna no abt fz or ne other byk(150cc or above) can mail me on:-

  • vikaskurup June 14, 2009, 11:20 am

    hey Aaron Cardoz,
    rtr is know for its maneuverability….its a part of tvs racing which know the indian roads much more than what yamaha knows.i agree its 160cc+ but it doesnt have a cutout of current at 9000rmp like other bikes so u can rev it to 13000rpm which makes it pretty fast.iam not talking about racing with other guys on city road but race tracks.the yamaha guys also prefer the r15 to race and not the fz16.i have ridden the fz16 and own a rtr.i know the difference…and i collect info about the bikes from the guys who go in racetracks for test…and dude,zma is too quick for fz16.well we have to wait for the rtr 180 to come up cause ive heard its got a fiero bottom…it will really kick some ass.

  • Aaron Cardoz June 15, 2009, 12:14 pm

    Hey Vikas,

    There are many factors that come into play while riding in city traffic and while riding on the track.
    I totally agree that the karizma is faster, there is no doubts about it. But also note, when the bikes are a little different and the riding skills mater, then not only the bike matters but the rider, i have also ridden an rtr, i have owned a pulsar and a zma. I have also ridden the old classic 180 cc which pulls most bikes till 80 km/h. I have also ridden the 180 dtsi regularly, so i don’t doubt your knowledge gained from collecting information, i have collected the same knowledge while actually riding these bikes on different conditions, open highways, city traffic, raining weather…
    Different bikes perform at different levels, there are concepts of initial, speed pick up…have u heard of a nissan gtr and a corvette zr1, the nizzan is having less bhp but is a but a four wheel drive beats all cars in pickup but the other cars like corvette zr1 beats its after 80 miles per hour range…
    there are concepts like low rev, high rev…mid range torque..which are unique to each bike…and these are results of mechanical while the rtr may perform..rather outperform the fz 16 on a track in a city the FZ might beat it..due to any number of factors…
    In india, people buy bikes 90% of the time and ride them on city roads or highways for that matter not for the track…
    I just want to appreciate Yamahas effort for takin gthe 150 cc bikes standard to a new level and there is a lot of technological improvements that have been made to the bike..

    have a look here.


    Aaron Cardoz

  • Harish R N June 15, 2009, 3:24 pm

    Hi Guys,

    I have just taken the delivery of my love FZ16 today. I will write more once I drive 100, 200 kms…. At this moment, I just wanna say I liked this bike at first sight except speedometer and silencer. But FAS made me to stick on to this bike with more detailed information. Thanks FAS :).

    Catch you all with more comments next week….


  • fas June 15, 2009, 5:22 pm

    Congratulations Harish on your new bike. Make sure you take it easy for the first 1000kms and your most welcome.

  • prabhu June 15, 2009, 7:03 pm

    Hi Guys,

    I’m a proud owner of Fz16…, i just want to know can a anti theft alarm can cause any failures in self start… Its great feeling to have a bike like that…thanks to yamaha for launching such a devil on roads…..

  • fas June 16, 2009, 12:04 am

    Prabhu, security system will not cause any issues with self start.

  • Ash June 16, 2009, 10:24 pm

    Hey fas do u know d on road price of apache 180cc and ne news about d new FAZER?

  • fas June 16, 2009, 10:36 pm

    Ash, the OTR price of the TVS Apache RTR 180 is around 70k. Bang on with the Pulsar 180. No updates on the Fazer yet. But Bajaj will kill the sales of the Yamaha FZ16/FZS if they launch the P220 for 70k.

  • Aaron Cardoz June 17, 2009, 1:09 pm

    Hey guys,

    Just FYI, top speed attained on my FZ 16 with the wind and with head down is 128km/h.

    Km on Bike 1800.

    Weight of person riding 65kg.

    Fuel Tank. 7 liters petrol.

    Location. Bandra Reclamation Road from Bandra(E) highway towards Lilavati hospital.

    The bikes revs all the way up to 9000 rpm.

    Its really an awesome bike…

    more power on this bike would make it uncontrollable…:-)

    After 115 km/h its takes a while to attain the top speed.:-)

    This was a one time affair. On the road please ride safely and responsibly.

