Yamaha Fazer 153 Ownership Review By Hasan
Dear riders, I am Hassan from Rangpur. Here I’ll try to explain my Yamaha Fazer 153 ownership review while comparing with some other bikes. My biking started from 1992 (when I was in 7th class of school) with my fathers second bike HONDA HS100 CDI. That was a two stroke 100cc Japanese bike. People of Bangladesh must know that, this bike had ruled our roads more than two decades. And we (my father, me & my younger brother) ran over 3,00,000 km and passed 24 years with that. And my father’s first bike was the YAMHA YBR 100cc (bought on 1981), which also was a two stroke 100cc Japanese bike. As I was very much small aged kid so I could not ride the bike. But when I started my riding I have tested one of my friend’s relatives YAMAHA YBR many times. It has a great test to ride; the instant & quick throttle response was really great as two stroke bike responses quicker than four stroke bike. Whatever, those can be reviewed in different heading.
Selection Process of Yamaha Fazer:
YAMAHA Fazer is the third bike in our family. As a middle earner family we have no personal bike yet. We consider our father’s possessions as our own. But as I am very much interested about bike and frequent rider from the younger age. The silver colored HONDA HS100 was my trademark.
I have passed a long and long road with that and passed many years. And it grew old and I realized (maybe after 2007) I should buy a new bike which can give me such power and reliability. But there was no Japanese bike in the market as importing bikes from Japan has stopped. At that time Bajaj Pulser 150, Hero Honda Hunk, CBZ (old model), TVS Apache and other 100 and 135 cc Indian and other reconditioned Japanese and Chinese bike was available in the market. And there also a CC barrier up to 150. In this situation to select the perfect bike available in the market I started testing different bikes lending from others. I found 100-135cc four stroke engine cannot meet my need and test. Only 150cc or upward can satisfy me where fuel was not problem against my test as my HONDA HS100 gives me only 28-37 in different condition. At then I short listed some bikes as:
- Bajaj Pulser 150
- Hero Honda Hunk
- HH CBZ (not Extreme)
- Honda Unicorn
- TVS Apache 150
At that time I started to analyze thoroughly these bikes according to power, design, reliability, making quality judging by my achieved experience but not according to specification provided by the brochures. After a long period of analysis by my real time experience I found some pin points which described as bellow:
Bajaj Pulser 150: Huge power in this segment, excellent pickup, looks great, good making quality, good mileage but mileage decreases by the time, parts availability frequent, available service center, less durability, notchy gear, engine sound distorted and vibrates when using rough, suspension is not good enough, handle bar controlling is not good, risky when carving for cornering, need much maintenance, only single hand use can extend its life span.
Hero Honda Hunk: Smooth power delivery, good pickup, super fine engine, super smooth gear, no engine noise & vibration, suspension is fine, good to look specially fuel tank but I does not liked the head lamp (but now its shape has changed) and rear tire, good making quality, mileage good and constant, low maintenance, durable and reliable, available parts, service center is not enough and service is not good.
HH CBZ (not Extreme): Its quality was similar to HHH but it had regular shape and I didn’t like the head lamp. And its riding position is higher than the others and I think it is perfect for taller people who are above 5’ 6”.
Honda Unicorn: All the quality of HHH goes on it but I did not liked its model and looks but impressed for the rear mono shock absorber, I think this is the first Indian bike with mono rear shock.
TVS Apache 150: It had a nice look also, engine sound much deep & impressive, small bike which perfect for bellow 5’6” height people, ready acceleration, and short time to gain top speed. Finishing is good, mileage good but it decreases, parts quality average, maintenance is average. But one major problem is engine vibration, which kills all the quality of TVS.
So after analyzing all pro and cons and sharing those with my father (as he is my one of friends and experienced bike lover) I shorted my list with Hero Honda Hunk & Bajaj Pulser 150, and proposed father to buy any one of them as I could not decide for which I’ll propos. After that father proposed for Bajaj Pulser 150 and waited to arrange money. And I was also tried to arrange money to buy it with my own money as I got a job in Bank (where I posted in Nrshingdi district). At the end of 2009 I found in web that Yamaha has launched FZ16 in India and there was another bike R15 which was rarely known in Bangladesh but only in the web. I started to collect info of them. And at last on July 2010 FZ & FZS became available in Dhaka. And R15 (V 1.0) is not available in Bangladesh on that time.
Finally on November of 2010 when I came home father told me that he is going to buy Bajaj Pulser 150 within short time and told to see the market again. I went to Bajaj (Uttara Motors), Honda & Yamaha (Karnafuli) showroom, and surprisingly found Yamaha Fazer at Karnafuli showroom, which I found in web only few months ago. And this red colored five bike lot was the first lot of Karnafuli Rangpur showroom. So I informed father about that and found he has already visited that. So I tried to convince him not to buy Bajaj Pulser 150 and go for Yamaha Fazer or even FZ/FZS. My leave was ended and I joined to my duty again on Sunday, November 28, 2010. At 11:30 father called me over my cell when I was working at my office desk (Narshingdi) and told to listen the roar of my BEAST!!! At that time I confounded and stopped, tears rolled down over my eyes, my wife told father have bought your Fazer,,,,,, that was the greatest surprise in my little life….. thanks to Allah.
