India Yamaha Motor launched the first ever FZ16 model way back in 2008. Since then, the bike has become extremely popular mainly owing to its ‘naked bike concept’. The bike is presently available at an ex-showroom price of Rs. 67,500 in Delhi. The Yamaha FZ16 is not your regular run of the mill motorbike and is definitely not something that an average mileage-conscious consumer should go for. The bike comes with a powerful 153cc engine delivering 14PS maximum output and a 13.6 N.m maximum torque. All this power is definitely going to impact the mileage of Yamaha FZ16.
Official Yamaha FZ16 Mileage Claim
According to Yamaha, this motorbike can deliver 50.81 kilometers per liter of fuel. Of course, as it goes with any official mileage claim, this number was extracted under the most favourable conditions and so you need to take this number with a pinch of salt.
User Reviews on Yamaha FZ16 Mileage
Given that it has been close to five years since the FZ16 first came on the scene, we have had exhaustive coverage of the bike from several sources till date. We will go through a section of reviews from the latest customers. This will be more useful to you as a new buyer given that Yamaha is likely to have worked on improving the bike’s fuel economy over time.
Ever since launch, there has been a number of users who have complained about the poor mileage offered by the FZ16. In their 2008 review, MotorBeam points out that despite the official mileage claim, users are going to be lucky if they see a mileage of 40 kmpl on the FZ16. BikeAdvice in their review around the same time observe a mileage of 40 kmpl in city conditions and 54 kmpl on the highways. BikeDekho’s review underlined a much worse mileage – 35 kmpl inside the city and 46 kmpl on highways.
So have things changed in the past 12 months? Looks like. According to the most recent reviews on MouthShut, the bike is offering a decent 42 – 47 kmpl even in city conditions. Another recent customer actually calls it a ‘paisa vasool’ bike since it offers more than 40 kmpl mileage. Customers who have had this bike for more than two years claim that the mileage seems pretty consistent between 38-42kmpl all along these years. Another rider who has driven close to 17,000 kilometers sees between 35 – 40 kmpl after this long usage.
Is FZ16 For The Mileage-Conscious?
Short answer : No. We recently reviewed the Hero Ignitor 125cc which offers an amazing 55 kmpl even in city conditions. If you are someone to whom mileage is an absolute necessity, the Yamaha FZ16 is not for you. This bike is all power and style and these things come at a cost. In automotive terms, we call that mileage.