    Aaron C

  • fas June 17, 2009, 4:58 pm

    Aaron, that is some speed on the FZ. Cool stuff. You planning any mods?

  • Kamal June 18, 2009, 3:22 am

    i want to purchase new bike but i am little bit confuse to choosing bike i have options in TVS RTR180, Bajaj pulser 150, FZ 16. so please suggest which one is more gud and best for me. gud milege look price and all the possible faciletes.



  • Harish R N June 18, 2009, 10:55 am

    Hi FAS,

    A mechanic from Yamaha service center suggested me to use only normal petrol and not superior petrol for 150 CC bikes especially FZ-16. Is this true? Do we need to use only normal petrol for FZ-16? Please clarify.


  • Aaron Cardoz June 18, 2009, 12:26 pm


    that is absolutely correct.

    Only use normal (“Sadha” :-) ) unleaded petrol.

  • fas June 18, 2009, 4:01 pm

    Harish, Aaron is right, use only normal fuel. Kamal out all the bikes you said its very difficult to pick a winner. However the Bajaj Pulsar 180 is a mix of all. The FZ16 is a fantastic bike but with lesser power compared to the Pulsar 180. The TVS Apache 180 is the best 180cc bike wrt performance and handling.

  • Ravi June 19, 2009, 7:27 pm

    dear friends
    i m gonna buy FZ16 next week
    i have ride the bike its great but still i m hazzy
    can anyone help me

  • fas June 19, 2009, 7:39 pm

    Ravi, don’t worry, go for the FZ16. Its a fantastic bike. If you want, you can wait till Tuesday for the new P220 and then decide.

  • Pratik June 19, 2009, 9:35 pm

    i was a huge fan of fz but nowadays i dont like it that much
    i decided to take apache rtr 160 RD
    so how’s apache rtr 160 ?

  • fas June 19, 2009, 11:04 pm

    Pratik, the Apache is a fantastic bike. You will love the way it handles.

  • ARYAN July 10, 2009, 2:51 pm



  • fas July 10, 2009, 4:16 pm

    Aryan, looking at your requirements I would suggest you get the Yamaha FZ series bike. They look good and have decent performance. Maintenance is low.

  • Pratik July 10, 2009, 4:42 pm

    i took the apache rtr 160 RD and its gr8 except some minor issues but the technician guy says its all natural and will go away
    its been 11 days and yesterday i serviced it for first time
    it gave milage of 50kpl its gr8
    but since yesterday, since i serviced it there have some issues with handeling, the bike seems to sway for no reason feels like riding the bike with flat rear tyre!

    another issue in apache is no tubeless tyres!!

  • fas July 10, 2009, 4:52 pm

    Pratik, they seemed to have misaligned the wheel. Ask them to correct that.

  • Pratik July 10, 2009, 5:04 pm

    what do u mean my misaligned the wheels ? do they take out the wheels while servicing?
    nways thanks man!

  • Aaron Cardoz July 10, 2009, 5:21 pm

    I dont think in 11 days or such an early service, that the guys would remove the wheels.

    -> what were the minor issues because of which u had to take ur bike to the service station after 11 days…
    did u complete the minimum kms for the first service?
    -> Bike swaying could be because of many reasons..bent fork, bent handle, less air pressure…mis aligned silencer..because all the factors contribute to the stability and performance of ur bike.
    -> Its highly unlikely that any of the above could be disturbed so early and so soon.

    -> I think you should go back to the mechanic and describe ur exact problem, if you could be there and check what exactly they are doing to rectify it, thats great.

    -> AFter its done, take the bike for a ride with a pillion, and take some turns, check the front brakes and the fork..check the stability of the bike…

    anyways…the rtr is an awesome bike..and the new RTR 180 is killer.

    BTW i am a proud owner of an FZ :-)

    anywaysI, the fz new variants are awesome with the front ferring of the R15…

    Aaron C

  • Pratik July 10, 2009, 5:35 pm

    i completed the 500kms and then gave for servicing
    so i am taking the bike back to the service center and get it checked!

    and other minor issues were
    after 10+mins the bike would make some kind of noise like there was something stuck, kind of ratelling
    the technician said, that;s normal all new apache make that noise and after 2-3 servicings it would go away completely

  • aswath July 20, 2009, 2:03 pm

    fas, my FZ has got more scratches in its silencer.. It looks very odd to see fas.. Is it possible to remove those scratches.. The service centre people told me to do a Tuf coat to avoid scratches in future but they also told me that the present scratches will not be removed.. Give me your suggestion fas..

