Yamaha has taken the wraps off one of many extra intriguing new motorbike launches of the 12 months, unveiling the neo retro city FZ-X commuter focused on the Indian market.
The Japanese large does issues barely in another way in contrast with different large manufacturers on the planet’s largest motorbike market by protecting its largely city vary capped at not more than a high quality 250cc variant.
Meaning you received’t discover any MT or R fashions rising above 125cc right here, although there may be discuss of a child 250cc Tracer within the works probably very quickly.
Within the meantime although, Yamaha has given its Indian line-up a welcome sprint of aptitude with the launch of the FZ-X, a extra trendy relation to the present FZ and FZ-S ranges.
Revealing a design sprinkled with good-looking ‘neo retro’ touches, the FZ-X transforms the considerably dowdy donor FZ to create a modern-looking bare that ticks the proper containers with its chunky engine casing and bulbous gasoline tank.
Even so, a lot will come down as to whether you like or detest – or stand anyplace in between – Yamaha’s newest divisive design route on the headlight.
Following on from the MT-09 and R7, two fashions that acquired a decidedly lukewarm reception based mostly on press photographs, the FZ-X, although not as excessive profile as its distant siblings, retains it quirky with its central highlight and round cowl that reminds us a bit of of a sure Amazon voice activated machine…
Underneath the pores and skin is a 150cc single-cylinder engine growing 12.2hp and 13.3Nm of torque, plus a five-speed gearbox.
It’s priced aggressively too, coming in at 1.16 lakh, which straight equates to £1,200… a tag that alas wouldn’t stay intact ought to the FZ-X ever make it to Europe..
Are we prone to see the Yamaha FZ-X make it to Europe?
It will appear unlikely in the meanwhile because the FZ could be very a lot a mannequin focused particularly for Asia, fairly than Europe.
Yamaha already has a broader array of 125cc fashions than most, together with the MT-125, R 125 and now additionally the retro XSR 125, to not point out its array of scooters in and round this area.
Nonetheless, even with the launch of the XSR, Yamaha is but to essentially give the ‘neo-retro’ phase a correct crack having largely swerved the ‘neo’ a part of the temporary. Against this, the Honda CB125R benchmark has been a gross sales success with its extra fashionable tackle the traditional city runaround.
As such, the FZ-X may encourage a mannequin down the road ought to Yamaha select to go for the smaller however much less funky CB125F.