The people wanted the XSR 155 mostly because of its retro-flavoured design. It was distinctive and stood out. And that is exactly what Yamaha looked to offer with the FZ-X. The motorcycle has the silhouette of the FZ-S, but with hints of the XSR here and there. Hence, there is the round LED headlamp, boxy fuel tank, fork gaiters, and aluminium brackets for the front fender. Yamaha has also fitted the FZ-X with dual-purpose tyres and a ribbed pattern seat that harks back to motorcycles from yesteryear. All in all, the FZ-X is a rugged and unique looking motorcycle with some funky colour options for it to stand out even more.
With the incessant rise in fuel cost, efficiency is of the highest priority and the Yamaha FZ-X ticks that box too. During our time with the motorcycle, it returned a healthy 54-55 kilometres per litre. With a tank capable of holding 10-litres of fuel, the FZ-X can run for roughly 550kms- an impressive number indeed.
Ease of riding
Just like its sibling, the FZ-S, the FZ-X is mainly focused on being a commuter, although a better one at that. It comes with a well-cushioned seat that is capable of providing consistent comfort even on longer rides. The seat is accommodating enough for taller individuals and long enough to fit a pillion easily. Speaking of which, the FZ-X’s ergonomics are relaxed too.
The rider does not sit completely upright but the wide handlebar offers credible leverage and a commanding riding position. That said, the motorcycle is also great fun to stand up and ride, especially if you are under 5’9”. While that makes it a breeze over rough patches, it would also let you take the broken road to avoid traffic. Nonetheless, with nimble handling and a good punch in the lower end, the FZ-X feels effortless while sieving through the chaos of the city.