    • fas July 20, 2009, 10:37 pm

      Aswath, scratches are possible to remove, you can polish the silencer or you can use scratch remover. How did the scratches happen?

  • aswath July 21, 2009, 10:14 am

    fas,while taking the bike out of my house the silencer hits the gate thats how it got scratches.. Then where can i get the scratch remover..

    • fas July 21, 2009, 2:57 pm

      Aswath, thats bad. Anyways you can get the scratch remover at your local accessory shop.

  • aswath July 21, 2009, 8:19 pm

    thank you fas.. I also have another problem in my FZ. When i go alone in my bike at a speed of about 60 km, i can sense a kind of strain in the engine and vibrations in the Break pedal. But if i go doubles then the engine is perfectly fine. I had reported this issue to the service centre guys but they could not do anything. first they are not able to understand this problem. What to do fas.. My bike has completed 2000kms.

    • fas July 21, 2009, 9:51 pm

      Aswath, did your bike get serviced recently? Does the vibration only happen at 60kmph or at speeds above and below 60kmph too?

  • aswath July 22, 2009, 3:37 pm

    fas, last month on 8th only my bike went for the first service.. Before the first service i have not touched 60km speed. Vibration is not coming above the speed of 65km. Vibration is starting in between the speeds of exactly 58 to 63.But if i go doubles then the bikes engine is as smooth as a silk.What to do fas?

    • fas July 22, 2009, 5:45 pm

      Aswath, it sounds as if the vibration being caused at that particular speed is due to resonance. Check the air pressure and ask Yamaha people why its happening. Since it stops at 63kmph its nothing to worry about.

  • aswath July 22, 2009, 6:05 pm

    fas,thank you. Tell me your mail ID.

    • fas July 22, 2009, 6:58 pm

      Aswath, your most welcome. You can get in touch with me on faisal at motorbeam dot com.

  • Amy July 23, 2009, 7:43 pm

    hi fas wht abt FZ-16 not having kickstrt it might be a problem after a period of time ?

    • fas July 23, 2009, 8:57 pm

      Amy, lack of kickstart is not a problem at all. Many bikes don’t have kick start nowadays and come with maintenance free batteries.

  • Amy July 23, 2009, 9:09 pm

    but if the battery fades!!!! or any problem occurs kick start provides an alternative!!!!

    • fas July 23, 2009, 9:11 pm

      Amy, the battery won’t fade and just in case it does you can push start the bike.

  • Amy July 23, 2009, 9:25 pm

    Actually i wanna go for a bike which one u suggests Pulsar or FZ / FS-s
    taken in account
    1. Technology
    2. Handling
    3. Comfort
    4. Looks
    5. Average ??
    All in all a dream bike

    • fas July 23, 2009, 9:28 pm

      Amy, thats alot of things you want. You should get the Yamaha R15. If thats above your budget get the new Pulsar 220. It is a very good bike and will tick on most of your requirements.

  • Amy July 23, 2009, 9:37 pm

    I am a FZ- 16 lover how much this bike will fulfill
    Wht wuld u rate this bike

  • Amy July 25, 2009, 2:30 pm

    My friend Fas i m waiting 4 ur reply!

    • fas July 25, 2009, 11:27 pm

      Sorry Amy for the late reply. Just saw your comment. I would say go ahead with the FZ16 if you like it. In the end what you like is what matters and not which bike is better. The Pulsar 220 is very VFM and thus seems the obvious choice but the FZ16 looks killer, rides well and Yamaha quality is much better than Bajaj. Get the FZ16 buddy :)

  • vijay July 25, 2009, 11:06 pm

    which bike is good in the following?…..
    1)yamaha fz series fazer
    2)yamaha fz16
    3)pulsar 180
    4)herohonda cbz xterme
    plz guide me i have big ….confusion in it.

  • gopu July 26, 2009, 3:10 am

    hi fas,
    what is the actual topspeed of FZ 16

    iam getting only 106 kmh with pillon , what more can go without pillon?
    most of the website review says 120 kmh, is it true?

