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).
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.
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
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.
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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