It’s the year of revival of Yamaha’s ‘Lord of the streets’. After giving a comprehensive makeover to the FZ series in the form of FZ FI Version 2.0 and FZ-S FI Version 2.0, Yamaha is all set to launch the expected update of the faired version of FZ series, Fazer. The 2014 Yamaha Fazer FI Version 2.0 has finally started arriving the showrooms all over India. Though still not officially launched, the bike has been spotted at a dealership in Gurgaon, which was kept on display for the customers and on further investigation from the men at dealership, what has come to be known is that the bike is priced at Rs.94,305 (price On-road Gurgaon).
The bike retains all the cosmetic upgrades which the FZ series recently received, in the form of new body panels including the new fuel tank, side and rear body panels, new tail light, split seats, split rear pillion grab rails, tyre hugger, new exhaust pipe, new fully digital instrument console and new body graphics, retaining the muscular appeal of the bike, but in a rather athletic manner. What it gets as an addition over the naked FZs, is a half-fairing which looks like a reworked unit over that of the outgoing model, courtesy the new sharper design for the headlamp casing, pilot lamp, front visor and side panels of the fairing.
Apart from the aesthetic equipment, the Fazer FI Version 2.0 also borrows the powermill from the updated FZ and FZ-S, albeit without any changes. That means, the updated Fazer runs on the re-engineered 4-stroke, air-cooled, 149cc engine, which pumps out rather ‘unimpressive-on-paper’ figures of 13.1 PS of power and 12.8 Nm of torque. Though the engine claims to be much more refined and responsive in feel than before, with the help of the addition of Yamaha’s new ‘Blue Core’ technology and fuel-injection system. The engine continues to be coupled up with the same 5-speed gearbox as before.
Other mechanical components of the updated Fazer FI Version 2.0, though, are the same as that of the outgoing model. As far as the suspension goes, the front 41mm telescopic forks and rear monoshock will continue to be delivering the perfect balance of ride quality, making it an apt tourer. The braking combination, front disc and rear drum, will hopefully continue being perfect, though it is a bid saddening that Yamaha has decided not to give it a rear disc brake. The tyres, though retaining the same size of 100/80×17 front and 140/60×16 rear MRF rubbers, are also a bit newer, which are now made of softer compound and sporting different tread design than before.
The new Yamaha Fazer FI Version 2.0 will be available in three new colors, namely Red Dawn (Red and Silver), White Cloud (White and Blue) and Black Hawk (Black and Red). Though the official launch date of the motorcycle is still under wraps, but as per the dealer information, the bike will be launched within the next two weeks, by the end of September.
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