  • fas July 26, 2009, 7:20 pm

    Gopu, the FZ16 has a top speed of around 118kmph. However you will be able to do 125kmph on a downward sloping road.

  • arjun rajiv July 26, 2009, 7:33 pm

    hi fas….
    plz provide me a comparison b/w these bikes,
    Yamaha fazer 150,fz 16,pulsar 180….
    which bike is better & why?……

    • fas July 27, 2009, 5:48 pm

      Arjun, Yamaha Fazer and FZ16 are very similar except the front. Both bikes are actually the same. The Pulsar 180 is more powerful and is very VFM. The Yamaha has better quality and will be very reliable in the long term. Tough decision it is to choose between one but I would take the FZ16.

  • vijay July 27, 2009, 8:30 pm

    hi fas…
    will yamaha release any new model in fz series other then fazer?…

    • fas July 27, 2009, 9:12 pm

      Vijay, no bikes planned on the FZ platform as of now. Yamaha might launch more powerful engines though, but nothing in the near future.

  • vijay July 27, 2009, 11:26 pm

    thanx fas……
    but please guide, which is one good?…fazer or fz16,i known both are same,bt tell me any one…iam quite confused with that.

  • fas July 28, 2009, 1:20 am

    Vijay, I would suggest you get the Fazer since its a newer product. Both bikes are the same and it depends on what you prefer? Street fighter/naked look or otherwise.

  • nichu July 28, 2009, 11:41 pm

    hi gopu u don worry.the top speed of fz is 120.but u got only 106 rite.don much millege do u get????the fz gets only 35-40.

  • vijay July 29, 2009, 11:01 pm

    hi fas….
    what is milleage(fuel efficiency) of fazer?…

    • fas July 30, 2009, 1:13 am

      Vijay, same as the FZ16, that is 40-45kmpl.

  • vijay August 1, 2009, 12:19 pm

    hi fas…..
    i like fz1 seats so much than fz16,it is possible to change the seat for fz16 with fz1′s?..
    if possible means,where it is available?…..

  • fas August 1, 2009, 9:08 pm

    Vijay, everything is possible but at the cost of money. Its not feasible too and will require extensive modifications. Better to avoid since it will cost alot.

  • vipin August 6, 2009, 8:18 am

    hi..fias …plse tell me about fazer150…wht is its top speed? is it a cool bike..which color make fazer cool?

    • fas August 6, 2009, 8:00 pm

      Vipin, top speed of Fazer is 120kmph. It looks cool in all colours, I like it in blue though.

  • vipin August 7, 2009, 9:50 pm

    thanks…fias…i heared that only one light ican be put on a it true…any solution for it?????

  • fas August 8, 2009, 12:00 am

    Vipin, I am not sure about the light bit, but I think only one light can be put on at a time. Same is the case with the R15 too.

  • vijay August 8, 2009, 12:19 am

    hi fas….
    which 150cc bike is ur chioce r15 or fazer?……

  • fas August 8, 2009, 12:26 am

    Vijay, both bikes are very different, the R15 is more for the highways, the Fazer more for the city. I would choose the Yamaha R15.

  • Pratik August 8, 2009, 9:34 am

    i bit different topic, HOW DO U CALCULATE MILAGE ?
    i have apache rtr 160 so i can start a trip counter whenever i want so i usually start one when it comes to reserve and then fill up for eg 3 liters
    and note the trip counter when it again comes to reserve for eg it comes to 140km, then the milage would be 140km/3 liters = 46.67km/liter
    is it accurate ?
    is there another method ?

  • gopu August 8, 2009, 11:52 am

    hi fas,

    can i install Fazer kit on FZ, what will be the cost.

  • fas August 8, 2009, 4:24 pm

    Yes Gopu, you can install Fazer kit in FZ16. Cost will be quite high as the fairing doesn’t come cheap. Ask your Yamaha dealer for more information.

  • gopu August 9, 2009, 10:40 am

    hi fas

    Iam planning to install K&N filter on my FZ.
    what will be the cost for it?
    what about the mileage and power?[after Fitting K&N]

  • fas August 9, 2009, 11:48 am

    Gopu, you can go for KnN filter. It will give you better peformance and slightly better mileage. I think it costs around Rs. 2000/- for the FZ16.