After that the whole working week was the worst period to wait for the Friday and when I’ll be at home Rangpur and see my beast. That Friday was one of memorable day for me,,,, it was like to see my new born baby. On that Friday foggy dark morning I reached home traveling sleepless full night by bus from Narshingdi. Pushed the door bell, my wife opened the gate and I went to the garage giving her my backpack….. it was standing beside my old HONDA HS100.
The moment cannot be explained, my wife gave me the key, I started the engine raising the choke and pushing the button… get heated the engine I revved it up and it deeply roared…. And I found, that’s the beast I was searching for… than I took it out for the test ride and ran through the whole city around 18km and came home.
At that time father awakened and he was smiling seeing my surprised attitude. Thus I have passed two year riding my beast. And now I am experienced enough to write about my beast.
Satisfaction of choice:
I was blind lover of two stroke bike and not satisfied with the four stroke engine power and acceleration. And I have chosen the bike just blindly without having ridden it before. I depended only on the informations I collected through web, the Brand name YAMAHA and its other proven lower CC bike reputation.
And now I think it was the best choice beyond me and my family capability. I like Yamaha R15 as it is a great bike no doubt, but it out of my financial rage for this segment. I am not agree to give BDT 4,10,000 for only 150cc single cylinder and 17ps of engine power, which can give me comfortable top speed of 130kmph (it runs over 140kmph with red zone rpm), where I spent only BDT 2,05,000 for Fazer, which have 14ps of engine power and gives comfortable top speed of 118kmpl (it runs over 125kmph with red zone rpm). So I am satisfied within my range.
Design / Looks / Style:
I was fascinated with the design and looks of Bajaj Pulser 150, specially the wolf head shaped head lamp, big fuel tank, slashed trail lamp. But when I saw the FZ16 in web I collected huge photo from different angle. Every angle impressed me.
The dissected fuel tank, wider low profile rear tire, huge silencer jacket, rear mono shock absorber, full digital dash board, macho head lamp, passenger seat height, riding posture everything impressed me. But when I looked Fazer at showroom then I become more impressed by the double head lamp rounded with aerodynamic cowling. In one word the design is really impressive among the bikes available in our our market.
After Yamaha R15 the FZ/FZS/Fazer has the best build quality. After these HHH & CBZ also provides quality making (Honda CBR 150 has not entered our market). For example you will see the differences when comparing with other bikes the side stand, center stand, handle bar, lever, screws, cables, cable guard etc. But I miss the Japanese coloring quality on my Fazer. The paint job is good but not good enough like my old HONDA HS100. The color is not scratch proof. I saw many bikes with burned color though my bike has not glowed out for my special care.
Engine & Performance:
The engine of Fazer is 4 stroke air cooled SOHC (Single Overhead Cam) with solid cubic shaped (58.0 X 57.9 mm) single cylinder which gives displacement of 153cc. The combustion chamber has the compression capability of 9.50:1 which produces maximum power of 14ps with the pleasant RPM of 7500. And the great engineering is that, it gives the maximum torque of 14 NM with the RPM of 6000. So the engine does not need to struggle hard to give the maximum performance. So the engine always gives smooth & deep sound and smoother performance in any speed within its speed line. And you will not feel any vibration even gaining the top speed. You will only feel the beast is roaring like Brrrrrrrruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu……. lolz.
Speed & Mileage:
Maximum top speed depends upon your bike condition and how well you maintain and treat your bike. First time I have gained 109 kmph with my wife and many times I have touched 112 kmph with 7500 RPM as my area does not have much pretty safe high way and there are huge speed breakers. But At Dhaka city me and my friend picked his Fazer comfortably to 118 kmph within 8500 RPM. So it can go more.
The mileage I have experienced 18-42 within my two years of riding Fazer. It also depends your riding mode and how well you maintain your bike. First 1000 km I got only 18-22 kmpl mileage and then it extended. Now when I just ride steady with in 85 kmph on high way it gives 40-42. But when you ride over 90 or 100 kmph it reduced to 28-32. And with in the city in huge traffic it gives only 30-35 kmpl. And this is the standard for this bike.
Controlling & Handling:
If you talk about controlling you should ride the bike first to feel the superior controlling. The wider handle bar provides wider control. I have experienced bad and felt pressure and less control with other bikes in the test ride while moving the handle straight from cornering due to handle bar position, height and narrow in size. The handle position and height of the Fazer is much comfortable, you will not feel any pain with wrist and arm while driving in city or even on long tour.
Foot rest as well as gear & break lever position considering the rider’s seat position is perfect which gives the confidence over the bike in any situation.
