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

Yamaha FZ ver 2.0 Compare

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:

DescriptionNew FZ & FZ-S version 2.0Bajaj Pulsar 150Honda CB TriggerTVS Apache RTR 160Hero Xtreme
Dimension & Weight
Overall length1,990mm2,055mm2,045mm2,085mm2,060mm
Overall width770mm755mm757mm730mm765mm
Overall height1,030mm1,060mm1,060mm1,105mm1,145mm
Minimum ground clearance160mm165mm175mm165mm145mm
Kerb weight132kg144kg137kg137kg146kg
Engine Performance
Engine typeAir cooled,4-stroke,SOHC, 2-valve4-stroke, DTS-i, air cooled4-stroke, air cooled4-stroke, air cooled4-stroke, air cooled, OHC
Cylinder arrangementSingle cylinderSingle cylinderSingle cylinderSingle cylinderSingle cylinder
Displacement149 cc149 cc149.1 cc159.7 cc149.2 cc
Bore & stroke57.3 × 57.9mmNANA62.0 x 52.9 mm57.3 x 57.8 mm
Compression ratio9.5 :1NANA9.5:1NA
Maximum horse power9.7kW(13.1PS)/8000r/min15.06 PS @ 9,000 rpm14.2 PS @ 8,500 rpm15.5 PS @ 8,500 rpm14.4 PS @ 8,500 rpm
Maximum torque12.8Nm( 1.3 kgf.m)/6000r/min)12.5 Nm @ 6,500 rpm12.5 Nm @ 6,500 rpm13.1 Nm @ 4,000 rpm12.8 Nm @ 6,500 rpm
Starting system typeElectricElectric & KickElectric & KickElectric & KickElectric & Kick
Lubrication systemForce-feed lubrication,wet sumpwet sumpwet sumpwet sumpwet sump
Fuel tank capacity12 litres15 litres12 litres16 litres12.1 litres
Carburetor Type/Fuel supplyFuel injectionCarburetorCarburetorCarburetor – UCAL BS-26CV with CCVI Carburetor Controlled with Variable Ignition
Ignition system typeTCI(Transistor controlled ignition)Digital Twin Spark IgnitionDigital CDI IngitionIDI-Dual mode digital ignitionAMI – Advanced Microprocessor Ignition System
Battery voltage/capacity12V,4.0AH(10H), ETZ-5 Battery12 V Full DC12 V, 4.0 Ah12 V12 V – 4 Ah, MF Battery
Final driveChainChainChainChainChain
Clutch typeWet, multiple-discWet, multiple-discWet, multiple-discWet, multiple-discWet, multiple-disc
Transmission typeConstant mesh 5-speedConstant mesh 5-speedConstant mesh 5-speedConstant mesh 5-speedConstant mesh 5-speed
Shift typeReturnReturnReturnReturnReturn
Frame typeDiamondDouble CradleAdvance Design Diamond FrameDouble Cradle SynchroSTIFFTubular,Diamond Type
Tire size(Front)100/80-17M/C(52P)MRF NYLOGRIP ZAPPER-FX1 (Tubeless)2.75 – 1780/100-17 M/C 46P90/90 x 17″ (Tubeless) – 1.85 x 17″ Rim80/100 x 18-47 P – 18x 1.85 Rim
Tire size(Rear)140/60-R17M/C(63P)MRF revz-Y (Tubeless)100 / 90 – 17110/80-17 M/C 57P110/80 x 17″ (Tubeless) – 2.15 x 17″ Rim110/90 x 18-61 P – 18x 2.15 Rim
Brake type(Front)Hydraulic disc brake with 2 pot caliperHydraulic disc brake with 2 pot caliperHydraulic disc brake with 2 pot caliperHydraulic disc brake with 2 pot caliperHydraulic disc brake with 2 pot caliper
Brake type(Rear)Mechanical leading trailing shoe brake (Drum brake)DrumHydraulic disc [CBS] optionalHydraulic disc, Drum optionalInternal expanding shoe type / Optional – Disc
Diameter of   brake disk(Front)267mm240 mm240mm270 mm240mm
Diameter of   brake disk(Rear)220mm200mm220mm
Inside diameter of drum (Rear)130mm130mm130mm130mm
Suspension type(Front)Telescopic (Coil spring/oil damper)Telescopic, with anti-friction bushTelescopicTelescopic Forks, 105 mm StrokeTelescopic Hydraulic Type
Suspension type(Rear)Monocross (Coil spring/oil damper)5 way adjustable, Nitrox shock absorber-Monoshock suspensionMonotube Inverted Gas-filled shox (MIG) with spring aidRectangular Swing Arm with 5 step Adjustable Gas Reservoir Suspension
Bulbs(voltage/wattagex quantity)
Headlight bulb typeHalogen bulb
Headlight12V,35/35W×135/35 W with 2 pilot lamps12 V, 35/35W12 V, 35/35W12V-35W/35W
OdometerLiquid crystalLiquid crystalLiquid crystalLiquid crystalLiquid crystal
Trip meterLiquid crystalLiquid crystalLiquid crystalLiquid crystalLiquid crystal
Fuel gaugeDigitalDigitalDigitalDigitalDigital

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Life after college in 2014 has seen Ashwin Ram propel himself wholeheartedly into the auto industry. Information is never enough for this young blogger who enthusiastically ticks his elaborate checklist at each drive. The need to add that one extra detail ensures select articles that are upbeat, and comprehensive.

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  • Avinash

    I like all 5. Just wanted to know how they stand in the aspect of reliability and maintenance cost? Thanks in advance.

  • Devil

    Wats the milege?