  • gopu August 12, 2009, 5:09 pm

    hi fas ,thanks for your replay

    one question,
    does yamaha company void bike’s warranty if we attached this k & n air filter in FZ ??

  • fas August 12, 2009, 5:28 pm

    Gopu, yes Yamaha might void your warranty. Its best to remove the filter before giving the bike for service.

  • Home Decorating Idea September 6, 2009, 3:08 pm

    I have a fz16 can anyone tell me.. If i can install the front of r15 in it so that it may look stunning?? And how much will it cost??

    • fas September 6, 2009, 5:53 pm

      HDI, you can install the front of the Fazer, it will cost around Rs. 5000/-

  • gopu September 8, 2009, 7:28 pm

    hi fas,
    Is there any FZ16 or FAZER upgrade from yamaha?

    • fas September 9, 2009, 1:40 am

      Gopu, no upgrades to existing bikes, only new bikes coming from Yamaha. R15 might get an upgrade though.

  • gopu September 9, 2009, 1:49 pm

    fas, i dont mean upgrade to existing FZ16 or Fazer,
    i mean any new bike in FZ series.

    • fas September 9, 2009, 9:28 pm

      Gopu, only the new Fazer 250 but that is postponed too.

  • gopu September 11, 2009, 5:24 pm

    so fas, you mean there is no bikes from yamaha this year?

    • fas September 11, 2009, 8:45 pm

      Gopu, Yamaha will launch bikes in the superbikes segment.

  • gopu September 12, 2009, 10:19 am

    oh fas,
    i mean indian bikes.not superbikes.

    • fas September 12, 2009, 4:17 pm

      Gopu, nothing confirmed as yet. Maybe Yamaha might launch the Fazer 250 by the end of the year.

  • gopu September 15, 2009, 11:52 am

    new special edition FZ 16?????????? totaly useless……………..
    why yamaha brining these useless cosmetics changes to the existing FZ16 insted of brining more powerful FZ with atleast 200cc ….??????

  • ECU September 16, 2009, 9:01 pm

    gopu yamaha is launging a new fz in next month with 200cc with liquid cooled & price is around 75000 ex-showroom delhi.the bike is look like fz16 but the improve their muscular look.the increase the front tire into 110 & the back is same

  • jhakkass September 16, 2009, 9:34 pm

    can we use the front headlight cover(total front part) of the new fazer in fzs…..

    • fas September 16, 2009, 11:22 pm

      Jhakkass, yes you can use front headlight cover of the new Fazer in FZ-S but it will require quite alot of modifications.

  • gopu September 16, 2009, 10:26 pm

    hi ECU,
    yamaha is launching new fz wih 200cc……..thats a great news for fz fans .
    from where did you get that news my friend ?

  • ECU September 16, 2009, 10:33 pm

    my brois the marketer of the yamaha.thus i got the news.sometimes they ll introduce arear disk also.dat is not sure

    • Pranav January 19, 2012, 10:08 pm

      hey bro…is there any way 2 increase the bhp of yamaha fz16…

      • Faisal January 21, 2012, 2:02 am

        Pranav, yes with the racing kits.

  • gopu September 16, 2009, 10:39 pm

    ECU what about the looks is there any changes,

  • ECU September 16, 2009, 10:49 pm

    they add a muacular look.he said that nw it look like bking

  • gopu September 16, 2009, 10:55 pm

    ECU what about the power?

  • ECU September 16, 2009, 10:58 pm

    i don knw actual power of it.but they increase the torque into 19nm & 20 bhp

  • gopu September 16, 2009, 11:04 pm

    ecu,thats nice, 20 bhp and 19 nm torque and that is same as pulsar 220dtsi…….thanks ecu for your valuable replay….& dont forget to give updates on the same…

  • gopu September 16, 2009, 11:10 pm

    what about the 200cc fz??? ECU informed something about that..

    • fas September 16, 2009, 11:19 pm

      Gopu, there is nothing confirmed yet. However when something confirm surfaces, I will surely update it :)

  • gopu September 17, 2009, 10:17 pm

    hi ECU,
    is there any updates on FZ 200???????????????????

