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Yamaha SZ

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₱68,900
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SRP Price in Manila
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SZ Specs
Engine 149.3 cc
Power 11.9 hp
Start Option Kick & Electric
ABS No
Pass Switch Yes
Odometer Analog

SZ Pros & Cons

Things We Like in SZ

Tractable engine

Comfortable ride

Pleasing ergonomics

Things We Dont Like in SZ

Narrow tires

Dated features

Quality issues

Recent Updates of Yamaha SZ

While the Yamaha SZ has gotten long in the teeth and gone without any upgrade for a long time now. It serves as a viable alternative to people looking for an efficient and budget-friendly commuter motorcycle. The bike succeeds in looking sporty with its tank extensions, smoked windshield, and matte colors. Powering the Yamaha SZ is a 150 cc air-cooled and carbureted engine producing 12.1 ps of max power and 12.8 Nm of max torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission.

Despite its dated features and styling, its price makes it a viable alternative for anyone who does not want an underbone. Because of a lack of any other real competitors in this segment and price range, there is still some demand for this bike. But it cannot survive for long without an upgrade.

SZ Price

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Standard ₱68,900 *
SRP Price
149.3 cc, 11.9 hp, Kick & Electric, Gasoline
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SZ is available in 3 different colors - Black, Red and Green.

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SZ Review

  • Overview
  • Design
  • Ride & Handling
  • Engine & Fuel Consumption
  • Braking & Safety
  • Verdict

Overview

Commuters are the bread and butter of motorcycle manufacturers in Asian markets. Yamaha has also populated their catalogues with affordable commuters. Arguably, however, they have not been the best at it. The Yamaha SZ was launched in 2010 in India in just such an attempt. In India, it was largely overshadowed by Bajaj and Hero motorcycles. Yamaha then tried to keep the bike refreshed by introducing many different variants that were supposed to cater to different segments of buyers. Most of these were often impossible to tell apart from. While this did not help its cause that much in India, it did seem to work in the Philippines. The SZ on sale in the country today is like the amalgamation of the best features of these many different versions. While this does make it a good bike, does it make it a good buy? In the Philippines, it is on sale for around Php 69,000. At this range, it competes against the smaller displacement Kawasaki Rouser 135 LS.

Design

The SZ can be considered as the mild-mannered cousin of the FZ in more ways than one. If the FZ catered to the youth enthusiast rider, the SZ was aimed at a more mature audience. This and the constant updates it received over the years have now given it many small details. Yet, it is still a commuter motorcycle. Styling is not exactly its forte. There are three color options to choose from – Matte Green, Matte Black and Vivid Red Cocktail. The blacked out components and wheels, go well with the different color schemes. The bike gets a conventional headlight with a smoked mini visor at the front. The muscular arrow shaped tank with its extensions, 3D emblems and striking graphics is probably the most stylish part of the bike. The rear gets a split aluminum grab rail. Panels in the side also increase its style quotient. The long beefy silencer with a heat guard that makes it look like a minigun. At 1990 mm long, 750 mm wide and 1100 mm tall, the bike is compact enough for city traffic. The 165 mm of ground clearance makes for relaxed travelling over bad roads. The bike rides on 17-inch wheels with 2.75 41P front and 100/90 55P rear tyres. The bike is built to a cost and still comes with an analog instrument panel. There is the usual speedometer, odometer and fuel indicator along with a tachometer.

Ride & Handling

For a commuter bike, good ergonomics cannot be compromised on. And for the most part, the SZ does a good job. The seating position is upright and handlebars are high. Combined with the footpeg position as well as the comfortable seat, the ride is relaxed and easy. The one glaring misstep is the seat height, which is 800 mm. This will not be appreciated by riders of short height. Otherwise the bike with its 1320 mm wheelbase yet slim profile is easy to maneuver around town and city traffic. The conventional suspension setup with telescopic front forks and dual shock absorbers in the rear, do a good job of absorbing bumps. Again this is a commuter with not very wide tires. So this is best suited for comfortable commuting and not much else.

Engine & Fuel Consumption

The engine is the same as can be found on the old FZ. Here though it has been detuned to increase mileage. It also misses out on fuel injection. Expecting liquid cooling would be hysterical. The 149 cc 2 valve SOHC engine produces 12.1 PS at just 7500 rpm. Torque of 12.8 Nm is similarly delivered at a low 6000 rpm. The engine is not the most refined unit. Some vibrations do make it to the handlebars and the foot pegs. But the engine performs as it should otherwise. Power delivery is quick and it does come with a 5 speed transmission. There is enough grunt to go over inclines with a pillion. The bike also comes with both a kick and an electric starter. The engine uses Yamaha’s Blu Core tech to increase mileage. That figure here happens to be 55 kmpl which is very commendable for a bike with 150 cc and no fuel injection.

Braking & Safety

There is a drum brake on the rear and a hydraulic disc brake on the front. The brakes are good enough for their intended purpose.

Verdict

There have been instances of quality related issues which is expected from a Yamaha bike. For what you get, it might appear to be slightly pricey too.  Then there is the whole issue of the usability of a motorcycle as opposed to a scooter for commuting in stop and go traffic of the Philippines. If you want a commuter bike despite these caveats, then do give this bike a shot.

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Yamaha SZ FAQ

  • What are the Safety Features Available in Yamaha SZ?

    The safety features available in Yamaha SZ Below:

    Feature Value
    ABS No
    Pass Switch Yes
    Riding Modes Street, Road
    Engine Check Warning Yes
    Stability Control No
    Traction Control No
    Central Locking No
    Back Rest No
    Launch Control No
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