Fazer is equipped with 5 speed super smooth gear box with wet type multiple clutch plate. You just have to click the gears up and down holding the clutch lever to change. You will not feel any hesitation to shift the gear frequently where other biker hesitates due to notchy gear and gear missing tendency with other bike. And you will feel the power of the gears when riding the bike, and 3rd gear has added some extra fun while riding in city.
Before talking about the breaking power I have to describe other important thing which is center gravity tendency and centralized weight distribution technology of this bike, which I studied with different article and judged on road with my Fazer. This bike has designed with centralized weight distribution technology which tends the bike to stuck with the road from the middle lower part, so that bike can be controlled better than others even in worst situation and gives maximum safety in higher speed. And it is the key opportunity to making perfect braking power as well as extreme cornering ability. So cornering with Fazer in high speed is the real fun. You can control even you corner extreme while your foot rest touches the road and may be makes spark.
The breaking system of Fazer is great. The front disk break designed with single cylinder double clipper mechanism and rear break is drum type with inner shoe which are enough with the center gravity technology to stop a bike even over 100kmph speed. Though I wished for rear disk break but this drum break does its job great. Especially when you hold the front & rear break simultaneously even in high speed it works great with the front and rear suspension and the beast gets and sits down like the pet tomcat, and there is no option for skidding or slippage where wheels are fitted with low profile wider MRF Zapper tubeless tire. And there is no option for sudden detaching the tire being punctured. So you are always confident on the road.
Suspension & Comfort:
This is a major issue that feels when you are riding Japanese vehicle. With FZ/FZS/Fazer you can feel it. Suspension of this bike designed with fat tube front telescopic fork and fat mono cross rear shock absorber which equipped with coil spring as well as oil dumper. Fat tube provides larger amount of suspension both from coil and oil compression. And wider MRF Zapper tire gives excellent feelings even riding on potholes or cracked roads or on notched speed breakers.
Reliability / Durability:
I am now in the position to talk about that as I have passed only two years with my Fazer and ran only about 10,000km on odometer (as I am engaged in bank job and remain very busy and cannot go out for ride). After riding above 50,000km I can talk about that. But within the short time of riding Fazer it seems it will be one of reliable pet for me for long time. Its building quality, finishing, and smooth performance assure that. Let’s hope for the best.
This point can be also highlighted when I had ridden a long or passed with long time with my bike. But I would like share my some of experience considering my short period of riding Fazer. It seem FZ/FZS/Fazer is a low maintenance bike and does not need to frequent change of engine parts like others. As service center people told me just ride never bother, you are riding one of the best bikes (in this segment). But I believe you should take care of your bike properly after a regular interval. No machine can give you the optimum performance unless you take care of it.
As it is electric start bike you should always check your battery power regularly. Don’t use extra light or horn which can drain the battery. Keep the electrolyte level with in standard level. Wash the dirt stuck under and above the engine, center stand & chain. Oil the chain and other moving parts frequently. Have patience in break in period, it’s a crucial period for future engine performance, mileage and life. Never rev hard when you start engine early in the morning and rise the speed up after some km of smooth riding. Use unleaded fuel. Never use extra power chemicals with fuel. Drain engine oil regularly with same grade every time. Keep your spark plug and air cleaner clean. Don’t try to tune the carburetor without having experienced enough. Don’t go for engine related modification. Don’t give your bike to other, people never treats with it like you.
I have described all the pros above but also,
- Double horn has much sharp and sweet sound.
- Tail lamp shows the trade mark of FZ/FZS/Fazer at the dark of night.
- Wider tubeless low profile rear tire works good and looks good.
- 1st and 2nd gear should have more power and larger working span.
- Rear tire has not as much grip as front tire has.
- It is fully on road bike not for even simple off or cracked road where sand and pebble are spread over the road.
- Battery is dull item for this bike. It does not give support when the head lamp is on and you are pushing the horn.
- It tries to drain when you are with high beam light in slow speed. Yamaha engineers should change this bullshit.
- Disappointed not to have any rear disk break though drum break works good.
- Twain head lamp does not works together. I have changed the sockets and made the lamps work together, but battery drains out.
- No space to keep documents or extra toolkit
- Toolkits are not sufficient and so cheap in quality.
- Passenger seat is not comfortable (I have not experienced the 2012 model seat).
- Passenger foot rest is too weak to take the load of heavy weight passenger.
- Leg guard is very cheep (though it is optional parts)
- It has no clock and no top speed recorder.
- It’s not a sports bike; we can call it as pre sports bike.
- Handle bar switches have no illumination facility when you are turn the head lamp on.
- Parts are high priced.
From my judgment Yamaha Fazer is good enough for this segment. But no one is perfect. From my concern, according to the look and design this bike should have more CC and more engine power around 20ps and of course more some kgs of weight and then it would be a bomb blasting bike.
What ever so I dream for Yamaha R1, Kawasaki Z 1000, and Yamaha V-MAX. May be Insha-Allah one day I’ll be the owner one of them. Thanks for your patience. Appreciating You’r valuable comments about this Yamaha Fazer 153 ownership review.
-By SalehMd. Hassan
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