Yamaha FZ S FI v2.0 vs Bajaj Pulsar 150 vs Honda CB Trigger vs TVS Apache RTR 160 vs Hero Xtreme

Yamaha Motor India launched FZ FI version 2.0 and FZ-S FI V2.0 yesterday with a list of feature upgrades, most importantly, surprising change in engine specification. First FZ model was launched back in 2008, same engine and mechanicals have been doing duty so long until now, but the bike received a lot of new colours and liveries over the years; all three- FZ, FZ-S and Fazer 150.

Yamaha FZ ver 2.0 CompareWe recently compared features and technical specifications of older FZ model with newly launched FZ & FZ-S FI version 2.0, time to compare the upgraded Yamaha 150cc bike with rest of competition in its segment.

Prime rivals include Bajaj Pulsar 150, Honda CB Trigger, Hero Xtreme and TVS Apache RTR 160, which also have been tried and tested over many years. Like Yamaha FZ VER2.0, contenders have also received graphic updates and feature additions from time to time.

bajaj-pulsar-150Yamaha FZ & FZ-S FI version 2.0 looks very youthful, muscular and capable among the lot. It also looks most heavy due to its beefy appeal, but did you know FZ is the lightest in segment? Weighs 132kg, that is 5 kg less than next lightest motorcycle Honda CB Trigger and TVS Apache RTR 160, both weighing 137kg. Heaviest is Hero Xtreme measuring 146kg after Bajaj Pulsar 150 at 144kg.

TVS Apache RTR 160 best suits shorter and lighter rider. With least wheelbase of 1,300 mm, Apache is good for wriggling your way through dense city traffic. FZ v2.0 shares longest wheelbase figure with Honda CB Trigger (1,330mm). FZ has advantage of being lighter and equipping mono shock to match with RTR’s agility. Pulsar, Apache and Xtreme feature dual shock absorbers at the rear. All bikes have regularly oriented telescopic front forks.

Honda CB TriggerSpeed breakers, potholes and surprises on road are easily taken care of by Yamaha FZ & FZ-S version 2.0, thanks to stoutest tires of all and well tuned dampers. Honda CB Trigger has highest ground clearance of 175mm against lowest 145mm of Hero Xtreme and next shortest 160mm of Yamaha FZ v2.0; giving Trigger the benefit of riding over larger obstacles without getting scraped. Pulsar 150 and RTR 160 stand average with 165mm.

Ride quality is a tough battle between Yamaha FZ & FZ-S FI, Honda CB Trigger and Hero Xtreme. Bajaj Pulsar is a tad less smooth and TVS Apache RTR 160 is known for its untamed power delivery and vibration. Latter is not the best for long distance rides, whereas Yamaha FZ ranks top owing to relaxing riding position. Others are just fine.

TVS-Apache-RTR-160As far as engine power output is concerned, Yamaha FZ FI version 2.0 reads lowest with down-tuned 13.1 PS from 14 PS in older FZ model. Peak torque is now average among competition with 12.8 Nm, which is also reduced from 13.6 Nm in older bike. Interestingly, Yamaha claims FZ FI’s engine to offer class leading acceleration reminding us of the bike’s lightness. Most powerful by stats is TVS Apache RTR 160 with 15.5 PS @ 8,500 rpm and peak torque is highest as well generating 13.1 Nm @ 4,000 rpm.

Yamaha FZ & FZ-S VER2.0 stands out being the only bike featuring Fuel Injection system. The Japanese motorcycle manufacturer claims 14% increase in mileage compared to old FZ, also faster 0-100 sprint. Despite riding on biggest tires in segment, Yamaha FZ V2.0 does not come with disc brake at rear. Bajaj Pulsar also offers only drum brake to stop the driving wheel. Honda CB Trigger, Hero Xtreme and TVS Apache RTR 160 has rear disc brake available as option.

2014-hero-xtremeOther feature considered to be attractive and important in 150cc segment street bike is instrument panel. Yamaha FZ version 2.0 and Honda CB Trigger are only ones to offer full digital meter console, while others do have digital equipment, excluding tachometer.

Final, most influential deciding factor is price. Yamaha announced launch price of new FZ FI version 2.0 as Rs. 76,250 and FZ-S FI version 2.0 as Rs. Rs. 78,250. All others are sizeably less expensive with price of TVS Apache RTR 160 @ Rs. 68,590, Bajaj Pulsar 150 @ Rs. 67,145, Hero Xtreme @ Rs. 66,275 and Honda CB Trigger being most affordable @ Rs. 65,633, all ex-showroom Delhi.

Yamaha FZ FI version 2 colorsCheck out Yamaha FZ & FZ-S FI version 2.0 launch by John Abraham and picture gallery here.

