Aug 4, 2010

20 Yamaha SZ-X, SZ and YBR125 launched

Yamaha India launches two motorcycles (newspapers are saying 3 models, but actually 2 of them are just variants) today.. SZ-X and SZ (153 cc) and the YBR 125 (YBR 125 cc)

News Source: Economic Times, Photo Source: xBhp.Com

So what’s the USP of the Yamaha SZ and SZ-X?

The 153 cc engine of the SZ-X and the SZ has been derived from the FZ series of Yamaha 153 cc. Unlike the 14 Ps FZ engine, the engine of the SZ is mildly tuned to deliver 12.1 Ps of peak power. This probably has been done to boost the fuel efficiency of the SZ (the fuel efficiency of the FZ series not its strongest point compared to the other 150 cc bikes).

Yamaha SZ-X

The SZ and SZ-X is priced at 49,000 and 52,000 (ex-showroom Delhi) and that seems to the USP of the Yamaha SZ and SZ-X. After all it even undercuts the Yamaha Gladiator 125 SS/RS by about 1000 Rs. Even the Pulsar 135LS is priced at about Rs. 51,000 (ex-showroom Delhi).

But the price cut also means that a few features like disc brakes has been omitted on both the bikes, and only the SZ-X gets the self start.

Looks: The SZ looks quite good at least in the photos which have appeared on xBhp.com. The shape of the tank and side panels seems to be inspired from the Yamaha FZ. In fact from the photos the SZ seems to look muscular and "well fed" than the Honda Dazzler.

Yamaha SZ-X

The rear looks interesting with the split tail lamp design, the grab rails appears budget though. The SZ-X also gets black color alloy wheels and tank extensions, which from the front looks kind of open and empty.

After the steeply priced FZ-16/S/Fazer and the R15, it seems Yamaha wants to entice the buyers with attractive pricing. In fact the only other 150 cc bike priced lower than Yamaha SZ is the Bajaj Discover 150 (Rs. 46,000 ex-showroom Delhi).

But then even the Discover 150 comes with Front Disc brakes and Self start as standard features. Front disc brake and self starter have almost become hygiene features on 150 cc bikes these days.

One will have to wait and see how the customer reacts to the Yamaha SZ.


Tech specs for the SZ-X/SZ:
    Engine: Single cylinder, Air cooled, 4-stroke SOHC
    Displacement 153cc
    Bore x stroke 58.0 x 57.9mm
    Compression ratio 9.5:1

    Max Power: 12.1 Ps/7500 rpm
    Max Torque: 12.8 Nm/4500 rpm
    Starting: Electric (SZ-X) / Kick (SZ)

    Fuel tank capacity: 14L
    Fuel supply: Carburettor

    Ignition type: CDI
    Battery: 12V, 5 Ah(10H)
    Head light: Halogen 12V 35/35W

    Clutch type: Wet multiple-disc
    Transmission type: 5 Gear constant mesh

    Tyre size (F/R): 2.75-17 / 100/90-17
    Brake type (F/R): drum 150mm / drum 130 mm

    Overall length x width x height: 2050 x 730 x 1100/1040 mm
    Seat height: 802 mm
    Wheelbase: 1320 mm
    Min ground clearance: 165mm
    Kerb weight: 133 kg

    Colors: SZ will be available in two colors – Black and Red, SZ-X will be available in three colors – Black, Red and Grey Metallic




So what’s the USP of the Yamaha YBR 125?

From the photos it looks like the YBR 125 is the 125 cc Gladiator in new colors, stickers and silver colored alloy wheels and engine covers.

Yamaha YBR 125

The USP of the YBR 125 seems to be the price tag, at Rs. 47,000 (ex-showroom Delhi) which is cheaper than the Gladiator SS/RS which has a price tag of around Rs. 50,000 (ex-showroom Delhi).

But the price cut has come with the omission of the front disc brake and gets silver colored alloy wheels and engine covers. Even the design of the rear grab is fabricated out of metal instead of the more upmarket alloy material. A full chain cover does duty instead of a half chain cover with O-ring sealed chain. The YBR125 also has a 4 speed gear box compared to the 5 speed found on the older Gladiator 125.

The Yamaha YBR 125 will be available in three colors – Red, Black and Black-Red colors.





Yamaha SZ-X: (Photo credit: xBhp.com)

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20 Comments:

babu moshai said...

no front disc brake?
no buy!!

Ashphalt said...

Yamaha's strength is in making performance bikes. stick to performance bikes Yamaha.

Indians won't buy commuter bikes from Yamaha

Sajal said...

Well, compared to the Discover 150 the bike definitely "looks" better and muscular, but still considering the Digital speedo and front disc, the Disco looks more VFM!!

Again, we should also consider the fact that Yamaha FZ challenged the dominance Pulsars in the 150 segment on the might of it's looks alone (but I always stress on the fact that... there's much much more in FZ than looks)... so, the trends need to be closely watched here :)

chunky said...

