Yamaha introduced its low-capacity FZ range in the country back in 2008 which was followed by the Fazer in 2009. Categorized by Yamaha as a Sport Tourer, the Fazer is mechanically identical to the Yamaha FZ16 and Yamaha FZ-S. Yamaha tends to constantly update its range with fresh paint schemes and other cosmetic changes and the Fazer has been through a few of these updates.
The Fazer has semi-fairing and twin headlamps at the front, which sets it apart from the FZ16 and FZ-S. The riding posture of the bike has also been adjusted to make it comfortable for long distance touring. The features the monocross suspension that gives a concentration of mass in the centre reflecting better performance and agile handling.
The Fazer is powered by the air-cooled 153cc four-stroke engine which produces 13.8bhp and 13.6Nm of torque. The performance and power figures are on the lower side for such a muscular looking bike. Power is put down to the fat 140 section rear wheels via a five-speed gearbox. The Fazer gets discs at the front and drums at the rear.
Priced at Rs 81,794 (ex-showroom Delhi), the bike goes up against TVS Apache RTR 160, Hero Hunk and Honda CB Trigger. The Fazer is available in three colour schemes- Ravine Red, Wilderness Black and Terrain White.