  • naqsh October 8, 2009, 4:19 pm

    hi guys. m really looking forward to buy this bike. i have just one doubt. since there are new racing kits available by yamaha. just wanna know whehter engine upgrade is compatible with this bike or is it just for r15?
    plz reply.

    • fas October 9, 2009, 2:25 am

      Naqsh, engine upgrades are only available for the R15.

  • kumar January 6, 2010, 3:18 pm

    Hi, i have heard that tyres may be problem if they get punctured. You have to replace the tyre. Please tell me its pros and crons. I am planning to buy this bike in 150cc segment or Pulsar 135 in 135cc segment.

  • aflaz January 31, 2010, 12:13 am

    plz gopu tell…… where can i buy fz16 Racing kit in india plzzzzzzz

  • k.rajdas February 26, 2010, 1:11 pm

    I installed the K&N filter in my FZ. After installation I washed my bike and when i tired to start it, the bike was dead. It was not starting. Later on I opened the seat cover to see any problem with the new air filter. It was sad to see that water entered through the opening of seat cover and drained the filter. since my filter was installed below the seat cover inside a open black box it was flooded with water. Finally I used a piece of cloth and wiped out the whole water and my bike became alive. Is there any solution for this or any problem with the air filter when it gets wet.

    • fas February 26, 2010, 5:40 pm

      K. Rajdas, you can design a custom box with cold air intake to resolve this issue.

  • Akash singh March 16, 2010, 10:50 am

    hi all i m perchase a r15 bike so how much in delhi ……

    • fas March 17, 2010, 2:21 am

      1.05 lakhs.

  • sk901 March 23, 2010, 11:09 pm

    hey fas,,i have been riding fz16 for a year… and its mileage has drastically dropped to sth like 25km/Lite from 40 as mentioned when i bought…wht is the reason behind this and can u suggest me the ways to increase my mileage performance??

    • fas March 24, 2010, 12:24 am

      SK901, get the bike serviced. 25 kmpl is too less a mileage for the FZ16.

    • Rohit September 9, 2011, 7:18 pm

      Ride properly..
      keep ur bike in good condition ..Proper service

  • Imsong March 29, 2010, 9:05 am

    Hey Fas, I own a yamaha fazer n i have bought k&n filters for like 2 grans and i also bought a exhaust coz the exhaust in this yamaha series looks like a scooty exhaust, so wat do you suggest? I know K&N filters will make a diffrence but wat about the exhaust???

    • fas March 29, 2010, 6:33 pm

      Imsong, both the mods will make a significant different. You can also up-jet for maximum performance increase.

  • vikas May 22, 2010, 12:04 am

    hiiiii i m using fz from last 6 months. its great bike . but its mileage very less. its giving 35 per litre . how to improve mileage. any solution. atleast 40 above

    • fas May 22, 2010, 1:05 am

      Vikas, ride the bike easier, with less acceleration and speed.

  • mathew May 28, 2010, 9:00 pm

    hai my fz has top speed of only 105 wht abt the actual top speed. how i can increase the speed of my fz. wht abt adding a k&n filter.

    • Adeel November 8, 2012, 2:25 am

      You need a pair of KN Filter

  • gaurav927 May 30, 2010, 9:25 am

    Hi fas
    i bought P220 FI last has worked exceedingly well for 16000+ Kms so far..recently it is having problem of starting..i got it checked with bajaj showroom in navi worked for 02 days and again the problem is back..Interestingly sometimes the bike will start very easily as if nothing has happened(mosly after a good run)…but sometimes (typically after the bike has been idle for a few hours such as morning or evening) it just wont start…i have to push start it.
    The display shows air filter clogged warning…but this doesn’t seem to be the problem since I have ridden the Bike with similar warning in the past without any starting hassles.
    Do you know of someone in mumbai who could resolve this problem…The bike has got a very complex electrical system; so I dont want it to be opened by just anyone.

  • noufal June 8, 2010, 10:35 pm

    fas, is there any diff b/w fz16 & fzs……..