I like the SZ! Its headlamp looks really beautiful, second only to the original FZ-16.

Siddharth Soni said...

Very interesting launches. Does the removal of disc-brakes hint that these aren't the quintessential Yamaha performance bikes? If that's the case, it will be interesting to watch the sales of these bikes.

To my mind YBR125 is a non-starter.

I am still waiting for a motorcycle brand to launch a naked, bare-to-the-bones, RX100 or RD350-like styled 150cc bike. My hunch is it will run riot in the market. Why?

One is manufacturer will not have to spend a hell lot in the styling of the bike. Two, the seat space might be far greater than the current crop of bikes; so good for pillion riding (and therefore for couples). Three, riding posture would automatically be more relaxed and therefore, less tiring for those who ride long. Four, the weight of the bike might be far lesser than the highly 'styled' bikes of today.

I would be the first one to buy. :)

Anonymous said...

let me know the launch date for SZ-X 150cc in chennai

Anonymous said...

let me know the launch date for SZ-X 150cc in chennai

Raghavan said...

Nice launches but these bikes are lacking disc brakes when every other bike in the segment has them.Even a puny and overpriced 97cc Passion has Disc Brakes for 54K.Plus the SZ lacks an electric start despite being just 2K cheaper than SZ-X.The YBR125 is nothing but the Old Gladiator JA with silver alloys and no disc brakes.

Anonymous said...

Give Sz-X front and rear disc brakes and gas-charged shock absorbers. Charge 8k to 9k extra. It would be the perfect light 150 cc commuter bike. Current 150cc commuters are all too heavy. If those features are added, it might even compete with suzuki gs150r, unicorn, hunk, and dazzler.

Deepak said...

nice looking bike but i think disc brake is nessecery....

harry said...

looks good........i think it will be a hit and give competition to bikes in this segment.... harry

Anonymous said...

sz looks cool...should be a instant hit....would give great competition to the bikes in this segment

chinna said...

I just spoke to one of the yamaha dealers,he said that disc brakes are not at all possible even if I am ready to pay extra.

pradhap said...

The bike Yamaha SZ looks great. But there are two questions from me:
Why is the disc brake not available in this bike since this is not an ordinary model, this is 150cc type?
Yamaha have any idea to update the disc brakes in this bike in future?… Or shall we fix disc brakes as our own?

Is this possible that Yamaha SZ will give a fuel economy of 65 kmpl in heavy traffic roads. Because normally 150cc bikes never give like this…

Anonymous said...

I have just bought this YBR 125.

Its hevaily built and gives a mileage of slightly more than 65 km ( 200 km per 3 lts of petrol). In that 200 Km i have roamed aroung 40 km in city traffic with pillion. Nice pickup. At 60 km speed the engine is butter smooth.

Its commuter's choice and not for the young ones who wosh to showoff.

I find one difficulty that my hands are stretched well to steer the vehicle. Far shorter people ( me - 167 cm) - it will be tough to handle.

s.sivakumar

Anonymous said...

I have just bought this YBR 125.

Its hevaily built and gives a mileage of slightly more than 65 km ( 200 km per 3 lts of petrol). In that 200 Km i have roamed aroung 40 km in city traffic with pillion. Nice pickup. At 60 km speed the engine is butter smooth.

Its commuter's choice and not for the young ones who wosh to showoff.

I find one difficulty that my hands are stretched well to steer the vehicle. Far shorter people ( me - 167 cm) - it will be tough to handle.

s.sivakumar

chinna said...

I just spoke to one of the yamaha dealers,he said that disc brakes are not at all possible even if I am ready to pay extra.

Ashphalt said...

Yamaha's strength is in making performance bikes. stick to performance bikes Yamaha.

Indians won't buy commuter bikes from Yamaha

Anonymous said...

The bike has no tachometer

Anonymous said...

Don't buy SZ series bikes, these are d cheap bikes of 150 cc segment. Though the looks is sporty but in work field u will not be satisfied.
Better buy one SS 125 (renamed Gladiator SS) of Yamaha..... TRUELY its value for money bike.
SZ series bikes = 12 bhp far behind from other 150 cc bikes
SS 125 = 11 bhp far ahead from other 125 cc bikes
SZ carries 5 gears
SS 125 also carries 5 gears
SZ initial pick up not satisfactory, secondary pick up ok n so so...
SS 125 a good pick up from initial.
SZ unable to know the top speed as never got the opportunity to ride in express ways.
SS 125 TOP SPEED 110 Km/hr AmAzInG!!!
SZ basically designed for India.
SS 125 you will get this bike with same name & features in European countries and in USA.
SZ X / SZ R and SS 125 costs are more or less at per level but you will get a better mileage, pick up and reliability of a tested engine.
ALL THE WAY SS 125 ROCKS!!!

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