In August 2010, Yamaha Motor India made it in headlines when its brand ambassador John Abraham unveiled three spectacular bikes. He launched Yamaha YBR125, Yamaha SZ and Yamaha SZ-X. All three bikes attracted riders after their launch, and still manage to do so. Let’s take a look at some details about Yamaha SZ.
Mechanicals for 2015 SZ
According to statement released by Yamaha Motor India’s former CEO Hiroyuki Suzuki, bikes from Yamaha SZ series have played an important role in improving company’s sales figures.
The Japanese two wheeler maker launched Yamaha SZ to target young urban, and semi urban users. This bike with 153cc engine, offers mileage of 50KMPL to 62KMPL, depending on traffic and road conditions. Makers claim that it can reach from 0 to 60KMPH in 6.40 seconds. User reviews suggest that the drum brake at the rear and the disc brake for front wheel is good enough to control this bike when driving at speed less than 60KMPH.
Electric starter makes sure you do not waste even a single minute of your valuable time. This bike can offer stress free ride on city roads as the engine with SOHC single cylinder offers extra power while driving in low and medium speed. Bike’s 14 liter fuel tank is good enough to keep you away from petrol pumps for considerable number of days. Long cushioned seat allows riders to sit in comfortable position while travelling long distances.
Yamaha has fitted 5-spoke cast wheel, modern look dual tail lights, and sophisticated meter panel to this bike in-order to give attractive look to this vehicle. Bike’s chain is protected from water and dust, as it remains inside the plastic case. Color options are less, you can only choose between red and black color.
Yamaha has also launched SZ’s other variants like SZ-X, SZ-S, SZ-RR Version 1.0 and SZ-RR Version 2.0 in the market since 2010.
According to users, and bike reviewers, Yamaha SZ’s impressive and eye catching appearance sets it one step ahead of its competitors like Honda Unicorn, Suzuki GS, Bajaj Discover 153cc. Price-wise, Yamaha SZ can help you to save few thousands compared to Honda Unicorn and Suzuki GS’s price. SZ is available between Rs 58,000 and Rs 65,000. Price may vary, depending on state and local taxes.
Most of the user reviews on various websites are positive. However, certain users do not seem to be happy about traditional looking brake and gear lever. They feel that Yamaha should make some changes in these levers and make them attractive.
When it comes to engine, some industry experts declared SZ’s engine as detuned version of Yamaha FZ’s engine launched in 2008.
Certain users claim SZ is better than Bajaj’s bikes in the same segment, as SZ is comparatively smoother and does not make any sound while changing gears.
Yamaha aims for more market share
Yamaha brought some good news for the Indian auto sector when it reported five per cent increase in its domestic two wheeler sales figures for October this year compared to units sold in October 2013. The Japanese bike maker also made it in headlines after launching blue core technology with SZ-RR version 2.0 during October.
The company’s sales and marketing VP, Roy Kurian, recently interacted with media and said Yamaha expects sales figures to continue moving upward during coming months. He also pointed out that the company expects its scooters and FZ series bikes with blue core and fuel injection system to do well.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that Yamaha is gearing up to launch 114cc scooter called Yamaha D’elight, in-order to compete with Piaggio’s Vespa, Suzuki’s Access and Honda’s Activa scooter.
On Road Price Yamaha SZ
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|Max Power (ps)||12.1|
|Max Torque (Nm)||12.8|
|Acceleration 0-60kmph (sec)||6.4|
|Acceleration 0-400m (sec)||–|
|Top Speed (kmph)||98|
|Braking 60 kmph (meters)||26|
|Range in km||768|
|LED Tail lamps||No|
|Gas Charged Shock absorbers||No|