Refer detailed specification comparison table below:

Description New FZ & FZ-S version 2.0 Bajaj Pulsar 150 Honda CB Trigger TVS Apache RTR 160 Hero Xtreme
Dimension & Weight
Overall length 1,990mm 2,055mm 2,045mm 2,085mm 2,060mm
Overall width 770mm 755mm 757mm 730mm 765mm
Overall height 1,030mm 1,060mm 1,060mm 1,105mm 1,145mm
Wheelbase 1,330mm 1,320mm 1,330mm 1,300mm 1,325mm
Minimum ground clearance 160mm 165mm 175mm 165mm 145mm
Kerb weight 132kg 144kg 137kg 137kg 146kg
Engine Performance
Engine type Air cooled,4-stroke,SOHC, 2-valve 4-stroke, DTS-i, air cooled 4-stroke, air cooled 4-stroke, air cooled 4-stroke, air cooled, OHC
Cylinder arrangement Single cylinder Single cylinder Single cylinder Single cylinder Single cylinder
Displacement 149 cc 149 cc 149.1 cc 159.7 cc 149.2 cc
Bore & stroke 57.3 √ó 57.9mm NA NA 62.0 x 52.9 mm 57.3 x 57.8 mm
Compression ratio 9.5 :1 NA NA 9.5:1 NA
Maximum horse power 9.7kW(13.1PS)/8000r/min 15.06 PS @ 9,000 rpm 14.2 PS @ 8,500 rpm 15.5 PS @ 8,500 rpm 14.4 PS @ 8,500 rpm
Maximum torque 12.8Nm( 1.3 kgf.m)/6000r/min) 12.5 Nm @ 6,500 rpm 12.5 Nm @ 6,500 rpm 13.1 Nm @ 4,000 rpm 12.8 Nm @ 6,500 rpm
Starting system type Electric Electric & Kick Electric & Kick Electric & Kick Electric & Kick
Lubrication system Force-feed lubrication,wet sump wet sump wet sump wet sump wet sump
Fuel
Fuel tank capacity 12 litres 15 litres 12 litres 16 litres 12.1 litres
Carburetor Type/Fuel supply Fuel injection Carburetor Carburetor Carburetor – UCAL BS-26 CV with CCVI Carburetor Controlled with Variable Ignition
Electrical
Ignition system type TCI(Transistor controlled ignition) Digital Twin Spark Ignition Digital CDI Ingition IDI-Dual mode digital ignition AMI – Advanced Microprocessor Ignition System
Battery voltage/capacity 12V,4.0AH(10H), ETZ-5 Battery 12 V Full DC 12 V, 4.0 Ah 12 V 12 V – 4 Ah, MF Battery
Transmission
Final drive Chain Chain Chain Chain Chain
Clutch type Wet, multiple-disc Wet, multiple-disc Wet, multiple-disc Wet, multiple-disc Wet, multiple-disc
Transmission type Constant mesh 5-speed Constant mesh 5-speed Constant mesh 5-speed Constant mesh 5-speed Constant mesh 5-speed
Shift type Return Return Return Return Return
Chassis
Frame type Diamond Double Cradle Advance Design Diamond Frame Double Cradle SynchroSTIFF Tubular,Diamond Type
Tire size(Front) 100/80-17M/C(52P)MRF NYLOGRIP ZAPPER-FX1 (Tubeless) 2.75 – 17 80/100-17 M/C 46P 90/90 x 17″ (Tubeless) – 1.85 x 17″ Rim 80/100 x 18-47 P – 18x 1.85 Rim
Tire size(Rear) 140/60-R17M/C(63P)MRF revz-Y (Tubeless) 100 / 90 – 17 110/80-17 M/C 57P 110/80 x 17″ (Tubeless) – 2.15 x 17″ Rim 110/90 x 18-61 P – 18x 2.15 Rim
Brake
Brake type(Front) Hydraulic disc brake with 2 pot caliper Hydraulic disc brake with 2 pot caliper Hydraulic disc brake with 2 pot caliper Hydraulic disc brake with 2 pot caliper Hydraulic disc brake with 2 pot caliper
Brake type(Rear) Mechanical leading trailing shoe brake (Drum brake) Drum Hydraulic disc [CBS] optional Hydraulic disc, Drum optional Internal expanding shoe type / Optional ‚Äď Disc
Diameter of   brake disk(Front) 267mm 240 mm 240mm 270 mm 240mm
Diameter of   brake disk(Rear) - - 220mm 200mm 220mm
Inside diameter of drum (Rear) 130mm 130mm - 130mm 130mm
Suspension
Suspension type(Front) Telescopic (Coil spring/oil damper) Telescopic, with anti-friction bush Telescopic Telescopic Forks, 105 mm Stroke Telescopic Hydraulic Type
Suspension type(Rear) Monocross (Coil spring/oil damper) 5 way adjustable, Nitrox shock absorber- Monoshock suspension Monotube Inverted Gas-filled shox (MIG) with spring aid Rectangular Swing Arm with 5 step Adjustable Gas Reservoir Suspension
Bulbs(voltage/wattagex quantity)
Headlight bulb type Halogen bulb
Headlight 12V,35/35W√ó1 35/35 W with 2 pilot lamps 12 V, 35/35W 12 V, 35/35W 12V-35W/35W
Meter
Speedometer Digital Digital Digital Digital Digital
Tachometer Digital Analog Digital Analog Analog
Odometer Liquid crystal Liquid crystal Liquid crystal Liquid crystal Liquid crystal
Trip meter Liquid crystal Liquid crystal Liquid crystal Liquid crystal Liquid crystal
Fuel gauge Digital Digital Digital Digital Digital