    • Adeel November 8, 2012, 2:21 am

      Only the Graphics and Head Light Accessories are changed in FZS

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  • noufal June 18, 2010, 4:34 pm

    fas, i’m planning to take fz-s…..but heared that its mileage falls drastically to abt 25-30km/L… it true…?????…is d fz16 & fz-s differ only in the presence of d wind shield in fz-s……….???? pls rply.

  • david June 26, 2010, 6:16 pm

    hi guys im planning to buy a bike betweeb fazer,cbz and pulsar..can u suggest meeeeeeeeee

    • Adeel November 8, 2012, 2:22 am


  • Noufal August 8, 2010, 4:49 pm

    fas, i’m planning to take fz-s…..but heared that its mileage falls drastically to abt 25-30km/L… it true…?????…is d fz16 & fz-s differ only in the presence of d wind shield in fz-s……….???? pls rply.

    • fas August 9, 2010, 2:33 am

      Noufal, the FZ16 and FZ-S are very similar. No mileage does not drop to such low levels but it does drop to 35kmpl.

  • sumanta October 3, 2010, 11:41 pm

    Yamaha fz my favorite bike but i try this one day got one fz in my hand present my bike is 100cc spelender.i want test drive.fastest bike in india.

  • nilkantha November 3, 2010, 9:48 am

    i have a fz bike. its mileage goes down to 20-25 afer a half year.

  • Rohit March 22, 2011, 5:44 pm

    Guys FZ16 is best bike in 150 segemet.
    Far better than pulsar,cbz,hunk,apache.

    Pulsar has got power wd mileage but after a year u have to heavily spend money foe engine.Engine life is not good and maintaince is proper issue wd this bike.
    hard to shift gears in pulsar and apachee
    For Apache mileage is good. pick up is good.
    Again in long run engine life and service problem is there.apache has vibration problem .Service section of tvs is very bad.
    Hero Honda has both hunk and cbz x good bikes .
    Both have good mileage and pickup..cheaper than fz.Stylish wise lacks from fz.But ride comfort and sporty stylish look fz is far better .
    Unicorn is also good.But spare parts of bike are expensive also.Cant stand infront of FZ.
    You have to wait(long waiting) for a long to get unicorn.

    Above all we cant compare Yamha(Japaneese tech..)wd pulsar or tvs..

    So guys it is your personal view which bike do you want.
    Go have test drive of all bikes.
    Also see your budget.

    About me: i am proud owner of FZ16 from six months.
    My bike i can say is wowwwwwwwww.
    Low maintaince.Pick up is gr8.
    Riding comfort is awsome.

    Mileage i m gettin is 40-45 within city.

    I can recommend this bike who dont want to cry for mileage.
    If you are not worried about mileage go for FZ16…

    Proud owner Of FZ16

    • Shamim September 9, 2011, 10:44 am

      Hi Brother Rohit iam shamim from kashmir plz suggest me bike i have never drive any bike & i don’t know any thing about bikes but i want buy first bike with my pocket money i ask my friend about bikes they have differnt views about different bikes i am confused but i attracted fz16 for its attractive look but i worrried little bit about mileage & my budget is not so high plz suggest me a bike my choices are Fz16, pulser 125cc or Honda iterno iwant buy bike as soon as possible. I am waiting for ur reply u can mail me also at

      • Rohit September 9, 2011, 7:17 pm

        Hi Shamin..
        If you are planning for a bike ist see your budget.
        Fz is one of the best bike in market but expensive
        I am getting mileage around 40 – 45kmpl.
        LOOK wise no bike can compete.FZ
        Handling , low awesome.

        As Yamha has launched new FZ so now you will get kick .Previous version didnt had this.
        Mileage will also depend on your riding skill .

        Dont go for bajaj pulsar as engine life is very bad with high maintenance .
        Apache is good but it vibrates a lot..After sale service is very bad..

        You have one more option if you need good mileage and low maintenance..
        HONDA also good bike..But look wise it lacks ..

  • KASH November 19, 2012, 8:08 pm

    My new YAMAHA FZ16 after 300 km giving exact 42.2 km per letter mileage…. That’s great I am really happy with this bike…. :)

  • Raj das March 20, 2013, 2:43 pm

    Plsssss telll me the total cost of Fz 16 and FZ s……plsss tell me its total cost sfter paying all taxes???


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